Tattoos aren't always the result of a drunken night or a spur-of-the-moment decision. Some people get tattoos to remember loved ones who have passed. Some people get tattoos to remind themselves of their personal mantras. And some people get tattoos to cover up physical scars. Yes, some people choose to cover up their permanent physical scars with works of permanent body art, thereby transforming something that was once so painful into something that is beautiful. These tattoos are transformative, and they are just as strong and beautiful as the women whose bodies they grace.
Look at this gorgeous tattoo covering up this woman’s double mastectomy scars. Is it not one of the most beautiful tattoos you've ever seen? A website called P.Ink helps connect tattoo artists with women who wish to hide their scars with bold and beautiful body art. They are helping women feel positive and confident about their bodies again after going through such traumatic times.
All of the small elements in this tattoo have great meaning for the person they belong to, Kari Hitchcock.
"My tattoo is a dandelion with the seeds wafting across my chest and turning into birds. I chose this image because it was something that kept coming to me when I had my cancer. It represents wishes, hopes and dreams. One of the birds is actually a dragon, which represents my daughter. There is a small heart that represents a group of online friends that are so supportive. And the ladybug on the stem of the flower represents my co-workers who are also a great support to me. When I saw my tattoo, I was so happy. Now I don't see the scars. Yes, they are still there, but the beautiful art I have now eclipses them and I smile every time I see it,” she said.
Sometimes you don’t need to cover up your scars. The scars themselves represent how you’ve overcome an enormous obstacle and came through it stronger than ever.
“Instead of hiding my scar, I decided to show it off. Last July I had scoliosis spinal reconstruction surgery, placing two titanium rods on either sides of my spine and fusing two-thirds of my spinal vertebrae into one large bone. This left me with a noticeable two-and-a-half-foot scar down the center of my back. I got the word ‘strength’ tattooed next to my scar. The ‘S’ is a tracing of my actual spine from an X-ray before my surgery. It took a lot of strength to recover from such a hard surgery and I want a constant reminder of that,” this woman wrote.
Like the phoenix rising out of the ashes, this woman was able to rise out of her compulsion to self-harm.
“These forearm scars are (pretty obviously) from self-harm and they're from almost 14 years ago. Been wanting to cover it with a tattoo for half my life, but I guess just recently developed the metaphorical balls to finally do it. So happy,” she wrote.
Now when this woman looks at her body, she no longer has to be reminded about suffering from that horrific burn. She can now look at a gorgeous watercolor scene out of a jungle paradise. What an amazing transformation.
Ok, this certainly isn’t the most beautiful tattoo on this list, but it may be the most practical, albeit a tad creepy. This guy maybe shouldn’t have gone for a red-colored iris if he wanted to make it look more natural. If I were him, I would have gone full terminator and got the red machine eye surrounded by metal.
You know, you really shouldn’t tattoo someone’s name on your body if you’re not 100 percent sure that you’ll be together for the rest of your lives. You also really shouldn’t carve their name into your arm and encircle it with a heart (which is what this scar looks like) if you’re not 100 percent sure. Thank goodness, he didn’t cover up that scar with another girl’s name.
This woman has a similar story to the woman from slide six. She did choose to cover up the scar with a awesome tattoo though. That’s just a cool tattoo to get even if you aren’t trying to cover up a scar.
“So let me start by saying my real spine has never looked and will never look like this. When I was 15 years old I was diagnosed with severe scoliosis — a 65-degree curve in my spine in the shape of an S. It was beyond correction with a brace and I was told that I would need surgery in order to live into adulthood. The surgery was incredibly invasive and involved straightening my spine and surgically planting two titanium rods on either side of my spine attached by 15 screws which were screwed directly into my vertebrae. The tattoo is from a medical textbook and spans 17” up my back, over my scar, which you can barely see. It is a symbol of my recovery and strength. My spine has never looked like that, nor will it ever look like that, it is simply the spine that I should’ve had,” she wrote.
It looks like this fish tattoo came with a real skeleton. The scar literally looked like my empty plate of baked red snapper from last night. It also kind of looks like a giant centipede. Good thing he went for the fish.
This person chose a tattoo that represented perseverance to remind themselves that they overcame self-harm.
After suffering from severe anxiety and depression which resulted in self-harm, I decided to get a willow tree tattoo over my scars. I chose the willow tree because it is a well-known symbol of adaptability due to its ability to not only survive, but also thrive in some of the most challenging conditions,” they wrote.
This guy got a pretty rad tattoo to coverup a dog bite he got when was a child. You can see the scar on this lady’s face. Now it kind of looks like this galactic princess is sporting a cool tribal scar.