Scars are transformed into works of art by 210+ amazing tattoos

Tattoos mean different things to different people around the world. For some they’re nothing more than a fashion statement, while others get them for cultural reasons, like the Māori for instance. Many get them as a memento of a time, place, or person. But some people choose to get a tattoo for an entirely different reason, such as to cover up a scar for example.

Check out this list compiled by Bored Panda, and our previous one, to see for yourself what we mean. Some of them conceal the scar tissue completely, while others cleverly interact with them, turning what was once something considered unsightly into something truly beautiful. Don’t forget to vote for your favorite! (h/t: Revelist)

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pired me to get tattoos to cover my scars was so whenever I was down or having a bad day, I could look down at my newly painted arm and remember that overcoming something can lead to beautiful things. My next step is to cover the scars of my other arm and my leg. It’s never easy, but by getting them covered up, it’s a little bit like closure.” — Lauren S.

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“I got a Sylvia Plath tattoo. She’s my absolute favorite poet/author. Her quote ‘I am. I am. I am’ (from her book ‘The Bell Jar’) symbolizes that suicide could’ve been the end for me, but I’m here, ‘I am’ I am here, I am alive and I am determined to get through this. The cat is Sylvia’s drawing called ‘Curious French Cat’ and it also symbolizes self-harm and depression — but how it’s not the answer anymore.” — Shannon P.

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“I saw this quote back when I was in seventh grade. I knew one day that I will have this tatted on me. I didn’t start self-harming until sophomore year in high school. As a freshmen in college last year, I finally got this quote on my body.” — Zari S.

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Typical Hungarian tulip, that we can observe as an element on traditional furniture decoration, used to cover up a deep scar left after an ateroma removal.

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Lady came in today with this gnarly scar from skin cancer and all she wanted was to hide it even if it didnt hold up.

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“Self-harm was a way I coped with my depressive and suicidal episodes. I would feel all this anger built up inside of me and I wanted to find some kind of release. But with depression, I wanted to hurt myself because I felt like I deserved it. So, my arms would almost be covered in cuts daily. It all started with a small cut as a cry for help, but very quickly turned into an addiction. When I had motivation to get better, I wanted something beautiful on my arm to cover these scars up. Now, I have a tattoo that says ‘This too shall pass’ with a peony that symbolizes healing. Whenever I have urges to self-harm, I instantly look to my arm to where I usually cut and I see this beautiful tattoo with a meaningful message and I just cry it out until the feeling has passed. It has helped me, and has also sparked up the conversation of mental health with others! It’s more than just a tattoo, it’s my journey to recovery.” — Reshmi C.

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This is my second tattoo, done on June 5, 2012. I came across this phrase a few months ago and knew right away that I wanted it done. To make a very long story short, I’ve gone through many surgeries, severe allergies, and overall tons of health issues throughout my life (you can sort of see part of my main scar here that goes across my entire stomach and bottom left side). The number one reaction I hate getting is one like “Poor Lauren, that’s so terrible, I feel so bad for you!”. I don’t like to be pitied and felt sorry for over issues that I cannot control. I was born with what life gave me, and I’ve always just dealt with it without sitting around and feeling sorry for myself or wanting pity from others.

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She received that scar from a nasty car accident. It was the other persons fault! Thankfully i was able to work over the scar, some can be super difficult to work on.

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I Lost My Belly Button During Surgery..... But It's Cool, I Fixed It!

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In the legend of Zelda, particularly in the ocarina of time and majoras mask, you can capture pink recovery fairies in bottles and release them to heal you. If you die while you’re in battle and you have a recovery fairy, it will automatically revive you, effectively giving yourself another chance to beat the boss. I got my tattoo as a reminder to myself that even though i don’t have a recovery fairy on hand, there’s still hope and I don’t still have another chance to try.

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I Haven't Self Harmed Since I Got This, About 2 Months Ago.the Semi Colon Represents Suicide Awareness. When A Writer Uses A Semicolon, They Could Have Ended The Sentence, But They Didn't. You Are The Author. The Sentence Is Your Life. The Ekg Heartbeat Is For When I Contemplated Suicide.

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I Broke My Back In A Paragliding Accident. The Tattoo Tells The Story Of How I Crashed, And The Recovery After. Nobody Notices The Scar Anymore.

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Anime Over Self Harm Any Day!

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Tummy Tuck Scar Coverup Tattoo

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My Scar After Appendectomy. I Love This Tattoo, And Now I Gladly Wear Bikini :d

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Alice In Wonderland Self-harm Coverup

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I Got This Tattoo After One Of My Hospital Stays To Remind Myself That There Will Always Be More Days To Start Over The Day May Seem Bad Today But Tomorrow Can Be Different.

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My Scars Mean My Second Chance And They Really Do

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My Chiari Malformation Tattoo

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Although My Cuts Aren't As Bad As Some, I Got A Tattoo On My Left Arm, Bc It Was My Go To Arm. It Really Has Helped Me To Not Cut Anymore, To Breathe Or Cry It Out . My Own Cardiac Rhythm, And Semicolon.

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Brain Surgery "question Mark" Scar

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I Don't Have One Of The Scar. But You Can See A Hint Of It. I Broke My Arm, But Everyone Believes It Was Self Harm. The Only Thing Is, That I Would Not Cut. I Tried Other Ways. Here Is My Husband's Heart Beat And A Semicolon. #projectsemicolon

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Covering Teenage Scars

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Covers Scares From Years Of Self Harm

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Self Harm Scars Covered.

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Sun To Frame Scar From Suspicious Spot Removal Because Of Sun Exposure... Irony?

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My Reason To Live ‍ #motherandchild

My Body Is Not Ruined Im A Tiger Who Has Earned Her Stripes Paw Prints Have My Daughters Intials In Them

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Some Of The Most Beautiful Things Are The Things That Cant Be Seen

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I Was Needing To See The Pain I Felt Inside On The Outside

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I Was In A Car Accident In 2005, I Broke My Left Wrist And Shattered My Right Foot. No Tattoos On My Feet But I Got This On My Wrist, It's To Cover Up The Scar And The Other Tattoo I Had Before.

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The Start Of A Half Sleeve Made To Remind Me Of How Infinite Our Universe Is And That This Pain Is Only Temporary

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A Recent Tattoo I Did Covering A Large Surgery Scar

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