To mark Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Ladybeard shares ‘Reclaim’, a project documenting a radical new movement amongst breast cancer survivors
‘Reclaim’ is a photo project by Gem Fletcher and Kate Peters of women who have reframed their journey with breast cancer. Some of these women have decided to undergo reconstruction, others have not; however, all have chosen to adorn their chests with intricate and detailed tattoos. The movement has been termed ‘P.ink’ (Personal Ink) and aims to offer women a way of reclaiming their bodies and turning their trauma into a symbol of strength. Gem and Kate searched the country for women who would be willing to discuss their decision and have their tattoos photographed. Here, we share an extract of their final piece and a selection of the photographs. The full story will be printed in Ladybeard’s ‘Beauty’ issue, published in Winter 2017.