Sumithra Debi is an unconventional tattoo artist, who has made a mark for herself in the tattooing scene in Singapore. Unrestrained by societal perceptions, she has also used her artistic skills to help women heal from their battles with breast cancer.
The granddaughter of Johnny Two Thumbs, the first tattoo artist in Singapore, Sumithra was influenced by his passion for the art form to pursue a career in the tattoo industry. Despite the fact that tattooing has traditionally been associated with men, she has not let her gender stop her from carving out a space for herself in a male-dominated industry. She has further advanced her grandfather’s illustrious legacy by using her skills to provide areola tattooing services to breast cancer survivors in a bid to help them regain their self-confidence. Referring to that as the crowning moment in their struggles with breast cancer, Sumithra’s work shows how an individual can transform the lives of others through their passion in life.