To ink or not to ink: I want a chest tattoo 180



View Profile

I want a tattoo. And I want it on my chest.

Some of you might be thinking I’m crazy but in actuality, I think I deserve to have this tattoo. I have never had a tattoo before. My children have plenty and I’ve scolded them in the past, even tried to take them to a laser clinic. But now, I’ve changed my mind.

Much like a 20-year-old, I’ve been fawning over photos of tattoos, looking for beautiful designs that I want. I spend hours looking through websites, Pinterest; anywhere I can find that has tattoos designs, I’m there.

So what type of tattoo do I want? I want it to be big, right over my heart. I want it to be a beautiful floral display, but I haven’t quite settled on the design. I’ve been speaking to a talented local tattoo artist who thinks he can make a design that goes from my collarbone down to my mid section…and I couldn’t be more delighted. I want it to look like a piece of art and I want people to see it and ask what it is.

But trust me, I was never like this. Ask me 10 years ago and I would’ve said that I hated tattoos and thought chest tattoos where abhorrent. There’s nothing more cheap and tacky than a chest tattoo right on the boob. So I know what you’re thinking, why did I change my mind?

Well, I was diagnosed with breast cancer 9 years ago. My whole world changed as I was rushed into theatre and had no time to process it all. My lump had spread throughout my breast and my only option was a mastectomy. My big, beautiful breast was going to be chopped off mercilessly. I’d always loved being a voluptuous woman and wore cleavage tops whenever I could! They made me feel effortlessly feminine. I was absolutely devastated when the bandages were removed. It was savage and I was left without a nipple. I couldn’t have a subcutaneous (nipple-sparing) mastectomy so it was all gone. It took me another year to look in the mirror and be okay with it. What am I saying? I’ll never feel OK about having my breast taken away. But one glimmer of hope came from a girlfriend of mine whose sister had a radical mastectomy. She was left with a similar scar to me and chose to have a tattoo placed where her breast used to be. It looked magnificent and to give you an idea, I’ve found some images of what I would like:

Screen Shot 2015-03-05 at 3.58.02 pm Screen Shot 2015-03-05 at 3.57.46 pm Screen Shot 2015-03-05 at 3.56.58 pm Screen Shot 2015-03-05 at 3.56.42 pm


Photo source

How gorgeous are they? What a liberating, amazing way to commemorate your survival. It shows that beauty is only skin deep but you can tattoo over it!

What do you think? Should I go through with the tattoo? Is it tasteful or tasteless to have a chest tattoo no matter what it represents? 

Guest Contributor

  1. No I don’t like tattoos she has to think ahead to when she older my granddaughter is full of them they make look horrible

  2. What you do with your body is your choice (and partners if present) but personally I say go for it.

  3. That is the best reason I’ve ever heard for having a tattoo. The first time I’ve ever thought of a tattoo as being a ‘repair’ not a deliberate disfigurement.. Don’t rush into it. Enjoy the time you spend choosing it.

  4. Hell yes if that’s what you want and anything that would make you feel better about yourself is great.Be positive that a breast implant is not in the future plans coz I could see it wrecking the design.A friend of mine has just had implants but didn’t decided to do so until 2 years after the cancer.

  5. definately no as u get older your boobs will sag so will your tatoo

    3 REPLY
    • She’s had a mastectomy …..your comment is rather insensitive …..the breast has been removed …… will never sag

    • Mine dont sag either, I had my first mastectomy at 39, the second at 57, with bouncy reconstructions. Thought about tattoos, but tired of all the treatment.

    • Im sorry didnt know u had masectomy was not being insensitive as I also have had masectomy I would not do that to anybody else

  6. Have the tattoo done if it’s what you want ……your body ….your choice ……I have a friend who has recently had her breast cancer scars tattooed …..every line represents her struggle and now her survival.
    Good Luck

  7. After what you’ve been through. Do wherever you want!
    I like first one but maybe not so long. Others a bit “heavy” looking.

  8. Having lost a mother and a sister to Breast Cancer, I am waiting for my turn(not being morbid, just realistic) and this has always been my thing that I would do ,if the inevitable happens! Go ahead and do it! It will be amazingly liberating!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *