Vyvyn Lazonga, Mother Of Beautiful Mastectomy Tattoos
Vyvyn Lazonga is making the lives of women fresh from breast cancer battles more colorful with her gorgeous mastectomy tattoos.
Before anything, there's a thing or two you should know about Vyvyn Lazonga. Vyvyn has been around the tattoo scene for a long time—getting tattooed by Ed Hardy in the 70's and meeting Horiyoshi II at one of Lyle Tuttle's parties, then opening her own shop in Seattle not long after. She then went on to become one of the first women in the industry to work for herself and not for her husband nor a male tattoo artist's shop.
According to her Wikipedia page, Vyvyn has been a tattoo icon for thirty years and counting by accomplishing several feats as a woman in the tattoo industry.
Vyvyn is also believed to be one of the first tattoo artists to work over post-mastectomy scars. “I’m not going to try to prove a point,” Lazonga said. “But it seems like I’m always a forerunner in a lot of these things.”
It started about thirty years ago when a woman came over to Vyvyn's shop looking into getting her post-mastectomy scars tattooed with real-looking nipples to replace the one she lost. And since female tattoo artists were rare at the time, the woman felt more comfortable going to Vyvyn.
These days, almost half of Madame Lazonga's clients request mastectomy tattoos. She, after all, is a living tattoo icon.
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“Having a tattoo is a way of feeling better about your body, of having that place you feel like you’re in control after something that was out of your control happened to you,” a post-mastectomy tattoo client told Seattle-based news website Kuow.
“I don’t want to dredge up bad memories,” Lazonga shared. “I just do my work and try to be compassionate.”
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