“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
Community Member
1 year ago

Amazingly realistic job from the tattoo artist!

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#2

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birdhouse
Community Member
1 year ago

Wow! This is gorgeous!

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#3

Thank You So Much To Linnea

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meAgan
Community Member
1 year ago

oh wow

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#4

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Ms.Maria
Community Member
1 year ago

No bones about it, this one is clever

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#5

Scar Tattoo

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meAgan
Community Member
1 year ago

may the force be with you

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#6

Birthmark Tattoo

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Kaisu Rei
Community Member
1 year 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
Community Member
1 year ago

This. This is FABULOUS.

Sandy Gilliland
Community Member
1 year ago

I agree.

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Gemma Lees
Community Member
1 year ago

I love this! I'm in the process of covering a huge amount of self harm scars on my arms and legs with tattoos. It has both taken away some of the disgust I have with my body and stopped me cutting again as I don't want to ruin the artwork.

Brittany Poventud
Community Member
1 year ago (edited)

I hope they continue to help you on your road to recovery and self love ❤️

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Marianne Yeckley
Community Member
1 year ago

It's ok, just make them happy little trees ❤️

Tanksear Industries
Community Member
1 year ago

Accident? Happy trees.

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Michelle Hallahan
Community Member
1 year ago

It breaks my heart to see all of these scars that look like they're from self-cutting. I hope all of you have found some comfort.

D
Community Member
1 year ago

Tbh, I didn't notice the scars at first...I was so focused on the wolves and trees. Great and creative way to heal.

Jaguarundi
Community Member
1 year ago

A beautiful result from such a sad cause. My nephew has scars from emotional cutting on his arms, my niece cut her thighs. My sister and her husband were not the best parents.

I_Am_Goober
Community Member
1 year ago

My guess is those are cutting scars.

Kelliwithani
Community Member
1 year ago

Turning darkness into light. Just gorgeous!!!

sharron lynn parsons
Community Member
1 year ago

Very impressive !!!

noitall man
Community Member
1 year ago

where is the scar?

Momo Skarsgård
Community Member
1 year ago

This is beautiful!

Mindy Stars
Community Member
1 year ago

This really is awesome.

Tammy Chapman
Community Member
1 year ago

The cover-up is brilliant. It turned out beautifully.

Sue Knerl
Community Member
1 year ago

Very nice.

Mariellen Jackson
Community Member
1 year ago

A fresh start.

Wanda Parker
Community Member
1 year ago

So happy to see such beautiful work cover up their scars x

Colette Chicoine
Community Member
1 year ago

What a cover. It's fantastic work.

Ann Mozdzer
Community Member
1 year ago

Very different !

Ivy Stockstill
Community Member
1 year ago

Scar or no scar, this is beautiful.

S
Community Member
1 year ago

GROW THROUGH WHAT YOU GO THROUGH <3

Tara Trainor
Community Member
1 year ago

Perfect!

Meri Kassner-Gomez
Community Member
1 year ago

Wow what a great idea!

gwenie Mugliston
Community Member
1 year ago

Raked across my arms by an ocelot, I appreciate this clever disguise. Very beautiful!

Constantin George-Florin
Community Member
1 year ago

OH, WOW!

Josie Coffman
Community Member
1 year ago

I hope you healed on the inside too. This is beautiful

Sheila Schaefer
Community Member
1 year ago

With added detail, this tatoo is wonderful - perfect with the wolves

Sandi Daugherty
Community Member
1 year ago

Wow!

Mark Montgomery
Community Member
1 year ago

woof, woof

Joan Connorton
Community Member
1 year ago

hahaha ~ very imaginative ~!

Pooky Bear
Community Member
1 year ago

Amazing....fresh start!

Debster
Community Member
1 year ago

Looks like road rash. Wish I could see the bottom in color.

Jack Urquhart
Community Member
1 year ago

Be nice to know what happened to this person's leg in the first place....

Pittsburgh rare
Community Member
1 year ago

I'd like to know the story behind those scars

C
Community Member
1 year ago

Might be self harm. The caption was 'stay strong' on the Instagram

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hashwadoobies
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1 year ago

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gross

Nadine Büter
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1 year ago

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#8

Made Use Out Of A Birthmark

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Kaisu Rei
Community Member
1 year ago

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

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#9

Scar-Birthmark-Tattoo-Cover-Ups

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Ms.Maria
Community Member
1 year ago

This is amazing. I cannot comprehend how it's possible to tattoo on scar tissue that well.

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#10

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Michelle Sebold
Community Member
1 year ago

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

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#11

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Ms.Maria
Community Member
1 year 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
Community Member
1 year 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
Community Member
1 year ago

pure art

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#14

Tatuagem Realizada Por

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Lotte
Community Member
1 year ago

can you zip me up?

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#15

Tattoo

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meAgan
Community Member
1 year ago

that is like so cool

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#16

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"Face your demons" tattoo

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Smackiex
Community Member
1 year 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
Community Member
1 year ago

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

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#18

Scar-Birthmark-Tattoo-Cover-Ups

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Kaisu Rei
Community Member
1 year ago

I love Charmander!

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#19

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Laugh Fan
Community Member
1 year ago

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

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#20

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Not Alec
Community Member
1 year ago

He’s gonna need a bigger boat...

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#21

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Dani
Community Member
1 year ago

:)

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#22

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Laugh Fan
Community Member
1 year 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
Community Member
1 year ago

huwwwwow!

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#24

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Laugh Fan
Community Member
1 year ago

Looks amazing.

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#25

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Alexandra Yuan
Community Member
1 year ago

its legit a perfect carrot shape

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