“What was clinical became beautiful again… we turned sterile into sensual. We took back control.”
While a Mastectomy, or a surgical removal of all or part of a breast, can save someone’s life who is at risk of developing or already has breast cancer, the scars left behind can be both physical and psychological.
For some women, tattooing their post-mastectomy breasts has become a powerful way to reclaim what was lost.
A website called P.Ink has helped tattoo artists connect with women who want to tattoo their mastectomy scars. One such tattoo artist, David Allen, had inspiring things to say about the process:
“What was clinical became beautiful again… we turned sterile into sensual. We took back control.“
“Breast cancer sucks. Even if you survive, it ravages your body, complicates relationships, and leaves permanent, uninvited marks. We think that covering these scars with a different kind of marka tattoocan not only help mastectomy patients reclaim their scarred bodies, but also turn something painful into something beautiful. Our goal is to connect survivors with tattoo artiststwo disparate communities that seem (to us) naturally allied.“
The company’s goal is to connect breast cancer survivors with tattoo artists who have experience in working with scarring associated with mastectomies.
Most breast cancer survivors face two choices: Reconstruction or not. But Most don’t realize there’s a third option: Ink.
The women can take back control of their bodies by deciding to turn their scars into beautiful works of art, with the help of some incredible tattoo artists.
The pieces mean something entirely different to each person on whom they are inked, but all share in the same story: Winning a battle against death.
What was clinical became beautiful again. These artists turned something sterile into something sensual
it’s the only option that puts completely gorgeous, bold and unapologetic creative control back into the hands of the survivors who need it most.
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