3D Nipple Areola Tattoo Training Course

3D Nipple Areola Tattoo Training Masterclass {With Permanent Ink}

Learn to create permanent & hyper-realistic 3D Nipples and Areola using the NipInk® Method by Helen Aldous

The Nipple Areola Tattoo Training Course provides you with the specialist skill to create a hyper-realistic optical illusion of a raised nipple. You will learn to use permanent pigment techniques to improve your client’s body confidence after breast cancer mastectomy, or gender reassignment surgery.


I offer an Areola 3D Nipple Tattoo Training course from my private studio in Holmfirth, West Yorkshire.

This Advanced Artist Training takes place over 1 day and is a 1 on 1 opportunity to work closely with me to learn the art of creating hyper-realistic 3D Nipple Tattoos with Permanent Ink.

Areola Tattoo Training

Areola Tattoo Training. Learn how to create 3D Nipple & Areola Tattoos in this Masterclass

What is The Nipple and Areola Tattoo Training Masterclass?

In this 3D Areola Tattoo Training, you will learn everything you need to know about the specialism of 3D Nipple Areola Tattooing. You will go back to your business equipped with the knowledge to be able to start working with clients to create 3D Nipple and Areola Tattoos.

Learning How To Create a 3D Nipple Effect

Learning How To Create a 3D Nipple Effect

Nipple and Areola Tattoo Masterclass Course Details

The training is a 1 on 1 masterclass. This means you aren’t part of busy mass-produced training courses with too many people where you don’t get individual attention. The class is focused on YOUR learning experience.

As there are just the two of us I can tailor it to what you need to learn most. It’s a friendly low-pressure environment where we can focus on improving your skills and procedures.

I will demonstrate my techniques so you can see my whole process from start to finish. You will have the opportunity to ask questions and understand my methodology.

Then we will cover all the areas above, practicing colour matching, drawing, tattoo techniques, the NipInk® Nipple Tattoo Method, and much more until you will be able to create a realistic 3D Nipple on practice skin.

I have created a detailed course manual for you to take home.

You will also receive a certificate of completion.

There is also an option to produce 2 case studies to receive Diploma Certification.

I also offer an add-on mentorship where I will support you for 6 months whilst you begin to work with clients. I’ll help you to troubleshoot any issues you come up against as you improve.

This support is invaluable in helping you to start working on your own clients with confidence.


Areola Tattoo Manual To Accompany Your Training

Nipple and Areola Tattoo Masterclass Course Content

  • Areola Tattoo Manual To Accompany Your Training
  • Clinical room set up
  • How understanding Colour theory can help you select the best colours for your client’s skin
  • Drawing skills to improve the realism of the nipples you create
  • How to use shade and highlights to create a realistic 3D tattooing nipple effect on flat skin
  • How to use the permanent ink areola specialist pigment set properly
  • How to use the Fitzpatrick scale to select the right colour for your client’s skin
  • How to colour match a unilateral nipple
  • Positioning and how to create symmetry [even if the breasts are asymmetrical]
  • Colour retention. How to make sure the ink stays in scarred tissue
  • The NipInk® Tattoo Method for creating a hyper-realistic nipple tattoo
  • How to create texture to make your nipple tattoos realistic
  • How needle sizes work and how to select the right ones
  • How to get colour retention in scarred skin and damaged Areola Nipple complex
  • Areola Re-Pigmentation after nipple reconstruction surgery
  • How to ensure your tattoos heal well with proper Aftercare
  • How to select the right voltage and hand speed for your tattoo machine
  • Which products work best and why
  • Managing client expectations
  • Troubleshooting
  • How to create a healing studio experience that puts your clients at ease.

In short, the Areola Tattoo Training Course covers everything you need to start to create amazing realistic nipple tattoos.

I can personalise the Masterclass to make sure we cover areas that are important to you

Areola Tattoo Training Certificate of Achievement Nipple Tattoo Training

Areola Tattoo Training UK | Where is the Nipple and Areola Tattoo Masterclass held? 

I teach this areola tattoo training course in my private tattoo studio just outside Holmfirth in West Yorkshire, UK.

Holmfirth is conveniently located equidistant from Manchester, Sheffield, and Leeds. It’s easily reached from the M1.

Holmfirth is an attractive Yorkshire Market Town and is the ideal location for a short break which can be combined with completing the Nipple Training.

There is plenty of Inn Accommodation and many lovely Air BnB’s to choose from in the area.

You can find out more about Holmfirth including accommodation suggestions here.


Help Breast Cancer survivors to heal and feel confident in their bodies again.

The 3D Nipple Areola Tattoo Training Course is a good fit for you if you…

  • Want to help people to heal from breast cancer and surgery trauma
  • Want to add a new skill to your skillset
  • Want to transition from using semi-permanent inks to permanent pigments
  • Want to learn a specialist skill that will put you ahead of your competitors
  • Want to learn a skill that helps people to heal and will give you deep personal satisfaction
  • Feel like you need a new challenge?
  • Know that you could be great at this important service but don’t know where to start?
  • Are already creating Nipple Tattoos but want to improve the quality and up your game?
  • Are a caring person who can empathise with people who have gone through cancer or other traumatic surgical journeys.
  • 3D Nipple & Areola Tattooing can help someone to start to regain their body confidence after cancer.

Why should you consider getting Areola Training?

3D Nipple and Areola Tattooing is an incredibly rewarding area of medical tattooing. It can be a great additional skill for your career and business.

Learning Nipple Areola Tattooing can help you:

  • Gain great personal satisfaction from helping people to regain their body confidence.
  • Nipple Areola Tattooing is one of the most rewarding skills you can learn.
  • Help people who have been through trauma and surgery. Give something back.
  • Put yourself a step ahead of your competitors with a sought after skill.
  • Futureproof your career with a procedure that is sadly becoming more and more in demand {1}. More Nipple Tattooists are needed as Breast Cancer Rates increased by 24% over 23 years.
  • Become an Advanced Artist with specialist skills in Areola Restoration.
Areola Tattoo Training

Tattooing the Areola


You need 2-year minimum of tattoo machine experience to start Areola Tattoo Training. You MUST already be able to Tattoo to complete this Medical Tattoo Training. You will need your own tattoo machine and power supply.

Course Prerequisites: Tattoo Artist or PMU tech with proof of 2 years of tattooing in a professional setting…

This course is ideal for …

  • Practicing Body Art Tattooists who want to offer permanent 3D Nipple & Areola Tattoos as a service.
  • Breast Care Nurses and Surgeons who want to improve their current areola and nipple tattoos and transition to using permanent ink.
  • Professional PMU technicians who want to up their game and improve the realism of their 3D nipples with higher artistic realism.

You must be able to show the required evidence of your experience and current work using a tattoo machine.

{Sorry but no microblading}


  • I’ve been Tattooing since 2010
  • I completed a rigorous 2-year professional Tattoo Apprenticeship and have extensive experience working in a traditional tattoo environment which prepared me for working with different types of skin and scarring.
  • I have specialised in 3D Nipple Tattoos and Areola Tattoos since 2016. I was one of the first UK innovators of using permanent ink to create nipple Tattoos.
  • I’m a Cancer survivor myself so I have a deep personal understanding of the trauma of the cancer journey.
  • I trained as a graphic designer, artist, and illustrator which helps me create hyper-realistic tattoos.
  • I’m a certified Medical and Areola Tattooist having completed training with the Finishing Touches Group
  • I’m  BUPA registered
  • I created the NipInk® Tattoo Method to ensure the highest quality of Nipple & Areola Tattoo.
  • I have many clients referred by surgeons to finalize their breast cancer treatment with me.
  • I work in my own private studio space where I can give you a focused 1 to 1 learning experience.
  • I only train 1 to 1 so I can tailor the course to what you need to learn. From beginner to pro. No big impersonal tattoo courses where you are just a number and you don’t learn what you need to know.
3D Nipple Areola Tattoo Training Course

3D Nipple Areola Tattoo Training Course with Helen Aldous


When my Mum got breast cancer in 2014 I was horrified at the quality of the semi-permanent nipple tattoos available. They were badly done, unrealistic, and faded away in weeks.

This poor quality service added to the trauma felt by those who had battled cancer. They were often left with a total lack of body confidence which impacted their mental health and relationships.

This spurred me on. I was determined that breast cancer survivors needed a better quality option that would be permanent and enable them to put the cancer journey behind them once and for all.

At the time this service wasn’t available in the UK so I determined to change that.

I was working as a decorative body art tattooist so I asked my tattoo clients for volunteers to help me offer this service. Many kind-hearted people stepped forward to help as they saw how important this work was for cancer survivors.

I created test nipple tattoos which I would then cover with a decorative tattoo.

Together with these generous people, I developed a set of techniques that allowed me to recreate the nipple as realistically as possible. Soon after I began to offer the realistic permanent nipple areola tattoo service I specialize in today. These specialist techniques evolved into my NipInk® Tattoo Method.

It took me a lot of trial and error with these volunteers to evolve my techniques to the quality I can create today. This is not something that you can practice on those who have gone through cancer.

When working with clients you need to be able to create a great result the first time, every time.

This 3D Nipple Areola Tattoo Training Masterclass enables you to learn directly from my experience so that you can create the best work possible for your clients without spending years trying to work it out for yourself by trial and error.

It’s a fast-track way to being able to create realistic and high-quality nipple and areola tattoos.

To view examples of my work please visit my nipple and areola tattoo gallery here

Areola Tattoo Training

Preparing The Areola for Tattooing


Do you offer Areola Tattoo Training Online?

I do not currently offer this course online. However, I am working on creating an online version which will be available in the future

Does this course cover Areola Micropigmentation training?

I will be training you to use permanent tattoo pigments. These are different from the pigments used in permanent makeup and micropigmentation which are designed to fade away. The pigments I use are permanent for life. This is different from permanent makeup areola training which uses semi-permanent pigments.

Do you offer finance options for this Nipple Training course?

I currently don’t offer finance options for this tattoo course.

How do you become an Areola Tattoo Artist?

To become an Areola Tattoo artist you need to train with a specialist. You should be able to Tattoo and have experience working with different types of skin and scarring. It’s important that you have empathy for the client who may have experienced Breast Cancer or Gender-affirming surgery (GAS)

Your Next Step Into A Rewarding Career

If you are considering learning Areola Tattooing then contact me today to discuss your training.

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I look forward to hearing from you soon.

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Please click the button below to get in contact and make your application or ask any questions.

After successful application, we will find a mutually acceptable date to begin your training.

My Private Tattoo Studio Where The Masterclass Takes Place

Secret Garden Tattoo Studio Holmfirth


3D Nipple Areola Tattoo Training Masterclass 

I am a Clinical Nurse Specialist in breast reconstruction, working in the breast unit of a hospital in the north west.  Part of my role is nipple areola tattooing for patients who have lost their nipples due to treatment for breast cancer.  I completed a medical tattooing training course where the pigments used were semi-permanent and our patients had to re-attend on numerous occasions to have the tattoo done again. 

This was not a very good situation for patients wanting to move forward with their lives after cancer especially as they had to keep returning to the place where they were diagnosed.

I wondered if I would be able to change over to permanent ink and started googling tattoo artists and that’s how I found Helen.  Right from the moment I first contacted her she was so helpful.  She took time out of her working week on a couple of occasions to meet with me at her studio – which in itself is one of the most relaxing and calming spaces I have been in – so that she could review my work so far and give me an honest opinion as to whether I was of a standard where I could be trained in permanent ink.  Luckily for me I was.

I attended the training day and Helen had asked one of her clients if I could observe her tattooing her 3D nipple areola.  That for me was such an invaluable experience, watching an artist at work and being able to ask questions as she tattooed. 

It was also the little things such has how she set her trolley out, what she used, where she positioned herself and her client and also the interaction between them.

The rest of the day was spent 1 to 1, drawing nipples, colour matching, using her set up with ink and practice skin and the reasons why she used what she did.  She gave me advice on picking  new equipment and the inks and needles and aftercare. 

The manual she gave me was and still is my bible.  She has also been my mentor and responds so quickly to my questions and encourages me when I think I have not produced as good a result that I would have liked- her suggestions are always sensible and the right way to move forward and improve.

To anyone tattooing with semi-permanent pigments and looking to improve their practice and their patients/clients experience I recommend Helen’s training masterclass 100%, you will not fail to benefit from it. 

She is such a wonderfully calm and patient lady who is passionate about providing the best results she can for her clients and she wants to pass on her experience and knowledge to people like myself so that we can do the same for our patients/clients.


  • Duration: 1 day

    Class size: 1

    Location: Holmfirth, West Yorkshire

    Timing: 10am-5pm

    Certificate of achievement.

  • Option to produce 2 case studies to receive a Diploma Certificate
  • PLUS 6 MONTHS MENTORING to support you as you begin your journey to create 3D Nipple Tattoos for clients.

    This can include troubleshooting issues you may encounter, business advice and whatever you need to be successful at 3D Nipple Tattooing.

  • £995
  • Duration: 1 day

    Class size: 1

    Location: Holmfirth, West Yorkshire

    Timing: 10am-5pm

    Certificate of achievement.

  • Option to produce 2 case studies to receive a Diploma Certificate
  • PLUS 6 MONTHS MENTORING to support you as you begin your journey to create 3D Nipple Tattoos for clients.

    This can include troubleshooting issues you may encounter, business advice and whatever you need to be successful at 3D Nipple Tattooing.

  • £1500

Apply Now

Please click the button below to get in contact and make your application or ask any questions.

After successful application, we will find a mutually acceptable date to begin your training.

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