Monday, 15 June 2015

Inked and Awesome || Julie of Julie And The Knits


Name: Julie Picard
Age: 32
Occupation: Corporate job by day/freelance knitting designer by night

Tell me about your very first tattoo. 
I've always known I'd get tattooed but only got my first one done at the age of 24. I just wanted to be certain that I'd love it forever! My very first tattoo was the voodoo heart illustration from Tim Burton's Voodoo Girl poem on my lower back, to which I added a few skulls. I grew up watching Beetlejuice and Edward Scissorhands and instantly fell in love with his work from The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy & Other Stories. I still have it, however I wish I'd got it done on a part of my body where I can actually look at it, especially as it was my first and I was so excited!

Do your tattoos effect your job, have they in the past? 
Working for a global corporate company, I'd say it definitely effects people's perception, but I really don't care. I'm the only woman who has big, visible tattoos in my department. I got my half sleeve done last year and had no idea how this was going to go down - I can definitely feel the stares from certain people. I'm happy to answer the question 'what about when you get older?' time and time again.


What, if any, discrimination or bullying have you encountered due to being tattooed?
None really. I've been into punk/stoner/metal since I was 13 or 14 so I suppose I've always surrounded myself with open-minded people with a lot of tattoos!

Are your friends and family into body modification too? If not what do they think of yours?
My friends and I share the same interests and have similar styles - most of them have tattoos. My family however are not into body modification but I'm pretty sure they always knew I would get tattoos so they aren't that shocked when I come back home every year with new body art. I'm from France and tattoos - especially visible ones on women - are not as common as in the UK, so when I'm back home I can't get used to all the looks!

Show us your favorite piece and talk us through it.
It has to be my new custom half sleeve. I am obsessed with Japan and already had a few cherry blossoms tattooed on my foot a few years ago. My sleeve is inspired by traditional Japanese tattoo and includes blossoms, a fan, chrysanthemums and kawaii bunnies. I asked my awesome tattoo artist, Andrew Mcnally, to incorporate bunnies from the Bunny Blossom art by Kozyndan and the result is just perfect.



Which tattoo of yours has the most meaning or sentimental-ness behind it? Do you think all tattoos should have meaning?
That's easy: NONE. My tattoos have absolutely no meaning. I pick my designs based on how visually appealing I find them. I have very specific taste and always go for custom designs.

Are you planning anymore?
Of course! I'd like to get a Palm desert/stoner inspired tattoo on my thigh and maybe something knitting-related on my ankle.

In one sentence what would you tell someone who asked, 'Did it hurt?' ?
I'd say from my experience - I have very low tolerance to pain - it really hurts. I'd never get my foot done again.



Leave us with some words of wisdom regarding body modification.
Brody Dalle once said, tattoos are like a timeline. I couldn't describe it any better. Each timeline is unique, full of memories and regrets, but it's all YOURS.

PS I'd like to thank my friend Shivani for the amazing pictures (exc. terrible palm tree pic which I took myself in a hurry).
Also if you live in the NE and are looking to get inked, visit Cock a snook and Northside Tattooz :)



A huge thanks to Julie for taking part and telling us the story of her awesome ink! Pop on over to her website here to see her store full of knitted goodness as well as her blog! :)
If you are interested in participating in this feature, feel free to pop me and email over to underlandtowonderland@gmail.com with INKED AND AWESOME in the subject line! I look forward to hearing from you.

14 comments:

  1. Wow, those tats are pure dedication. I haven't got any tattoos or any piercings, I feel a bit of an outcast! I'd love to get a small tattoo with some meaning someday. I just need to pluck up the courage as a) my pain threshold is low & b) as I get older my fear of needles is becoming a bit stupid now!
    Bee x
    QueenBeady.com

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    1. I am petrified of needles - cannot stand getting injections or blood drawn but tattoos are 100% different and weirdly I have a terrible pain threshold but have yet to have a tattoo that actually hurts.

      xo

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    2. In that case I think it's wise to go for a small one to start with! I agree it's a completely different type of pain, but I'm not gonna lie, it's pretty painful in some areas :)

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  2. Love her taste in tattoos!! These are probably one of my favorite series of yours Danielle! So interesting reading what they have to say about them!

    Renee | Lose The Road

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    1. They're awesome huh?! I love the little bunnies on her arm! haha
      Ah thank you!! I enjoy putting these ones together too - always fun to find out more about a person through their body art.

      xo

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  3. having several tattoos myself I love reading about other people's body art and about what inspiration is behind their designs. The bunnies in Julie's half sleeve are just perfect. xx

    www.kirstytalks.co.uk

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    1. Urm, I think you made need to take part in this series ;) Aren't they so cute?!!

      xo

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  4. Oh I love the tattoo Julie has on her foot, so pretty! A tattoo on my foot has always been something I've considered doing, I think they just look so cool! As always with this series, really interesting reading about the behind the scenes of these. - Tasha

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    1. It is isn't it?! It sucks that it's the most painful place to get tattooed apparently as I have big designs planned for both of my feet...:/ Oops!!

      Thank you!!

      xo

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  5. You know what makes me so happy about this particular posts, it's her response to the question of "do they have to have meaning". I am in full agreement that they do not. Mine are half and half, and sometimes the meaning comes after the tattoo is done :)

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    1. Totally!! One of mine is just purely for aesthetic reasons and another grew to have meaning. It's just art. You don't always buy a painting because you have a meaning behind it, but because you appreciate the art.

      xo

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  6. Love this idea of interviewing people about their tattoos! I'm always so interested in hearing about them but I never want to be rude and ask someone I don't even know.

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    1. Thanks!! Yeah me too...thats why I do it this way and seem less like I'm being just nosey haha!! :P

      xo

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