MelJo JoJo

Des Moines, Iowa | 336 Sales


MelJo JoJo

Des Moines, Iowa 336 Sales On Etsy since 2015

5 out of 5 stars (70)

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Last updated on Apr 16, 2019

Burlesque Models, Pinups and a bunch of Animals all walk into a bar ...

Melissa Josephsen

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Melissa Josephsen


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My Story...

It’s rather difficult to write about myself. I am an artist. I feel like I express myself through my artwork but right now if you asked me “What does your artwork mean to you?” it’s really a soul search. On the surface right now my artwork is an expression of the female form being unrelenting and fierce. The figure of my artwork stands before you with all their glory, ready to take on the world with it’s best face. Even in the most innocent piece, they still are leaving their mark on the world. But then I really thought about who I am and the social anxiety I have and realized it’s more than that.

Life has put people like me in a cage over the course of our lives. My artwork is truly the masks that we’re all forced to wear. Society and those around us create a fear of judgment for many and the social anxiety that is born forces us to put on another face. My art and I cannot be ourselves without being judged or considered taboo. All of my art pieces in the Burlesque Zoo wear masks to hide themselves from society as we’re all on display now for everyone to see on Social Media. Many of us have to wear masks in our lives to try and seek acceptance because deep down we know we’re going to be called animals or worse. This tip toe to try and keep everyone happy just leaves all of us empty and unfulfilled.

The Burlesque Zoo allows me to express everything I experience and lets the animals out of their cages. We’re always told growing up to be ourselves and once we really let the freak flag fly, we’re told to get back in the box. Join the Zoo and say no to the box. Reject the judgment and escape your cage. We’re all glorious in our own way, we just need the rest of the world to catch up to us.

Follow me on Instagram @meljo_jojo for behind the scenes & progress shots!

Shop policies

Last updated on April 18, 2019

Accepted payment methods

Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
I gladly accept returns and exchanges
Contact me within: 5 days of delivery
Ship items back within: 7 days of delivery
I don't accept cancellations
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
The following items can't be returned or exchanged
Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
  • Custom or personalized orders
  • Perishable products (like food or flowers)
  • Digital downloads
  • Intimate items (for health/hygiene reasons)
Returns and exchange details
Refund policy is on unopened sleeves of prints, with no visible signs of damage or tampering. Please contact me so that we can discuss any options that may be available. Shipping costs are to be paid for by Buyer. Any refunds are of product costs only.
All available payment methods are accepted. Payments must be made prior to any shipments. I am unable to cancel any orders once the tracking information has been generated and sent to you, as the order has left my door at that point and time.
Shipping occurs in 1-2 business days on most prints, unless noted otherwise. Shipping on multiple items provides you the best discount when ordering prints.

Any returns must be completed within 7 business days of delivery, with the buyer paying any return shipping costs.