I am an old fogey when it comes to tattoos. I can’t imagine having one. I can’t think of any word or image that I would want to have on my body forever. I know they can be beautiful. I know that their social stigma has almost faded away. My stepdaughter, who has several, tells me this frequently. She also talks about “when,” not “if” my 9-year-old gets a tattoo. I hope and pray that my stepdaughter is wrong about this. I can’t help it. I know it’s good to embrace change, but I’m having a hard time with the tattoo craze.
Then comes an item on the Bay Area Young Survivors listserv: Dragonfly Ink, a tattoo studio on Market Street in San Francisco, is offering free eyebrow tattoos to those who are about to start chemotherapy and expect to lose their eyebrows. My eyebrows have thinned considerably, but I haven’t lost them yet. Still, this is such a kind, such a smart use of tattoos. And it doesn’t look half bad.In the past, Dragonfly has also offered free areola tattoos to breast cancer survivors, and they do very cool scar camouflage tattoos.
God forbid I might have a mastectomy scar to cover up, but if I ever do, I’m calling Sasha at Dragonfly Ink.