Tattoo Artist Offers Healing Ink

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(KSDK/NBC News) An Illinois tattoo artist is using his skill to help amputees and breast cancer survivors feel whole again.

Photos showing Eric Catalano’s realistic tattoos drawn to resemble fingernails recently went viral.

His craft and personality have made a permanent impression on thousands of people, and some of his work is truly life changing.

Darlene Rhodes can attest to that.

“Oh, the whole journey coming to today has been amazing,” she said while sitting in Catalono’s studio, Eternal Ink.

“One year from today I was diagnosed with breast cancer so that’s the reason we’re getting tattoos today,” she explained.

“When I started tattooing in the first place it was to be a rock star, ride motorcycles and party,” joked Catalano.

Those days are long gone.

“The more I kind of got over that whole part and grew up the more I wanted to use tattooing as a way to give back,” Catalano said.

It started with an awareness campaign after Eric’s grandma was diagnosed.

That’s when he knew he had to do something.

“I was like you know what, I’m going to start doing these nipples, I’m going to learn how to do the ultra-realistic nipples and I’m going to give those away for free,” added Catalano.

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