I heard about Personal Ink last fall. This organization would be providing breast cancer survivors with mastectomy tattoos on "P.ink Day", which would be held in my own hometown of Brooklyn, NY, 3 years to the day since my doctor called to say cancerous cells had been found in the tissue taken during the core biopsy done on my left breast. I told my husband I was getting a free tattoo and he said "um...things you pay for" but tattoos are really expensive (one reason I hadn't yet gotten one), I didn't know the first thing about finding an experienced artist on my own (P.ink would provide artists who have mastectomy tattooing skills) and these people seemed legit (P.ink was founded by the VP, Director of Experience Design at ad agency Crispin Porter + Bogusky).
So what's next? Details for P.ink Day 2015 are not yet released but if you or someone you know is interested in getting a mastectomy scar tattoo from Personal Ink, please check out our signup form. In the meanwhile, the Inkspiration app lets you "try on" tattoo designs. If you want to help, check out our donor page or email me to volunteer for or sponsor a future P.ink Day: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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The official website of Personal Ink is a resource for information about experienced tattoo artists, design ideas and P.ink updates.