Singer finds time for nails and friends


In­ter­views, con­certs and a part-time job has Devil­skin’s Jen­nie Sku­lan­der lead­ing a busy life but there is al­ways time for her nails back in Toko­roa.

The lead singer of the Hamil­ton-based rock band of­ten vis­its her good friend and Toko­roa res­i­dent Amanda Viviers.

And the con­nec­tion to the dis­trict goes deeper as Sku­lan­der was born and raised in the town for four years.

Her dad was also part of the Toko­roa Hot Rod­ders Club.

Grow­ing up on Weka Place, she re­mem­bered the KFC and of course ‘‘the smell.’’

The pair met as pri­mary school chil­dren in Ro­torua.

Now al­most 25 years later, they are still friends who bond over Sku­lan­der’s nails.

‘‘Amanda asked if she could do my nails and I said ‘hell yeah’ . . . I al­ways find the time.’’

Last week she hand-painted the head of rock mu­si­cian, Slash, in prepa­ra­tion for Devil­skin’s per­for­mance as his open­ing act.

She may be looked up to by many rock fans but Sku­lan­der said she is just like any­one else.

‘‘I think that peo­ple ex­pect me to be dif­fer­ent from any­one else.’’

As a part-time cafe worker, she said she is still try­ing to pay off her mort­gage like plenty of New Zealan­ders.

Viviers has also not been caught up in her grow­ing fame.

‘‘I find it re­ally weird that peo­ple are ob­sessed with her.’’

LONG TRAV­ELS: Devil­skin’s lead singer Jen­nie Sku­lan­der, right, of­ten vis­its her good friend Amanda Viviers in Toko­roa to get her nails done.

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