Many women are looking for mastectomy tattoos to reclaim their bodies after an unfortunate reality when it comes to breast cancer — the possibility of having to have a mastectomy. However, some women don't let the cancer make that choice for them. My mom, for instance, decided to have a double mastectomy when she was diagnosed with breast cancer in her right breast to make sure it never had the opportunity to come back in either side. And she is most definitely one of the most courageous women I know.
The person who did her reconstructive surgery didn't do a stellar job, and I know it bothers her that her new breasts aren't the shape she wants them to be in and that her nipples aren't where she'd like them to be. And I know she's one of the few people who have had a double mastectomy and was able to keep her nipples. Many don't have that choice because the nipples end up dying before they can reattach them to the breast tissue.
The mastectomy tattoos in this list show the many types of mastectomy tattoos you can get, whether you're trying to cover a mastectomy scar, taking something hurtful and hard from your past and making it beautiful, or even creating realistic nipples after you've lost yours. The following tattoo artists are amazing in their craft and even more amazing because they specialize in something as personal and important as a mastectomy tattoo.
Looking for a tattoo artist who can do a design like one of these for you? P.Ink.org is an organization that tries to connect breast cancer survivors with tattoo artists who can give them a tattoo that's incredibly special for them. If you're looking to have one done, I'd highly recommend checking them out. It's clearly a very touching and empowering experience.
1. 3D Areola
Cindy Schott is a permanent cosmetic tattooer in Virginia Beach at Athena Ink who specializes in 3D areolas for cancer survivors and thrivers. She tattoos breasts post-mastectomy and post-reconstruction surgery, and she makes them look incredibly realistic. The shadowing and colors are spot on.
2. Floral Scar Cover
Schott's business partner Tracy Kane's work is decorative and beautiful in this scar cover-up floral piece.
Missour-based tattoo artist Kerry Soraci also specializes in post-mastectomy work, as well as Art Nouveau, mandala designs, flowers, and other natural subjects, according to her website. And this piece is a beautiful scar cover-up featuring one of her flower designs.