Post-Mastectomy tattoos require a lot of skill and not every tattoo artist is able to do it.
Mari Ruddy is a cancer survivor who could not look at herself in the mirror for three years because the Mastectomy that saved her life also took a part of her identity away. When Mari received her new tattoo of a lotus flower, which took a little over 5 hours to complete, she was finally able to look in the mirror and be happy with what she saw. On this part 2 of a 3 part series, Mari shares how she helps fellow survivors get post-mastectomy tattoos with the help of P.ink.
Key Takeaways:[4:10] How did P.ink get started? [6:00] Mari talks on how she met Noel, the founder. [7:15] Mari talks about her cancer journey. [8:40] Why Mari couldn’t look at herself in the mirror after her mastectomy. [10:15] The group experience was more important to Mari than getting the tattoo. [14:00] Mari never had a tattoo before this one. [17:10] The tattoo Mari wanted took around 5.5 hours to complete. [20:00] When the tattoo was done, Mari realized she didn’t have to be afraid of the mirror anymore. [21:30] Now that Mari has her new tattoo, she loves to show it off. [22:35] How does Mari support P.ink? [33:10] How do Mari and her team match cancer survivors with tattoo artists? [42:10] Be sure to check out the P.ink website. [42:30] Mari talks about P.ink on Pinterest and how that came about. [44:05] How can people support P.ink and P.ink day? [46:00] Be aware, not every tattoo artist is able to create a beautiful post-mastectomy tattoo. It does require a lot of skill. [49:20] The volunteer committee meets once a month for an hour via Google hangouts. [51:20] Mari shares how she’s passionate about racial equality. [55:05] Mari needs a videographer in Minnesota!
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