Women all over the world trying to cure cancer – physically and emotionally – flow together to a Chicago-based tattoo artist, whose beautiful artworks make them feel feminine again after losing their breasts.
David Allen helps women reconnect with their bodies since a fatal request from a client in 2010. The cancer survivor had undergone breast amputation and reconstruction and was looking for a piece of body art to hide some of the scars.
After being moved by the experience, Dad-a-David David has now tattooed hundreds of customers; women who see something in the images of once clinical and erratic surgical scars now covered with magnolia blossoms that they want to feel themselves.
Survivor: A Chicago-based tattoo artist helps breast cancer survivors, such as x, pictured, reclaim their bodies after surgery with amazing breast amputation tattoos
Intricate: David Allen uses floral patterns, which he says soften the scars left by surgery and add a feminine touch
Clients: The tattoo artist sees six to eight women a month in his Chicago studio, who come from all over the world to transform their breasts after breast amputations and reconstruction
David was raised by a single mother and underwent open heart surgery when he was only nine months old, so it is clear why he both fits well with women's emotions and is aware of how prominent scars can appear.
He exploits those emotions to make the artwork for the women who visit him from all over the world.
The most common motif that David uses for breast amputation tattoos are intricate flowers. He is also considering how to pull the eye off the scars and create a feminine shape.
& # 39; I usually do flowers, & # 39; he said earlier the Chicago Tribune, & # 39; because the scars are so rigid, we need something organic to soften that and make curved lines. I usually do black and gray because it goes together with the skin. & # 39;
Fortunately: on Instagram, David shares tasteful images of women who have a new sense of femininity and empowerment after the lengthy tattoo process
Journey: David shared this image of a client who had come from Italy to have her tattoo made
Moving: & # 39; The joy is clear & # 39; wrote a woman on Instagram
& # 39; Sometimes I wish I could do other things, but floral designs fit the body, & # 39; he said explained.
& # 39; Show imperfections with legible designs. If the tattoo is geometric or if it is words or birds, for example, wherever the scar is located, it appears very easily. But not with flowers.
& # 39; Even if you want to undergo another operation or a back transplant, it is easy to repair the flowers. It is difficult to do birds. & # 39;
Now that he sees six to eight women in his discreet loft studio every month, he uses computer software that allows him to make designs in advance on 3D images of his customers.
This allows him to better plan the tattoo placement to hide scars and to guarantee a personalized design.
& # 39; How do you help a woman who has fought death? What can you possibly contribute, & only asks David website.
Software: David uses computer software to pre-design the tattoo, allowing him to cover scars and create a piece that works in harmony with the client's reconstructed chest
Moving: both customers and the artist say that the experience, which can last for days, is emotionally and physically transformative
Confidence: a recent client said that her new body art is her & # 39; proud and more self-assured & # 39; made after overcoming breast cancer
& # 39; For every tattoo I try to wrap my head around the content and the client. It is a matter of putting myself (relatively) in their shoes and putting everything I can into the piece. It is always a collaboration; it is a joint effort. & # 39;
& # 39; The process is difficult. It requires trust and vulnerability on both sides. But it's the nicest thing I've given myself & # 39 ;, he adds.
Under one photo from a recent client, April, and her new tattoo, women who had worked with David in the past, praised the artist.
& # 39; Your artwork has made me proud and more confident. Wild beauty instead of a constant memory. Thanks again, & # 39; said an Instagram user.
& # 39; I love it. I felt the same about the beautiful piece of art that you gave me. I now walk around the world differently & # 39 ;, said another.
& # 39; Beautiful! I have had a very different attitude to my body since I got my tattoo. My scars are not completely covered, but I no longer see cancer when I look in the mirror, & said a survivor.
Artist: David, in the photo, had open heart surgery as a baby, so the emotions associated with having scars on your body resonate with him
Healing: According to David, the tattoo process, pictured, also comes with a profound emotional healing experience for the client
Appears on This morning David recently said he likes being involved in the process because he sees & # 39; change & # 39; and a & # 39; transformation happens & # 39; when women take back control of their bodies.
& # 39; There is a shift happening during the process that is a bit overwhelming – it's beautiful, & # 39; he said. & # 39; I love what I do. & # 39;
According to the International museum of surgical sciencesDavid now maintains pre-operative plastic surgeons to advise on how to create a better surface for women who want a tattoo after the procedure.
He also teaches his profession to other tattoo artists and speaks regularly at medical conferences to discuss the importance of the relationship between client and tattoo, and how his tattoos can benefit the healing process.
& # 39; For some women I tattoo, I cover mastectomy scars. Many of them come head down. I hear about their journey thinking they will die, losing both breasts.
& # 39; What do you do with that information? Do you just act as if it interests you, or are you really paying attention? That is a living, breathing person that matters, & he said.
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