This woman's breast tattoo is Instagram famous... but it's for an inspiring reason
Published 30/08/2016 | 14:07
A woman's breast tattoo has become Instagram famous but it's for a very inspiring reason.
Alison Habbal (36) had a tattoo of a nipple etched on her breast after she underwent a lupectomy for breast cancer.
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Her nipple and surrounding tissue had been removed during the surgery to eliminate the tumour.
The Australian woman didn't want to have her nipple reconstructed and instead opted for a tattoo, which was created for her by New Zealand-based artist Makkala Rose.
"I didn't want a fake nipple made from some other piece of flesh. I thought I'm just going to get a tattoo," Alison told the BBC.
"During the year I was sick I had the idea of me with the blonde crop and the tattoo. The whole time I was sick I would trawl tattoo artists over the internet."
The cancer survivor wanted the tattoo to be a symbol of body empowerment and survival. She took to social media to proudly show off her work of art and received thousands of positive messages from well-wishers.
Because there's no nipple, I can blast it everywhere all over Facebook and Instagram, and they can't censor it, which I think is really funny." None of her posts have been taken down by either site so far.
The process was incredibly painful, considering it's in a very sensitive area, and Alison explained to the BBC that it took a gruelling 13 hours to complete; tattoo artist Makkala called her an "absolute champion".