Breast Cancer Tattoos
Breast cancer is one of the most well known and financially supported diseases because breast cancer affects many people’s lives. Any form of cancer is a terrible thing and, even though breast cancer is one of the least deadly, it still has a lasting effect on those who are suffering from it. These breast cancer tattoos show strength and support.
Having an awareness month also helps to raise money for cancer research, not just breast cancer, all cancer. Hopefully, with enough support and research we will find a cure for this terrible disease. We have all seen what happens in October. Pink starts popping up everywhere. It is breast cancer awareness month, a chance to show our support for those in our lives affected by this terrible disease. If you need more information on breast cancer, we recommend visiting http://www.breastcancer.org/ or http://www.cancerresearchuk.org/about-cancer/breast-cancer both of which are great resources.
21. Tattoos of Honor
One of the most prevalent images when it comes to breast cancer tattoos is that of a pink ribbon. This is because pink is the color assigned to breast cancer. Each colored ribbon is for a separate cause. Many people will get the pink ribbon tattoos, not just those who suffer from the disease, but also those who have family or friends with the disease. This chest tattoo is a ribbon and flower, with the ribbon breaking into heart shaped petals.
20. Battle Flag
The pink ribbon is much more than just that. Those who choose it as their breast cancer tattoos find ways to incorporate it into other things they enjoy. The ribbon is versatile enough to be used in a number of different designs, much like this wonderful battle flag being held up by plastic army man toys. This is a great piece.
19. Infinity Strength
The infinity symbol is one used in a lot of tattoos, some would say even a little too much. However, this infinity symbol is really a pink ribbon in disguise. Lay it on the side and it becomes that infinity symbol we see so often. The real message here is that strength is infinite, especially in those who are fighting cancer. They are often much stronger than anyone realizes, even themselves. That is surprising to everyone.
18. All Sewn Up
One of the most common aspects of breast cancer is the mastectomy. This operation can be very tough for a woman, many feel like part of their femininity has been taken away. It’s gone. It is not just a matter of vanity, it’s your life. In order to cover the scars and make sufferers of this procedure feel beautiful again, many women opt for tattooing the area. This woman chose this awesome pink ribbon lace up across the scar keeping her held together. As breast cancer tattoos go, this is a pretty clever one, and absolutely beautiful.
People who battle disease and sickness are often called fighters or warriors. This tattoos represents that with the addition of a pair of boxing gloves to the pink ribbon. The visual is spot on and a clear reminder of the battle that raged while this insidious disease tried to ravage her body.
16. Only Good Dreams
It is said that the netting of a dreamcatcher allows the bad dreams to pass through and retains only the good dreams for the sleeper. The same thing works in reverse, the net catches the bad dreams, allowing the good dreams to pass to the dreamer. Either way, using one of these incredibly popular dreamcatcher tattoos along with the pink ribbon is a way to show optimism and hope. Check out more thigh tattoos here, if you like the placement of this one.
15. White Hot
White ink tattoos are enjoying a bit of popularity lately. You rarely see them linked up with other styles though, and that is what makes this breast cancer tattoo stand out. Because the word ‘strength’ is inked in white, the hot pink of the ribbon really pops, making it the focal point of this piece. The word ‘strength’ is also another nod to the fight against cancer. <Hint, this may not be a permanent tattoo, so ideal if you want to try something out!>
14. Gone Country
Breast cancer is an indiscriminate disease, much like any other sickness. It can strike anyone at any time. This large pink ribbon is styled with Mossy Oak cammo, giving it a very country feel. What is best about this tattoo is simply that it is so well done, I had to include it here. It is a very nice piece and in an interesting location on a man’s calf, perhaps showing support for a loved one.
13. Tribal Beauty
Sometimes the mastectomy is only on one side. Some people might feel ugly after such a surgery, they may feel as though their body is deformed in some way. This is in part due to the lack of nipple on the breast and partly due to the scarring from surgery. No surgery scar is the same, but they can all bring that feeling of “damage”. What better way to combat that than with a beautiful, meaningful tattoo like this sweeping tribal design that draws the eye up and away from the scar, and focuses on beautiful symmetry.
12. Fly Free
A common theme in feather tattoos is that of the feather breaking off into birds and flying away, released and free. I can’t help but feel that when that image is paired with breast cancer tattoos, like this ribbon, it means that the person did not survive the fight. I could be way off base and totally wrong, but if I’m right, it think it is a very beautiful tribute.
11. Time Heals
I admit to having no idea what this says, but the imagery is powerful to me. I love the clock and I wonder what the time of 3:54 is meant to represent. No matter what it is, this tattoo is beautifully well done and the subdued pink hues in it are lovely to look at. Possibly a beautiful tribute to a loved one. As far as the breast cancer tattoos on this page go, this is one of the most intricate!
10. Chest Piece
When in battle, there is generally some sort of armour worn. This woman is well equipped with hers. The Celtic work and forest creature design meld together to make a beautiful piece of art. Tattoos like this are just stunning, they give a feeling of wholeness. The colors in this one are magnificent! I love it so much. This lady will never be without her armour and ready for a fight.
I included this more silly little tattoo for a very serious reason. Yes, the ribbon has nipples on the end. The reason I chose this one is because there are rules about what can and cannot be posted on our sites, but I wanted to bring up the wonderful artistry that is tattooed nipples. This is one version, of course, but there are artists out there that can ink realistic looking nipples and will do these for free a lot of times. These artists perform these awesome works of art simply so a woman can feel whole and not be afraid to be naked. It is important for her mental well being. Sometimes the littlest things make the biggest impact. Go find a few of these online, they are wonderful tattoos. I salute the artists that make those happen.
Breast cancer tattoos come in all sorts of styles. Well, of course, nearly all tattoos do, but bear with me here. This tattoo takes some very classic tattoo elements, the anchor tattoo and the rose tattoo, incorporates the ubiquitous pink ribbon and spreads it across her chest, making a wonderfully beautiful piece of art. The lack of color in this really makes the ribbon stand out, but the way it is wrapped around the anchor doesn’t pull any attention away from the rest of this lovely piece.
7. Trailing Vines
Breast cancer tattoos are meant to take something that a person is ashamed of or hateful toward and make it beautiful. Mission accomplished. This lovely trailing vine and large purple flowers is a beauty to behold. I love the added triangle. The triangle is a powerful symbol and the number three that is associated with it has several different meanings. I wish I knew the exact meaning behind this one, but no matter. This tattoo is simply beautiful.
Men get breast cancer too. This is the result of a male mastectomy, this man chose to cover his entire torso with this wonderfully rendered Asian dragon and it effectively draws attention away from the missing side of his chest. This is certainly the manliest of the breast cancer tattoos we will see today, and no less beautiful.
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5. Dear Father
Again, men are also affected. What I love about this ribbon is that it isn’t just the traditional pink, but one side of it is done in blue because the sufferer is a male. It is important to show support to all those affected by this disease, not just women.
4. Cat Lady
Okay, I admit that I just put this one in here because I love cats. But, really, it’s a pretty cool tattoo, with the black cats and the moon. The black swirls and flowers tie it all together. It really is an interesting tattoo and that is why I had to have it here.
Nipple shields are traditionally jewelry, but we are bucking all traditions today. These breast cancer tattoos are basically inked nipple shields and I LOVE them. There is no shortage of flower tattoos on the internet and each one is unique, but these might be my favorite. The colors are vibrant and fun and they give the looker something to really see. I just enjoy the hell out of these.
2. Traveling Sleeve
Pink is used, as we have seen, so very often in breast cancer tattoos. It is usually used in the ribbon, as we have also noted a number of times in this article. However, using pink in other parts of the tattoo is equally as meaningful. Here the half sleeve is carried over, through flowers and leaves, onto the breast, ending in a nipple like swirl on the end. It is a wonderful illusion and I really just dig how well done this tattoo is. It is one of my favorites of the group.
1. Temp is Cool
Let’s face it. Tattoos aren’t for everyone. That’s okay, it’s our differences that make us interesting. However, there is a way that cancer patients can have a little fun and show their strength and spirits without leaving a permanent mark on their bodies. These awesome henna works are often called cancer crowns. They go on the patients bald head to create something beautiful where their hair used to be. The ink is really more of a stain that will eventually come off, but in the mean time, they head is not left as a blank slate. I think these are awesome and just as cute as the headscarves women usually use to cover up their baldness. Let it all hang out, ladies. Bald is beautiful, accentuate it!
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