June 25, 2015
More And More Women Are Getting Tattoos And The Reasons May Surprise You (Pictures)
People get tattoos for a whole bunch of reasons. Some people are just a fan of the art form, some people use them to memorialize people or events. However, a growing number of people are using them to hide scars and recover from serious health issues. Basma Hameed is a medical tattoo artist and has been using her skills to help women recover from some horrific injuries -- an experience she understands all too well. She had been severely burned by cooking oil at age 2 but never gave up looking for something that would help her put the scars behind her. She says, "after having three failed eyebrow-hair transplants, I decided to get permanent eyebrows tattooed... I saw the result immediately. I was so happy that I thought to myself, 'Why not do the same procedure using skin tone pigments on my scar tissue to camouflage the discoloration?' At the time, no one had heard of anything like it, and no one wanted to take the risk." Now, she has clinics in Toronto and Chicago and is helping others heal. Check it out: https://youtu.be/OEtJIESkk9U Tattoos are used to cover more than just burn scars and skin pigment conditions, they are being used by an increasing number of women to cover mastectomy scars. Juanita Williams is one of those women. Shane Wallin of Garnet Tattoo in San Diego tattooed this beautiful angel wing design on her chest. “For mastectomy work, there’s a restorative quality, and it’s something that’s been taken away that you’re giving back," said Wallin in an interview with NBC San Diego. "You’re giving someone self-esteem, you’re giving them confidence, and you’re making them feel sexy again.” Wallin did his first mastectomy design 2 years ago and now works with Personal Ink, an organization that links breast cancer survivors with tattoo artists. Alopecia is an autoimmune disease that causes hair loss and henna tattoos are being used to help women regain confidence. In 2011, photographer Frances Darwin founded Henna Heals which is an organization that helps women suffering from hair loss. Women with alopecia or who have lost their hair through cancer treatments are given beautiful and intricate crown designs that last anywhere from 1-3 weeks. So far, Darwin has partnered with 250 henna artists! Check out the work from Tarquin Singh and Joanne Rumstein-Ellis: Stunning work all around! Are tattoos something you would consider as an aide to your healing? Have tattoos helped you already? Share your story with us!