Areola Tattoos Should Be Celebrated, Not Censored

We’re passing the mic to our friend Tanya Buxton, the UK-based tattoo artist who’s fighting on the front-lines of social media censorship

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Areola Tattoo by Tanya Buxton

Today, we’re passing the mic to our friend Tanya Buxton, the UK-based tattoo artist who’s making a huge difference in the lives of people who’ve had their bodies altered because of medical procedures. One of her specialties is incredibly realistic-looking areola tattoos over mastectomy scars – a service that helps so many people after losing an areola to a cancer-related operation.

“Most widely known for helping breast cancer survivors after surgery, 3D realistic nipple tattoos can be tattooed post mastectomy to recreate the areola and nipple. These tattoos play a vital part in the journey for survivors, helping them regain their confidence and body positivity,” Tanya says. We shared some of her writing back in September (check it out here), and she’s back today to talk about her new campaign, Celebrated Not Censored. We’ll let her take it from herejust be sure to sign the petition!

Celebrated Not Censored

Words by Tanya Buxton

This campaign originated in July 2020, as a way of raising awareness to the issues the medical tattoo industry face with the censorship of areola tattoos for breast survivors.

Mastectomy tattoos are life changing to the people wearing them, yet these images are constantly removed and banned by social media, claiming they violate ‘community guidelines on sexual and nudity activity’ ….which, when you consider the amount of offensive content allowed to circulate our screens, deeming a photograph of a tattoo that resembles a nipple, for a breast cancer survivor is outrageous!

The many layers of hypocrisy and double standards surrounding this censoring is infuriating. The more I spoke about these issues, the more I realised just how many people are affected by other forms of social media censorship.

The media have brainwashed us into hating our bodies and that we need to fit into this ‘perfect’ body image. I feel this mindset is responsible for a lot of images that are censored online and contributes to people shaming those that don’t conform to this ‘ideal’ body image too.

This seriously needs to change, our bodies should NOT be subjected to censoring and shaming online and in the media; and in particular these remarkable and brave breast cancer survivors, who wish to share their areola tattoos with the world. Our bodies are truly amazing, (scars, stretch marks and all) and we should ALL be able to celebrate them, no matter our age, gender, colour or size. This campaign represents that too. 

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areola tattoo | breast cancer | breast cancer awareness

With over a decade of professional tattooing experience, Tanya’s extensive knowledge and passion for tattooing make her a highly skilled and versatile artist; with client’s travelling far and wide for Tanya’s perfectionist attitude and attention to detail, as well as her warm and welcoming personality. 

Located within the heart of the Cotswolds in Cheltenham Spa, Tanya’s beautiful, private studio, Paradise, is fast becoming the go-to hotspot for all cosmetic, medical and traditional tattooing services. 

Connect with her via her Instagram or her website, which also features her amazing blog!


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