Woman having her nipple tattooed
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The 'Michelangelo' of nipple tattoos helps breast cancer survivors

Vinnie Myers runs a tattoo parlour in the US city of Baltimore.

He has helped thousands of women recovering from breast cancer by painting custom 3-D tattoos for women who have lost their nipples to cancer surgery.

Breast cancer is one of the most common cancers diagnosed in the United States - in fact one in eight women will be diagnosed with it in their lifetime. It's a tough journey - first the treatment to get rid of the cancer and then, if women choose, the reconstruction surgery.

Myers' creations look so real he has become known as the "Michelangelo of nipple tattoos". Thousands of women have travelled from all over the US and further afield for his services. The BBC's Katy Watson reports.

Produced by Jennifer Aidoo; filmed and edited by Colm O'Molloy

  • 20 Dec 2013