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This woman's breast tattoo is Instagram famous... but it's for an inspiring reason

Sasha Brady

Published 30/08/2016 | 14:07

Alison Habbal's tattoo is famous
Alison Habbal's tattoo is famous

A woman's breast tattoo has become Instagram famous but it's for a very inspiring reason.

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Alison Habbal (36) had a tattoo of a nipple etched on her breast after she underwent a lupectomy for breast cancer.

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."

About last night - about half way #painismybitch #likeafuckingboss

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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".

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