There are tattoo artists who specialize in monsters, or portraits of Marilyn Monroe, or elaborate gothic letters. Baltimorean Vinnie Myers, of Little Vinnie’s Tattoos in Northwest Baltimore, specializes in nipples.
But not just any nipples, of course; for more than a decade, Myers has worked with women who’ve has mastectomies on breast tattoos meant to recreate the appearance of nipples. Many women — including some from as far afield as Saudi Arabia and Brazil — consider Myers’s work as an alternative to reconstructive surgery, that tattooist said.
“I feel like I have the best possible job as a service provider for breast cancer warriors. I’m on the back side of the battle. The finishing touch. The last step. I truly get to put the cherries on the cupcakes!” Myers told breastcancer.com. We’ll forgive him that slightly inane statement because the man really does do good work. His special trick is using women’s own scar tissue to create a 3D effect. On a typical day, he’ll see around three breast cancer patients. “While tattooing MOM, hearts and dragons was fun and a great job, this new dynamic in my vocation has become my obsession,” Myers admitted to the Daily Mail.
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