In the closing days of this year’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we hear from a businesswoman who has become so devoted to restoring the confidence of ‘survivors’, that she’s launching a unique charity based around offering patients 3d nipple tattooing.
Here’s Lucy Thompson’s story:

“I’m a Mum of one, 28-years-old, and I am a specialist in tattooing realistic areolas on breast cancer patients.

“This month, I celebrate the third birthday of my tattoo business, and in March this year I founded the NIP – the Nipple Innovation Project –  a charity to provide funding for specialist treatment of permanent 3D nipple tattooing.

“I’m a Mum of one, 28-years-old, and I am a specialist in tattooing realistic areolas on breast cancer patients.

“This month, I celebrate the third birthday of my tattoo business, and in March this year I founded the NIP – the Nipple Innovation Project –  a charity to provide funding for specialist treatment of permanent 3D nipple tattooing.

“I want to ensure everyone has access to the treatment, because clients describe it to me as “life-changing”.

“I decided to apply for full charity status after having raised over £5,000 in the first few months of launching. The aim of the charity is to relieve the barrier of cost, to help more women feel empowered from this restorative tattooing.

“I believe that every breast cancer survivor should have access to the highest quality restorative tattooing possible. I established the niche business last year after feeling it was my calling to use my talent for good.

“My auntie was my inspiration after she had a mastectomy. She received a tattoo in hospital, but it faded quickly, leaving her with a constant reminder of her ordeal.

“Last year I travelled to Texas to be the first UK artist to seek and achieve specialist training in the craft of tattooing realistic areolas on breast cancer patients, in a bid to shake up the industry and illustrate to breast cancer survivors that they deserve better when it comes to post op cosmetic reconstruction.

“I was trained through The House of A.R.T (Areola Restorative Tattooing), which has pioneered a unique new system that gives the illusion of a 3 dimensional nipple, and a permanent, as apposed to semi permanent solution.

“There are also issues with how unrealistic some of these tattoos can look, and this can result in further body image issues occurring in mastectomy patients.

“As a specialist tattoo artist, I, unlike many cosmetic tattooers, have experience of dealing with scarred tissue, and I understand the skin in a different way.

“I want to achieve painterly results and have the techniques to work with the skin and its delicacies to get the best possible results.

Clients currently travel to see me in Yorkshire from as far South as Brighton and Cornwall and I am also now on a mission to roll out my support out to expand these services nationwide, to meet demand.

“My aim is to build up a network of tattoo artists to train, with my vision being there being restorative tattooing in every major city in the UK.

“The goal is to build a directory of dedicated, compassionate and skilled artists who want to learn new challenging life altering skills which will help empower survivors and give them back the dignity they deserve, everyone deserves to have two nipples!

“The long term hope is to have qualified artists who specialise in the Art of Restorative Tattooing throughout every major city so breast cancer survivors everywhere can have easy access to the best possible tattoo options post mastectomy surgery, when looking for their finishing touches at the end of their journeys.”

To find out how you can help support the charity or fundraise please see
 https://www.nippletattoos.co.uk/1-show-support/