Spanish hospital offers nipple tattoos to breast cancer survivors

MADRID (Reuters) – Arms covered in red and green ink, tattoo artist Alvaro Quesada is hardly what cancer survivors expect at a Madrid infirmary, the first public hospital in Spain to offer nipple and areola tattooing.

Yet his service of tattooing realistic-looking nipples onto women who have had their breasts reconstructed after mastectomies signals the final step of recovery from cancer, and women react with emotion to the process.

“They leave crying and hugging me. This is therapy,” says 32-year-old Quesada, who takes time out from his tattoo parlor to attend patients at the hospital. Read more.

You asked: are tattoos bad for you?

Tattoos are more popular than ever. Roughly half of millennials have one, as do 36% of Gen Xers, according to a recent Harris poll. The number of Americans with at least one tattoo has jumped 50% in the past four years.

This explosion in popularity has led some health experts to take a closer look at the practice. What they’ve found so far raises questions—and some concerns.

A study published this year found that tattoos may interfere with the way your skin sweats. Compared to non-tattooed skin, inked skin excretes about 50% less sweat, says study coauthor Maurie Luetkemeier, a professor of physiology at Alma College in Michigan. Read more.

Model spends over $15,000 on tattoos from artist COEN MITCHELL

A lot of people who get a new tattoo often go and get more – it’s not an out-there concept. Summer McInerney took it a step further by spending over $15,000 on tattooing most of her body with the artist who did her first tattoo.

In July 2015, Australian freelance model Summer McInerney went to go and get a half-sleeve tattoo down her right arm from New Zealand tattooist Coen Mitchell.

She thought that she would “look quite hardcore with a half sleeve,” but little did she know that nearly two years later, Summer would have spent around 127 hours (or 15 full days) and over $15,000 on being tattooed by Coen. Read more.