3D nipple tattooing is a viable option for those who prefer an alternative method of obtaining nipples, or those who want to change the appearance of their nipples after their gender affirming surgery. In this article, we introduce Shane Wallin, owner of Garnet Tattoo in San Diego, who is an experienced tattoo artist and specializes in 3D nipple and other medical tattoos. Read on to discover how to get 3D nipple tattoos and get answers from some frequently asked questions regarding Garnet Tattoo services.
Some patients have asked about how to change the appearance of failed free nipple grafts or add on nipples after a surgery without nipple grafts. At The Gender Confirmation Center, it’s extremely rare to have a complete failure of a nipple graft, and tattooing or nipple reconstruction due to nipple loss is an uncommon event. However, it’s good to know what is out there for nipple reconstruction, as it is helpful for those who do desire it after a nipple graft loss, or those who opt for no nipple grafts who may want to pursue an alternative method of obtaining nipples.
An innovative approach to nipple reconstruction is to have a nipple tattoo made that uses optical illusion to create a three-dimensional appearance, even though the skin is still quite flat. We were contacted by Garnet Tattoo in San Diego, and would love to share the information they sent as a guest blog to this website. There are experts in 3D nipple reconstruction through tattooing in San Diego, Minneapolis, and around the country. Take a look!
Shane Wallin is the owner and lead artist at Garnet Tattoo in San Diego. He has been tattooing for over 20 years. About 15 years ago, he opened his first tattoo shop in Minneapolis, MN—Twilight Tattoo. He didn’t get his start specializing in 3D nipple tattoos and other medical tattoos. But this is where he has found the utmost fulfillment with his art.
It began in 2012, when he was approached by a breast cancer survivor and double mastectomy patient for a “bra” tattoo. At first he treated it like any other tattoo; working with the design challenges, moving with body lines and complex curves. Little did Shane know at the time how much it would change her life.
His specialization in 3D nipple and areola work invariably led to providing nipple tattoos for patients who have undergone chest reconstruction top surgery. Sometimes nipples are affected by tissue death, and patients want a tattoo as a replacement nipple.
Garnet Tattoo provides 3D nipple tattoos and scar cover-ups in a clean, bright, confidential environment – not unlike a doctor’s office. Shane knows the sensitivity of these types of procedures, and as such, he’s made Garnet into a safe haven for those looking to augment their surgery outcomes.
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