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Mail: Short Snappers Edition

In this edition of the mailbag, I will be going through questions about preparation work, stressful situations, and relationships. More to come.

Breast Cancer Survivors Find the Michelangelo of Nipple Tattoos

In the waiting room of Little Vinnie’s Tattoos, bikers and punks sit side by side with church-going grandmas and soccer moms. Customers fly in from as far as Saudi Arabia, Spain, and Brazil, to an unassuming strip mall just outside of Baltimore complete with tanning salon, liquor store, and adult DVDs. Anxiously, they enter Vinnie Myers’ shop, the final destination for many breast cancer survivors attempting to recover what mastectomies have stolen away.

For all of medicine’s advances, the best option for areola reconstruction is tattooing, and in the field of cosmetic tattooing, Vinnie’s trompe-l’oeil “areola portraits,” as he calls them, are widely regarded as the best that money can buy.

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Do you personally know of any medical students or doctors with tattoos? How big of an impact would tattoos on a medical student or doctor make on their personal professionalism in the medical field? — Asked by Anonymous

I know quite a few in the profession with tattoos. While culturally speaking tattoos and piercings have grown to become more widely accepted, in medicine it is still considered a point of professionalism that tattoos or piercings should be modest or covered.

Obviously either one in areas that are not easily identified are not an issue. The faculty has a more stringent view of the visible skin above the waist, where your patient interaction will happen; these generally include your arms, neckline, and face.

Keeping that in mind, pretty much no one I know has run into issues with this.

Go Beyond The Cover.

Rico Genest’s beautifully intricate tattoos have transformed him to a walking piece of art. This clever advertisement also gives us a chance to see him if he did not have those distinctive and character-defining ink work. I must admit that while the transformation is impressive, I cannot help but wonder how much product had to be used to make that look seem natural.

Deltoid Zipper on David Arguello by tattoo artist Yomico Moreno.

Deltoid Zipper on David Arguello by tattoo artist Yomico Moreno.

A picture of Richard Sawdon Smith's tattoo, featuring the testing process for HIV. That is such an amazing set of ink.

A picture of Richard Sawdon Smith's tattoo, featuring the testing process for HIV. That is such an amazing set of ink.