Tattoo tributes to Julie Tudos as Camden’s alternative community mourns barmaid
Tribute mural and gig planned in memory of 22-year-old found dead from stab wound in Finsbury Park
FRIENDS of Julie Tudos – the World’s End barmaid whose body was found in a park over Christmas – have been getting tattoos in her memory as Camden Town’s alternative music scene and the close-knit community of pub staff mourn a “whirlwind spirit”.
There are now plans to spray-paint a mural in the 22-year-old’s honour somewhere in NW1 and hopes that one of her favourite bands will play a memorial gig. Julie, short for Juliana, went missing on Christmas Eve, with the search for her ending in tragedy when she was found with a stab wound and a blow to the head in Finsbury Park.
Friends combing the 29 bus route – the way back from Camden Town to her home in Tollington Park – made the discovery last Wednesday, sparking a murder investigation.
Shane Kealy and Sonny Webb
Kasim Lewis, 31, from Barnet, has been charged with murder and appeared in court for the first time yesterday (Wednesday). He is due at the Old Bailey tomorrow (Friday). An online appeal for funds to pay for Julie’s funeral has already raised £16,000 and friends from across the country are due at the World’s End, one of Camden’s best-known pubs, at 6pm on Saturday to drink to her memory.
She was said to have been over the moon at being hired by the bar last summer. Friend Shane Kealy organised a tattoo event in her memory at Tribu London Tattoo and Piercing shop, in Chalk Farm Road, on Tuesday. The idea was that friends would get tattoos of symbols or images connected to her, with profits going to her family.
A friend has a rose tattoo on her ankle
When the New Journal visited, a young woman, who did not wish to be named, was having a rose tattooed on her ankle.
Mr Kealy said: “I’m trying to do something for Julie because she loved tattoos. I tattooed her quite a lot. We’re trying to raise a bit of money for the family in the way I know how to. Some people are getting discount and the shop isn’t getting profit. It will be for the family.”
Mr Kealy created several tattoos for Julie – including an unfinished owl – and went to gigs with her. “I was thinking it would be nice that friends would come in and have tattoos done of things related to her, things that she liked and things that annoyed her… a quote, or initials, a date, a name, or one of the logos she loved so much.”
He added: “She had a panda bear tattoo and, you know, she could sometimes be a bit grumpy, so I called it the ‘bipolar bear’. She liked that. There was an owl I was still working on. A sphinx cat. She loved tattoos.”
He added: “I think it was disgusting how slow the police were in starting to look for her. I think they thought she had just gone out on a bender or something. It didn’t add up really, a three-day bender. She wasn’t a sloppy drunk and she didn’t do drugs – she really hated drugs, wouldn’t have anything to do with them.”
Police in Finsbury Park last week
“I was back in Ireland for Christmas and I got a text from her friends saying the police were not helping and they were going out there looking for her anyway. She was found in a few minutes by the friends. If police had gone out looking for her, they could have spared people that pain of finding her like that. That trauma.”
Mr Kealy met Ms Tudos in Camden Market. They often went for a drink in the Good Mixer pub, in Inverness Street. Originally from Russia, Julie moved to London around five years ago from Cyprus after her family upped-sticks and moved there.
A fan of anime, she worked at a stall selling the Japanese art in Camden’s middle-yard market. She was studying for a computer science degree at the Open University at the time of her death and often spoke about how she wanted to travel.
Henry Conlon, landlord at the Dublin Castle and chairman of Camden Inner London Licensees Association, said: “Bar staff in Camden Town have nurtured their own very strong ‘family’. I’ve watched friendships blossom. Young people arrive from all walks of life and different parts of the world. They fall under the spell and become lifelong international friends.”
He added: “They make this world a smaller, lovelier place. They bring their own gift of influence and culture to enhance this beautiful thing that’s loved the world over. This family will pull together and support one another. I have no doubt that they will not let the blessed memory of Juliana fade away.”
Sonny Webb, another friend, said: “She wanted to see the world but at the same time it was rare you’d see her away from Camden Town. When we were living together we’d watch films, you know hang out – go out to gigs. I still can’t believe it’s happened.”
He added: “She was such a caring person. There are so many different stories about how caring she was. She saw a woman passed out in Camden and she wouldn’t leave the person’s side until the ambulance came and took her.”