February 19, 2013

"Photo of breast cancer survivor's tattooed chest is shared by thousands after Facebook's attempts to ban it."

The nudity rules don't bend for cancer or for art. What can you really expect? But, anyway, I'm no fan of tattoos but I love this adaptation to mastectomy.

34 comments:

Inga said...

Gorgeous, a beautiful way to cover a canvas of skin that once held Inga's breasts.

kentuckyliz said...

I've thought about tattooing around a terrible cancer scar I have on my leg and/or my neck and/or my Frankenboob. Never bothered though.

kimsch said...

I was one of the shares on Facebook. It's beautiful work and you really can't tell she's "naked"...

LilyBart said...


I'm not a fan of tatoos, but I thought she looked beautiful.

Life is hard. Cut people some slack for heaven's sake.

edutcher said...

For once I have to agree with the She-Wolf.

This is telling cancer it can go to Hell.

Very life-affirming.

EDH said...

I understand covering up the scars with the tattoo, and I bet it's a great improvement, but is there a reason she didn't get implants to boot?

Erika said...

Good for the lady and all that, but I don't get why people piss and moan about Facebook's policies. Don't like them, don't use the site.

Erika said...

(Referring to some of the comments in the article, not anyone here, BTW.)

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Titus said...

There were no tits, just ink.

Sad and depressing.

I want to see fleshy tits that are able to bounce and run and enjoy life.

bouncing tits.

Oso Negro said...

And I love the spontaneous civil disobedience!

Oso Negro said...

And I love the spontaneous civil disobedience!

Chip Ahoy said...

That is the most awesome feminine flat chest I've ever seen.

How dumb to ban it.

bagoh20 said...

That's pretty cool. And any ladies that are faced with this, should know it does not really detract from your sexiness if you hang onto joy, and a playful spirit. This is a nice way to say it to yourself and the world. And no longer needing a bra, or even a shirt, is awesome.

I got fed up with Facebook a few months ago and completely deleted my account, which takes weeks, and is kind of tough, because for that period you cannot log back in, despite the fact that the damned application is stalking you everywhere you go trying to pull you back. I announced my decision on my wall for about a week and then disappeared. I have escaped the Borg.

bagoh20 said...

My entire torso is scars from a liver transplant, a titanium rib replacement, and a partial diaphragm rebuild out of Gortex. I love them all, and wouldn't get rid of them even if I could. Each one is a kind of trophy.

bagoh20 said...

I know it's gross, but like I said, I like mine, so here is my first, before and after. Warning: fool frontal nudity.

a chevron

bagoh20 said...

BTW, the camera had the wrong date in it. That's before in 2006, and after about 4 years later. Amazing what healing is possible, and that's just the outside.

Inga said...

Wow, Bagoh. I like the chest hair regrowth:)

All I have is scar on my knee from falling in front of a truck in Jr. High.

Inga said...

Oh yes, baggy, been meaning to tell you, your young Bagoh hairy look was hot.

bagoh20 said...

Remember when they were comparing scars in Jaws. "Farewell and adieu to you, Spanish Ladies..." I thought it unfortunate that the shark came knocking after they were all shitfaced and having a good time. I imagined it a metaphor for the cops.

bagoh20 said...

Oh yes, thanks Inga. My avitar is going through accelerated aging. Last month it was toddler Bagoh.

MayBee said...

I didn't find it beautiful or life affirming or anything, but it's up to her and not me.
I don't think it needed to be banned by Facebook, but as Erika says, their place, their rules.

Palladian said...

My entire torso is scars from a liver transplant, a titanium rib replacement, and a partial diaphragm rebuild out of Gortex. I love them all, and wouldn't get rid of them even if I could. Each one is a kind of trophy.

Agreed. Each of us is a map of scars, whether external, internal or both.

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kentuckyliz said...

I agree with Inga. 70s southern rock bago = Hubba hubba.

Yes, modern medicine is amazing.

Agree with you about the power of healing and joy and playfulness.

edutcher said...

One thing where I do have a quibble.

Eons ago, there was much-reprinted (apparently) a photo of a woman who'd had a breast removed and had the area tattooed with a long-stemmed, leafy rose.

Very minimalist and much more aesthetic.

The Yakuza look ain't that swell.

bpm4532 said...

Brilliant!

lemondog said...

My entire torso is scars from a liver transplant....

That band-aid must have been a life-saver.....

EMD said...

My entire torso is scars from a liver transplant, a titanium rib replacement, and a partial diaphragm rebuild out of Gortex. I love them all, and wouldn't get rid of them even if I could. Each one is a kind of trophy.

Bagoh is Tow Mater!

C R Krieger said...

Isn't some tattooing standard for mastectomies?  My wife has two tattoos, as part of the implant / rebuild process.  Look good and life-like.  The plastic surgeon recommended them, and did them.

Regards  —  Cliff

Dust Bunny Queen said...

Good for her. I think it is beautiful!

The only reservation that I would have is the permanence of the design. Tattoos are permanent. She can't change it to another style later.

But...then again...the double mastectomy is pretty damned permanent as well.

Colonel Angus said...

Nice artwork.

Sam L. said...

Works for me!

tim maguire said...

How did Facebook's software even know this was a nude photo? If I hadn't known, I may not have noticed.

Erika said...I don't get why people piss and moan about Facebook's policies. Don't like them, don't use the site.

Facebook shouldn't have any access to user feedback? We shouldn't say what we do and don't like about it?

Why not?