KeepHealthCare.ORG – Breast cancer survivor who had a double mastectomy shows off stunning floral tattoos
A breast cancer survivor who had a double mastectomy designed floral tattoos to conceal her surgery scars with the help of an all-female shop.
Andrea Reynolds searched for a female tattoo artist that would be able to conceal her reconstructive scars after her double mastectomy in 2013 because the surgery left her in a deep depression.
After months of looking, Reynolds found Fallen Angels Tattoos in Salt Lake City, Utah. The all-female tattoo shop, founded by Terrina Francis, specializes in covering scars and disfigurements.
Survivor: Andrea Reynolds went to Fallen Angels Tattoos in Salt Lake City, Utah, to cover up her double mastectomy scars after she battled breast cancer
Girl power: Owner Terrina Francis created the tattoo shop with an all-female staff. She wanted to support females in the specialty and make women more comfortable at the shop
Creative: The shop specializes in covering up scars and disfigurements including post-pregnancy stretch marks
‘I finally felt womanly again,’ Reynolds told The Salt Lake Tribune.
‘Terrina changed my life. I wasn’t afraid to look in a mirror anymore. To get anything of beauty out of the cancer experience was incredible.’
With the help of Francis, the cancer survivor was able to design a tattoo across her chest that she was proud to show off.
Francis first got the idea to use her shop to conceal disfigurements and scars when she heard about an East Coast artist tattooing on nipples for women who had them removed after cancer surgeries.
The decision was close to Francis’ heart because she lost her aunt the breast cancer.
‘The media and society make women feel like our hair and our breasts are what makes us beautiful,’ Francis told the Utah newspaper.
‘But these women go through chemotherapy and lose their hair and get their breasts cut off. And if they survive cancer, they don’t like what they see in the mirror.’
Girl gang: Women seek out the shop because it is staffed with only female artists
Family: Francis got he idea to tattoo over disfigurements from another shop on the East Coast
By creating an all-female tattoo shop, it helped make women feel more comfortable to get their tattoos. This was especially true for women who were using a design to cover up a scar or disfigurement.
The shop also specializes in tattooing over varicose veins and post-pregnancy stretch marks.
To cover up the stretch marks, the tattoo shop offers a service where they match the pigment used in the ink to the skin tone of the client. This helps to blend the scar in with the rest of the skin.
Francis, who left her job as a real estate agent to open the shop, has her new job rewarding with the number of people she has been able to help.
‘I had no idea that owning a tattoo shop could be that fulfilling,’ she said.