“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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Cenessa Engelbrecht
Community Member
2 years ago

Wow wow wow!!

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#2

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Susana Vandelay
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2 years ago

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that's not even the same people

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#3

Thank You So Much To Linnea

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Brodie
Community Member
2 years ago

Oh I really like this one.

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#4

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SupriyaG
Community Member
2 years ago

Wohooo..

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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!

Margot Hamel
Community Member
2 years ago

That's funny because it is called "une tâche de vin" in french, also a stain of wine in English if my memory is good 😂

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glowworm2
Community Member
2 years ago

Brings a whole new meaning to "Port Wine Stain."

Jurian Koning
Community Member
2 years ago

In the Netherlands we actually call these big birthmarks "Wijnvlekken" which translates to "wine stains". Makes this tattoo even more fitting!

Brooklynn H
Community Member
2 years ago

In the U.S. we call them port wine stains. :)

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Caroline Huot
Community Member
2 years ago

Seriously this is one of the best BP posts ever! I like all of them!! SO clever!!

SandraG_lak
Community Member
2 years ago

This is awesome! I also have a port wine stain, though it's on my face.

Katelynn Marie
Community Member
2 years ago

We need a paper towel! There’s been a wine spill! Quick before it stains! 🍷

Irma Goncalves
Community Member
2 years ago

This is genius!!

Jenn Marriott
Community Member
2 years ago

Love the beauty n juxtaposition. Acceptance is beauty

Eugene Carman
Community Member
2 years ago

spill the wine, dig that girl

Momo Skarsgård
Community Member
2 years ago

Oh wow!! I love it!!

Paula Marshall
Community Member
2 years ago

I'm guessing this is a port wine birthmark!! Adorable.

Mya Lugar
Community Member
2 years ago

Port wine stain?

Mary Jaye
Community Member
2 years ago

THIS IS THE BEST ONE!

Jo Choto
Community Member
2 years ago

I would have loved to see someone make the birthmark into a nebular or something space-y.

Emma Magg
Community Member
2 years ago

That’s one way to make it look like you got a big tattoo without the pain

jevais
Community Member
2 years ago

In French this is called a wine stain, tâche de vin

Rose Brien Harrington
Community Member
2 years ago

Now that one i really love!

Wanda Parker
Community Member
2 years ago

Love it x

Mike Procaccini
Community Member
2 years ago

LOVE IT!

Manie Neven du Mont
Community Member
2 years ago

Wonderful!

Ann Mozdzer
Community Member
2 years ago

Very clever!

Sharon Ingram
Community Member
2 years ago

I love this!

Ivy Stockstill
Community Member
2 years ago

I've seen this before and I think it's genius.

gwenie Mugliston
Community Member
2 years ago

Clever and even more clever. No use crying over spilled wine.

Gregory Rymer
Community Member
2 years ago

Brilliant

Chris Steele
Community Member
2 years ago

I kinda like this one with the tipped over wine glass and the purple birthmark.

Peggy Schultz
Community Member
2 years ago

Turning a port wine stain into a port wine stain

Barbara Stewart
Community Member
2 years ago

Very clever

sharron lynn parsons
Community Member
2 years ago

Well done, realistic !!!

Debster
Community Member
2 years ago

Port Wine birthmark....so cool

Josie Coffman
Community Member
2 years ago

I love this one!

Cheryl Hopper
Community Member
2 years ago

Cheeky! I like!

Amery
Community Member
2 years ago

Port Wine is FINE~!

Calypso poet
Community Member
2 years ago

Omg that is so awesome! I have a large birthmark that covers a large area of my chest but it’s just a few shades darker than my skin, not port wine. I was so embarrassed growing up because everyone made fun of it. Once I hit my twenties I realized I didn’t care and neither does anyone else. I stopped using lighteners years ago. I do use a higher spf on it in the summer because it gets so dark and people think I’ve got sunburn and peeling followed by “you’re going to get skin cancer!”.

Mark Montgomery
Community Member
2 years ago

woof, woof

Id row
Community Member
2 years ago

This was a missed opportunity.

Pan Narrans
Community Member
2 years ago

I like this a lot! The tongue in cheek humour is strong in this one.

Jodi Ellis
Community Member
2 years ago

Ingenious!

Toll Tolladay
Community Member
2 years ago

That's clever! A genuine Port Wine Stain!! :)

Jessica Temple
Community Member
2 years ago

I love this!

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#7

Scar

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Pittsburgh rare
Community Member
2 years ago

I'd like to know the story behind those scars

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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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Paan Sy
Community Member
2 years ago

where is the scars?

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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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Michelle Sebold
Community Member
2 years ago

Beautiful work! Thank you for helping this person!

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#12

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Cactus McCoy
Community Member
2 years ago

I love this.

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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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Brodie
Community Member
2 years ago

Yessss

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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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Paan Sy
Community Member
2 years ago

beautiful, i so loved water color tats

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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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Michelle Sebold
Community Member
2 years ago

Oh sooooo beautiful!

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#20

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SupriyaG
Community Member
2 years ago

So that scar is actually giving a real inside look!

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#21

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Dani
Community Member
2 years ago

:)

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#22

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Cool-As-A-Pineapple
Community Member
2 years ago

So cute!

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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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Susana Vandelay
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2 years ago

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not the same person

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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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