Artists Behind the Ink: Julia Dumps
Shop: Linzer Tattooatelier
When we discovered Julia Dumps on Instagram, it was really hard to stop scrolling through her feed of ethereal tattoos. We found ourselves entranced by her themed collages and strongly outlined graphic statements accentuated with realistic watercolor effects. One thing we knew for sure: We wanted to know more about the artist behind the ink—and Julia was kind enough to chat with us about her artistic process and her sources of inspiration.
What was your upbringing?
I was born and raised in a very small village with about 1,300 inhabitants in Upper Austria, near the border of the Czech Republic and Germany.
How long have you been interested in art?
I've been drawing all my life, actually since I have been able to hold a pencil. When I was young, I loved to draw comics, especially Mangas. My parents have always supported my talent, so I attended a technical college for graphics and communication design in Linz. When I was 16, I got my first tattoo done—and from that day on I wanted to become a tattoo artist.
Did you go into tattoo art right after school?
Actually, no. After I finished school at the age of 19, I worked as a graphic designer and later as an art director for different advertising agencies. It was fun doing corporate designs and websites, but I always preferred doing illustrations and sketches. I took a tattoo course in Austria, where I was taught different techniques of tattooing, especially realism.
How did you begin developing your style?
I always drew my own designs and tattooed my friends with them. That was the beginning of my abstract and watercolor style.
When did you open Linzer Tattooatelier?
In the summer of 2014, I did the exam in tattooing, which is a requirement in Austria. After I got that license, I opened my own shop with my friend and coworker Eva Schmidinger.
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We can't wait to see the upcoming pieces in Julia's feed—and if you want to stay in awe of her work as well, be sure to give her a follow on Instagram. If you would like an appointment (and we wouldn't blame you), Julia and Eva update their Facebook page with details about arranging for a session. Either way, be sure to click through the gallery here and check out a few of our fave designs from Julia.
P.S. We have more profiles like this one on the way, so make sure you check back soon for more curated works and the artists behind them.