Breast cancer survivors get tattoo make-overs

NEW ORLEANS (WGNO) - Every year on or around October 10, tattoo studios across the country open their hearts and close their doors to focus only on breast cancer survivors. Volunteers work with regional shops to pair one survivor with one artist for a day of art and love known as P-Inc.

New Orleans joined the movement, giving 10 women solutions to their scars at Frenchmen Street's popular tattoo salons Downtown Tattoo and Electric Ladyland. The tattoo artists create tattoos go go over the surgery scars.

"I can't imagine what they've gone through, and it's so humbling to be able to do anything for them," said Hayley Waldner, co-owner of Downtown Tattoo.

The women participating had gone through mastectomies and continue to bear scars that remind them every day of their battle for their lives.

Darlene Winston has had seven surgeries, survived breast cancer, a tumor, and a heart attack followed by the unexpected passing of her husband. For Winston, decorating her body was a symbol of rebirth.

"I was fortunate enough to come here and be assigned an artist who I clicked with very quickly. He created a design that really reached out to me and grabbed my soul," said Winston. "It's about my husband and me who I couldn't have gone through treatment without him."