Freeport tattoo artist gives free tattoos to cover women’s mastectomy scars

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FREEPORT, Ill (WIFR) -- One local tattoo artist from Freeport is giving away free tattoos to cover up women’s breast cancer scars.

Thom Adams is a tattoo artist who has been practicing for around 40 years. At his tattoo parlor in Freeport, he is giving back to the community in a great way. After his wife decided that she did not want to get her mastectomy scars covered up, he came up with a way to give back to the community in her honor.

He thought this was going to be a one-time thing. Because he has felt good doing this, he has done four mastectomy scar cover-ups for breast cancer survivors.

Breast cancer survivor Cheryl Bourland says, "I had my mastectomy done in 2012 and about two years after that, I started to think about having the scar tattooed over."

In the beginning, there was nobody locally who did tattoo scar cover-ups, but things changed when she heard about Dungeon Tattoo Parlor in Freeport.

Bourland said, "First of all, I think that tattoos are art. I think they're beautiful. I have one tattoo and I always planned on having others But after the mastectomy was done, in the beginning, you get used to the scars and then one day you suddenly look and are thinking, I don't want to look at that for the rest of my life. You've lost something and I think the tattoo will kind of replace that for me."

For Thom, he has received multiple calls about doing more scar tattoo cover-ups each day. But no matter how many calls come, he doesn't plan to stop anytime soon. He says, "I thought... I love this and I will continue to do this as long as I'm capable."

Because of the high demand for these appointments, he needs to keep up and buy more supplies. To help with this, he has started a GoFundMe fundraiser.

If you want to donate, click on the link on the right-hand side of this page.