“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 1 month ago

Amazingly realistic job from the tattoo artist!

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#2

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birdhouse 1 month ago

Wow! This is gorgeous!

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#3

Thank You So Much To Linnea

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meAgan 1 month ago

oh wow

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#4

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Ms.Maria 1 month ago

No bones about it, this one is clever

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#5

Scar Tattoo

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meAgan 1 month ago

may the force be with you

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#6

Birthmark Tattoo

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Kaisu Rei 1 month 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 1 month ago

This. This is FABULOUS.

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#8

Made Use Out Of A Birthmark

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Kaisu Rei 1 month ago

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

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#9

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Lios 1 month 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 1 month ago

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

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#11

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Ms.Maria 1 month 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 1 month 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 1 month ago

pure art

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#14

Tatuagem Realizada Por

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Lotte 1 month ago

can you zip me up?

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#15

Tattoo

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meAgan 1 month ago

that is like so cool

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#16

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"Face your demons" tattoo

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Smackiex 1 month 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 1 month 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 1 month ago

I love Charmander!

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#19

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Laugh Fan 1 month ago

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

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#20

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Not Alec 1 month ago

He’s gonna need a bigger boat...

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#21

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Dani 1 month ago

:)

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#22

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Laugh Fan 1 month 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 1 month ago

huwwwwow!

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#24

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Laugh Fan 1 month ago

Looks amazing.

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#25

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Alexandra Yuan 1 month ago

its legit a perfect carrot shape

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#27

Paw Print Tattoo

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Brodie 1 month ago

This is so adorable

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#28

Always Happy To Help People With Their Scars As I Have A Few Of My Own (If You Know Me You Know). If You Are Looking To Do This With Your Scars Make Sure You Go To Someone With Experience As It Can Make Things Worse.

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Meh man 1 month ago

Wow

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#29

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Pumbaa 1 month ago

Awesome idea!

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#30

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Martin Router King 1 month ago

I have the same scar, but on the outer side! :) 9 screws, 26 stitches and titan inside :) unspecifie...094c90.jpg unspecified-5c4095f094c90.jpg

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#31

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Laugh Fan 1 month ago

Some of these injuries or ops must have been so painful! This is a lovely one again.

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#32

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Laugh Fan 1 month ago

Flipping hell..! Makes you wince.

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#33

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birdhouse 1 month ago

Kinda sexy.

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#34

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Ms.Maria 1 month ago

Clever!

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#35

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Katelynn Marie 1 month ago

Stay strong you are a warrior hopefully I can tell myself that someday ;

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#36

Little Galaxy On Her Birthmark

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Ms.Maria 1 month ago

so tiny... HOW?!

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#37

Tattoo

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Katelynn Marie 1 month ago

Taking the dive for life

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#38

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Laugh Fan 1 month ago

Scar? What scar?

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#39

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Ms.Maria 1 month ago

Ah, yes, I have several scars of that nature >^..^<

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#40

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Aurelia Navarro 1 month ago

So much better, in so many ways

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#41

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glowworm2 1 month ago

Beautiful!

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#42

Scatr

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Dani 1 month ago

Aww I like this one 😘

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#43

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Michelle Sebold 1 month ago

Great work!! Scary!

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#44

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Riz Leslie 1 month ago

Clever

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#45

Forrest Gump

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Gary 1 month ago

Run Forest Run

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#46

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birdhouse 1 month ago

Great printing in this.

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#47

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Carrie de Luka 1 month ago

I'm allergic to most plasters (band aids) so the red area would need to be a permanent part for me (assuming it's still red from the tattoo).

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#48

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Denise Mirto 1 month ago

Funny seeing this after the other zipper as I thought this was a long neck at 1st glance

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#49

Lil Planet

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Michał Jastrzębski 1 month ago

that mole should get checked ASAP.

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#50

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Em B 4 weeks ago

This one would be epic on my throat scar!

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