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The Power Of Pink Ink

Tara Dunsmore is a nurse by trade, but after her own experience with breast cancer, she found a new way to help others heal: tattoos. After undergoing a double mastectomy and breast reconstruction, Dunsmore uncovered a gap in the healing process: how to recreate a realistic-looking nipple. 

The only person she could find offering areola tattoos was a man in Maryland who offered the service in a public, parlor setting. She opted to settle for a local nurse who had limited colors and sizes to offer and whose procedure left Dunsmore in a lot of pain. This was not how she wanted things to be for other women, so she took it upon herself to make things different.

Today Dunsmore is a certified areola tattoo artist and founder of Pink Ink Tattoo, a business that provides women with a wide variety of colors and sizes for their tattoo and offers the service in a celebratory environment that can include friends, family and wine.

In 2017 Dunsmore was featured in O, The Oprah Magazine and continues to be a leader in a growing field. Tara Dunsmore joins host Frank Stasio to share her survival story, her work as an areola tattoo artist and how the notoriety has impacted her relationships.

Dana is an award-winning producer who began as a personality at Rock 92. Once she started creating content for morning shows, she developed a love for producing. Dana has written and produced for local and syndicated commercial radio for over a decade. WUNC is her debut into public radio and she’s excited to tell deeper, richer stories.
Longtime NPR correspondent Frank Stasio was named permanent host of The State of Things in June 2006. A native of Buffalo, Frank has been in radio since the age of 19. He began his public radio career at WOI in Ames, Iowa, where he was a magazine show anchor and the station's News Director.
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