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Tattoo for breast cancer patient praised

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 27/08/2016

A New Zealand tattoo artist is being praised for a design it took 13 hours to create in one session on the breast of an Australian breast cancer patient.

Alison Habbal, 36, from Sydney had her nipple removed as part of a lumpectomy and instead of getting a plastic surgeon to make a new one decided to have her breast tattooed, the BBC reports.

"I didn't want a fake nipple made from some other piece of flesh. I thought I'm just going to get a tattoo," she says.

"During the year I was sick I had the idea of me with the blonde crop and the tattoo. The whole time I was sick I would trawl tattoo artists over the internet".

Images of the work created by Hamilton-based tattoo artist Makkala Rose are a hit on social media.

Rose confirms on her Facebook page that the tattoo was done in one 13-hour sitting.

"You were an absolute machine Makkala - I could only sit through it because you had the stamina to tattoo it," Habbal says.

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