Wednesday, June 04, 2014

A Tattoo That Completes a New Breast

By CAITLIN KIERNAN
June 2, 2014 5:00 pm

FINKSBURG, MD. — A tattoo parlor here has become a mecca for an unlikely crowd: women with breast cancer.

Little Vinnie’s Tattoos offers designs ranging from swordfish and skulls to intricate Japanese-style art. But women who have undergone treatment for breast cancer do not typically come for traditional ink. They flock here seeking one thing — a three-dimensional nipple tattoo by the owner, Vinnie Myers.

“Nobody really talks about the areola and nipple area, but it’s so important,” says Kimberly Winters, 44, a human resources benefits administrator from Wooster, Ohio, who underwent a mastectomy and reconstruction of her left breast two years ago. This spring Ms. Winters traveled nearly 400 miles to Finksburg seeking a realistic nipple tattoo from Mr. Myers.

Word of his skill has spread among women who have undergone surgery for breast cancer. More than 5,000 women have traveled from as far away as India to have their reconstructed breasts tattooed by Mr. Myers.

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