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How tattooing helps cancer survivors regain control of their bodies


“Just like a printer, I work from the bottom and [go] up, and that’s largely because we don’t want to be smearing the design off [with our hands],” says Kyla Gutsche, a medical tattoo artist and owner of Cosmetic Transformations.


Her small business in Peterborough, Ont. provides permanent makeup services to disguise unwanted scars and disfiguration from injuries, and tattoo realistic physical features. Often, the staff tattoo over scars or visible signs of trauma to help clients deal with adversity they have faced.

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