THE Facebook account of a Bradford tattoo artist, which was shut down by the social media giant, has been reactivated after the Telegraph & Argus highlighted her story.

Lucy Thompson, the owner of Yorkshire Mastectomy Tattoos, who works from a studio in Rawson Place, had been blocked from her Facebook page for posting a photograph of a 3D nipple tattoo.

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She said it was very important for her to have access to her page. She was going to a convention soon and needed to use it.

“I offer a number of different services online and in person and people want to get in touch with me because of the things I offer,” she said.

Lucy, 29, contacted the T&A to highlight what she regarded as unfair treatment from Facebook.

However, when she checked her closed site on Friday morning she was in for a surprise.

“I’m back on. It’s a miracle,” she said.

“I was on a back-up site I have and thought I would just check my Yorkshire Mastectomy page which I had been banned from. It let me like something and I thought, 'eh?'

“So then I thought I would try posting something and it let me post it. I was amazed.

“No one contacted me or anything. It was just reopened. I am so happy. I am made up, so thank you, T&A,” she added.

Lucy said it wasn’t the first time her page has been shut down. One page was closed for 30 days a few months ago and she emailed Facebook every day to try and get it reopened to no avail. In the end she gave up.

She said: “I didn’t make a fuss publicly last time but this time I was really annoyed and after two days I contacted the T&A.”

Lucy said all she was doing with her account was raising awareness of what is available to women who have had breast surgery.

“It is good and positive so what Facebook did was unacceptable.”

Lucy regularly posts photographs of her work on her Facebook page and urges people not to report them to the social network if they are offended.

Facebook had said the post had breached the company’s standards on nudity and sexual activity, but the explanation left the artist frustrated because it does allow mastectomy photographs to be published if they raise awareness about breast cancer.

She has been trained in Canada to ink nipples onto scarred breasts or cover them with designs.

She says that when Facebook looked at the photograph they agreed it was not offensive.

“I don’t think the photo is as bad as something of the other posts on there.

“There are some horrific things I have seen with people and animals being treated badly, but this is showing people and their families what is possible. It’s a good thing and is positive.

The T&A has contacted Facebook for a comment.