Julia Michaels Tells Us About Her 35+-Piece Tattoo Collection
Everyone gets tattoos for different reasons. Some people get them to remember a special time in their life or in memory of a person or to celebrate their interests. For Julia Michaels, it’s all of the above. The singer-songwriter has more than 30 pieces of body art, and each one has a special meaning to her.
Most of Michaels’ tattoos are on her arms, but she has a few on her hands, back, and neck. She has been growing her collection for over 10 years now and loves to add on to it in bulk by getting a few new designs at once. Many designs have to do with music, like a piano and vintage microphone on her forearm and a music note on her finger, but she also has ink with a funny story behind it, like a bad breakup and an even worse tattoo experience (more on that later).
Michaels also has a few tattoos to serve as little reminders to love herself and to speak up when needed and has even gotten friendship tattoos with a few of the people closest to her, like her best friend Selena Gomez and her dad.
In an interview with POPSUGAR, Michaels shared more about some of her most meaningful tattoos, and we rounded them up, along with a few others, ahead.
Julia Michaels' Piano Arm Tattoo
In 2012, Michaels got a pink piano tattooed on her left inner forearm to represent her music career.
Julia Michaels' Bird Arm Tattoo
During the summer of 2018, Michaels added this bird in flight on her left arm, just above her elbow. She’s never talked about its exact meaning.
Julia Michaels' "Art Aint Easy" Broken Heart Tattoo
On Michaels’ upper, inner left arm is a traditional-style tattoo in red ink of a broken heart. It has the words, “Art Aint Easy” around it.
Julia Michaels' Flower "Protagonist + Antagonist" Tattoo
A large portion of Michaels’ left forearm is taken up with a flower design. Next to it are the words “protagonist + antagonist” in script.
Julia Michaels' Pin Up Giurl Tattoo
Michaels’ left arm also has a pin-up girl in a green dress. The ink is often concealed on the inside of her bicep.
Julia Michaels' "Dear Heart" Shoulder Tattoo
Her left shoulder has a woman’s face with the words, “Dear heart, I’m counting on you, don’t f*ck this up.”
Julia Michaels' Doll Bust Tattoo
There’s a unique design on Michaels’ left arm that appears to be a bust with a simple, rag doll-like face.
Julia Michaels' Microphone Arm Tattoo
In 2012, she got a vintage microphone tattooed on her outer forearm with a rose below it.
Julia Michaels' Typewriter Arm Tattoo
In 2014, Michaels got a vintage typewriter tattooed on her upper right arm.
Julia Michaels' "Colorful Artichoke" Arm Tattoo
Michaels’ funniest tattoo story has to do with the ink she calls the “colorful artichoke” on her arm. “I got this lotus flower after a breakup, but I didn’t do my research and I just went and did it,” Michaels tells POPSUGAR. “When I left, it came out looking like a very colorful artichoke, and then I went to my other tattoo artist and I had him put a big X on it and around it, it says ‘bad idea’ because he was and it was.” She got it in 2015.
Julia Michaels' Rose Shoulder Tattoo
Michaels’ tattoo collection has a lot of flower designs in it, including a pink rose that wraps around her right shoulder.
Julia Michaels' Faceless Woman Tattoo
On the inside of Michaels’ left upper arm is a portrait of a woman with black hair and a pearl headband. However, this woman doesn’t have a face.
Julia Michaels' Perception and Light Bulb Arm Tattoo
On Michaels’ right arm, a design that looks like two triangles and three circles can be seen right above her rose hand tattoo. It’s the symbol for perception. She told POPSUGAR, “It looks fully formed, but it isn’t, and I’ve always found it really interesting how the brain can perceive something as whole, even though it’s not.”
Above her perception symbol is a light bulb with a solar system in it. She told 92.3 AMP Radio in an interview it represents thoughts and the subconscious mind. She got both of the tattoos in March 2017.
Julia Michaels' Golden Snitch Arm Tattoo
As a self-proclaimed Harry Potter fan, Michaels got a golden snitch tattooed on her right arm with her dad in December 2017.
Julia Michaels' Gemstone Arm Tattoos
Scattered throughout Michaels’ arms are four gemstone tattoos, with the most visible one being the heart-shaped pink stone on her right shoulder. They are for her fans, whom she calls her “little gems.” She got them in July 2018.
Julia Michaels' Scorpion, Feather Pen, and "Just Breathe" Tattoos
On the inside of Michaels’ right wrist is a small scorpion tattoo. She got it in February 2018 to represent her zodiac sign. She also has a larger feather pen ink next to it. Above those designs is a script tattoo that reads “Just Breathe.”
Julia Michaels' "I Am" Neck Tattoo
On the side of her neck, Michaels has the words “I am” with a blank space. The ink likely symbolizes all of the possibilities of what and who she can be.
Julia Michaels' "Speak Up" Neck Tattoo
Below Michaels’ neck are the words “speak up” tattooed and a long line that runs down her chest. “My favorite one is the one on my throat that says ‘speak up,’ because I don’t very often and I need reminders sometimes to be bold and be brave,” she tells POPSUGAR. She got it in 2017.
Julia Michaels' "Kiss Here" Back Tattoo
In the middle of Michaels’ back are the words “Kiss here.” She got the tattoo in August 2017 – right around the time she released her debut song, “Issues.”
Julia Michaels' "Hopeless" and "Romantic" Thigh Tattoos
Michaels doesn’t have many tattoos on her legs, but sometime in the last few years, she added the words “hopeless” and “romantic” to the top of each thigh. However, the “romantic” ink has lines through the letters “ro” and “t,” so it actually spells “manic.”
Julia Michaels' "Calm" Tattoo
Above her right knee, Michaels has a tattoo that says “calm” with a down arrow next to it, presumably meaning “calm down.”
Julia Michaels' Left Hand Tattoos
On Michaels’ left hand, she has a few pieces of ink: a rose tattoo on the back of her hand, a music note on her middle finger, and the word “matter” in tiny font by her wrist.
Julia Michaels' Right Hand Tattoos
On the back of Michaels’ right hand, she has a large rose with geometric lines in the pedals, which she got in 2015. She also has a small bee on her middle finger and a red-ink heart on her ring finger.
The inside of Michaels’ palm also says “I love you,” tattooed in her handwriting. She got it in December 2016 as a reminder to love herself. “I have a lot of little reminders on my body because I don’t tell myself that I love myself,” she told Music Choice in an interview. “And sometimes I forget, too.”