Lenny Renken Bio
I am an artist at Big Brain Productions Tattoo and Piercing located in Omaha’s Old Market on 11th and Jackson. Big Brain has been open for 16 years and is the top studio in Omaha since its opening, I began my career and apprenticeship at Big Brain in 2002 and have been tattooing for 14 years, seven of which have been at Big Brain.
In 2005, I left the shop and started traveling back and forth across the country, working at many great studios and working with some of the best artist in the industry. During my travels I’ve lived and worked in Denver, CO, Atlanta, GA, Nashville, TN, Philadelphia, PA, and Houston, TX, before coming back to Omaha five years ago. I have been published and featured in numerous magazines and have won many awards at national and globally recognized tattoo conventions. Over the past 14 years, I feel I have accomplished almost everything I have set out to do in this industry, which lead me to this new career path that I am excited to take!
My new path is to help women with breast cancer feel whole again, by using my skills and talent to create a real and life like 3D tattoo to replace their nipple and areola for women who have had mastectomy procedures. Approximately four years ago, Dr. Fred Durden and Dr. Perry Johnson approached me to consider joining them in this practice. At the time, with my busy schedule and traveling, I was too busy to consider the offer, however, over the last couple of years, as my life and priorities changed this path became more appealing to me. Since my first meeting with the doctors I have been studying this procedure, from availability and quality of people doing this very thing for women. What I have found, is there are very few artists that are doing this procedure and even fewer that are doing it well. I feel I can offer a much higher quality end result and service to these women and give them exactly what they deserve. I also lost my grandmother to this horrible disease and I love that I can utilize my talent to restore a little of what this disease has taken. The feeling that I get from these women when they first see there tattoo is unexplainable. Their joy and happiness is amazing, that is a very rewarding part of this job. I have also seen some very horrifying tattoos that women have received from unqualified tattoo artists and permanent cosmetic tattooist, in their attempts at this procedure, this is supposed to be a closure procedure not a nightmare.
My goal is to get my name out there and to let women know that there is someone that can end this journey for them in best possible way.
A nipple tattoo. Instead of using tissue to rebuild a nipple, some women choose to have a nipple tattooed on the reconstructed breast. Some women decide to have a star, a heart, or another meaningful image tattooed on the reconstructed breast instead of a nipple.
The most realistic results are often achieved with 3D nipple/areola tattoos, which are real tattoos that use oscillating needles coated with pigment. The needles insert the pigment into the skin. This approach essentially creates a “picture” of a nipple and has no physical dimension, but it can look quite real—although it does tend to look better from a distance, rather than very close up. A tattoo artist can use a wide range of colors and one session is usually all that’s needed, although it may require touchup sessions over time. Three dimensional tattoos are permanent and usually don’t fade. Three dimensional nipple/areola tattooing can be used to create new nipples and to color-correct previous nipple tattoos that have faded or have undesirable colors.