Tattoo-mad mum banned from work, pubs and school after taking ink to extreme

Tattoo-mad mum banned from work, pubs and school after taking ink to extreme

April 16, 2023
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    Melissa Sloan is notorious for causing controversy with her massive tattoo collection.

    The Welsh mum, 46, has at least three designs etched onto her face a week.

    To nourish her "addiction", Melissa gets the majority of her tattoos done "prison style" by her partner Luke in the comfort of their home.

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    However, the mum-of-two has run into her fair share of problems.

    Including, being banned from many aspects of life.

    Daily Star has rounded up all the places Melissa has allegedly been barred from.


    The mum infamous for her tattoos revealed that she can't get a job due to her alternative appearance.

    When Melissa first spoke to Daily Star, she admitted that her regular meeting with the tattoo gun is not doing her any favours in the professional world.

    She once had a job cleaning toilets.

    But as her collection of crucifixes and Playboy bunnies grew, Melissa found it hard to land another deal with scrubbing bogs for a living.

    “I can’t get a job," she exclusively shared.

    "They won’t have me.

    "I applied for a job cleaning toilets where I live and they won’t have me because of my tattoos.

    “The first job I had was cleaning ages ago, cleaning toilets.

    "People have said I have never have had a job in my life, I have had one once and it didn’t last long.

    “But, if someone offered me a job tomorrow I would go and work – I would take that offer."

    Melissa is yet to be offered a job seven months on from when she spoke to us and currently relies on benefits to get by.

    Tattoo shops

    Despite loving tattoos, ink artists do not share the same love for Melissa.

    Since the age of 20, the mum has been getting inked regularly to the point she's lost track of how many she's got.

    Although she gets the bulk of her work done at home, she sometimes seeks the help of artists for more complicated work.

    But Melissa says she's been "banned" from parlours because her face is "beyond help".

    "Tattoo shops shut the door on me – tattooists won't let me in," Melissa said.

    "When I had this done [my face], there's one about five miles up the road and they won't do it.

    Melissa giggled when she explained why she thinks that tattooists don't want to touch her face.

    "They won't do it because I'm beyond help – because I've gone too far," she chuckled.


    Her body art has closed many doors in life for Melissa – quite literally.

    Before she was banned from entering tattoo shops, the mum with a penchant for budget ink jobs was barred from the boozer.

    Melissa claimed that this was all to do with her ink.

    It even ruined her Christmas Day plans of necking pints down the pub.

    She's now got a "life ban" for entering any boozy establishments because of her permanent decorated face.

    "I'm not allowed in the pub, it's all pubs," she explained.

    "I've been banned for life from pubs in the past because of the tattoos.

    "I [have gone] into pubs and have people look at me like I'm nobody, you get judgemental people.

    "I am banned from pubs in my area, I can't get in because of my tattoos.

    "[I miss] just speaking to people, I'm the one who speaks to everybody when I've had a drink and I'll be talking to everyone.

    "But, there's nothing I can do about it [being banned]."


    Melissa is used to being an outsider because of her extreme devotion to getting inked.

    And over the Christmas period, the mum was allegedly banned from her children's school.

    She claims she was made to watch her child's nativity play through the window as people can't look past her alternative appearance.

    "No Christmas parties and when I go to my child's school I don't get invited," Melissa said.

    "They said once for me to go to the back garden look through the class window they told me to do so.

    "The teachers told me to do that, that's why I don't go to the school play.

    "I feel so jealous as I can't go there and to the Christmas fayre as I know what they're [teachers and parents] like towards me."

    Melissa even struggles to leave the house as strangers heckle on her on the street to the point she was called a "freak" in front of her kids.

    She claims she recently declined the offer for "free" laser treatment on the NHS to remove her face ink.

    The mum felt it would be a waste of time to get the ink removed as she would just start all over again.

    And the idea of getting her eyeballs inked is something Melissa would like to see come into fruition.

    The tattoo mad mum is willing to take the "gamble" on her sight.

    Despite being shunned from all parts of society, it seems that Melissa is true to her word when she says she'll "never stop."


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