Scars of a Past Life, Lend a Helping Hand

By Erin Boyle I think there’s something to be said about searching for an artist you can trust with personal symbols and parts of the self. I stumbled upon Melissa Fusco's portfolio by pure chance after searching 4 years for artists in a different style; I was instantly swayed. I found her

Visions From Venice: Part 1

By Melissa Fusco For a few years now, I have had a strong desire to visit the land of my great grandparents and become immersed in my ‘genetic roots’. Italy, my much anticipated trip, has arrived... Outside of conventions, guest spots and gatherings in the states, I crave a culture change and new scenery at

I am… We are…

By Melissa Fusco   Men and Woman look at life through a different lens.  There are plenty of professions where women out number men, and each man in that field will approach their projects differently than a woman. On the flip side, there are many professions that men out number women.  It seems that

Melissa Fusco: Breaking The Artist Bubble

By Melissa Fusco Last month I had the pleasure of visiting  Off The Map Tattoo Studio in Grant's Pass, Oregon. It was my first time ever visiting Oregon, and I must say it gave Colorado a little competition. I arrived with the all to familiar nervous, anxious, first time exploring butterflies

Assistance Through Creative Block

By Melissa Fusco At one time or another in every artist's life, including myself, we have all experienced some type of artist block. There are many levels of creative block, from just the annoyance of interrupted flow that is short-lived or even deeper resulting in depression, lack of self-worth, loss of

Travel Tips: DIY Wet Panel Box

By Melissa Fusco For those of us who may have the chance of painting away from our home studio's, you may find this box to be handy for carrying wet panels. The summer of 2011, I attended a week-long landscape painting workshop in the wet lands of New Jersey and built

Melissa Fusco: Actively Sitting Takes Its Toll

By Melissa Fusco The single best tool that artists have to work with is their own hands. Often I hear clients tell me that my hands must hurt from tattooing hours-on-end. In my experience my hands are the last to feel fatigue and if so, the first to recuperate. The hands are

Melissa Fusco: A Common Bond

By Melissa Fusco Welcome artists, collectors and spectators! I would like to first say 'thank you' to Tattoo Artist Magazine for inviting me to do a monthly contribution to their new TAM Blog. I am honored to be apart of this project and hope to help shed some new light on