Earlier this month, I ran into Mel coming out of Penn Station.
She has amazing work, and it was soon clear why. Mel was visiting from Melbourne, Australia, where she works as a tattoo artist at Get Smart Body Art.
I was drawn particularly to one of her newer tattoos, this dot-style Tibetan-inspired design:
I told her it reminded me of the style of Thomas Hooper, an artist at New York Adorned whose website (here) showcases some astonishing work, including tattoos made from the dot-style technique.
Mel noted that it was an original design that was inked using a rotary tattoo machine, with the purpose of achieving this effect. Thomas Hooper's style, she acknowledged, inspired her to attempt this ambitious tattoo.
In all fairness, she collaborated with Mick Kelly, at Get Smart Body Art, who did the actual tattooing.
Thanks to Mel for sharing this lovely tattoo with us here on Tattoosday!