Standing out amongst the talent featured in both TLC reality shows “America’s Worst Tattoos” and “NY Ink” is Megan Massacre: tattoo artist, model, fashion contributor, and television personality. Her artistic savvy, engaging personality, and stunning good looks illuminate her multi-faceted, cross platform appeal.
Megan’s first thoughts of becoming a tattoo artist began when she was fourteen years old. However, after visiting a local tattoo studio inquiring about a tattoo apprenticeship, she was turned down for being both considered too young and not having enough money to pay for it. At the time, she thought her dreams were crushed.
Fast-forward a few short years, and Megan had a brush with fate. The recent high school graduate was attending community college and paying for it by working an unfulfilled job at a failing furniture store. One of her co-workers had applied for a job as a body piercer at a local tattoo studio and asked Megan for a lift to the interview. While there, her friend told the shop owner how well Megan could draw, and he asked her to draw a few tattoo-related designs. Impressed with what he saw, he asked Megan if she wanted to do a tattoo right there on the spot. Both excited and a little scared, Megan blurted out, “Yes!” and with that, the shop owner walked her through her very first tattoo. Pleased with how she did, he offered her an apprenticeship on the spot, and thus began her career.
Megan worked at a handful of tattoo shops in Pennsylvania, including Philadelphia’s well-respected Deep Six Laboratory, before she was asked to move to New York to join the cast of NY Ink. She currently tattoos at The Wooster St. Social Club, one of the hottest tattoo shops in Manhattan and the location for NY Ink.
Megan’s advice on getting your first tattoo? “Pick something that’s timeless, positive, and meaningful. Get something that commemorates your children or your parents or a passion or a hobby. Even choose an event that made a positive impact in your life, because those memories will always remain a permanent part of who you are.”
A passionate vegetarian supporter of animal rights, Megan has worked with Peta in an ad campaign about being vegetarian and plans to further support both the organization and cause. She loves cooking and experimenting with vegetarian and vegan recipes. She also enjoys DJ’ing, drinks way too much coffee, and loves to paint. While she’s been making art for a decade, she’s recently begun to re-explore the artistic side and skill that brought her into tattooing in the first place. She’s exhibited in art shows both inside and outside of the tattoo art world, and will be participating in a number of new art shows this year. Her works are in multiple mediums such as water color, acrylic, oil, marker, ink and colored pencil.
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