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Guest tattoo artist revives mother-daughter piece (w/video)

By Jessica Rodrigo
Aug. 27, 2014 at 6:09 p.m.
Updated Aug. 27, 2014 at 11:11 p.m.

Tattoo artist Jayvo Scott puts more ink on his machine as he does a coverup on Melodie Gregory at In The Skin Tattoo and Piercing in Victoria on Tuesday. Scott goes up against his brother in the upcoming season of  "Ink Master."

Melodie Gregory's eyes watered when she looked down at her right foot.

Laden into the first few layers of the skin on her foot, is a new colorful hibiscus flower sits.

"It's beautiful like my daughter," Gregory, 48, said in the middle of her tattoo session with guest artist Jayvo Scott.

When she heard the "Ink Master" competitor was visiting Victoria and doing tattoos at In The Skin Tattoo and Piercing, she made an appointment.

Gregory was the first person to go under Scott's careful hand during his five-day visit. He will be in Victoria until Saturday working at the tattoo shop on Main Street.

The hibiscus tattoo he drew on her foot - in green and purple marker - wasn't a spur of the moment decision. It was her chance to cover up a tattoo she was no longer fond of.

What was meant to be a shared tattoo between her and Paige, her then-18-year-old daughter, morphed into an insignificant marking on her foot.

"I want that special bond and meaning, but it was poorly done," Gregory said.

Now, the tattoo has a new significance and is something she can admire and be proud to show.

Scott, 36, of Melbourne, Fla., has been drawing since he was a child. He said the medium has changed throughout the years, but he loves all forms - Sharpies, crayons, pens and pencils - because he's an artist.

"I try to be as well-versed as I can," he said. "You have to be ready for everything."

He also shares that philosophy with his style of tattooing. Scott said one of the hardest questions the judges on the Spike TV show asked was about his style.

He can do script. He can do cartoons. But he's passionate about color.

In Gregory's hibiscus, the color palette included 13 hues of blue, green, purple, yellow and red.

"They'll add a false perception of depth," Scott said.

The amount of time spent getting tattooed is small compared to how long tattoos will last, he said.

"The pain is temporary," he said. "People deal with the pain differently."

Sometimes, the noise of a machine alone can make people nervous, he said. Unlike the loud vibration and rapping of some machines, Scott tattoos with one that makes very little sound, which was good for Gregory.

As she lay on his folding table, still and concentrating on her happy place, her iPhone was busy streaming spa music into her ears.

"It's a total mental thing. You've got to calm your body down," she said.

Listening to the soothing, instrumental music, she focused on the end product.

"It was amazing," Gregory said of the complete hibiscus.

Gregory's daughter is going to get a matching tattoo and cover-up when Scott returns for a visit, she said.

"I let her go first," Paige Gregory, 21, said. "I don't like needles."

There's also talk about adding a hummingbird, which Melodie Gregory also cherished.

"He did a phenomenal job," she said.

At the end of the two-and-half-hour session, she hugged him and thanked him for putting meaning back into a symbol that represented a strong mother-daughter bond.



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