Andrea Darby had the honor of being invited to Collaborate & Consult with the matriarch of modern Cosmetic & Medical Tattooing Dr. Linda Dixon in Hawaii, in this article we get to know the woman behind the immense reputation.
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When Dr. Linda Dixon invited us to collaborate and consult with her privately at her clinic in Kailua on the windward side of Oahu naturally we were honoured to return to Hawaii and spend quality time with the matriarch of modern Cosmetic & Medical Tattooing in what is indisputably one of the most beautiful locations on earth.
Oahu is the third biggest island in the US state of Hawaii but it has by far the biggest population with around 1 million people living, working, and playing on the island which hosts the states capital city Honolulu. Oahu is also the international gateway to all the other islands within the Hawaiian archipelago with a notable mention for Kauai a beautiful island that has been the filming location for many big budget movies.
Indigenous Polynesians know Oahu as "The Gathering Place" which is just as apt today as it would have been prior to the first European settlements on the island. What impressed us most about contemporary society on the Hawaiian islands is that unlike some locations around the globe where the culture of the indigenous peoples has been marginalised and subjugated in contrast the culture and ethos of the indigenous Hawaiian people has been embraced and seems inextricably woven through the modern lifestyle, social interactions, and even seems deeply rooted within practices of the business community.
A warm connection to staff and patients in a very personable way is a common thread that we have witnessed with other highly successful businesses around the globe, notably Rita Parente and Dr. Mario Piombino together with their son Dr. Luka Piombino and daughter Dr. Laura Piombino who have one of the most successful plastic surgery, beauty training schools, and cosmetics manufacturing businesses in Italy 'Ripar Cosmetici' frequently described their relationship with their staff and patients as being one large family when we spent time with them in late 2012.
This is yet another common thread that we have experienced with those who have very successful businesses in the field of Permanent Makeup and Medical Tattooing, often the practitioners are also gifted in several other fields particularly in the areas of artistic expression.
Linda is currently the presiding president of the American Academy of Micropigmentation an organisation at the forefront of service standards in the USA, for several years Linda has also been very active in the design of new needle profiles to improve flexibility of use, advanced technique, and colour retention. Most practitioners would be familiar with the Dixon slope needles but may not be so familiar with the new Ditto™ and V-Slope™ needles which were developed in conjunction with the worlds leading manufacturer MT.Derm.
During our discussions with Linda I was very pleased to discover that her philosophy towards providing Medical Tattooing services for those who have suffered life threatening illnesses such as areola tattooing after breast cancer matched my own, providing those kinds of services to clients is not about the profit motive but rather its our way of giving back to the community and helping others and it is immensely gratifying to learn that someone of Linda's stature shares our values and has been assisting those patients with the most need for a very long time.
Original publication date: 28/06/2013
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