About 1 in 8 women in the United States will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime. In 2014, there were more than 2.8 million women with a history of breast cancer in the United States. This includes women currently being treated and women who have finished treatment.
The majority of these women have already or will have to get mastectomies in order to combat this disease. A mastectomy is a surgery that involves removing all or part of the breast to treat or prevent breast cancer. Although this can be a live-saving procedure, the scars that are left behind can have a huge physical and psychological impact on the individual. As a result, many of these breast cancer survivors are choosing to reclaim their lives and their bodies with beautiful commemorative tattoos.
For some, these tattoos serve as a form of healing. For a lot of women, coming to terms with how their body look after treatment can be very difficult. The tattoo not only serves as a decorative piece for the scars, but it also plays a huge part in the recovery process.
P.ink (Personal Ink) is a charitable initiative, that connects mastectomy patients with qualified tattoo artists. Every year, they host P.ink Day events where they connect mastectomy patients with tattoo artists who donate their time and services for free. P.ink also accepts donations throughout the year to help pay for survivors to receive these tattoos.
David Allen, a tattoo artist connected with P.ink, describes this process best: “What was clinical became beautiful again… we turned sterile into sensual. We took back control.”
For more information or to donate, please visit P.ink.
Attending the Motor City Expo in Detroit was a blast! Although it was a more intimate show, the turnout was still amazing. The energy in the place was off the wall and the art was even better. As always, we are extremely thankful to meet new faces and catch up with the familiar ones. Check our slideshow below to see if you can find yourself!
We kicked off our 2015 Show Tour with the Philadelphia Tattoo Convention and Phoenix Body Art Expo. The turnout was great and all the artists who participated were amazing. We appreciate each and everyone of you for stopping by and showing your support. It always a great pleasure to catch up with familiar faces and meeting new ones as well.
Basma Hameed was severely burned as a young child in a hot oil kitchen accident. The accident left permanent scarring and discoloration on parts of her face. After undergoing over 100 procedures, she was still not able to conceal the third-degree burns. It was not until she was getting her eyebrows tattooed that she had the idea to tattoo her entire face.
“I saw the result immediately,” she told Mic.com of the procedure, which she underwent following failed eyebrow transplants. “I was so happy that I thought to myself — why not do the same procedure using skin tone pigments on my scar tissue, to camouflage the discoloration.”
Hameed put herself into school and received training on para-medical tattooing. This form of cosmetic tattooing is used to help restore features lost due to scars, vitiligo, hair loss, and breast reconstruction. Today, she has helped many people transformed their lives through her business and through her charity, The Basma Hameed Survivors Foundation.
Some may say that tattoos are a form of social deviance. Others might say that they are a form of artistic expression. With the emergence of paramedical tattooing, there’s no denying that tattoos are now becoming a vehicle for personal healing.
Skin cancer is the most common cancer in Brazil, where basking in the sun on the beach is practically a religion. Unfortunately, not enough young people think skin cancer can happen to them and don’t visit the dermatologist. Brazilian youth sunscreen company Sol de Janeiro is taking a stance with its ongoing campaign to train Brazilian tattoo artists to identify signs of skin cancer.
If you think about it, it makes sense. Tattoo artists look at a client’s skin for hours, sometimes days, paying great attention to every detail.
So far, hundreds of tattoo artists have been trained and some have already found early signs of skin cancer.
This is the first program of its kind we’ve seen, but frankly we think it should be everywhere.
Hey everyone! The Seattle Tattoo Expo was a successful show and we got to see some great friends! We’re resting up before we head to the Boston Tattoo Convention, which starts this Friday at the Boston Bay Back Sheraton Hotel. (More info about the Boston Tattoo Convention here.)
While the recall is for White and Blue Lion, Inc., the FDA is concerned that the company isn’t the only one with contaminated inks and needles. When it comes to tattoo inks, the FDA recommends you make sure the ink bottle is a brand name that provides the manufacturer’s location.
Check out the FDA’s full release and the list of all contaminated tattoo inks and needles here.
What about you? What steps do you take to ensure your inks and needles are the safest they can be? Tell us in the comments below!