Isle of Wight areola tattoo artist rewarded

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A tattoo artist who creates free areola tattoos for cancer survivors has been awarded for the quality of her work.

Gemma Bowers runs Gems Ink, Hair and Aesthetics salon in Ryde High Street, having left her former space within the Hair and Beauty Centre.

Gemma has a great passion for medical tattooing and won first place in the Best Medical Tattoo Artist category at the Permanent Makeup (PMU) conference and awards.

Gemma said she was “absolutely thrilled” to win and place second in the Best Eyeliner Artist category.

Additionally, his apprentice, Penny Adams, was a finalist in the Best Newcomer category, which had plenty of competition.

Gemma has made a name for herself in the industry, winning first place at the British Aesthetics Awards in 2020.

She creates free areola or nipple tattoos for breast cancer survivors and recently learned about “skin discoloration,” which means she can also blend scars.

She said: “I know scars are just as traumatic as missing nipples for a lot of women, so I’m extremely happy to now be able to help in this way as well.

“I still do all my areola tattoos for free, and will continue to do so.”

She is part of the Mastectomy Tattoo Alliance and is hosting a fundraiser for the group on October 15, starting at 6 p.m.

The event takes place at the Binstead Community Center and Quivers provides entertainment.

Tickets can be purchased at the door.

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