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Meet Suzanne Moe of SUMA Ink in Homestead

Today we’d like to introduce you to Suzanne Moe.

Suzanne, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
It’s been a bit of an unconventional path, yet it all makes perfect sense. I majored in studio art and worked as a graphic designer before apprenticing as a tattoo artist in 1997. Doctors saw my tattoo work and encouraged me to expand into paramedical tattooing for breast cancer survivors. I wasn’t aware that was even a possibility at the time. Shortly thereafter, a dear friend of mine underwent a double mastectomy and the importance of feeling restored became profoundly clear to me.

Though I never would have imagined my calling to be a nipple/areola breast tattoo artist, I’m honored and humbled to use my art to help others heal and feel better about themselves. I love my job and I get to meet the most amazing, courageous women who have been through so much and who inspire me each and every day!

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
I’ve been a self-employed artist for almost 30 years. I’ve had the opportunity and freedom to experience, explore and create a lot of amazing things in this life, and I’m ever so grateful. Self-employment keeps me on my toes. I wouldn’t be where I am now if I’d followed a more conventional path. It’s important to live the life you love and to love the life you live.

We’d love to hear more about your business.
Sure. As a licensed professional tattoo artist since 1997 and owner of SUMA Ink, my focus is to offer clients the healing, transformational and empowering services of paramedical tattooing in a friendly and comfortable private studio setting.

I specialize in 3d nipple/areola tattoos for breast cancer survivors who have undergone mastectomy and are looking for a realistic or artistic completion to their reconstruction.

I also specialize in the traditional art form of custom-designed tattoos which can also be used creatively for scar camouflage.

I enjoy helping people feel good about themselves and I’m most inspired when my creative and technical skills, attention to detail, discipline, intuition and genuine caring for people can be of service to others.

What were you like growing up?
My father worked with the foreign service so my family and I were fortunate to grow up in different countries. I was exposed to different cultures and customs and from a young age, I’ve always recognized that despite superficial differences, humans are more alike than different. I was a sensitive and curious kid. I loved to play, I loved nature, animals, art, my family, friends and community. Actually, all of that still holds true today!

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Image Credit:
Please be aware of the medical nature of these photos. They are to help others in need of reconstructive nipple repigmentation post mastectomy. All photos by Suzanne Moe.

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3 Comments

  1. Marcia Maynard

    August 12, 2017 at 3:08 pm

    Thank you for sharing all of this. I have never seen scars after such surgery. God bless you for helping so many people in so many ways and sharing your artistic talent in so many ways.

  2. Mary B

    August 27, 2017 at 9:20 am

    I had a terrible car accident and unfortunately, the plastic surgeon at the trauma center was overzealous and did a radial flap to my elbow, a full thickness graft to replace the tissue he used, and botched an abdominoplasty procuring tissue for the graft. I am 30 years old and the scars have made it where I have yet to be able to be comfortable enough to be intimate with anyone. Tried with my (ex) fiancé of 3 years, someone I trusted most, but couldn’t get over the feeling of ugliness and worthlessness. Can these type scars be tattooed? They are definitely in the realm of paramedical tattooong. Any response will be heartfelt fully appreciated. Your work is so very important to those who’s loves you touch and sense of self you help to restore. Good vibes sent your way! Xx

    • Suzanne

      January 28, 2018 at 11:04 pm

      Hi Mary,
      Please accept my apologies for just discovering your comment from August 27th! I would love to help you if I can!!! My personal email is: suzannemoe@gmail.com. Please send me a quick note there and we can communicate further…

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