Breast cancer survivor tattoo photo banned by Facebook for alleged indecent exposure of bare chest (Photo)

By on Feb 20, 2013 in Arts, Health, Internet, Lifestyle, North America Comments

A photo of a breast cancer survivor tattoo, as shown below, was banned on Facebook for alleged indecent exposure of bare chest. However, it is being re-posted and is now going viral on the giant social networking site, and receiving tons of supports. It was also reported in various sites such as Gawker.

“Hello Everyone, This tattoo was done for a woman who had breast cancer! Facebook keeps removing the post in 24hour as an offensive photo do to nudity.” A statement reads on the official Facebook page of Custom Tattoo Design on Wednesday, February 13, 2013, along with the photo of the tattooed chest of an unknown breast cancer survivor.

“However, we feel this woman is both brave and strong so we’re going to post it anyways and ask for your awareness and support. Please like and share this photo quickly to show your support for this and many other women who have lost so much. (Kind Comments are welcome) thanks!” The statement added.

The breast cancer survivor tattoo photo shows a chest of woman who underwent a double mastectomy. It is being totally covered with a tattoo of colored designed flowers along with a squirrel beneath them, and appeared to be a great work of art rather than offensive; probably even to those who are not fans of tattoo.

As noted at Daily Mail on Tuesday, February 19, it was posted by Lee Roller of Custom Tattoo Design and was taken from Bodies of Subversion: A Secret History of Women and Tattoo, 3rd Edition, a 1997 book by Margot Mifflin, which contains more than 50 photos of women’s tattoo art and is available at

As of this writing, the breast cancer survivor tattoo photo has now more than 165,580 Likes and over 133,820 Shares. It also has earned nearly 20,000 comments, most of them admiring the tattoo and are angry at Facebook for taking it down. Facebook has not yet issued any official statement on this issue.

Apparently, the same photo was earlier posted at the official Facebook page of The Tattoo Page last January 24, with the caption saying, “This tattoo was collaboratively designed by Inga Duncan Thornell and Tina Bafaro, her tattooist, to cover the scars from Inga‘s bilateral mastectomy,” and has over 30,000 Shares.

breast cancer survivor tattoo
Breast cancer survivor tattoo
Image Credit: Custom Tattoo Design Facebook

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