Step by Step 3D Nipple Tattoo (Areola Repigmentation)

About a year ago I posted some pictures of Thom volunteering to have a nipple put on his arm. I had done the tattoo and the photographs for use in the book that I am putting together on the reconstructive tattooing.

I’m still plugging away at the book. I’m not sure if I will be able to use these photos in the publication and so many people have questions about these tattoos and this work that I figured better to post them then to leave them to sit idly away on the forgotten recesses of my hard drive. (How was that for a run on sentence… I am sure there is not one of my English teachers who would believe anyone would have an interest in wading through any book I ever put out)

The original post on Thom is HERE

More information on the medical tattooing that I do can be found HERE

If you have any other questions, please let me know.

Thom's black arm intended nipple and areola area drawn on

starting color selection process

narrowing color selectionsstarting tattooing

creating nipple shadowdefining nipple area

building up tones

little more

areola tattooed in finished nipple tattoo

Thom with his completed nipple tattoo




~ by justteejay on September 3, 2011.

11 Responses to “Step by Step 3D Nipple Tattoo (Areola Repigmentation)”

  1. brilliant!!! i am looking for a good tattoo artist in dublin ireland to do this for me! i had a double masectomy but no nipple reconstruction so want to make them very realistic!!

  2. […] I have been making medical reconstruction tattoos of the nipple/areola complex since the early 90s. In ’99 I started working out of Strong Hospital doing this type of work. I am currently seeing patientsĀ  Dr. Vega’s office and through the Plastic Surgery Group of Rochester. More info on this can be found at and an example of this tattooing done on a non-medical volunteer can be seen hereĀ […]

  3. Hi TeeJay. Your work is amazing! I am doing nipple tattooing at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas. Do you do training? I would love to come visit for a few days if you do.

    • Kristi, I have had some medical professionals come and shadow me in the past – but the medical providers that I am working with now are not comfortable with that. I could sit with you and show you what I know, but I do not have any official training workshop type of set up. I have the draft of the book, which while messy might still be helpful. You can contact me directly by email at or by calling me at the shop (585) 621-2973 or (585) 872-5553
      Thanks šŸ™‚

  4. […] Previous photos where I tried to take pictures while I was tattooing are hereĀ Step by Step nipple tattooing […]

  5. I’m a paramedical tattoo technician and I am a big fan of your work.

    Thank you for sharing!!!!

  6. Amazing! I’m sure there are many people thankful for your gift

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