I met Melanie in Penn Station and had to stop her to ask about this colorful phoenix on her back:
She originally had just the Yin and Yang tattoo, but expanded the work to include the legendary bird rising through the ashes. To Melanie, this represents being "better and stronger" after picking up the pieces from life's challenges, overcoming difficulties and rising above everything.
The tattoo was inked by Rick Schreck at House of 1000 Tattoos in Middlesex, New Jersey.
Thanks to Melanie for sharing her cool phoenix tattoo with us here on Tattoosday!