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.