Mari Shibata

Areola Angel 
3D Nipple Tattoo for Breast Cancer Survivors





Katie was 26 when first diagnosed with breast cancer.

After having a double mastectomy, she visits Claire, a permanent make-up artist offering to tattoo nipples with a 3D effect free of charge.

This intimate observational film documents a very personal process of getting the tattoo done from start to finish, including Katie's emotional reaction as she sees herself with nipples for the first time in three years.

Recorded in Natsound, every word spoken between occurs as the tattoo takes shape in real time.




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