breast cancer recovery tattoo artist

Getting a tattoo is a big commitment, and finding the right tattoo artist is essential to ensuring you’re happy with your results. If you’re getting ready for a nipple or scar camouflage tattoo in your breast cancer recovery, there’s an added emotional weight to the decision, too. When you’re ready to make the leap, but not sure how to pick the right artist, then check out these tips.

Start With Word of Mouth

As with many other important decisions, word of mouth is a great way to start brainstorming possible tattoo artists. Talk to others who’ve had tattoos and ask what they liked or didn’t like about their experience. At Ink 4 Pink, we are proud to partner with an amazing network of tattoo artists in New England who specialize in nipple, breast, eyebrow, and scar camouflage tattooing for breast cancer survivors.

“A tattoo artist is like a hairdresser,” says Ink 4 Pink’s founder, Corina Klein. “There are so many different types of artists out there that specialize in different designs and techniques. That’s why I love the variety that we’ve been bringing on.”

We’re happy to help with tattoo artist recommendations, so reach out to us if you have any questions.

Check Their Social Media

Most tattoo artists will feature their work on Instagram, TikTok, and/or Facebook. Follow them to get a feel for what their work is like and to get inspiration from their previous work.

You can find local tattoo artists by searching relevant hashtags like #tattooartist #breastcancertattoo #areolatattoo #nippletattoo #postmastectomytattoo. You might just be surprised by how many different creative options there are for breast cancer survivors!

Ask Yourself What’s Important to You

Before selecting an artist, you’ll want to ask yourself questions such as:

Tattoo enthusiast Aimee Arias says, “Once I find an artist with a breadth of work I like (using social media), I pay attention to the types of bodies they tattoo on—do they predominantly work on light complexions or dark skin as well? Do they only like to work on arms or legs? In the case of scar camouflage or nipple tattoos, you may want to lean toward artists who are inclusive with their clientele, and who may have worked with cancer survivors in the past. If you like their work, but they don’t have experience with scar camouflage or nipple tattoos, then ask if they know someone who does. The tattoo community is pretty small, and they’ll be willing to point you in the right direction if they don’t do that kind of work themselves.”

Janine Flanders, a breast cancer survivor and Ink 4 Pink board member, sums up just how important this type of tattooing can be: “It was the first experience I had in my cancer journey that was truly about improving the situation and rebuilding instead of destroying or violently altering my body. Afterward, I felt like I looked complete, and it was the first time I could look at my chest in the mirror without having to avert my eyes from the scars. The tattoo took away the shame of feeling like I never was going to feel healed from cancer. It really was life changing.”

For other frequent tattoo questions, including cost and timing, check out our FAQ page!

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