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Shopping in Shelburne: Missie Ink

By Michelle Janzen


Many people already know Melissa Powers and her work, as she previously apprenticed and worked out of another tattoo shop in Shelburne. As a young girl Melissa was always drawn to art and could often be found drawing pictures in her spare time.

“I get my artistic side from my father,” she tells us.

Recently, Melissa decided to spread her wings and open her own shop.

“A dream,” she says, “from the first day of my apprenticeship, and even then I knew I would call it Missie Ink.”

Throughout the shop, a main floor storefront on Main Street, natural brick and gallery white walls backdrop dozens of pieces of art, either collected over the years or self-produced. Taped to the wall above Melissa's desk are drawings on onion skin papers that lift slightly every time the front door opens.

Sometimes, Melissa says, clients choose to replicate what they see on the wall or in a book, however the first visit is usually a consultation “to talk through what it is they're looking for, in order to personalize it.”

With magazines on the coffee tables, theatrical wall pieces and a Feng Shui feel to it, the shop is worlds away from the stereotypical tattoo “parlour.”

Melissa says, “tattooing has changed a lot. It's gone from taboo to mainstream, and it keeps gaining momentum.”

Most of her own body art is under wraps, although there are hints on her shoulder as her shirt hangs slightly off it. For Melissa, tattoos are “charms. It's a way of never forgetting the things that have impacted you, a way of carrying them with you forever.”

Everyone has a story, she explains.

“You can look at somebody on the street, and they've been through a lifetime of experiences you'll never know about. And everyone's trying to express themselves. For those who aren't able to create their own art, tattoos communicate their story.”

When asked if there is any one kind of tattoo Melissa likes doing more then another she responds, “I really enjoy working with intense colours when tattooing, and specialize in cover ups.”

Heath Board Inspected, Missie Ink is open for business Tuesday to Thursdays from 11 am until 6 pm, Fridays from noon until 7 pm, Saturdays from 11 am until 6 pm, and by appointment only on Sundays and Mondays. Missie Ink is located at 114 Main Street West and can be contacted at 519-215-6521 or by email at

To see the unique style of tattoos and mind bowing artwork that Melissa has produced, you can find her on Facebook under Missie Powers.
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