We already published an article about tattoos covering up birthmarks and another one about inking over scars so we figured why not do a piece that combines the two together. After all, millions of people have blemishes on their skin that they're not excited about and there are plenty of ways to transform them into works of art.

This list by Bored Panda is full of beautiful, funny, and simply genius designs that 'healed' old body wounds and marks. And maybe a few mental bruises that came with them as well. So scroll down to check them out for yourself, upvote your favorites, you know how it goes.

#1

The Most Meaningful Tattoo I’ve Ever Done. Scar Cover-Up For This Amazing Woman. I Have No Words To Describe This Process

The Most Meaningful Tattoo I’ve Ever Done. Scar Cover-Up For This Amazing Woman. I Have No Words To Describe This Process

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Heidi Hunt
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2 months ago

Absolutely beautiful

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To learn more about these delicate cover-ups, we contacted Jesse Whitley, the owner of Stagecoach Tattoo Co. in Lubbock, Texas. "The most experienced artists can work with or around birthmarks, whereas scar tissue can be tattooed directly over," Jesse told Bored Panda. "Tattooing over a scar actually breaks down the scar tissue."

However, Whitley highlighted that the severity of the scar will influence the artist's ability to make a good tattoo in and around the affected area. "When tattooing over a scar, you have to understand that it is a different type of skin and holds ink differently than normal unaffected skin."

#2

Check Out This Amazing Before And After Photo By Our Artist, Gustavo

Check Out This Amazing Before And After Photo By Our Artist, Gustavo

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Turnip and a Frog
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2 months ago (edited)

This is so realistic. I couldn’t tell the difference 🙂

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#3

A Camouflage Of Childhood Domestic Burn

A Camouflage Of Childhood Domestic Burn

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Eva the Egg
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2 months ago

That so sad, im sorry you had to go through that

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According to health experts, scarred skin is harder and more irregular, therefore it is less able to absorb ink than regular skin.

It's also possible that the ink will migrate and cause the tattoo to look smudged or unclear. Therefore, it's vital that people choose an experienced artist.

Everyone’s body is different. That means everyone's level of pain tolerance is different, too. However, scar tissue is generally more sensitive to the needle. For some, especially those whose scars have caused nerve damage or compression, getting a cover-up tattoo might be extremely painful.

#4

Make The Most Of What You've Got

Make The Most Of What You've Got

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Jill
Community Member
2 months ago

Throws money at screen!

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#5

Scar Tattoo

Scar Tattoo

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Candace Alagappan
Community Member
2 months ago

Wow! This is gorgeous and very creative! This is wonderful 🙂

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#6

I Have No Words To Describe How Much I Was Looking Forward To Doing This Work And All That Are To Come

I Have No Words To Describe How Much I Was Looking Forward To Doing This Work And All That Are To Come

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Cecilia Herrera
Community Member
2 months ago

What a wonderful way to use your talent. God Bless you for the joy you have given, and will be giving to other people with similar needs.

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One of the people whose tattoo you see in this list is designer and art director Deepali Masand. We contacted her and Deepali agreed to share her story — the woman gave an honest account of how she ended up with this beautiful cat design.

Everything started when she was 13 and got into a car accident. Deepali's left arm got stuck between the road and the vehicle, and she ended up with a huge burn-like scar.

#7

Lily On A Rock. Design Is Based On The Client’s Birthmark

Lily On A Rock. Design Is Based On The Client’s Birthmark

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Jill
Community Member
2 months ago

Is it me or does the birthmark really look like a potato?

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#8

This Scar Cover-Up Tattoo

This Scar Cover-Up Tattoo

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Jill
Community Member
2 months ago

I love how the white part of the scar got incorporated into the design. Ingenous!

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#9

Covered Up Old Self-Harm Scars With My First Tattoo

Covered Up Old Self-Harm Scars With My First Tattoo

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Dorothy Parker
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2 months ago

Very well done. I love the hands.

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#10

Sometimes It Is Enough To Cleverly Integrate A Scar Instead Of Covering It

Sometimes It Is Enough To Cleverly Integrate A Scar Instead Of Covering It

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Georgia Hebert
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2 months ago

This is great!

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"Back in 2003, when the scar was still fresh, everyone suggested plastic surgery," she told Bored Panda. "But as time passed, I got really comfortable with that scar. It had stopped bothering me per se."

"Then fast-forward to 2018, when I lost my first fur baby. That [also scarred me]. I made an illustration as an ode to his passing for an Inktober prompt called 'Tranquil.' But this year, when I was about to turn 30, I decided to finally ink something that was meaningful to me, on me — I had been meaning to get a tattoo for the longest time."

#11

Very Interesting Custom Project Around A Scar. I Guess I Could Call It “Scar Upcycling”

Very Interesting Custom Project Around A Scar. I Guess I Could Call It “Scar Upcycling”

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Shona
Community Member
2 months ago

Cuteness

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#12

My Nephew Finally Had His Burning Scars Covered With A Tattoo. I Am So Proud Of My Boy! Made Me Smile And Also Made Me Cry Of Happiness

My Nephew Finally Had His Burning Scars Covered With A Tattoo. I Am So Proud Of My Boy! Made Me Smile And Also Made Me Cry Of Happiness

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Dorothy Parker
Community Member
2 months ago

A true work of art. All these make me cry with happiness too.

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#13

This Is Genius

This Is Genius

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Candace Alagappan
Community Member
2 months ago

Genius!

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#14

This Is A 40-Year-Old Scar And We Covered It With Some Cherry Blossoms And Butterflies

This Is A 40-Year-Old Scar And We Covered It With Some Cherry Blossoms And Butterflies

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Dorothy Parker
Community Member
2 months ago

This must bring so much peace and relief. None of these scars are terrible, but when it's your body you may not want to be constantly reminded of the event.

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The designer said she had an epiphany. "It hit me in the middle of the night. I had to cover my scar with a beautiful memory. I reached out to a very dear and supremely talented friend Arnab that very moment."

"He also happens to be [an awesome] tattoo and graffiti artist and he was super stoked to hear this idea."

#15

Got To Do This Rad Wine Glass To Work With A Birthmark Today

Got To Do This Rad Wine Glass To Work With A Birthmark Today

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Dorothy Parker
Community Member
2 months ago

Port wine stain! Genius!

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#16

Turning Scar To Fishbone

Turning Scar To Fishbone

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Shona
Community Member
2 months ago

tbh thats a kinda cool scar to begin with...

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#17

The Process Of Closing The Scars

The Process Of Closing The Scars

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Dorothy Parker
Community Member
2 months ago

Lots of power here.

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#18

Finally Done Something With My Scar

Finally Done Something With My Scar

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Hilary Mol
Community Member
2 months ago

This is so cool!

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"I had a couple of needle pokes on me as experiments but this was my first machine tattoo," Deepali explained. "The process was pretty seamless, as it was a friend who was going to ink on me. I bestowed the utmost trust upon him, as he's an animal lover too, and he just reciprocated the same."

"Arnab took inspiration from my illustration and made it his own. We built upon ideas as it went, a Van Gogh-like moon in green and blue inks and a little bit of scar to show through the moon's crater-like texture. It was meant to honor both the memory of the scar and my cat."

#19

This Was Fun

This Was Fun

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Maddie Star ⭐
Community Member
2 months ago

this is too cute,

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#20

C-Section Tattoo Cover-Up

C-Section Tattoo Cover-Up

Cúc chose to tattoo chrysanthemum because it's her favorite color and also her name in Vietnamese.

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Cecilia Herrera
Community Member
2 months ago

Amazing work.

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#21

Hooked

Hooked

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Dorothy Parker
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2 months ago

Not a real hook? Incredible!

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#22

Scar Cover-Up

Scar Cover-Up

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Hilary Mol
Community Member
2 months ago

Gorgeous.

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Deepali said she had been warned that it might hurt but everything was finished in a single 3-hour session. "I can rather proudly say that I sat like a rock, more so because it meant so much to me and also the scar area was mostly dead skin."

"It was so overwhelming to see this tattoo get so much love, those who'd met my cat, Billu, had been touched by him in some sort of way (scratches included), and it almost felt like he's getting all that love via the tattoo."

#23

My Dog Running Across My Scar

My Dog Running Across My Scar

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Dorothy Parker
Community Member
2 months ago

Minimal and brilliant.

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#24

Scars Are Tattoos With Better Stories

Scars Are Tattoos With Better Stories

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Shona
Community Member
2 months ago

that is gorgeous and precious

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#25

Simple Rainbow Concept

Simple Rainbow Concept

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Daphne
Community Member
2 months ago

Nice!

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#26

Update On My Tattoo That Covers A Bad Nip, An Old Tattoo, And Some Top Surgery Scars

Update On My Tattoo That Covers A Bad Nip, An Old Tattoo, And Some Top Surgery Scars

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Dorothy Parker
Community Member
2 months ago

Magnificent!

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Deepali thinks tattoos are life-altering. "In a weird way, you feel like a different person; more aligned and aware. You also realize that pain is just something in your mind ... we can endure much more than we imagine!" And it's definitely visible in the photos.

It's we who define and give meaning to our scars. Not the other way around.

#27

After 6 Years, Many Laser Scar Removal Treatments, Scar Strips And So, I Decided To Get A Tattoo Over My Scars And Loving The Result

After 6 Years, Many Laser Scar Removal Treatments, Scar Strips And So, I Decided To Get A Tattoo Over My Scars And Loving The Result

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Dorothy Parker
Community Member
2 months ago

A sweet companion.

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#28

We Continued A Project That I Really Enjoyed And Was Excited To Do. A Sleeve Of Snowflakes Between Birthmarks That Have Become Clouds

We Continued A Project That I Really Enjoyed And Was Excited To Do. A Sleeve Of Snowflakes Between Birthmarks That Have Become Clouds

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Dorothy Parker
Community Member
2 months ago

And every snowflake is unique. Beautiful and magical.

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#29

So My Sister Has Wanted Her Birth Mark Covered For A While Now And So She Wanted This

So My Sister Has Wanted Her Birth Mark Covered For A While Now And So She Wanted This

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Dorothy Parker
Community Member
2 months ago

A pretty tat.

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#30

Paw Print Tattoo Around A Birthmark

Paw Print Tattoo Around A Birthmark

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Yettichild
Community Member
2 months ago

Toe Beans!

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#31

One Way To Work Around A Scar

One Way To Work Around A Scar

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Keating_5
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2 months ago

Very creative!

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#32

Birth Mark Tattoo

Birth Mark Tattoo

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Hilary Mol
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2 months ago

I love this so much.

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#33

Scar Cover-Up Tattoo

Scar Cover-Up Tattoo

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Yettichild
Community Member
2 months ago

Pew! Pew!

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#34

Little Scar Cover From 2013

Little Scar Cover From 2013

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Brandy Grote
Community Member
2 months ago

Ahhhh,cute!

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#35

Scar Cover-Up. Really Pleased With This Delicate Piece

Scar Cover-Up. Really Pleased With This Delicate Piece

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Georgia Hebert
Community Member
2 months ago

This is beautiful!

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#36

Birthmark Transformed Into A Cherry

Birthmark Transformed Into A Cherry

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Nimue47
Community Member
2 months ago

So cute!

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#37

Scar Butterfly

Scar Butterfly

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Dorothy Parker
Community Member
2 months ago

It looks like it just fluttered down to rest. I love this.

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#38

Scar Cover-Up

Scar Cover-Up

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Juniper (petal/petals)
Community Member
2 months ago

I am sorry you went through that, I'm currently struggling with SH and seeing it all covered up is kinda inspirational to me

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#39

First Session Of A Scar Cover-Up Completed, Still Need To Add Cherry Blossoms And Background

First Session Of A Scar Cover-Up Completed, Still Need To Add Cherry Blossoms And Background

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Jill
Community Member
2 months ago

Angry fish is angry.

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#40

Something A Bit Different. Outlined A Good Friend's Of Mine Birthmark

Something A Bit Different. Outlined A Good Friend's Of Mine Birthmark

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SentimentAndBadJokes
Community Member
2 months ago

I like the idea behind this one. Emphasizing and embracing something of ours, rather than covering it up (although I totally understand those who do cover theirs)

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#41

Turning Lemons Into Wine

Turning Lemons Into Wine

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Dorothy Parker
Community Member
2 months ago

Fabulous.

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#42

Tattoo Scar Cover-Up 3 Years Post-Op

Tattoo Scar Cover-Up 3 Years Post-Op

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Dorothy Parker
Community Member
2 months ago

Such a good choice. Cool, intelligent creatures.

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#43

Within 1 Hour A Birthmark Turns Into A Moustache. Oh My God, We Had So Much Fun

Within 1 Hour A Birthmark Turns Into A Moustache. Oh My God, We Had So Much Fun

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Niyati
Community Member
2 months ago

Breaking Bad

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#44

I Had The Opportunity To Work On And Especially With This Pretty Scar Which Served As A Bench For Monsieur Le Baron

I Had The Opportunity To Work On And Especially With This Pretty Scar Which Served As A Bench For Monsieur Le Baron

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Dorothy Parker
Community Member
2 months ago

Human hand and the rest cat? Way cool. The bench works!

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#45

No Scars Are Impossible, They Just Need The Right Solution

No Scars Are Impossible, They Just Need The Right Solution

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Cheri Aline Sydney
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2 months ago

It's worrisome how these scars got there to begin with.... and, the tattoo is doing nothing to put my mind at ease~

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#46

Scar Tattoo Cover-Up

Scar Tattoo Cover-Up

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Cecilia Herrera
Community Member
2 months ago

That is great!

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#47

This Is An Incredible Cover-Up

This Is An Incredible Cover-Up

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Jodie Kavanagh
Community Member
2 months ago

Assuming this was top surgery. Lovely way to start your new life.

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#48

Thanks To My Client For Coming In To Get This Floral Scar Distraction Piece

Thanks To My Client For Coming In To Get This Floral Scar Distraction Piece

We went with something a little simplistic and instead of trying to hide the scars just tried to incorporate them into the design. The take away is that the blood we have spilled in sadness can water a beautiful garden of joy if you only allow room for growth. Let’s be thankful for this day of life.

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Boudica
Community Member
2 months ago

Love the style of the flowers in this one

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#49

Scar's Cover

Scar's Cover

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Dorothy Parker
Community Member
2 months ago

Poetic and graceful.

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#50

Without A Doubt The Most Fun I've Ever Done

Without A Doubt The Most Fun I've Ever Done

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Dorothy Parker
Community Member
2 months ago

The tongue!

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