This beautiful piece is the result of a collaboration between Inga Thornell, a cancer survior who’s illness resulted in a double mastectomy , and Tina Bafaro, an tattooist in Seattle in the US. Inga made a decision to forgo breast reconstruction in favour of getting this beautiful artwork. It is a fantastic and novel approach to a problem that faces all mastectomy patients. The design works wonderfully and is a credit to the owner and the artist..
Inga and her tattoo bra feature in a book called ‘Bodies of Subversion – A Secret History of Women and Tattoos’ by Margot Mifflin.
A tattoo studion in Ontario called Custom Design Studio liked the story and images of Inga so much they posted them on their Facebook page. It immediately went viral, and Facebook went into melt down and removed ‘the offensive image’ because it contravened their ‘nudity rules’.
Good old Custom Design wouldn’t hear of it and kept reposting the image, saying ‘However we feel this woman is both brave and strong so were going to post it anyways and ask for your awareness and support ; Please like and share this photo quickly to show your support for this and many other women who have lost so much’.
And people did.
So much so that the Facebook page now has nearly 200,000 shares and over 220,000 likes.
Facebook has reviewed the post and now agreed to let it stay. Now they just need to look at the breast feeding photos they deleted from the Breast Feeding Mothers Awareness group recently.
If only Facebook had’ve been invented by a European,,,,