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Julie O’Kelly

Born and raised just outside of Portland, I was inspired at a young age by my mother’s pursuit of Japanese calligraphy and oil painting. My mother, with a brush in hand and a scarf on her head, was the living embodiment of the bohemian gypsy girl portrayed in so many Traditional American tattoo flash paintings! I was interested in drawing and painting off and on as a young girl, becoming involved in mural paintings on the walls of my middle school. For many years after that, I pursued my interest in photography. Capturing the world around me on film taught me a lot about layout and composition.

Much to my mother’s chagrin, in 1998 I ran off with artist and best friend, JD O’Kelly. Later JD would teach me the art of tattooing under the roof of our very own shop, Electric City Tattoo. In 2017, after almost 10 years, JD and I closed the doors of ECT. The decision was motivated primarily by our desire to focus on the art of tattooing without the distraction and hassle of running a business. That same Fall of 2017, JD and I both moved in with the crew of Anatomy Tattoo, starting a whole new chapter in our tattoo story.

I’ve since moved from strictly American Traditional tattooing to incorporating some of my favorite subjects; vintage horror, anything Victorian, late 19th and early 20th-century circus performers, and other gothic Americana/pagan subject matter.

Leatherworking is another pursuit that’s gradually becoming more than just a hobby. Some of my recent pieces can be seen at, or my Instagram page: @Stag_and_Moon.

Thanks for looking!



2820 NE Sandy Blvd
Portland, OR 97232

Shop Hours

Mon - Sat 12 pm - 8 pm
Sunday     12 pm - 6 pm