How an innocent baby-faced teenager turned into a goth with piercings and bizarre make-up - and why he'll never give up his green mohawk despite it costing him a job
A jobless teenager festooned with facial piercings has revealed he started dressing in black at the age of 12 after he found a community of goths in online chat rooms.
Novak Daniels made headlines in September after he claimed to have applied for dozens of jobs per fortnight on Queensland's Sunshine Coast with no luck.
While the 18-year-old high school dropout has received a barrage of hate mail from people who are turned off by his mohawk and garish metal studs, he opened up to Daily Mail Australia about why he will never change his look.
As a lonely outcast at school who couldn't make friends amid a desperate battle with an eating disorder, Mr Daniels turned to online communities as a pre-teen to find connection with other people.
He found a group of young 'punks' in chat rooms and decided to trade in his blonde hair and baby-faced facade for box dyes and heavy make up.
'I found a niche in the alternative community online and fit in instantly - I started seeing all these other different cultures and fell in love with the punk culture,' he said.
'I started using eyeliner, wearing trench coats and leather jackets while going to school.'
As a 12-year-old, the self-proclaimed 'anarchist' would explain to disgruntled teachers that he felt uncomfortable in uniform - and called them out for 'discrimination' when they argued back.
Mr Daniels' didn't see the point in finishing high school and dropped out in his final year, with his refusal to follow 'oppressive' social norms continuing into adulthood.
While he now sports green hair and tattoos, wears torn punk-inspired clothes and thick metal chains and spikes around his neck and wrists, he admitted he would be willing to dress down and rinse the colour from his hair in exchange for a job.
'But I draw the line at changing my mohawk or taking out my piercings,' he added.
'I stand my ground when I say I don't want to be discriminated against for who I am.'
Despite battles with body image as a youngster, Mr Daniels said he feels 'more confident' as an adult with his punk-inspired look, which he calls 'Novacore' - an amalgamation of his name 'Novak' and 'hardcore'.
He has planned 'hundreds' of tattoos to add to the six inked on his chest, hands and torso.
'Every single one has meaning, but my favourite is probably the anarchy symbol on my hand - it represents war, chaos and psychosis.There is a constant war in my head and everyone around me.'
'Also because I'm an anarchist and I think politics are whack and I don't think they should exist.'
On Monday, A Current Affair reported that Mr Daniels' was offered a job in regional Victoria after undergoing a 'make-under', switching his outlandish make up, chains and green hair for a button down shirt and slacks.
周一，“时事报”(A Current Affair)报道称，丹尼尔斯“在经历了一次‘化妆’后，得到了维多利亚地区的一份工作，他把古怪的化妆、项链和绿色头发换成了纽扣衬衫和宽松的裤子。”
But he denied any knowledge of the job offer while speaking with Daily Mail Australia.
The teenager also reiterated that he lives in Queensland - thousands of kilometres away from coronavirus-addled Victoria, which has suffered mass business closures amid he pandemic.
The teen has some work experience, including a previous stint in an office job and three months working in his father's cafe as a barista.
'I do have work experience and qualifications and certificates, I am a hard worker, my references say good things - it's simply because there's a picture there and I look a bit different.'
When asked what kind of job he would accept, Mr Daniels said he would like to start his own punk clothing empire.
'I don't have the money for it right now, but when I do I'm going to set it up.'
Until then, he aspires to become a butcher or a baker while growing his social media presence.
'If you google me, it says I'm a micro-influencer and I like the idea of that.'
His social media videos show him drinking, smoking and swearing regularly.
A video uploaded to his 57,000 followers on TikTok in September included the caption: 'I have to start working because I can’t support myself doing nothing but I don’t want to.'
He said his growing social media presence proved he had a good understanding of how to produce viral content, referencing a TikTok video that gathered 1.8million views.