Mim d’Abbs, co-owner and senior tattoo artist for Darwin City Tattoos recently tattooed a client’s chest after she had received a double mastectomy following successful treatment of breast cancer.
The client, who wants to remain anonymous, emailed the studio with a query about having her breasts tattooed following her surgery. The subsequent consultation was surprisingly easy, a very short, fluid process and the woman was quickly booked in for her desired floral design.
When the woman came in to receive her tattoo, the design was drawn on only once, it sat very well and she was very happy with it. From beginning to end, the process took just 3.5 hours.
We discussed at length about posting the photos on social media, both feeling as if it were important to show other women who have had double mastectomies their options.
The photos were posted on Facebook with the caption:
Today I tattooed something very different. My apologies to those that find this confrontational, but my client and I both thought it should be posted. This is a tattoo over reconstructive surgery, post a double mastectomy. Seeing my client smile, made this possibly the most important tattoo I’ve done to date 😀 I thank her for wanting to show people what can be done with art and skin, and for allowing me to do it.
Since publishing the photos online, the post has gone viral with over 231k likes, 22k comments and 24k shares! Mim has been approached to do interviews by a number of news outlets near and far, even from as far as London. There is a huge amount of news stories about it around the world with an overwhelmingly positive reaction among the readers.
Mim was more than surprised with the huge amount of attention, saying “I’m absolutely gobsmacked, thoroughly gobsmacked, at the social media reaction”.
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