The tattoo artist transforming mastectomy patients’ scarred chests with incredible three-dimensional nipple inkings
Many women who have surgery to treat breast cancer are left without nipples and areolas, the pigmented area around the nipple
By Sadie Whitelocks (Daily Mail, 10/22/2012)
A tattoo artist, who is able to create the illusion of raised human nipples, has helped thousands of mastectomy patients come to terms with life after surgery.
Many women who have breast tissue removed to treat cancer, are left without nipples and areolas, the pigmented area around the nipple.
But Vinnie Myers, 50, from Baltimore, Maryland, has spent more than a decade investigating the art of three-dimensional nipple and areola tattooing, in a bid to give breast cancer patients back their marks of femininity.
He estimates that he has drawn around 2,000 to 3,000 breast tattoos in the past ten years, attracting clients from as far as Saudi Arabia and Brazil.
Describing his line of work Mr Myers, wrote on breastcancer.org: ‘I feel like I have the best possible job as a service provider for breast cancer warriors. I’m on the back side of the battle. The finishing touch. The last step. I truly get to put the cherries on the cupcakes!’
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