Melissa was born in South Florida, spent the better part of her youth wondering around the wilds of natural South Florida where she would draw and paint. She ventured off to Boston where she studied printmaking. While there she spent most of her time at Harvard's natural history museum, the aquarium, and many of Boston' art museums and galleries in these spaces she developed a love for highly detailed organic and botanical art. She started tattooing upon returning to Florida in 2005 and she enjoys doing bright and bold as well as soft and subtle tattoos. Though she loves to tattoo birds, flowers, and all sorts of flora and fauna she finds herself loving almost anything detailed with multiple images to create a story. In her spare time she enjoys science, history, reading, wildlife, antiques, and is terrified of alligators.