Ink & Image

Tattoos can transform – but in a way that goes far beyond body art. Explore the lives of people who use tattoos for mental health and medical reasons. The compelling documentary introduces self-harm and suicide survivors who use ink to cover their scars, a breast cancer patient who got tattoos to make reconstruction look more realistic and a veteran hoping to hide the wounds of war.

Special thanks to the tattoo artists who appeared in Ink & Image:

Rachel Schinosi – Cosmetic Solutions
Josh Delay – DLay’n Ink Tattoos
Matt Macri – Black Cat Tattoos


See Brightness: A Blog on Hope and Mental Health​
National Alliance on Mental Illness – Risk of Suicide
National Institute on Mental Health – Suicide Prevention
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
The Trevor Project – Suicide Prevention
National Alliance on Mental Illness – Self-Harm
Mental Health America – Self-Injury (Cutting, Self-harm, or Self-mutilation)
American Academy of Micropigmentation
Society of Permanent Cosmetic Professionals – Cosmetic Tattooing
Learn more about the importance of an International Board of Medicine and Surgery (IBMS) certification for tattoo artists
Society of Permanent Cosmetic Professionals – Information for the public
Aesthetics Journal – Case Study: Concealing Scars [with tattoos]
Journal of Plastic, Reconstructive & Aesthetic Surgery – Decorative tattooing for scar camouflage: Patient innovation
Lifeline for Vets – What Statistics Show About Veteran Substance Abuse and Why Proper Treatment is Important
US Department of Veterans Affairs – Suicide Risk and Risk of Death Among Recent Veterans
US Department of Veterans Affairs – PTSD and Substance Abuse in Veterans
Substances Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) – Veterans and Military Families

Relevant Articles

How to Pick a Safe Tattoo Shop
Huffington Post – Sorry Mom: Getting Lots of Tattoos Could Have a Surprising Health Benefit
University of Michigan – Body Art: What You Need to Know before Getting a Tattoo or Piercing
US Food & Drug Administration – Think Before You Ink: Are Tattoos Safe?
Science News for Students – Tattoos: The Good, the Bad, and the Bumpy

Ink & Image aired on Mar 29, 2018.

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