“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!

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Kaisu Rei
Community Member
2 years ago

Amazingly realistic job from the tattoo artist!

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#2

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birdhouse
Community Member
2 years ago

Wow! This is gorgeous!

Jess De La Souza
Community Member
2 years ago

I have seen many pictures online of people who have undergone breast surgery and it is beautiful

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Peta_C
Community Member
2 years ago

Stunning.

Ms.Maria
Community Member
2 years ago

Gorgeous

Mae Mosse
Community Member
2 years ago

I want to cover my mastectomy scars with something nice. Turn a negative into a positive. I hate them! This is beautiful.

Ang.stl
Community Member
2 years ago

A few years ago I saw a group of photos that were nothing BUT tattoos covering mastectomy and maybe some lumpectomy scars being covered with tattoos. They were mostly flowers, but some women wanted completely different things to cover their scars, using the tattoos to help bring back their self esteem and whatever it can help them start to heal mentally!

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Kim Lorton
Community Member
2 years ago

Medical artistry in saving lives and then, creative artistry over it, savinf souls...

Id row
Community Member
2 years ago

I admire tats, but would never get any. But in this instance, I'd make an exception. That looks incredible given the before pic.

Irma Goncalves
Community Member
2 years ago

Beautiful

Mike Procaccini
Community Member
2 years ago

I DONT LIKE TATOOS BUT IN THIS CASE I THINK IT IS FANTASTIC

Colette Chicoine
Community Member
2 years ago

Totally

Barbara Stewart
Community Member
2 years ago

Beautiful

sharron lynn parsons
Community Member
2 years ago

Simply beautiful !!!

Jonathan L
Community Member
2 years ago

That's amazing! I feel kinda stupid not realizing sooner that one CAN tattoo scar tissue. Great job!

elfin
Community Member
2 years ago

Exquisite.

Dorothy Parker
Community Member
2 years ago

Stunning, and brave!

Sheila Schaefer
Community Member
2 years ago

I agree. So beautiful and brilliant to work it in with the existing tatoo! I love this!!

Amazon QT
Community Member
2 years ago

Amazing!!!

Sandi Daugherty
Community Member
2 years ago

Omg Beautifully Done!!!!!🌷🌸🌹

Suzi Gauthier
Community Member
2 years ago

Does it hurt more or less on scar tissue?

Crystal Hickman
Community Member
2 years ago

I'm sure it's different for everyone, but when I've gotten tattooed over a scar it hurt slightly worse, but it wasn't unbearable.

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Lily Dennard
Community Member
1 year ago

does any1 else want to know what happened?

Kate Edwards
Community Member
2 years ago

Ashes into gold.

Tammy Chapman
Community Member
2 years ago

WOW!!! That is Gorgeous!! I can't even tell there was ever a scar there. I know she loves it and appreciates it. I would!!

Jo Choto
Community Member
2 years ago

Brilliant. Must make such a difference for this lovely young woman.

ThatOneOwl
Community Member
2 years ago

Wonder what the backstory is 😕

Kala Subramaniam
Community Member
2 years ago

so cool!

rachel carter
Community Member
2 years ago

Beautiful

Beverly Coburn
Community Member
2 years ago

stunning

Mariellen Jackson
Community Member
2 years ago

Beautiful!

Wanda Parker
Community Member
2 years ago

Beautiful work x

Manie Neven du Mont
Community Member
2 years ago

Wonderful!

Ann Mozdzer
Community Member
2 years ago

Nailed it !

Ivy Stockstill
Community Member
2 years ago

Beautimous!

Tara Trainor
Community Member
2 years ago

Beautiful!

Meri Kassner-Gomez
Community Member
2 years ago

Wow!!!!

gwenie Mugliston
Community Member
2 years ago

I am awed. After months of dealing with my double mastectomy scars and removal of my pectoral muscles I decided a tattoo would be wonderful to ameliorate the psychic pain of the destruction to my body and femininity. I had that done in the early 1990's. I have never ever regretted it. I wasn't as brave as this woman to have such a large tattoo, but I should have been.

Shellee Souza
Community Member
2 years ago

LOVE THIS!!!!!

Denise Mirto
Community Member
2 years ago

beautiful

Kerry Schulstad
Community Member
2 years ago

Beautiful!

GeeGee
Community Member
2 years ago

Nice!

Pooky Bear
Community Member
2 years ago

Stunning!

Robin Francis
Community Member
2 years ago

How pretty and feminine

Pinky Pop
Community Member
2 years ago

perfect, does the job

diarykeeper
Community Member
2 years ago

Pretty :D (And lasts so much longer than gifting flowers)

Austin Hardt
Community Member
2 years ago

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wow that do not look good

Susana Vandelay
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2 years ago

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that's not even the same people

Kjorn
Community Member
2 years ago

the tattoo on the right arm is the same

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#3

Thank You So Much To Linnea

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meAgan
Community Member
2 years ago

oh wow

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#4

Scar-Birthmark-Tattoo-Cover-Ups

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Ms.Maria
Community Member
2 years ago

No bones about it, this one is clever

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#5

Scar Tattoo

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meAgan
Community Member
2 years ago

may the force be with you

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#6

Birthmark Tattoo

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Kaisu Rei
Community Member
2 years 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
2 years ago

This. This is FABULOUS.

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#8

Made Use Out Of A Birthmark

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Kaisu Rei
Community Member
2 years ago

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

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#9

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Ms.Maria
Community Member
2 years 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
2 years 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
2 years 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
2 years 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
2 years ago

pure art

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#14

Tatuagem Realizada Por

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Lotte
Community Member
2 years ago

can you zip me up?

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#15

Tattoo

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meAgan
Community Member
2 years 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
2 years 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
2 years 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
Community Member
2 years ago

I love Charmander!

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#19

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Laugh Fan
Community Member
2 years ago

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

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#20

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Not Alec
Community Member
2 years ago

He’s gonna need a bigger boat...

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#21

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Dani
Community Member
2 years ago

:)

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#22

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Laugh Fan
Community Member
2 years 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
2 years ago

huwwwwow!

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#24

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Laugh Fan
Community Member
2 years ago

Looks amazing.

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#25

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Alexandra Yuan
Community Member
2 years ago

its legit a perfect carrot shape

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