“Christel made me feel so comfortable. She had a firm grip on me, and on the needle, and implanted the pigment quickly and with minimal discomfort. I’m so very pleased with the results—I won’t have to wear makeup anymore!”  –  Sandi Shortt

Creative Work In Progress

Under Kyla’s direct supervision, our apprentice Christel is learning how to help disguise surgical scars incurred during gender transformation surgery.  The forearm scarring is a result of harvesting the skin to create a phallus.  As the scarring is quite extensive and some of the skin transparently thin, a half sleeve design was custom-made to hide as much of the scarring as possible and to highlight some of the ridges and grooves to make everything look as though it was intentionally supposed to look this way.

A second session is booked to add the shading that will help complete the transformation by further disguising the scarring and bring the design to life.

A third session will involve tattooing the surgically reconstructed phallus.  This will involve simulating Punic hair, veins, and capillaries to create a more translucent, vascular effect on the opaque surface of the surgical graft and scarring.

Apprenticeship Portfolio
Sarah Gibeault’s design portfolio