Julie Becker prefers the conforts of home. “I’m a bit of a loner”, she confesses. “I like to be home most of the time”. Becker works out of a private studio in Los Angeles. The personal nature of her workspace allows her to connect with clients and create meaningful tattoos.
Beckertook an apprenticeship under Kevin Quinn, and did her first tattoo in ’97. She explains, “Tattooing was a natural choice for me because you never get bored.” She has been tattooing now for 11 years. Inspired by emotional highs and lows – like “love and misery” – her work is often bright and bold. She employs a traditional approach, favoring solid color, clean lines, and longevity, while applying a distinctly feminine sensibility. “I think my work stands out because I have a unique design quality,” she explains. “I think I have a good feel for the body’s shape and movement, and I design with those shapes, not around them.” Becker works in pecil, oil, pastels, jewelry, and clothing as well – surprising for someone who “hated art class” when she was 7 years old. Today she cherishes her work and ability to create from home. “To me,” she concludes, “anything that makes me or my clients happy is noteworthy.”