Intimacy Tattoos

Julia Michaels


Julia Michaels has a surrealist cartoon with the message “Free Hugs” on her right upper arm. It shows a sweater with hands but no head, grabbing onto branches that exist where the head should be. The original design, sans text, was drawn by artist Geffen Refaeli for her dailydoodlegram Instagram page where she creates unique illustrations inspired by the images in her feed.  In this case she combined a sweater from a fashion designer’s account with a photo of a branch from a plant magazine.  What it all means is subject to interpretation.

The “Free Hugs” text which Julia added to the piece gives a hint at how she personally views it. She told Source:

“All my tattoos deal with connections, intimacy, perception: things I deal with and want to learn more about.”

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