This chest tattoo has gone viral, but wait til you see what it’s of 75



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When we think of chest tattoos, we immediately think they are tacky or unnecessary. They tend to be scarring and can often be one of the first things you notice about someone wearing a singlet or lowcut top. But what if that tattoo actually was covering up a scar itself? And what if that scar was from a mastectomy?

Would that make it OK?

Darwin-based tattoo artist Mim d’Abbs had been tattooing for years but this week, a client came in with a unique request: to tattoo over her mastectomy scars. Initially apprehensive because of tattoo ink’s resistance to scarring, Ms d’Abbs agreed and tattooed a floral design over the woman’s breasts.

Ms d’Abbs wrote this on her Facebook page:

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.

The before image showed the client’s bare chest and scars from a double mastectomy, while the after shot showed the black and grey design tattooed over the area.

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News sources around the world have contacted the tattoo artist and she told the NT News she was blown away with the response.

The client, a woman in her late 40s, was also overwhelmed by the positive response.

Hopefully, with more openness and less stigma around mastectomy scars, more women can feel liberated enough to show their survival scars with pride, if that is what they want.

Although a tattoo isn’t for everyone, this type of ink can make something disfiguring look like a piece of art.


Tell us, do you or someone you know have a mastectomy scar? Would you or they consider a tattoo over the spot? 

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  1. It’s not for me although I think the artist has done an amazing job! When I had my partial I thought of joining my “tattoo” dots although found them after to not be confronting enough to worry about them.

  2. Absolutely amazing ! A wonderful idea , congrats to Miriam D’abbs (tattooist ) and to the very brave lady who bared her soul. . !!!!!

  3. As someone who hates Tatts, I think this is wonderful, certainly reclaiming her body. Cancer is a personal journey and each person faces it in their own way; this is the way one woman chooses and good luck to her.

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  4. This lady is fortunate enough to have been able to retain substantial breast tissue. My double mastectomy removed all tissue, so down to the chest wall, I should think a tattoo on that area would be quite painful. Personally, I would rather have had a breast reconstruction, but good for her if she’s happy with this.

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    • The lady has had reconstruction, muscles were taken from her back i think, i read another story about her journey

  5. She has so much retained breast tissue, I don’t know why she didn’t opt for reconstruction, but to each his own, I guess.

  6. Looks great and a brave lady. Not sure if I would go down this road but I pray I never have to make decisions like this.

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