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Ink that heals


Breast cancer survivors have few choices after surgery. They have reconstruction or they don't. Either way, the scars left behind are a constant reminder of what they've been through. There's a new organization helping people turn those scars into works of art. (prounounced pea-ink, short for "personal ink") is a movement helping transform the lives of breast cancer survivors one tattoo at a time. Founded in December of 2012, links tattoo artists willing to donate their services for free to cancer survivors around the country. Through their craft, the tattoo artists are able to help heal survivors in a way no one else can.


This year, Milwaukee joined a growing list of 12 cities that participated in Day on October 10th. I went to Rockstar Tattoo in West Allis to learm more. Check out the story above to hear from Sandi and her tattoo artist Brock. 


The only thing holding more women back from getting this life altering ink is the cost. There is merchandise for sale and a donationa page, with proceeds going directly to Wanna help ladies closer to home? On Thursday, Nov. 6, the Iron Horse Hotel will host a fundraiser from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. during which a Milwaukee video will be premiered. The cost is $25, a donation to, which includes champagne and appetizers. Can't make it on the 6th? There will be a signature drink in which all of the proceeds will go to during the entire month of November through the Iron Horse. 

*Photos provided by Tammy Caltagirone photography. More photos from Milwaukee found here.

Director of Digital Content | Radio Milwaukee