“Chicks dig scars,” is something I often heard growing up, and strangely enough, this weird generalization helped me to accept and embrace the scar I had foolishly gotten myself above my right eye.

But dated stereotypes can't come to the rescue for everyone, and some people have scars that affect not only their self-esteem about their appearance but bring back genuinely traumatic memories every time they see them. Others are born with birthmarks no one asked for.  Being devilishly difficult things to erase sometimes, often the best way to take back control of your body image is by incorporating your marks into something positive, something that you chose yourself. Tattoo artists are incredibly talented and creative people who can often relish the extra challenge of working with a scar or a birthmark to create something truly unique. This list compiled by Bored Panda is full of beautiful, funny and downright genius ways that tattoos have transformed old wounds and marks, and healed some of the mental scars that came with them. Scroll down below to check them out for yourself, and let us know what you think in the comments!

#1

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Kaisu Rei 4 months ago

Amazingly realistic job from the tattoo artist!

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#2

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birdhouse 4 months ago

Wow! This is gorgeous!

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#3

Thank You So Much To Linnea

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meAgan 4 months ago

oh wow

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#4

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Ms.Maria 4 months ago

No bones about it, this one is clever

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#5

Scar Tattoo

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meAgan 4 months ago

may the force be with you

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#6

Birthmark Tattoo

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Kaisu Rei 4 months ago

This is such a clever idea, not hiding the birthmark while still keeping the tattoo fun!

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#7

Scar

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Caroline Huot 4 months ago

This. This is FABULOUS.

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#8

Made Use Out Of A Birthmark

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Kaisu Rei 4 months ago

This is so funny and clever too, making your birthmark even more unique!

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#9

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Lios 4 months ago

Wow that tattoo is gorgeous! And does an excellent job to cover the scars, obviously.

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#10

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Michelle Sebold 4 months ago

The art work is so perfect for this! Love your work.

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#11

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Ms.Maria 4 months ago

I can't get over how beautiful these pastel tattoos are! They look like paintings.

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#12

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Not Alec 4 months ago

This looks TOO real! I applaud the tattoo artist!

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#13

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Cello tattoo incorporating a 30 year old scar

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ADHORTATOR 4 months ago

pure art

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#14

Tatuagem Realizada Por

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Lotte 4 months ago

can you zip me up?

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#15

Tattoo

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meAgan 4 months ago

that is like so cool

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#16

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"Face your demons" tattoo

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Smackiex 4 months ago

This one is my favorite ❤️ love the art work and the meaning behind it. Just beautiful. :)

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#17

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Dani 4 months ago

This is so pretty on its own! And it does a brilliant job to cover up the scar

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#18

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Kaisu Rei 4 months ago

I love Charmander!

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#19

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Laugh Fan 4 months ago

Oh, I love this. Completely disguises the scar so well.

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#20

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Not Alec 4 months ago

He’s gonna need a bigger boat...

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#21

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Dani 4 months ago

:)

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#22

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Laugh Fan 4 months ago

My husband could have that one on his thigh!! Shame he's really not into tattoos. :(

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#23

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Paan Sy 4 months ago

huwwwwow!

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#24

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Laugh Fan 4 months ago

Looks amazing.

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#25

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Alexandra Yuan 4 months ago

its legit a perfect carrot shape

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