Inkspiration App Helps Breast Cancer Survivors Select Tattoos To Cover Scars

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Most breast cancer survivors are faced with one of two decisions after a mastectomy… reconstruction or not. But, there is a third option: ink.

Inspired by his sister-in-law Molly, Noel Franus created P.ink “personal ink,” a non-profit organization that connects women to tattoo artists who have scar or mastectomy experience.

“After a mastectomy left Molly scarred, she wanted to get creative. She decided to redesign her breasts completely, with images of her choice. Unfortunately, she found few tattoo resources for breast cancer survivors, an obvious void that a concerned group of citizens (us) wanted to fill. So we created P.ink to help Molly and others like her,” explains the group’s website.

two_mastec_tattoosTwo years and many tattoos later, P.ink has launched the app Inkspiration to demystify the mastectomy tattoo process. Using the app, survivors can peruse over 1,000 mastectomy tattoo designs and even try them on virtually by uploading a photo or selecting a body type similar to their own. The app also helps users identify tattoo artists with mastectomy experience.

“We think that covering these scars with a different kind of mark – a tattoo – can not only help women healing from breast cancer feel like they are taking their bodies back, but also turn something painful into something beautiful.”

P.ink is inspiring survivors, and they are in turn, inspiring us. Check out this video of P.ink Day 2013, where the organization paired 10 breast cancer survivors with talented tattoo artists, who provided beautiful mastectomy tattoos, free of charge. This year’s P.ink Day is tomorrow, October 10th, in over 15 cities across the country.

Lead image: Molly getting her tattoo via P.ink.
Find out more here. Download the app at iTunes.

  • AJ

    I am not a fan of tattoos. I was, therefore, skeptical to watch the video, but I am so impressed and delighted for all of these women. Watching them smile brought tears to my eyes. I was truly moved for all of them, and by the artists that give of themselves to help these incredible ladies. The scars are permanent reminders of a horrific time. Why shouldn’t the women get a colorful and thoughtful tattoo as a permanent reminder that they and life are beautiful. Bravo to the artists and to the survivors!! AND a big BRAVO to Noel Francus for coming up with this beautiful solution for covering scars.

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