Topic: Covering your scars with tattoo work

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Posted on: Jun 2, 2016 10:07PM

Posted on: Jun 2, 2016 10:07PM

jwoo wrote:

Hi everyone,

After some discussion with the mods and a few others, I am happy to start this thread!

This is a safe space to discuss covering your scars and such with tattoos, or other body modification techniques. (Flat or recon- all are welcome!) Those of us with a love for beautiful ink, that want something besides nipple tattoos on our chests now have a space here to post photos of the work we have done, and provide references for tattoo artists that do this work.

Tattooing scar tissue is really quite different than working on unscarred skin, and it takes an artist that has a lot of skill and patience to work on. I worked in the bodymod industry for a few years (only as a counter person, not as a skilled professional,) and have a lot of wonderful friends that still do, so I know a little about what it takes to navigate the skin.

Artists in this particular subset are asked to turn what can be ugly and painful skin into a work of art. We are also asking these professionals to work with our emotional scars, as they are all connected. Finding the right person to work with can be hard, as you want to find someone that is not only talented in the style you prefer, but that is also empathetic and well grounded.

So this is the place we can come together to help one another find the right artist, to encourage and support one another in our choices, and to share our successes!

Please, no critical posts about others work. If you don't like someones art, don't bash it. Keep your negative opinion to yourself. BUT, if you've had a particularly terrible experience of your own and want to share, please do not post the contact info for the artist. That might put you and BCO in a sticky liable situation. You can post photos, and have whatever private discussion with others you wish, I just don't want this to turn into a negative space with possible legal ramifications.

Feel free to post your own photos and the name and contact info for your artists, and please also PM me with their contact info so I can create a running list here in the subject. ( I might not be able to keep up with all the posts, and want to be sure there is a good list for others to reference.)


****Please do not share anyone else's photos, or photos from the internet that are not yours. We want this to be a space where we all feel safe, and don't want to intrude on anyone else's experience. ****


I've seen some really amazing art on my BC brothers and sisters, and those with other scars, so really hope that we can curate a community of information here that will benefit others!

I have quite a few tattoos already, and will be having my DIEP recon in August/November, and will hopefully be able to start my tattoo work sometime in 2017, if everything goes as planned. I'm excited to be able to share that with others that are in the same space.


Thanks for your participation, and best of health to you all!

effitall
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Aug 13, 2018 05:23PM BRCASister wrote:

Hi Julie,

I live in Orange County (Aliso Viejo) and had a double mastectomy back in 2014. I completed breast reconstruction in July 2014. I'm ready to get a tattoo to help me feel more in control of my sexuality and not let these scars rule my body image.

I found Garnet Tattoo in SD online. I would love to hear how you are liking your tattoo now that it's been a while. I'll be going from zero tattoos to this, but I'm pretty confident this is what I want to do, but would love any advice you can give.

How long did it take to complete your tattoo?

Thanks,

Kathy

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Aug 13, 2018 11:58PM Juliecc wrote:

Hi Kathy, I sent you a PM. I still love my tattoos!

Julie, age 49. Oncotype DX 12. Dx 2/3/2014, IDC, 1cm, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 3/10/2014 Mastectomy: Left; Prophylactic mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Hormonal Therapy 4/4/2014 Surgery 8/8/2014 Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right) Surgery 1/22/2015 Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right)
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Aug 5, 2021 02:06AM jwoo wrote:

Well, I finally got the courage to start. One of my oldest friends is actually doing the work. He's one of the best artists I know, and knows scar tissue.

I'll post a photo from my next session at the end of the month. I am having a full chest piece that has a favorite pant/flower, bug, or bird of the people that were my true support system through my cancershit. The first portion is a clutch of blueberries for my dog BlueBear(y) who was my soul dog. He actually sniffed my cancer almost a year before I found my lump. He'd come up under my arm and press his nose really hard into my sideboob towards the tumors. It hurt so bad! and I was so annoyed when he did it, but he was just trying to tell me something was wrong.

He was my best boy, and I lost him to age (almost 19) and illness in 2015. He saw me through some of the worst parts of my life, was my welcoming committee and coach to all the rescues that came through my home- 2 or 4 legged, and is my favorite belly rub toll-taker forever. A hilarious, fuzzy, mellow fellow. I miss him every day.

Here he is as a wee beary,

And here he is in 2014

My fuzzy old Blueper.


Hope you are all well and safe.

effitall
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Aug 5, 2021 04:18AM serendipity09 wrote:

He was such a beautiful dog. ((Hugs))

I’m excited to see what your tattoo is going to look like!

"You can't wait until life isn't hard anymore, before you decide to be happy" - Nightbirde Dx IDC, ER-/PR-, HER2-
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Oct 2, 2022 01:47AM jwoo wrote:

progress! Each item in this represents someone who has been helpful to me re: my cancer. I'm lucky to have the support i do, and want to honor their love. Still have a loooooong way to go, but here is the first part. This is my right side- the blueberries are where my bub would press his nose, and where my scars feom my DEIP start.:

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Oct 2, 2022 12:27PM serendipity09 wrote:

I love it! Beautiful!!

"You can't wait until life isn't hard anymore, before you decide to be happy" - Nightbirde Dx IDC, ER-/PR-, HER2-
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Oct 3, 2022 05:06AM rah2464 wrote:

Thats really beautiful. And what a wonderful tribute to your BlueBear. So glad you had him when you did. I had a similar experience with my pet helping me to "find" my mass except she was a little black cat named Lucy.

Dx 5/23/2018, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 6/26/2018 Mastectomy; Mastectomy (Left); Mastectomy (Right); Reconstruction (Left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (Right): Silicone implant Hormonal Therapy 7/26/2018 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
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Nov 8, 2022 07:57AM purplecat wrote:

Reading through this thread is uplifting. I’m just starting to think about this as a possibility - it gives me something to do while I wait for a biopsy I’ve been trying to figure out if I’m even a candidate, though. I’ve had radiation and am missing 3 lymph nodes, although haven’t ever had trouble with lymphedema - at least, not yet. Also, do tattoos make it more difficult to detect the skin changes and lumps that can signal a recurrence?

Dx 10/2018, IDC, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 10/4/2018 Lumpectomy Surgery 10/18/2018 Lymph node removal Surgery Hormonal Therapy Femara (letrozole) Radiation Therapy Hormonal Therapy Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
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Nov 8, 2022 08:46AM karen1956 wrote:

I just had one side done and in a couple weeks will have the other side (BC/radiated) side done. It is gorgeous. I never imagined how beautiful my chest could look. My oncologist was excited for me when I told him I was having it done and I know someone else who uses the same oncologist and says he is always excited to tell interns about it. So I'm guessing its not a concern. I stopped seeing my PS 12+ years ago.

Karen in Denver, Dx 02/03/2006, ILC, stage IIIa, ER/PR+, HER2-,
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Nov 8, 2022 10:55AM purplecat wrote:

Oh, good! As soon as I discovered these beautiful tattoos are a thing, the idea of mastectomy didn't seem quite as horrifying, so I'm glad to learn radiation wouldn't automatically make me ineligible. Thanks for sharing your experience!

Dx 10/2018, IDC, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 10/4/2018 Lumpectomy Surgery 10/18/2018 Lymph node removal Surgery Hormonal Therapy Femara (letrozole) Radiation Therapy Hormonal Therapy Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)

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