We had the good fortune of connecting with June Jung and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi June, we’d love to hear what makes you happy.
I feel happy whenever I receive positive feedback about my art — paintings or tattoos. I’m not much of a talker and creating art is my most expressive way of interacting with others. To get a positive reaction means having a deep personal connection. Furthermore, to see that my art has brought happiness to others makes me feel that I am making a possitive contribution to the world.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I was always a quiet girl. I have been most expressive through art. I’ve always liked to draw and write poems and stories. Once I started tattooing, I became totally engrossed in drawing and painting. I wanted to build my drawing and painting skills so that I could express my emotions more freely. I wanted my designs to be recognized as “June’s.” I was drawing and painting constantly, even on the subway, in the museum, on the toilet et cetera. As I improved my fine art skills, I started making paintings of women’s bodies and florals to express my emotions and my experiences. I love organic lines, shapes and colors. People say that they can relate to my art because my art is poetic. I think people can feel the emotional side of my art. I am still drawing all the time with plenty of self-criticism. I think it pushes me to get better. I am so excited whenever people recognize my art and tattoos as “June’s.” That is such a great reward for me.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I love The Huntington Botanical Gardens in San Marino. The flowers are so inspiring! For nightlife, I like to eat Korean food and drink in Korea Town 🙂 Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I’d like to shout out the other artists in our shop: Beto, Hemi, Ian, Caroline, and Alissa. We’re always trying to get better and learn from one another. It’s a really positive environment that helps us all to grow as artists.