Immortalized in Ink: The Tattoo Artist with Terminal Cancer

  • Published on:  4/9/2019
  • Sue Jeiven is a tattoo artist in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. She's also living with Stage 4 breast cancer. We met her to talk about her work, her life, and how she wants her art to live on.This profile was inspired by Nathan Tempey’s piece on Tonic. Read more about Sue Jeiven’s legacy here: NEXT: My Face Tattoos Are Not Scary: here to subscribe to VICE: VICE:The Definitive Guide To Enlightening Information. From every corner of the planet, our immersive, caustic, ground-breaking and often bizarre stories have changed the way people think about culture, crime, art, parties, fashion, protest, the internet and other subjects that don't even have names yet. Browse the growing library and discover corners of the world you never knew existed. Welcome to VICE.Connect with VICE:Check out our full video catalog:, daily editorial and more: http://vice.comMore videos from the VICE network: here to get the best of VICE daily: VICE on Facebook: VICE on Twitter: us on Instagram: VICE YouTube Network:VICE: VICE News: VICE Sports: Waypoint:


  • Da GuvNa 2 months ago

    This is what we need the human condition pieces, the taking down, getting up and conquering the world. Love her so much.

  • Todd Wolf child 2 months ago

    I wish I could be like that, dealing with lung cancer is very scary.

  • GARY BLACKBURN 2 months ago

    Sue Jeiven, you are AMAZING!!! Keep up the incredible work!!

  • Xenomuze 2 months ago

    I would be down to get some Ink from her.

  • Jacob The Weirdo96 1 months ago

    Me too

  • I have stage 4 colon cancer diagnosed in October. It broke me. I'm in my 7th chemo treatment. The side effects are awful.

  • Jacob The Weirdo96 1 months ago

    I'm sorry to hear that. Stay strong, you'll make it through.

  • If anyone could spare even a couple of dollars, it would be much appreciated and help so much. Fundraiser for Guts Lory by Hilda Collazo : Help Me Celebrate Another Day of Life

  • Michelle Elle 2 months ago

    Beautiful story, beautiful woman

  • Neko Rodgers 2 months ago

    I'd love to let you do a piece on me so I could carry you and your spirit with me. You're an amazing and strong person.

  • Neko Rodgers 2 months ago

    @manu ochenta shut up. That's not funny.

  • Andrew Liffey 2 months ago

    more tattoo pieces please

  • リード 2 months ago

    Wow, thank you for sharing Sue's story! I hope I can get tatted by her someday :)

  • Wutangkilla1 2 months ago

    Yea you better be quick bruh

  • JonAS MR 2 months ago

    Don't wait

  • shawna leanne 2 months ago

    An amazing human being right there. 🙂

  • Julie Norcross 21 days ago

    I got a piece by Sue last summer, she is truly a one of a kind soul. I've never met someone with so much energy and love for what she does. I loved watching her process, working with her, and I LOVE my piece. Get in with her if you can!