Mastectomy Tattoos

In recent years, tattoos have become a common part of breast cancer recovery. Beginning with a brief refresher on the history of women and ink, Cristen and Caroline discuss the different ways tattoos are providing new and empowering choices for women who've undergone mastectomies.

Episode sources:

"A Tattoo That Completes a New Breast" by Caitlin Kiernan. The New York Times. July 02, 2014.

"Navigating the Nudity Rules on Facebook" by Eliana Dockterman. TIME. July 08, 2014.

"Our Bodies, Our Ink" by Dwight Garner. The New York Times. July 03, 2013.

"Pink Ink: Tattoos transform mastectomy scars into beauty" by Diane Mapes. Today. Oct. 11, 2013.

"The Breast: Seeing Is Believing" by Rose Marie Beauchemin. Plastic Surgery Practice. Dec. 01, 2012.

"The Colorful, Subversive History of Women Getting Tattoos" by Steven Heller. The Atlantic. April 04, 2013.

"The World's Top Breast-Reconstruction Artist Runs a Tattoo Parlor in Maryland" by Michelle Cottle. The Washingtonian. Sept. 08, 2014.

"Why Do People Get Tattoos?" by Miliann King and Katherine Jones. "Understanding Deviance: Connecting Classical and Contemporary Perspectives." Routlege. 2014.

"You're marked: Breast cancer, tattoos, and the narrative performance of identity" by Kristin M. Langellier. Narrative and Identity: Studies in Autobiography, Self and Culture. John Benjamins Publishing. January 2001.

Academic sources:

"Breast cancer, breast surgery, and the makeover metaphor" by Shelley Cobb and Susan Starr. Social Semiotics. February 2012.

"Low priority? A cross sectional study of appearance anxiety in 500 consecutive referrals for cosmetic surgery" by A. Clarke et al. Psychology, Health & Medicine. August 2012.

"Mastectomy, body deconstruction, and impact on identity: A qualitative study" by C. Piot-Ziegler et al. The British Psychological Society. 2010.

Topics in this Podcast: health, women's health, breast cancer, breasts, tattoos, best of 2014 health