Kiwi tattoo artist Makkala Rose, from Hamilton, has gained attention right around the world following Instagram posts of a tattoo she created for a breast cancer survivor in Australia.
Alison Habbal of Sydney commissioned Rose to create the large, floral tattoo on her right breast after her nipple was removed and she was left with scarring following a lumpectomy to cut out her cancer.
BBC News reported that the 36-year-old did not like the idea of re-creating a nipple through plastic surgery.
“I didn’t want a fake nipple made from some other piece of flesh. I thought I’m just going to get a tattoo,” Alison says.
“During the year I was sick I had the idea of me with the blonde crop and the tattoo. The whole time I was sick I would trawl tattoo artists over the internet”.
Images of the work created by Hamilton-based tattoo artist Makkala Rose are a hit on social media.
Rose confirms on her Facebook page that the tattoo was done in one 13-hour sitting.
“You were an absolute machine Makkala – I could only sit through it because you had the stamina to tattoo it,” Habbal says.