Mel’s profession of tattooing was more of an external one: Her husband had talked to her again and again and encouraged her that she could draw so well and should try it out. For a long time she avoided this – women were not so well represented in the industry at that time, but at some point suddenly all the equipment was on the table at home: machine, power supply, paints, artificial skin and then she just had to get started. Already the first results were so good that she took the plunge. Her husband was the greatest support and driving force on her path, because he always believed in her and her talent.
Whenever Mel drew in her life, it was something realistic. To transfer this into tattoos was clear for her from the beginning, but it also proved to be a real challenge. Colours and black tones fade in the course of time, colour pigments blur due to natural skin regeneration, so that the tattoo may look completely different after years than when it was freshly engraved. Realistic tattoos long-lasting and lively to implement is a long learning process and Mel’s greatest demand on their own work.