Inked Australia/NZ 100,000 Facebook Fans Competition

Modern Medusa is still dead and buried (for the time being, at least) but I thought it would be cruel of me not to share this will you all.

To celebrate closing in on 100,000 fans on Facebook, Inked Australia/NZ are running their biggest competition to date.


From Inked Australia/NZ’s Facebook page:

Want $1000 towards your next tattoo?

To celebrate Inked Aus/NZ Facebook page about to reach 100,000 likes we’re giving away 100,000 cents (AUD$1000) towards one person’s next tattoo.

To win all you need to do is post a drawing/picture of the tattoo you want and tell us why you want it to our Facebook page before March 1st 2013.

The Inked Team will then choose their winner of the grand prize!

T&Cs: This is not a game of chance. You must live in Australia or New Zealand. Cash is not redeemable for the prize. The money (AUD$1000) will be paid directly to a registered tattooist (*NSW) in Australia or New Zealand at time of winner being tattooed. Contest runs from 12 February 13 till midnight 28 February 2013. This prize cannot be shared, but can be used over various sittings. Winner announced 4 March 2013. Winner chosen by Inked Australia/NZ team, not by most Facebook likes.

Put on your thinking cap, put pen to paper, create a collage of ideas and get writing. Inked Australia/NZ wants to know what you want for your next tattoo and why you want to win.

This money could mean finally being able to afford a tattoo from your favourite tattoo artist. Maybe you have no tattoos and want to get your first. Or perhaps you have a bad tattoo just begging to be covered up.

So far there are under 200 entries. It’s free to enter, so what have you got to lose? You have better chances of winning this than the lottery!

$1000 towards your next tattoo is huge. Show your appreciation by liking Inked Australia/NZ on Facebook, following them on Twitter @Inked_Australia and spreading the word!


Picking up copies of Inked Australia/NZ magazine, Inked Girls and Inked Artists wouldn’t hurt either ūüôā


2012 in Review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 12,000 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 20 years to get that many views.

Click here to see the complete report.

R.I.P. Modern Medusa


After almost 18 months of working on this blog, as of today it is no longer.

Modern Medusa is dead.

It is closing in on a year since I last got tattooed. I’m out of the loop. I can’t remember what it feels like when that needle hits the skin. Due to my current situation I won’t be getting any new ink in the foreseeable future. To write about something that I love SO much which isn’t really a part of my life any more is difficult.

Will I be back? Maybe.

What happens in 2013 will pave the way. I can only hope that, one day, the path will lead me back to here.

I will, however, be continuing with my clean eating blog which you can view here Stacie Michelle or follow me on Twitter @michelle_stacie

If you want to keep up to date with Australian and New Zealand tattoo news, expos and all things tattoo art and culture, I suggest you pick up copies of Tattoos Down Under magazine or Inked Australia/NZ magazine, Inked Girls or Inked Artists.


Modern Medusa:

100 posts

13,037 views from 27/7/2011 to 26/12/2012 

Tesselaar Tulip Festival


Today I travelled to Silvan, in what felt like the middle of nowhere, to attend the Tesselaar Tulip Festival. What has that to do with tattoos you ask?

Spending the day surrounded by so many beautiful colours, I couldn’t help but be inspired. There were¬†sculptures scattered around the farm which made me think of art, which led to me thinking about tattoos on the drive home.

I’ve finally decided on the design for my left arm sleeve. I’m going with a loose Japanese theme, with flowers such as¬†chrysanthemums, lotus, cherry blossoms,¬†dahlias, daisies, hydrangea, iris and lilies, incorporating them with¬†my existing peony flower on my wrist. I’ll also have some dark clouds in the background to really make the flowers look vibrant.

Now comes the fun part of deciding on a tattoo artist and the not-so fun part of saving for the tattoo.


Where do you draw inspiration from for your tattoos?


Check out some of my favourite photos:

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How much does the alpaca look like Napoleon Dynamite?


The Tesselaar Tulip Festival is running only for another week. For more details click here.

Inked Australia/NZ Magazine Issue 15 Review

Cover girl Chelsey has the bluest of blue eyes that I’ve ever seen.¬†Issue 15 is up there as my favourite cover along with Sabina Kelley gracing the front of Issue Seven. With a full-time job,modelling work, a ¬†husband and two pugs named after the Addams Family characters, find out on Page 44 how this Canadian-native finds time for it all.

For those of you who know Chris Garver only through his time on Miami Ink, now is your chance to learn more about the real man. The Japanese style of tattooing is growing in popularity, but did you know tattoos are still looked down upon in Japan? Check out the interview on Page 108 to get a look inside the mind of this tattooing icon.

Tattooed female circus performers are carrying on the legacy of the tattooed freaks who often toured with circuses in the US during the early to mid 20th century. Get your fix of these sword swallowing, pole dancing and burlesque beauties on Page 62.

The Dreamtime Ink Australia feature (Page 98) gives insight in to the art of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, something which has until now received very little media attention.

I’m rather biased, but my favourite interview in this issue is that of my favourite wrestler, and the current WWE Champion, CM Punk (Page 68). He talks all things wrestling, punk music, his Straight Edge lifestyle and all things tattoos. Regardless of your thoughts on wrestling, CM Punk is proof that being yourself and using the negativity of others can lead to great things.


The most important feature in Issue 15 is that of new tattooing law in New South Wales, the Tattoo Parlour Act 2012. ¬†Some major changes are coming which could see some artists without a licence to tattoo, or the end of international tattoo artists travelling to Australia.¬†It’s too much to go into here, I suggest if you live in NSW, along with those of you from Victoria and Queensland (as there’s talk of these laws being passed in your states too), to get the magazine.


Oh, and someone you may know just so happens to be Reader of the Month.



Issue 15 of Inked Australia/NZ Magazine is available in all good newsagents and 7-11 stores.


For the tech-savvy readers out there, you can also download the magazine to your iPhone or iPad via the Inked Australia app in the Australian iTunes store.


Inked Girls with Jesse Lee Denning on the cover and Inked Artists with Paul Booth are both still on sale. Don’t forget to pick up a copy.

My Full Back Piece

Lately I have been gathering inspiration for my full back piece tattoo. I already have a lower back tattoo:


and my neck/upper back tattooed:


so whatever I design will have to incorporate these two pieces into it.

So far these are the ideas I have –

  • A girl with flowing hair standing in a graveyard
  • Wearing beads and torn clothes
  • A single tear falling from her eye
  • Tombstones in the background
  • Ravens flying (turning into my white doves)
  • Storm clouds
  • Dead trees
  • A black cat (with bright yellow eyes)¬†trailing behind the girl

With the amount of hours required for a full back piece, my choice of tattooist will most likely be limited to those living in Victoria. Now comes the fun of deciding who to choose.