After undergoing lumpectomy (surgery to remove cancer and other abnormal tissues from the breast), 36 years old Alison decided to get a tatoo to cover what is left of her breast. The tattoo was applied in Melbourne, Australia during a gruelling 13-hour session on 1 July this year. Alison, happy with the result, posted a photo of her design to Instagram and Facebook.
To date more than 23,000 people have liked Alison's Instagram photo, which has been reposted on multiple tattoo-focused Instagram accounts.
Comments are overwhelmingly positive and when someone - usually a man - pipes up to ask where Alison's nipple is, complete strangers step in to let them know the full story behind the tattoo.
"Because there's no nipple, I can blast it everywhere all over Facebook and Instagram, and they can't censor it, which I think is really funny," Alison says.(credit: Shaun Davies, BBC)