Tattoos and the art of tattooing has been around for thousands of years. It dates back to when tribes would tattoo their bodies as a symbol of solidarity or for religious reasons. In the last century or so, the tattoo phenomenon has become a custom where people have had to choose sides. Some feel like tattoos are unprofessional and tacky. Facebook users and tattoo lovers disagree, citing that tattoos are a form of expression.
Whatever the case, one can’t help but admire the woman who is using her artistry for tattooing to improve the lives of recovering victims and patients. Basma Hameed specializes in para-medical tattoo treatments. Hameed takes people who have been affected by facial deformations, burns, and skin discoloration and uses her skills to give them the appearance that they desperately want. After suffering from a horrific incident at the age of two, when Basma was doused with hot oil, her face was left permanently scarred. She spent numerous years and thousands of dollars to reconstruct her face. Doctors were only able to do so much for her skin.
After doctors told her that there was nothing that they could do, Basma had almost given up hope. With the small amount of will that she had left, Basma researched cosmetic reconstruction and mastered the skill. Today, she is the leading technician in the field. Her work has transformed the lives of thousands of people who have been affected by facial deformities. Basma continues to heal lives, and scars, one appointment at a time.