Outside of tattooing, Megan has been working as an alternative model since 2007, and has been featured in a many national and international publications, including 15+ magazine covers. She also works as a DJ and has recently created a new DJ project called “Letz Massacre” with her boyfriend Joe Letz from the band Combichrist.TLC ran a show called America’s Worst Tattoos that focused on people with Tattoo-regret. This syndrome occurs when someone gets themselves inked with something truly unfortunate. Whether the decision was made because they were too young, or drunk, or just trying to give a gift to a lover (or ex-lover), tattoos are forever, right? Not always. HT spoke with one of the tattoo artists from the show named Megan Massacre. She’s insightful, talented, and willing to share her knowledge and experience with us. If all tattoos were done by artists like her, I suspect there would be far fewer cover-up jobs necessary. Cover-ups involve taking an existing tattoo and changing it into something else. Usually, the new tattoo is larger, to completely cover the old one and incorporate its shapes into the new design. Not all tattoos can be covered up. “There has to be room in the tattoo to cover it up or change it,” says tattoo artist Megan Massacre. “You can’t just take any tattoo and cover it up. If you have a color tattoo, you can’t just cover it up with a black and white tattoo. We don’t work miracles. We can only do our best.” Cover-ups are an alternative to having them removed with a laser. It’s not only about the art, according to Megan, “Bad tattoos have bad memories attached to them. It’s not just fixing artwork. It helps them get rid of their bad memories or baggage. It’s about transforming people.” “As a tattoo artist, I don’t just appreciate tattoos as art,” say Massacre. “I appreciate art in general, and to take a piece of art and wear it forever, it’s a really intimate thing. Each piece of artwork I do is unique. It’s like I’m giving them a little piece of me. It’s nice to make people happy and confident.” “With scars, they are all different shapes,” says Massacre. “What I do with scars is try to match the shape of them. I decided to do some roses, a traditional shape. I took the scars and turned them into vines, because it worked with the shape of the scar. That camouflages it more.” Massacre has turned a very serious, jagged scar. into a wonderful Japanese Cherry Blossoms with the branches, covering up a lot of the look of the scar. “It really helped the woman feel more confident and beautiful,” says Massacre. Some final words about tattooing “Don’t get tattoos when you are inebriated,” says Massacre. “Research your artist. I have come across artists who claim other work as their own. Really think about the tattoo that you want to get. If you don’t’ know what you want to get, don’t get tattooed. First tattoos should be something timeless: an event in your life; a hobby; something that’s a part of you.” Happy inking! The 2 part show aired on June 21 and 28 on TLC.