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. http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/06/02/a-tattoo-that-completes-a-new-breast/

"Navigating the Nudity Rules on Facebook" by Eliana Dockterman. TIME. July 08, 2014. http://time.com/2966530/coppertone-facebook-nudity-rules/

"Our Bodies, Our Ink" by Dwight Garner. The New York Times. July 03, 2013. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/04/books/bodies-of-subversion-explores-womens-tattoos.html?_r=0

"Pink Ink: Tattoos transform mastectomy scars into beauty" by Diane Mapes. Today. Oct. 11, 2013. http://www.today.com/health/pink-ink-tattoos-transform-mastectomy-scars-beauty-8C11373795

"The Breast: Seeing Is Believing" by Rose Marie Beauchemin. Plastic Surgery Practice. Dec. 01, 2012. http://www.plasticsurgerypractice.com/2012/12/seeing-is-not-believing-december-2012-psp/

"The Colorful, Subversive History of Women Getting Tattoos" by Steven Heller. The Atlantic. April 04, 2013. http://www.theatlantic.com/sexes/archive/2013/04/the-colorful-subversive-history-of-women-getting-tattoos/274658/

"The World's Top Breast-Reconstruction Artist Runs a Tattoo Parlor in Maryland" by Michelle Cottle. The Washingtonian. Sept. 08, 2014. http://www.washingtonian.com/articles/people/the-worlds-top-breast-reconstruction-artist-runs-a-tattoo-parlor-in-maryland/

"Why Do People Get Tattoos?" by Miliann King and Katherine Jones. "Understanding Deviance: Connecting Classical and Contemporary Perspectives." Routlege. 2014. http://books.google.com/books?id=MyKoAgAAQBAJ&printsec=frontcover#v=onepage&q&f=false

"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. http://books.google.com/books?id=YkfD9N47FdwC&printsec=frontcover#v=onepage&q&f=false

Academic sources:

"Breast cancer, breast surgery, and the makeover metaphor" by Shelley Cobb and Susan Starr. Social Semiotics. February 2012. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/10350330.2012.640526

"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. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22372710

"Mastectomy, body deconstruction, and impact on identity: A qualitative study" by C. Piot-Ziegler et al. The British Psychological Society. 2010. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19840495

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