Amy Black’s tattoo parlour in Richmond, Virginia helps clients with scars from illness or surgery reclaim their bodies with needles and ink.

Amy Black’s tattoo parlour in Richmond, Virginia helps clients with scars from illness or surgery reclaim their bodies with needles and ink.

Amy Black is a master of illusion. Beginning her artistic career by painting murals and faux finishes for private homes, she now crafts strikingly realistic tattoos, principally for those who have had their bodies changed due to illness or surgery. Whether you’ve undergone a mastectomy as a result of breast cancer or you’ve lost all you hair, Amy is ready and waiting.

Having studied at the Columbus College of Art and Design, where she developed a passion for human anatomy, Amy now employs her talents in a field formally known as ‘nipple and areola repigmentation’, but put more simply she helps people take ownership of their skin once more.

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Whilst her work is principally focused on the reconstruction of anatomically accurate nipples and areolas, Amy is increasingly approached by clients who want to celebrate their scars artistically, demands which have seen Amy draw upon her knowledge of classical art, botany, religion and science.

Amy’s work is not, however, cheap. This was a realisation that back in 2011 prompted her to establish the Pink Ink Fund, an organisation aiming to ease the financial burdens imposed on those wishing for body art.

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Paula Haydock and James Callum’s film, Tat for Tit, showcases Amy’s artistic skill, but – as she would no doubt have no other way – the documentary is ultimately focused on her clients. They stand testament to Amy’s selfless and invaluable work, one woman confidently professing “I am beautiful again”, another affirms that Amy’s work is “100% for the person”.

Amy’s mastery of her art is vital in allowing her clients to re-master their bodies.

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