About Living Story
Every woman I have tattooed has a story. It is about her personal journey, her own, unique story. I am lucky enough to have them told to me during the tattoo process.
Creating the most realistic, natural areolas and 3 dimensional nipples as possible, I'm honored and humbled to be a part of each woman's journey to regain restore her femininity and regain confidence after enduring so much. This is my motivation to seek out learning and to refine my skill and technique so I can be the best at what I do.
The tattooing of the nipple areola is the finishing touch to the breast reconstruction. It is a medical tattoo with an aesthetic touch.
Living Story Tattoo offers restorative tattooing for breast reconstruction patients and breast conditions requiring areola pigment or asymmetry correction and permanent make up services to enhance your existing natural beauty.
Permanent makeup can be very beneficial for a variety of reasons, convenient and restorative as well.
Whether your brows are thin naturally or from the effects of chemotherapy, they can be made full and defined beautifully again. Waking up with tattooed eyeliner and lip color are great not only for busy ladies in the morning needing to save time but very helpful for those with dexterity or visual issues making application of make up difficult.
Choosing an Artist
Many times, the tattooing responsibility falls on the doctor or the nurse in the office to perform. They may have attended a weekend workshop or have even less training. Often times, they use whatever machine, needles, and ink that were sold to them by the trainers. This can lead to less than desired results on patients.
As with any procedure which you may undergo, ask as many questions as you need to.
Expect clear answers in wording that you understand. Ask about the training your artist has received. Ask to see photos of their work. If you are uncomfortable with any of the answers that you receive from anyone, seek out another opinion. Having proper ink, equipment, and technique used, combined with diligent tattoo aftercare, your tattoo should remain beautiful for years to come.
MOST IMPORTANTLY, do not let anyone tattoo your body if it is not truly their passion. If their heart is in their work, it will show. This is why I became A.R.T. certified.
Choosing me to provide any of these services is truly an honor to have that trust placed in me. It is another chapter in her story and I am thankful to be a part of that. She is the living story.
I am a registered nurse and experienced medical tattoo artist. After graduating from Wright State University in 1996 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing degree, I worked in a variety of hospital areas including: Burn unit, Trauma, NICU, and Oncology.
I worked at The Ohio State University Medical Center’s Department of Plastic Surgery from 2006-2014 where I completed hands-on training and The Beau Institute, Advanced Areola Complex training series. I was responsible for tattooing a large volume of patients in need of nipple areola complex tattooing and loved every minute of it.
In 2014, I continued my training to use proper equipment, ink and refine my technique, in order to give my clients a result that not only reflects my passion for what I do, but a result that they truly deserve. I’d like to thank Rob (RJ) Woods, owner of Tattoo Cartel in Columbus Ohio for all your help and guidance.
In 2015, I furthered my 3D nipple tattoo training with TeeJay Dill. She is the owner of White Tiger Tattoo in Rochester, NY. She is phenomenal tattooer in addition to being an accomplished medical tattoo provider.
In 2016, I became certified in permanent make up at Mona Lisa's Permanent Make Up center in Hamilton Ohio. I'm very happy to offer eyebrow tattooing either complete fill or microblading techniques, eyeliner, lip liner, and full lip color application.
I am also a Harmony Microblade artist.
In July of 2018, I became certified in A+Ocean Tattoo Conventional and Cosmetic Tattoo Lightening and Removal. It is performed with hypertonic saline solution and techniques developed by John Hashey.
I am proudly endorsed by the following:
Midwest Breast and Aesthetic Surgery- Dr. Ergun Kocak & Dr. Pankaj Tiwari
Dr. Bianca Chin-Montaque.
Aesthetica Surgery & Spa- Dr. Anne Taylor
Columbus Aesthetic and Plastic Surgery - Dr. Tyler Angelos, Dr. Timothy Treece, Dr. Susan Vasko, Dr. Robert Heck, and Dr. John Wakelin.
OhioHealth Breast & Cancer Surgeons – Dr. Larry Lilly and Dr. Natalie Jones. Dr. Mark Cripe and Dr. Deepa Halaharvi.
Mt Carmel Breast Surgery- Dr. Shilpa Padia
I am licensed with the Columbus Public Health Department as the owner/operator of Living Story Tattoo LLC according to the rules described here at the Ohio Department of Health.