Breast cancer tattoos invariably have a deep meaning to their wearers; they have either survived the disease themselves, have a loved one who has suffered with it, or want to make a bold statement in support of cancer research. Whatever the reason, the symbols and designs used for breast cancer tattoos show onlookers the strength and courage of the person who displays them.
One of the most common symbols you will see with breast cancer tattoos is the pink ribbon. Some people may choose to use this design by itself, but many prefer to mix it with other emblems of particular meaning to them. It is not uncommon to see a pink ribbon draped around a cross, dangling over a heart, or have the names of a loved one, and occasionally even dates; these often represent the time of diagnosis to the time of healing, and are frequently placed at the bottom of the pink ribbon, or around the curves. Another variation is to use the ribbon to create words of strength such as ‘hope’ and ‘faith.’
Some breast cancer tattoos may be memorials to those who have fought with this disease. These designs may also feature names and dates, and they often display a portrait of the family member or friends. These portraits may also depict symbols of importance to this person, such as family, objects of their interests or passions; things that represent who they were as people.
Many breast cancer survivors opt to tattoo over their scars. These tattoos can vary; some prefer to use them for anatomical reconstruction purposes, others may place a symbol of their survival, and some may simply use a bold design to mask the scar tissue. The latter two are often seen as a transformation, or a last step in their healing process. Although the pink ribbon is regularly seen in these pieces, many people prefer to shy away from it; they often feel that they want to express who they are, rather than what they have suffered.
There are many ways to represent support to those who are afflicted, and many ways to express strength throughout their battles; either way, breast cancer tattoos will always be a reminder to their wearers of themself and others who struggle.