A mum who is ‘addicted’ to tattoos and claims her ‘prison-style’ inks are keeping her from getting a job has shared a photo of what she used to look at before her dramatic makeover.
Melissa Sloan, 45, from Powys, South Wales, got her first inking aged 20 and has since covered most of her body in hundreds of tattoos.
The mother-of-seven has even started revamping her old tattoos with new designs and says her boyfriend inks her at home almost every day.
Speaking to the Mirror, Melissa – whose face is covered in roses and hearts – revealed she also does her own tattoos to keep her spending under control.
While a crucifix inking would cost her £70 in a salon, the mum says it only costs £10 to do at home.
Melissa Sloan, 45, from Powys, South Wales, got her first inking aged 20. The mother-of-seven – pictured in 2022 – says they are covering her ’emotional scars’ from the sexual abuse she suffered at the hands of her brother growing up
Melissa shared a photo of what her face looked like before she covered it in tattoos.
Melissa got her first tattoo 25 years ago and started covering her face when she ran out of space on her body
Explaining how she gets an “adrenaline rush” from each design, Melissa said: “I get a buzz, and I feel brilliant, then it wears off again in a few days and I do it again.
“People call me Crazy Melissa, but I feel like Melissa – that’s who I am. If they don’t like it, they don’t have to look at me – I don’t care. There are people who judge there, they judge you whatever it is. People look at me, you get used to it.
In an interview with the Daily Star earlier this year, Melissa claimed her tattoos were preventing her from getting a job.
She said: ‘I applied for a job cleaning toilets where I live and they won’t get me because of my tattoos.
Melissa (pictured) covered her body in tattoos to erase memories of sexual abuse from the age of six
Melissa said she was “happy” that Gavin was now behind bars, but angry that her own claims were not properly investigated at the time.
“But, if someone offered me a job tomorrow, I would go to work – I would accept that offer. I expected this in life, I can’t fit in with people because I like being me and I will always be myself.
In May, the mother revealed her tattoos were a way of coping with the sexual abuse she suffered as a child at the hands of her older brother.
Gavin Sloan, 46, was jailed for 21 years for a series of sickening rapes and sexual assaults against other children earlier this year.
“My tattoos help me cover up the emotional scars that Gavin left,” Melissa said.
“They are my mask and I hide from the world behind them. But now that he’s finally in jail, I can start to feel free.
Melissa claims her complaint was not taken seriously by police and he was never charged with the alleged offenses against her.
Melissa’s half-brother Gavin Sloan, 46 (pictured), was jailed in May 2022 for a series of sickening rapes and sexual assaults on other children
Melissa, who was abused by her brother until she was 16, says her complaints were not taken seriously by the police. Pictured: Melissa and Gavin as children
She was horrified to read a news report about Gavin’s recent conviction for sex offenses involving other children.
Melissa said: “I am delighted that he is finally behind bars, but I am also angry that my own complaint was not properly investigated at the time.”
“I have suffered all my life because of abuse. My whole body is covered in tattoos and it’s my way of coping with the trauma of my abused childhood. I try to erase memories by covering myself in tattoos.
Melissa and Gavin grew up in Kidderminster with their mother, Doris, and two other siblings.
She said: “Gavin and I have the same mother but different fathers, but we were brought up as brother and sister. As toddlers, we shared a bath together, like siblings do.
“But when I was six, and he was seven, Gavin touched me downstairs in the tub. I told my mom, but we were both young kids and she brushed it off. She didn’t really believe me.
“But it continued and it got worse when I was a teenager. Gavin and I shared a room, and he took every chance he could to grope me, and he tried to get me to perform sex acts on him. He drilled a small hole in the bathroom door to spy on me.
“I grew up thinking it was normal. He told me it was good because he was my half-brother. I tried to fight him, but he was stronger and very aggressive towards me.
“He called me sexual names and made inappropriate comments. I saw him kill birds and small animals and I was very afraid of him.
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