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25 Powerful Photos Of Mastectomy Tattoos

Every tattoo tells a story.

After having their breasts removed for medical reasons, some patients choose to get beautiful tattoos over the scars. Here are a few of their stories.

#1 Something as seemingly cosmetic as tattoos and hair can really do a lot to put the pieces back together and symbolize the end of a hard time

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1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer. @poisonivydesign was healthy, worked out, pescatarian, didn’t smoke, was under 40 and found a lump during a random self check. After radiation, chemotherapy, many painful surgeries...including a double mastectomy later, thankfully she’s in remission. Cancer didn’t care that she was a mother, a wife, busy with work, healthy, etc. It didn’t care about her plans, goals or agenda. It doesn’t discriminate. When I found out through @iamthe1whoknocks, our tattoo artist @david_tattoos was giving away a free mastectomy scar cover-up to Kathleen, I wanted to be a part of it. Something as seemingly cosmetic as tattoos and hair can really do a lot to put the pieces back together and symbolize the end of a hard time. A fresh start. I didn’t do anything crazy different to her hair because it wasn’t about that for me. I just wanted to do what made her feel good. We have that opportunity as stylists and tattoo artists. I got the chance to get to know her, hear her story, make her feel beautiful and honestly be personally effected to get my ass in gear and GET CHECKED. Thank you so much Kathleen for sharing your story on my platform to hopefully bring awareness. You are amazingly strong and beautiful and I’m so fortunate I got the chance to be impacted by you 💗 Thank you to David as well. To everyone reading this...get checked! Women- do self exams often, guys get colonoscopies, go to the doctor...be proactive even if ignorance seems like bliss. Even if you think you’re healthy or not old enough. Even if you’re too busy. GET CHECKED! #breastcancerawareness #breastcancer #getchecked #cancersurvivor @brazilianbondbuilder @redken @behindthechair_com @modernsalon @hudabeauty @styles.tv @hairstyles @buzzfeedvideo @styleartists @hair.video @hair.videos @hairvideodiary @hairvideosbystylists @insiderbeauty @behindthechair_com @cosmopolitan @allure @glamourmag @peinadosvideos @tutorialesvideos @allure

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"My mom had breast cancer 2 years ago. It’s so awesome to see something so difficult become something positive and beautiful. 💚💚💚💪🏻👩🏻" - source: lindzkinz_ / Instagram

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#2 “I am so in love with this. Incredible work” – zeezoo_capone

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#3 The smiles of WARRIORS💪💪

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#4 “Holy crap!! Beautifull.. But Tattooing over the nippels is that bearable?” – menne_talsma

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#5 Something for her to show off at her favorite nude beach

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#6 Mastectomy scar coverup

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#7 This picture truly shows the joy of this magical day

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#8 What happens when two survivor sisters meet for the first time?

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#9 Whenever you look in the mirror, those mastectomy scars are staring right back at you and you realize that no amount of reconstruction will make them go away

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Hey guys, I want you to check this out. It is an anonymous review from one of our clients: ______________________________________________________ “ I never gave tattoos much thought. Sure, I know individuals with them and they are somewhat popular these days, but they have never been on my "bucket list." ...Then life happens in ways you never expect. From morning showers to readying for bed at night, whenever you look in the mirror, those mastectomy scars are staring right back at you and you realize that no amount of reconstruction will make them go away. It takes a toll and leaves your psyche troubled. I dropped enrollment at my gym, turned my profile from my husband least he looked at me. I caught glances from my colleagues at work trying to access what damage there was. Breast cancer is not something you can do quietly. No matter how brave or resilient you are, the “new normal” is not normal. Almost three years out and I am still in remission. I am grateful for that. I need to move forward in my timeline, however long that may be, and I don’t want to spend it loathing what I see in the mirror. A tattoo seemed the solution so I turned to a local artist whose work I admire for help in designing something unique and personal. I was not disappointed. Art is very personal and I had no experience with ink artists, only vague ideas of what they were about and it was colored with what my mom told me to stay away from... I wanted someone I was comfortable with.. Kira was first on the recommend, but one problem...her books had been closed. But I liked the art I saw and Dax’s philosophy and approach to the art of inking was refreshing. So I decided to check them out. to some surprise, the studio was very clean and orderly, it wasn’t some smoke-filled den full of questionable characters. Yes, the artists were young, edgy but very friendly, very knowledgeable and very professional. It was a very comfortable feeling. I was introduced to the work of some of the artists, and they were all good, but even they thought Kira would be the best artist for me. Kira is young, wise beyond her years but very sweet, tenable and serious. Read more below

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“I never gave tattoos much thought. Sure, I know individuals with them and they are somewhat popular these days, but they have never been on my "bucket list." ...Then life happens in ways you never expect." - source: savagedax / Instagram

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#10 MELISSA – 11 years cancer free

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#11 Scar cover up – 2 day sessions now, we still have the other side

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#12 The finished artwork – 13 hours, one sitting

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#13 She asked Allen to conceal the scarring left on her breast

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#14 “Today through my art I found purpose!!! 👊❤😆” – brustkrebs_tattoos

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#15 Charise Isis always makes me look and feel beautiful

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#16 A cherry blossom tattoo

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#17 Mastectomy Tattoo Before and After

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#18 “I appreciate your faith in me as an artist to cover your mastectomy scar” – goons_ink

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#19 We came up with these beautiful asymmetrical lroses

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#20 Taking something negative and turning it into something positive

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#21 CHRISTINA – 4 years cancer free

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#22 Lady who wanted to cover her scars with something pretty.

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#23 “Life changing experience”

"Thank you David for the life changing experience. Before this I couldn't stand to see myself in the mirror and now I can't stop looking! So happy! You are so talented, gracious and compassionate! I cherish the experience as well as the result" - source: gmba33 / Instagram

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#24 Finished this mastectomy scar coverup today

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#25 Mastectomy cover up tattoo

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