Results tagged “Personal Ink”

Oct201406
10:04 PM
mastectomy scar tattoo.jpg

Tattoo over mastectomy scar by David Allen.

The true power of tattoos to transform lives is exemplified in Personal Ink aka P-ink.org or P.ink, a volunteer project, produced by the wonderful folks at CP+B, with a goal of connecting breast cancer survivors with tattoo artists who create art on mastectomy scars and offer nipple and areola tattoos as well. You can also find P.ink on Pinterest, which provides tattoo inspirations, ideas, and artist info.

On 10/10, 37 artists and 38 survivors in 12 locations will come together on P.ink Day to take that tattoo inspiration and make it a reality. Last year's P.Ink Day, which you can read about here, was a huge success, and this year, it's even bigger. P.ink Day artists this year include: David Allen (whose work is shown above), Ashley Love (NY Adorned), Joy Rumore (1228/Brooklyn), Friday Jones (Tattoo Couture), Darren Hall (Rising Tide/Boulder), Shannon Purvis Barron (Indigo Rose), Shane Wallin (Twilght Tattoo, Minneapolis) and Stacie-Rae Weir (who just finished a book on mastectomy tattoos). Find the full artist list here.

In addition, P.ink has just launched its Inkspiration app (a video of which is below). Here's more on the app from P.ink:

Inkspiration offers survivors a way to try on mastectomy tattoos in the privacy of their own home. Select a body type or upload a photo to get a better idea of what designs might look like. Inkspiration houses a growing library of tattoo inspirations and helps survivors identify and connect to tattoo artists who have mastectomy experience.

Most survivors have no idea where to begin when they consider a mastectomy tattoo, especially if they're not a "tattoo person." We created the app to demystify things -- to show them what a tattoo might look like on them. And to point them towards the artists who can help them move on after a mastectomy.

Download the Inkspiration app for iPhone here.

P.ink is looking to grow the tattoo library in the app, and welcomes (vector-based) art to share through the site, which would also be sold/printed as temporary tattoos. [Think tasteful, eye-opening work that could inspire someone who's not initially used to tattoos, particularly vines, florals, and anything that's a bit flowing.]  If you'd like to donate your artwork, contact help@p-ink.org.

I'm excited to see P.ink grow and bring such joy to so many breast cancer survivors and artists. I'll be following up on the work that comes out on P.ink Day on the 10th. 


Mar201314
07:58 AM
p-ink breast cancer tattoo.jpg
While I get a regular stream of emails asking for tattoo artist recommendations, in the past couple of years, more of these messages have been from women who have fought breast cancer and are looking to transform their mastectomy scars into beautiful works of art.

I attribute the greater number of emails to two particular posts on this site: 
In the messages I've received, these women's stories and their excellent tattoo work have inspired those who have beat breast cancer to seek out their own artistic expression and change their bodies on their own terms.

Now, there is a wonderful resource I can point to for tattoo inspiration as well as artists adept at working with mastectomy scars: the Personal Ink Project aka P-ink.org or P.ink

P-ink is a Pinterest-based forum that "provides tattoo inspirations, ideas, and artist info to breast cancer survivors." The site invites artists, collectors, patients, supporters -- everyone -- to share or pin your own stories, design ideas, and favorite artists by emailing help@p-ink.org. The people behind P-ink are those at Crispin Porter + Bogusky and David Clark Cause, which explains the sharp design and outreach.  

One of the most beautiful pins is the video of 47-year-old Molly Ortwein, who had a double mastectomy and then kicked some more ass by getting a 7-hour tattoo over her scars. The video shows Colby Butler of UnFamous Miami creating the work, from start to finish, and Molly glowing at the end, proclaiming that she can't wait to be naked on the beaches of Brazil soon. It's beautifully badass.

In light of the recent headlines about Facebook banning an image of a post-mastectomy tattoo, we need to put even more info out there to inspire these types of tattoo transformations, and P-ink is a great source to do so.

Many thanks to Lisa Solomon for the link!

1
connect with us
advertisement
archives
advertisement








EDITOR IN CHIEF:
Marisa Kakoulas
CONTRIBUTORS:
Miguel Collins
Craig Dershowitz
Brian Grosz
Sean Risley
Patrick Sullivan
© ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
Needles and Sins powered by Moveable Type.

Site designed and programmed by Striplab.

NS logo designed by Viktor Koen.