Photo - Anne Laurent

2010/06/07

THIS IS A TATTOO!!!



















This woman had cancer and both breasts were removed and reformed with implants. The problem was that during the operation they even remove the nipples! She came in asking about having the nipples tattooed on, she had seen it done in photos at her doctor's office but the work was VERY BASIC - not much more than a pink circle. Since her niece was a client at the Funhouse, she asked her about us and if we could do the job. She came down to consult and I told her that on the day of the appointment, to bring in pictures of what she'd like. Size and shape are crucial!!

A few weeks went by and the day of the appointment had arrived. I got to the shop early and started to set up the privacy area. She arrived on time and I asked "Are you ready?" and then told her the usual "this is going to be f*cking great!" She was a little nervous, and understandably so! When she took her shirt off it was as if she was sexless... what I mean to say was that she didn't seem to feel any modesty or embarrassment, she was totally expressionless. There was no effort to cover up or hesitation to show herself in front of a stranger. It wasn't as if she was an exhibitionist, more like she had no nipples to identify her as a woman so she didn't feel like a woman, and didn't feel that it was offensive to expose herself to anyone. She layed down and I drew the nipples on with a pen, centering them exactly where she liked them to be and started to work.

Her sister was there for support and as the first one was finished, I noticed the look on her sister's face. I finished the first one and gave her a quick look and moved on to the second one. In total, I think the job took 1.5 hours. When I finished, I asked her to go to the stand up mirror and check herself out. She got up, NOT COVERING HERSELF UP in any way (as she was used to this), and when she saw herself in the mirror, her hands immediately and instinctively raised up to cover herself! What she saw was not the sexless torso that the cancer had left her with... she had tears in her eyes!!

Tattoos are great. They do alot for people... wether it's a portrait of a friend...


















or these fairies like on Tammy's arm, from her favorite book...























Anything is possible you'll know when you find it and you know where to go when you do!

3 comments:

RetroKimmer said...

that is fantastic! looks so real and 3d! It's not 3d? Sur elooks perfect! Who would have thought of that? I learn somehing new from you guys every day! Go read Deniz'z
new story you are both in it!

GreenIssue said...

That is Awesome. Thanks for sharing that!
Paul

Fast Film said...

This post of yours was very heart-lifting, as I know many women this could have benefited.

This leads to the question, how many other works of "trompe l'oeil" (photorealism) do you get in your business, and what was the most memorable?