Artists: Melissa Storm
What year did you start tattooing: 2013
Tell us about the style of your work: I Specialise in black & grey shading and realism.
Where did you apprentice?: Body Art Studio with the late Dave Edwards
What tattoo artist do you most admire: Paul Booth for his dark and weird style, and my favourite Rob Richardson for his realism and black & grey shading.
Before someone gets a tattoo what advice do you give them?: They must be 100 % sure as to what they want, sometimes their ideas aren't always the best and I tell them to rather take my advise. People don't seem to be realistic when choosing a tattoo. pictures and tattoos on the internet are mostly enhanced to brighten the color, so people think thats how it will come out.
How did you get into tattooing: I have always wanted to tattoo, I did go to art school and i am a qualified Graphic Designer. I would come home after college with marking pen drawn on me. Of course my mom freaked. Then while working in a clothing company as a Graphic Designer, I got offered an apprenticeship at Body Art.
What inspires you to be an artist: Being able to create my own designs and better yet, tattooing them on a person who respects and loves my work. No better feeling. I also strive to be well known in the future!
What kind of tattoos do you look forward to doing: Portraits, Skulls and anything with a dark feel, as well as realistic tattoos. My own style is to use realism human feature and incorporating that piece with a skull or rose.
Is there a tattoo that you haven't done yet that you are dying to do: Not really, I dont usually do Maori and tribals. I actually stay away from them.