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Tattoo Ideas: Pink Breast Cancer Awareness Ribbons

Pink ribbon tattoos symbolize breast cancer awareness.

Pink ribbon tattoos symbolize breast cancer awareness.

Breast Cancer Awareness

When I was in elementary school in the early 1990s, I remember seeing neighbors tie yellow ribbons around the trees in their front yard. My grandparents told me it was in support of our troops, who were overseas fighting in Operation Desert Storm. In high school, I started noticing red ribbons pinned to the shirts of classmates and learned that they were a symbol of AIDS awareness, dyed red because that's the color of passion. The ribbon has been a symbol of awareness ever since.

In 1991, the Susan G. Komen Foundation handed out pink ribbons to participants at NYC's race for breast cancer survivors. Later, ribbons were distributed in various New York City department stores. According to Wikipedia, "Charlotte Hayley, who battled breast cancer, produced peach color ribbons. She sold them with a card saying, "The National Cancer Institute annual budget is 1.8 billion US Dollars, and only 5 percent goes for cancer prevention. Help us wake up our legislators and America by wearing this ribbon." It was eventually decided that the permanent color of the ribbon would be pink. It quickly became an international symbol of breast cancer awareness.

Each year breast cancer kills more than 500,000 men and women worldwide, although breast cancer in men is 100 times less likely than breast cancer in women. It is the second most common type of cancer and the fifth most common cause of death by cancer.

Early Detection is Key

Early detection and prevention are key. The best thing a woman can do is to give herself a breast exam at least once a month to detect any lumps around the breast tissue and to visit her OB/GYN once a year. Breast self-exams should start being done as early as your 20s. It's easy to do, it takes five minutes, and noticing a lump early on could absolutely save your life.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and during this time, thousands of products are emblazoned with the pink ribbon symbol with the intention being that a small portion of the proceeds will be donated to breast cancer prevention or research. Particularly during this month, a pink ribbon is worn to recognize the struggle that breast cancer sufferers must face. For those who have lost a loved one to the disease, a year-round and lifelong tribute is to get a tattoo of the pink ribbon. The pink ribbon tattoo is equally applicable to those who have had a loved one suffer from the disease but survive, as well as those who have valiantly battled breast cancer themselves—and won.

Be Creative!

A simple, standard pink ribbon tattoo would get the point across perfectly, but I am always amazed at the other creative ways people find to express the sentiment. The tattoos below are beautiful. One twists the pink ribbon into the shape of a heart; another pink ribbon is surrounded by a tribal butterfly design accompanied by pink- and blackwork. My favorite is the angelic, winged pink ribbon with a halo on top. There are endless ways of customizing the pink ribbon designs, and a quick Google search will lead you to websites brimming with ideas.

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Sallie on June 13, 2014:

My sister passed away on June 24, 2013. She was 40 years old and left behind a wonderful husband and 2 beautiful children 6 and 8. She was the strongest woman I have ever known. Her breast cancer spread to her lungs and then her bones. I am looking for a breast cancer ribbon with angel wings. I can't find one I like. If anyone knows of a site please let me know. I am getting the tattoo on June 24, 2014 the one year anniversary of her passing.

Phil rochat on June 11, 2014:

My best friend , my girlfriend of 10 years passed from breast cancer may 1. I don't have any tattoos but am looking for ideas. I have an artist/tattooist in mind but need help cultivating an idea

LisaMarie on January 23, 2013:

I am fighting breast cancer. I am looking for the right tattoo. I pray we all join in the fight to find a cure. Hope to see you all at the walk this year. God bless anyone fighting this disease, I say don't give up the fight. Find hope !

sue on March 16, 2012:

These tattoos are great. I have been looking for one myself. I am a survivor of breast cancer and would like a tattoo to symbolize mine.

angela on February 04, 2012:

Hi, my name is angela.I'm 29 years old Latin woman...and today I had done the cancer ribbon for 3 reson.1. My mother survive cervical cancer, 2. My grandmother have cancer in her blood and doctors told us she have 8 months to live.and 3. I was diagnose with cancer in my uterus ....but I have faith in god we be fine.god bless to all.

Monique on January 19, 2012:

These tattoos are absolutely amazing! I have been heavily considering getting my second tattoo with my husband; this will be his first.

I was diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer mets liver and bone on my 30th bday while I was 22 weeks pregnant.

I would be so proud to wear an awareness ribbon permanently ...

Diana on January 18, 2012:

I was diagnosed with breast cancer in July 2011. I have and still going thru treaments and will start radition soon. I also am looking for a tattoo. I had two anuts that passed away from cancer, so this cancer runs in our family and I was told I carry the a cancer gene. So this is very scary I pray every day that a cure is found. Your tattoos are great & give me ideas. Thank you so much & God Bless All of You.

Mina on January 11, 2012:

These tattoos are beautiful. Breast cancer does not run in my family but my father passed away in 2008 when I was 17 to colon cancer. Looking at these tattoos gives me inspiration into getting one for him.

rhonda on January 03, 2012:

my mom was diognosed with breast cancer in june of 2011 and we lost her in october 2011.. please encourage every woman in your life including yourself to get an annual breast exam..Please..dealing with the loss of my mom is a pain i wouldn't wish on my worst enemy...

Devan on December 02, 2011:

My grandma is a survivor of breast cancer and it was hard helping her through it. I was wondering if there were any tattoo ideas with the pink ribbon with a rose? I plan on getting a tattoo on Mothers day with my grandma and I needed some ideas and pictures to look at. By the way all these tattoos are beautiful.

april marie on November 08, 2011:

i lost my mom to breast cancer in 2005 the 24th of november thanksgivig day i wtched her fight to stay alive for an hour after we turned off her breathing machine i have been sick my whole life but my mom was always there i just went through my second brain surgery to remove another tumor this was very very hard not having my mom to be there to hold my hand as she always did even through my spinal taps when i was two i even remember her exact words to me as she held my little had and rubbed my head "harder april rie squeeze so i can feel it make my hands purple" at that point lol i had to use both hands its hard without my mommy but i have my little sister and we remember her together the year she died was the hardest christmas for my brother my sister and myself my mom shopped all year so when she died we actually all opened up gifts from her i will never forget her laugh her smile her hugs lol or her back scratches our late night talks or her singing her beautiful face i love you mommy forever and always

Andrea on October 27, 2011:

Thanks for putting these on here. We have a cousin who was just diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer. Tomorrow a bunch of us are going to get ribbon tattoos. These pics helped a lot!!

braxton on October 23, 2011:

i have suffered from 2 of my family members going through breast cancer my great grandma died from it i never got to meet her but i like you guys tattoos that reminds me that more people have been through losing family members not just me!~!!!!!!!!! im only 11

Jill w on August 31, 2011:

I will be finishing my chemo in 3 weeks, I started in June. This whole time I have been thinking about the

tattoo I was going to get, It was one part of my life I feel I have control of. After looking at these I am all the more excited to get mine done! It will say love for all the love and support that has helped me through this!

Donna on July 04, 2011:

I know that this is a breast cancer site, but I was diagnosed with uterine cancer and am looking for a tattoo to symbolize my journey. These tattoos are beautiful, but I was wondering if anyone knew of any other sites for cancer tattoos other than the journeys you all are taking.

lisa on July 03, 2011:

i was diagnosed in april of 2011 and wanna get a tattoo to symbolize it

Brynda on June 30, 2011:

These are beautiful tattoos and they have given me wonderful ideas for my own tattoo. I want to have it done for my sweet mom who lost her battle to breast cancer after fighting 8 long years.

God bless all those fighting, have fought, or love someone fighting this horrible cancer.

Tammy Lynn on June 30, 2011:

My mom is a breast cancer survivor! She takes everything in stride: even cancer! I told her that I want to show my support with a tattoo and she loves the idea. I am in the process of designing it as I sit here and read the testimonies of the amazing women on this site. You are all an inspiration and have shown me that there are so many more amazing women out there like my mom. When I am mistaken for her or compaired to her I find it to be the biggest compliment that you coud possibly do! She is the strongest woman I know and I am so very honored to call her MOM! For those that have lost a loved one to this disease my heart and prayers go out to you! God needs strong women around him too!

devastated on June 10, 2011:

My mom was recently diagnosed with High Grade Breast cancer (stage 2) and had a left mastectomy. It all happened so quickly, no warnings signs, no history! It is hard to watch her go thru this & I want to honor her by getting a tattoo of the pink ribbon. I was thinking of doing it somewhere around the left breast area but am not sure of the location. I want it to be seen when out casually but not visible at work. Any suggestions?

Samantha on June 05, 2011:

I lost my grandmother to breast cancer 3 years ago, while I was in nursing school. She was so proud of me becoming a nurse. She passed before she could see me graduate. After graduation I went and got the medical symbol with a pink ribbon wrapped around it. In honor of my grama!

jackie m on May 23, 2011:

seeing this tonight has helped me a lot. i have tried drawing something myself but it has not been what i was looking for. my mother, grandmother,aunt, as well as 2 sister in laws that have battled cancer. my mother and grandmother both lost their fight. i had my 1st breat lump removed when i was 18 years old just out of high school. i'm 42 now and have had a total of 5 lumps removed so i understand how all of you feel and want to remember everyone close to you. i thank all of you who have shared their stories and pictures. go bless

Lou on March 17, 2011:

This has really helped me choose some ideas for my tattoo. I want something to remind me of my Nan who died just over two years ago. I'm now 16 and still miss her so much. She had breast cancer and died at just 65. She meant the world to me and I want to show her how much I love her. Xxx

Bri on February 17, 2011:

My ex boyfriends mom passed away April 2010 from breast cancer.

Breast cance has got to be the hardest thing to go through. Actually any kind of cancer for that matter. Loosing a loved one isn't easy and that whyy I'm proud to get the pink ribbon tattooed on my bodyy. For those who have died, those who have survived, those who a dealing with it and those who have not been dignosed with it.

Cindy on February 10, 2011:

I am a survivor and I got my tattoo on Sept 25th right after I got done doing the Susan G Komen "race for the cure" walk, along with my daughter and my 2 best friends. I cant put into words how much it meant to me for the 3 of them to get pink ribbon tattoos with me!!!

alana mauldin on February 04, 2011:

my mom just died of breast cancer and i was wanting to get a new tattoo for her!!!!!!!!!!!!! She died friday the 28th of jan and i was just thinking how i could do a new tattoo

Jean Wolf on January 30, 2011:

i just got the pink ribbon one shown here my wrist (the one shown on 2 legs)and a friend got a matching one

Jendo on January 26, 2011:

Thanks for these ideas, my best friend passed away with cancer at the age of 19 so I wanted something to symbolise how strong she was so thankyou for the pictures.

mechas42 on December 11, 2010:

yo odio el melanoma porque me quito mi hijita de 22 el 25 de noviembre

904clay on December 11, 2010:

I just got a pink ribbon put on my foot to support my mother in law with her fight against breast cancer. The first ribbon idea on this page is the one that I got just without the script. So thank you for all of the great ideas to choose from.

MOMis1 on November 20, 2010:

My mom was diagnosed with breast cancer on Sept 27 2010. She has had a masectomy and things were going great. But then it started going down hill since then. She recently had her gallbladder and appendix removed and we were told on thursday that they had found breast cancer cells on her appendix. My brother, husband, and I have talked about getting a tattoo but now that it is so serious we plan on getting it next month. It saysMOM, and the O is a ribbon that says hope, love and faith. It is awesome and I love it

We plan on showing her once we get it. Remember ladies always get your check ups. I am 26 and I am having my first mammogram shortly. Cherish your mother and love them unconditionaly. Remember the good things and forget the things that don't matter. I love my mother with all my heart and she knows it. Tell your mother you love her!!!

Izzabella Phelps on November 14, 2010:

A year ago my grandmother was dignosed with breast cancer.It took her a year for her to get over that.But shes been good lately.I miss her so much having her far away I really really miss u grandma.

Sam on October 25, 2010:

Thank you of showing all of these. I've been lokking for a good design. I lost a really close friend who was like a mother to me to breast cancer and another friend of mine is battling it for the third time.

Staci Staley on October 22, 2010:

it is my birthday,the 31st of this month,my daughter and i are getting matching tattoos of the pink ribbon. i am a survivor and she was one of my biggest supporters.haven't decided how we want them,but,i will show them off when they are done.

mommaof1 on October 19, 2010:

Well I am off to greener pastures to see if anyone has fresh and NEW ideas. Thanks for beeing green and recycling the same ideas around to me. May God bless those who are suffering cancer and give strength to those that are their for the cancer fighters! Live Love Hope.

angel on October 15, 2010:

my next tattoo is going to be a breast cancer awareness ribbon and i'm gonna get it on my right breast because my grandmother lost her right breast to cancer, but she survived it and my mom is going to do the same thing, our tattoos will be different but we're getting them in the same place and for the same reason, to remember this incredible woman who survived, she passed away in 1996 but not from the cancer, her strong will lives on through me and my mom today, she is my hero and i will show it through this tattoo

mommaof1 on October 06, 2010:

Hi Debi I kinda like that idea because I have been thinking about my posting and I keep coming up with more and more people I know with cancer. I don't want a bunch of dates all over the place either. Just a nice simple tattoo. To be honest I am not big on tattoos for myself, but I want a way to honor such brave people. Just have to find a color. Can't picture pink for the men in my life! :)

Debi on October 04, 2010:

When a friend and I turned 50 we started our wish list. Her wish was a tattoo. I got a pink ribbon surrounded by a vine. I have 9 leaves on my vine. One for each survivor I know. I now need to put on 4 more leaves. I hope to have a bush by the time I am done. It has been 7 years. She has yet to get a tattoo.

christa on October 03, 2010:

My Sister is going through the Chemo right now. I am sending her this message. Be strong sissy.. we are all here for you and your a strong amazing person. xoxo


mommaof1 on October 02, 2010:

My mother and my grandfather both passed away from cancer and I am thinking of a tattoo to represent both. I am not sure which cancer my grandfather passed from but I really don't want a pink ribbon to represent him and I don't want two tattoos. Does anyone know of a kind of happy medium to show both of them?

Thania on October 01, 2010:

Regis hair salon el cajon c.a Oct.16,2010 9 am 9 pm "Clip for the cure" big event $15 dollar cuts bake sale raffles and crafts all proceeds goes to breast cancer research awareness and cure... We all have a woman in our lives we hold dear please come out and support...

for more info call Regis @ 619-590-1333

Carissa on September 23, 2010:

My aunt is battling breast cancer right now and she is not getting better only worse so id like to get one before she passes away.

di on September 22, 2010:

I have recently been diagnosed with breast cancer and my daughter had a pink ribbon tattoo yesterday.we are grateful for the support in any form

Lisa on September 21, 2010:

I was diagnosed Aug. 10 w breast cancer. These designs have helped as all of my family members are getting the ribbon tatoo done for me. I am going to get the survivor one on myself.

Domi on September 15, 2010:

Those tattoos are amazing! I am a childhood cancer survivor of Hodgkin Lymphoma. I am going to get a survivor tattoo. I just haven't decided what the design should be yet. These pictures have helped (:

Cheri on September 12, 2010:

Holly, there are different colors to represent different cancers. My daughter was diagnosed with Leukemia and orange is the color for that so I have an orange ribbon. You can google a listing of awareness ribbons and their colors and the meanings of them.

holly on September 04, 2010:

can the ribbon stand for more then breast cancer can it stand for all cancer ?

angel lynn on August 28, 2010:

Hi, I too have just recently finished my battle with breast cancer. I was diagnosed 2 weeks after my 30th birthday. I am currently working on my reconstruction. I have 3 little girls. Today I went and got my tattoo on the back of my neck and plan to get another at some point. I got the breast cancer ribbon outlined in black and colored in with survivor and my diagnosis date of 9/24/08 underneath of it! This was my second tattoo and I have to say that the pain is nothing like what us fighters have ever gone through! We are strong and proud.. I AM A SURVIVOR!! God Bless

Amber on August 23, 2010:

My grandmother had breast cancer when i was 9, so i was very young but i can remember how hard it was for her to deal with. But she fought threw it and was cancer free for close to 7 years. I'm only 17, but I'm defiantly getting a breast cancer tattoo to resemble her. I miss her dearly but I'm happy to say that she did not pass away due to cancer. :) I love this site, it's amazing and has given me even more idea's to what i want to put into my tattoo.

courtney smith on July 29, 2010:

I think people who get these tattoos are the most amazing people in the world i lost my aunt to breast cancer and i miss her everyday she was the most wonderful person in the world and people that give to the breast cancer community should be respected and love thank you for doing what you do for cancer awarness its BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Rhonda on July 24, 2010:

Thank you to everyone for posting these photos as I am shopping for a design to get a.s.a.p. I have beeen diagnosed with breast cancer in 2004, 2006, 2008 and now again in 2010. I also lost my mother in 2008 to the disease. I would like to have something to remember her and also to mark my battles as well. Your photos have been inspirational.

Rachel on July 13, 2010:

Thank you for the awesome breast cancer tattoos, I am getting one and I wanted to see some examples. I just lost my sister inlaw on June 30th, 2010, she was very dear to me and even though she fought a good fight for 13 years, she was called to heaven.

No more suffering, it is her time to shine and be whole again.

Jenell on July 12, 2010:

Hi my name is Jenell i am 19 and have breast cancer. Its not a for sure thing if its serious or just minor yet cause i just found out but the doctors are making a big deal of it cause i lost my mom when i was 8 to breast cancer. I also have a lil girl that is 1 and am worried she will be scared of mommy cause i seem to be getting more and more sick everyday. My whole family is talking about what will happen with my daughter if i ever pass. Which i will put up a fight to stay here with her. I love these tattoos and want to get one. I want to get two, one in memory of my mom and then WHEN i do survive this i can put on there later on SURVIVOR.

Sid on June 09, 2010:

My Aunt has uncureable breast cancer and all the doctors said most people with this type never live past 18 months. She was dignosed in October 2007 and is still alive fighting. It has been 32 months so far. I found this sight looking for designs to paint on children during Relay 4 life. This website has helped a lot. I have advice for cancer fighters, never ever give up. Have hope.

Maria Perez on June 02, 2010:

all these tattoos are beautiful and very meaningful..i was diagnosed with cancer..fighting it as we speak..stage 2...i have 7 more treatments to go...blessed be to all those who have lost, won and continue to fight the battle..always in my prayers...when im in remission..i plan on getting a tattoo to remind myself of this tribulation in my life..

Christopher Dolph on May 21, 2010:

My mom died in December afer a 7 year battle with breast cancer. She was always against any tatoos but she got one after her surgery, an angel with a pink ribbon on her arm. I would like to get one on my arm in rememberance of her. If anyone has any artistic abliltities, i would like a tribal angel design. Please help, it would mean the world to me.

Stephanie on May 13, 2010:

I really like all the tattoos. I’m trying to come up with some ideas for one myself. I would like one that represents breast cancer because two of my aunts have survived it, and one of my aunts is not going to survive it. I would also like one to represent childhood cancer because my son had cancer when he was eight he is twelve now. I’m not sure what I’m going to get but the tattoos I’ve seen have giving me some ideas. I thank all of you for sharing them.

Shauna on May 07, 2010:

Thank u for sharing your ideas. Looking to honor my mother, Beverly J.C., who battled breast cancer for 14yrs and brain cancer for 9yrs. I lost my angel on Feb 7, 2010 @ 12:26pm. I love u pretty lady!!!!!!!! Happy Mother's Day!!!! Tell Daddy "hi" C u both soon :)

Lil Mac on April 25, 2010:

I was diagnosed with Breast Cancer 15 months ago (at the age of 27) and, after having a mastectomy followed by chemo and radiation, have been cancer free for 5 months. I have been looking for some ideas to tattoo with my dog's name, who is the one who found the cancer and is truly my guardian angel! Thanks for the pics, they are all beautiful! Strength and courage to all those whose lives have been affected by breast cancer.

brenda on April 19, 2010:

i want to say god bless each and every one of you whom breast cancer has mother passed away this past february after a 7 month battle with breast cancer she had just turned 49.two months after my moms diagnosis my 37 year old sister was diagnosed and had a double far she is cancer free.i want to get a pink ribbon tattoo in memory of my mom and in support of my sister.god bless those who are still fighting.

Money Glitch from Texas on April 17, 2010:

Hi, I discovered this hub while doing maintenance to my hub titled Tattoos for Breast Cancer Survivors. Wanted to let you know I have added a complimentary link to here to provide additional information on tattoo ideas for breast cancer awareness ribbons. Hopefully in a few days it will generate more traffic to us both. :)

Thanks MG!

Sandy on March 19, 2010:

I was diagnosed with breast cancer in Aug.2007. I had a double mastectomy and immediate reconstruction with nipples. I am very happy with my choice and remain cancer free. My daughter wants to celebrate with me and get tatoos. I think it's a great idea and thank everyone for the ideas! We are 43 and 21!

Libby on March 03, 2010:

These tattoos are really great. I'm trying to come up with one that has two ribbons linked. One pink and one teal. I am a survivor of both breast and very advanced ovarian cancer. I had an angel and ribbons and roses tattooed on my head for when I was bald and it helped me get thru some tough times. A lot of people asked me what my head tattoos meant so I was able to help educate them about both of these cancers, especially ovarian. My last chemo treatment was almost two years ago. These tattoos are a great way to recognize and draw support from each other.

rdnkwmn on March 02, 2010:

I am going next Tuesday for a tat as a pact that was made with 2 of my friends that are survivors of breast cancer, a total of seven of us women are going they already know what the want but i need help I myself am a celebrating 30 years cancer free as i had Melanoma when I was 12 years old which was 3 years after my father passed with Melanoma, Breast Cancer has taken 5 women on both sides of my family and I want to do something feminine to honor both types of cancer any Ideas would be very helpful.

little linnie on February 26, 2010:

I love these tatoos cause, I been tring to find one that fits me. I survive cancer twice. I had kidney and breast cancer. As of Nov.28 2009 I finished my last treatment. So I'm glad to see that other people care.

Sunshine on February 23, 2010:

I just ended radiation after a bi-lateral mastectomy and reconstruction last October. I am not going to do nipple reconstruction, but am so getting butterflies with the breast cancer ribbon instead of plain tatooed areolas! Thanks for posting all of these wonderful pictures to help me pick the perfect way to show I am a PINK WARRIOR!!!

Jill on February 20, 2010:

Just remember, it's not only women that get breast cancer. The men need to be remembered as well. This is such a meaning full, as well as all cancer ribbons. In a nutshell, CANCER SUCKS!

CAT on February 20, 2010:

I have enjoyed viewing this site. It has only been 4 weeks scence I was diagnosed with breast cancer.

lindsey on February 01, 2010:

all these tatoos are really nice my mom just found out in november 2009 she has breast cancer its been really hard she has surgery tomorrow fed2 2010 and me and my lil sister and my mom are all getting breast cancer tatoos on our feet that we are having our dad draw for us .

alana on January 23, 2010:

my name is alana and my mom had breast cancer august 28 2008 and now she has bone cancer and this is the hardest thing i have gone through with her and im just glad that yall have these tattoo's that are really meaningful

kathy on January 23, 2010:

i just lost my cousin of cancer my grandmother pass away of brest cancer now my cousin so i am for the pink ribbons all the way i want to get a pink ribbon tatoo to i would love to go on the three day walk too one thees days i will i just want to let all the people out their that my heart goes out to all the people keep it strong

ginette on January 09, 2010:

i think all the tattoos are beautiful...i myself just went through breast cancer last year and im thinking of getting one i am a true breast cancer survivor!

lorena on January 08, 2010:

i just want to say that these tattoos are so pretty i wanted to get some ideas cause i was diagnosed with breast cancer in 08 at age 25 and im still fighting it so i really want to say sorry for everybody going through it or that lost some one to this its a horriable thing to have to go through. god bless everybody that supports us through this it really does count when we have family and friends there for us! yeah so im going to get me one of these when i get cleared so thank u for these beautiful tattoos!!!

susan on December 31, 2009:

my husband booked me an appointment for a tattoo as a christmas present. odd thing to do you may say but at 48 years of age i have survived breaat cancer twice covering the last 13 years and i always said if i was to show the world i am a survivor a pink ribbon tattoo would be the perfect way.

barbara on December 25, 2009:

i love these tattoos,i just lost my mom on dec 7th after a 2 year battle with breast cancer and wanted to get a tattoo in memory of her. after looking at these tattoos i decided on a pink cancer ribbon with angel wings and a halo with mom written in the ribbon.i am 43 and this is my first tattoo i love it because it is something i did in honor of my mom and i feel like it was a gift both to her and me!

Jill on December 24, 2009:

These pics are great! I am a survivor, and was looking for some ideas for a new tattoo. My husband wants to get an identical tat as well, so a fluffly flowery enhanced pink ribbon might be to much. lol. I had a double mastectomy along with immediate reconstruction at age 36. I strongly encourage all young women to have mams done, especially if this crap runs in your family as it does in mine. Pay out of pocket if you need to, I did and It saved my life. I am 45 now.

erica on December 09, 2009:

my cousin ashley died from breast cancer a few weeks ago and my grandmother has it as well but i want to get an ideal fo a tattoo i love these tattoos

kaylee on November 08, 2009:

I love those tattoos they blow my mind away. do you think you can tell who did them!!!!!!! if not they are awsome i like the 6th one a lot

TexasTee on October 28, 2009:

My mother was diagnosed 2 weeks ago with breast cancer, I have an aunt who was diagnosed years ago and had a breast removed I wanted to get a tattoo to honor both of them and looking at this site has given me some great ideas...I have now decided to get a bowling pin with a pink ribbon on the mother loves bowling...god bless all of the survivors and family members that have been there with them through it all...and my prayers go out the families that have lost loved day there will be a it claim it and it will be ours....

Tanya on October 27, 2009:

My mother was diagnosed in August and had a bilateral mastectomy. As she was in surgery I went to have my tattoo done to surprise her. She thinks I'm crazy but deep down I think she really digs She has a theme each year for Christmas and earlier this year she decided to have HOPE as her theme not knowing what was to come in Aug. She is doing great and we could not have asked for a better outcome. I would like to post my picture on here if someone will inform me on the process.

Thanks for letting me share my story.

shelly on October 17, 2009:

There are lots of great tattoos at Johnny's ( I think thats it)I will be getting my first one as soon as I have my double mastectomy to celebrate the end to a very long bumpy road. I already have mine picked out, it's a sweet butterfly and the body of it is the pink ribbon.The colors are very vibrant.Looking forward to getting it done.

Good luck to all you women out there that are going through it, survied it or have a loved one who has or is going through it.

Morgan on September 23, 2009:

My daughter just turned 18 and has been wanting to get a tatoo. It was suggested to her to get one that had meaning. Since my mother (her grandmother),who has been diagnosed three times, and I, only once, both have had breast cancer, she has chosen to do a pink ribbon with two hearts on it, one for gm and one for me. I myself am thinking of getting on too. It is a unique way to express what we all have gone through in our fight to over come this terrible disease. I pray every day that she does not have to go through dealing with it.

Thanks and may God bless


Nicole on September 15, 2009:

I support breast cancer very strong! I am looking to get one on my shoulder in honor of my mom and grandmother. They both are 6 year survivors. I walk in the Relay for life just about every year. I'm thinking about the one that has mother wrote in it but wondering if i could get grandmother on it as well.

Beverly on September 13, 2009:

I love this website cuz i hve been trying to find a nice breast cancer tattoo design.. I plan ask my friend do draw idea what I like. I am support breast cancer. My friend have one but she is one stage. other my friend will thru with chemo soon. I want one tatto myself becuase support BREAST CANCER!! Bless all who have breast cancer. Hugs

mummy's Girl on September 12, 2009:

We are lucky enough to be celebrating a 10 yr anniversary of my mum surviving Breast cancer. I desperately want to do something to mark this happy occasion for us & have got some great ideas from here. THANK YOU!!!!

blesseddaughter on August 18, 2009:

I have a breast cancer ribbon on my wrist for my mom, who is a survivor. I love it, it reminds me everyday how lucky my family is to have such a strong willed person in our lives!!

PattyTampa on August 15, 2009:

I got my first tattoo a month ago, I'm 48, and I'm walking in the Breast Cancer 3 Day in Tampa. During one of our training walks, we were talking about tattoos. Well...1 hour later, I'm sitting in a tattoo shop (owned by one of our walker's husband) and got an ankle bracelet with 7 color ribbons of cancer. It is an awesome tattoo and I don't regret it. It has a meaning & I hope that my walking and raising money for the cause will one day find the cure for us and our children. The tattoos above are gorgeous and now that I see them, I think about another one, but one is just enough.

Alyssa on August 07, 2009:

God Bless all of the strong women who are fighting this battle. My mother was just diagnosed... All of my sisters and I plan to get tattoos in her honor..Thank you for this site!

Lance Mason on July 27, 2009:

My mom just recentally passed away from breast cancer on july 10th, 2009 im looking for a tattoo to get in memory of her but i dont want it to look like a girl tatoo....

purplecrzy2 on July 07, 2009:

i had breast cancer and i cant wait until i get my tattoo on my wrist off the ribbon glad to see that im not the only one wanting a breast cancer tattoo

Dina on July 04, 2009:

I am a 9 yr survivor. I was diagnosed at the age of 39, have been looking to get a symbol of my journey, thanks to all of you for your ideas and god bleess you all'''

terri on June 24, 2009:

i've had two breast surgerys and now i woul like a tatoo but now they want to do another surgery on my let a total mastectomy i'm scared what do i do is my doc a quack do i get a tatoo on my left to make me brave i don't know if i care any more.

natasha on June 02, 2009:

the 2nd to last is BEAUTIFUL!

my aunt got diagnosed and i want something to help her through it=]

Amy on May 28, 2009:

The very first picture showing of the breast cancer ribbon tattoo is actually mine on my right inner forearm :) My mothers bestfriend who was a second mum to me had cancer that soon left her with 4 tumors in her brain after chemo for her breasts that did eventually kill her. She passed away only weeks before her 52nd (as the dates shown in the pic) and every day i look at my tattoo and remember how amazing she was and how strong my mum and i were thru that time. Ladies take care of yourselves. Its never too late.

Vanessa on May 09, 2009:

All these ideas are beautiful..!


Carmen B. Mills on May 08, 2009:

My mother is a survivor of breast cancer. I got a tattoo just because.....I just felt it was something I needed to do. Since my mother and I love shoes, I designed a red stilitoe w/the pink ribbon on the back of the heel. It's so us!!

Jan on April 18, 2009:

For those of you out there that have gone through whole breast radiation you know what the 3 marker tattoos are for. The butterflies would be perfect to put over those spots! Thanks for the idea!

christina on April 13, 2009:

i have one on my wrist for my grandma =)

i think these are beautiful

Monika on April 12, 2009:

My mom just passed away less than a month ago after fighting breast cancer for 6 years. I wish I got the tattoo before she passed away so she could see it but now, getting tattoo in her honour is one of my top priorities and these design ideas help me out a lot. My biggest fear is of needles but thats probably nothing compared to what she must've been feeling the last 6 years. My heart goes out to all of you who are fighting/have fought this terrible illness. May there be an answer to cancer.

Sheri on April 12, 2009:

Hey everyone. These are all beautiful. i have wanted a breast cancer tattoo ever since my grandmother passed away; she meant everything to me. I want to somehow put music in the tattoo, since she filled my life with music, and it is a huge part of my life still. I was thinking maybe music notes around it, or a staff behind the ribbon....any ideas/pics??

Sharay on April 11, 2009:

all of the families that have had to see a loved one suffer. These tattoos are GREAT!