Inked Girls: Melanie Villaruel
Myself in a sentence: I might try everything at least once.
Occupation: Freelance model/Life art model
Hometown: Fallbrook, CA
The design and themes of my tattoos: I am going with the flow of my life. Sometimes its beautiful, sometimes there is sadness, and death, but in the end it all comes out beautiful.
More specifics about my tattoo: They tell a story of my life, and I don't regret any of them. Except...when my ex forced me to put his name on me. I went straight to my good friend a week later and had him cover it up.
My favorite tattoo and the story behind it: The mermaid on my leg is by far my favorite tattoo. I had a few beers with the person I consider the best artist in Colorado Springs, Alwin James. I was at a turning point in my life, and just started off modeling, and breaking free from a 5 year abusive relationship. I talked to Alwin about putting a dead mermaid on my leg to represent innocence and magic being dead, and he drew up my dead mermaid breaking off into beautiful geometrical shapes...It died, but became something beautiful.
My next tattoo: I need to get a giant dragon on my left rib cage, and part onto the lower part of my abdomen. I'm terrified of it, but I want it and need it.