“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!

MartinTheVlogger
Community Member
1 year ago

this is awesome!!!! took me some time before I realized what is going on at this picture

Sharon Palmer
Community Member
1 year ago

Same here!

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meAgan
Community Member
1 year ago

that's... amazing. and ingenious.

Mark
Community Member
1 year ago

I looked at right hand picture first and thought "what?"

ƒιѕн
Community Member
1 year ago

This one confused me for a minute, had to look at the pic a while to figure it out, great work.

Peta_C
Community Member
1 year ago

This actually brought tears to my eyes. Beyond excellence.

Birchy Cat
Community Member
1 year ago

Nailed it!

Cenessa Engelbrecht
Community Member
1 year ago

Wow wow wow!!

Yurdanur Yuri Greenrock
Community Member
1 year ago

Wauw thats really amazing!

Paan Sy
Community Member
1 year ago

just WOW!

Wina Jackson
Community Member
1 year ago

First I don't realized what's happening here. Until I understand the nails must be the tattoos. Incredible

Sveta Smirnova
Community Member
1 year ago

or tattoo to make as if no nails

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glowworm2
Community Member
1 year ago

Okay, that's amazing. You can't even tell the difference.

SupriyaG
Community Member
1 year ago

Wow!

Lotte
Community Member
1 year ago

I had to double take this one

Yassin Haussler
Community Member
1 year ago

Oh myyyy goood, It took me minutes to understand what happened, REALLY impressive!

Charly Bubb
Community Member
1 year ago

oh NOW I got it - the left one is NOT the tattoed version! :o

Farhan AdiAth
Community Member
1 year ago

😮😮😮 I was literally looking for the tattoo here....

Effseven Six
Community Member
1 year ago

That must have hurt something fierce. Looks real good though, I had to look twice. If I saw that guy around I NEVER would have known.

Alusair Alustriel
Community Member
1 year ago

That made me awe. Seriously good job and saving so much "OMG what happened to you?!" situations.

Irma Goncalves
Community Member
1 year ago

Oh wow

Meena Newmayer
Community Member
1 year ago

Smart !!

Allison Woodfill
Community Member
1 year ago

Outstanding

Marg Baker
Community Member
1 year ago

Brilliant.

Barbara Stewart
Community Member
1 year ago

Wow you wouldn't even know unless you really stare.

sharron lynn parsons
Community Member
1 year ago

Amazing job, well done !!!

Dorothy Parker
Community Member
1 year ago

Brilliant. Not unlike the artists who create nipples for some breast cancer survivors.

Debster
Community Member
1 year ago

Love this!

Cheryl Hopper
Community Member
1 year ago

I was looking on the main hand for the tats. The fingers didn't even register for a good minute or two. A+ work!

Leona Hardy
Community Member
1 year ago

Wow! Wonder.

Sheila Schaefer
Community Member
1 year ago

Wow. Amazing job.

NWB
Community Member
1 year ago

omg!!! AMAZING!

Denise Mirto
Community Member
1 year ago

wow

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Community Member
1 year ago

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Id row
Community Member
1 year ago

That's impressive.

Alexis Abrahamson
Community Member
1 year ago

That is not the same hand. No tattoo looks that realistic

kombizz
Community Member
1 year ago

fantastic work

Ruellen
Community Member
1 year ago

omg wow

Jazmyn Wenger
Community Member
1 year ago

Are those fingernails TATTOOS?? If so, they look so realistic!

Tammy Chapman
Community Member
1 year ago

That is amazing. Wonderful work.

Rare Cuts
Community Member
1 year ago

What a change that will have brought to that person's life

Kevs Build
Community Member
1 year ago

I admit to not seeing what was done there at first, brilliant workmanship.

Hilarious
Community Member
1 year ago

Perfect!

Sharon Palmer
Community Member
1 year ago

Wow, that's amazing! My daughter is missing a big toe nail that she's very conscious of, this may be the way forward

Sheila Lewis
Community Member
1 year ago

Brilliant thinking!

Slune
Community Member
1 year ago

Best Tattoo ever!!

Katrina Blair
Community Member
1 year ago

Just wonderful, real talent 🙂👏

Steven Bedford
Community Member
1 year ago

Artist: Carl Idea

Claire Sylvester
Community Member
1 year ago

This is unreal!!!! Fantastic

Oliver Prime
Community Member
1 year ago

Wow. Just...wow. That is some talent right there.

Beverly Coburn
Community Member
1 year ago

amazing

Alan Morales
Community Member
1 year ago

this freaking me out!

Wanda Parker
Community Member
1 year ago

What amazing ‘handy’ work x

Wanda Parker
Community Member
1 year ago

I had to stare at the picture to try and work it out, amazing handy work x

Mike Procaccini
Community Member
1 year ago

AWESOME!!

Susanne Drejø Thun
Community Member
1 year ago

Brilliant.

Manie Neven du Mont
Community Member
1 year ago

FANTASTIC! It took me minutes to understand!

Debbie
Community Member
1 year ago

wow!

Ann Mozdzer
Community Member
1 year ago

Amazing !!

Ivy Stockstill
Community Member
1 year ago

Life changing!

Ina Schweitzer
Community Member
1 year ago

That is awesome!

Lisa Kostroff Villa
Community Member
1 year ago

Pretty good, could've given them clean fingernails though lol

Karen Jenkins
Community Member
1 year ago

Amazing! Wow!

Angela Williams
Community Member
1 year ago

amazing artistry...wow

Meri Kassner-Gomez
Community Member
1 year ago

This is just genius!

Sue Clasen
Community Member
1 year ago

Perfect!

Sian Edwards
Community Member
1 year ago

Wow. Wouldn't even have noticed! Took several seconds to work out!

gwenie Mugliston
Community Member
1 year ago

Beautifully done!

Helmi Flick
Community Member
1 year ago

Perfect! Like others, I didn’t see the difference looking at the image on the right!

Kenneth Brown
Community Member
1 year ago

Wow!

Notsoboredpanda
Community Member
1 year ago

Amazing.

pajd
Community Member
1 year ago

Stunning work.

Elly Clifton
Community Member
1 year ago

So good

Brittany Poventud
Community Member
1 year ago

Love it! And I know it's done for shadow....but the dark line for under the nail makes my brain scream "clean under your nails!" 😂

Bettina Jansen
Community Member
1 year ago

both impressive and clever !

Van Lyndel Tolentino
Community Member
1 year ago

Nailed it.

Sheila Schaefer
Community Member
1 year ago

This is amazing. Brilliant idea!!

Tonia Clark
Community Member
1 year ago

This artist deserves a medal or trophy for this work!

Eredyn IreMist
Community Member
1 year ago

I couldn't even tell! I thought those were new fingers!!!

Sarah Malicoat
Community Member
1 year ago

This picture broke my brain for a few seconds.

noitall man
Community Member
1 year ago

Now that is a tattoo I approve of. AWESOME!

Oscar
Community Member
1 year ago

Wow!

Kim Veltkamp
Community Member
1 year ago

Briljant

Rebekah
Community Member
1 year ago

That's brilliant.

Chris Shelton
Community Member
1 year ago

Had to look at my own hand to get perspective.

tuzdayschild
Community Member
1 year ago

That is beyond awesome

Cats
Community Member
1 year ago

I'm kinda curious how it happened

Laura Zaini
Community Member
1 year ago

incredible

Amanda Abel
Community Member
1 year ago

Wow!!!

DforDorothy
Community Member
1 year ago

This one truly "Naild it" ! 👌

Michael Robben
Community Member
1 year ago

WOW ! Excellant work !

Jodi Ellis
Community Member
1 year ago

I have seen this one before and each time it amazes me the difference when it is complete. It looks like a normal hand and would never know part of his or her fingers are amputated. The artist did a spectacular job.

Rowena Atagi-Stone
Community Member
1 year ago

Amazing

Pinky Pop
Community Member
1 year ago

Holy Crap!

Gert
Community Member
1 year ago

That's an improvement over the real thing - those nails never have to be clipped :)

diarykeeper
Community Member
1 year ago

Wow. Who did this ? Impressive.

Cymon
Community Member
1 year ago

Eric Catalano, Eternal Ink, 111 N Main St, Hecker, IL 62248 (618) 719-3273

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Jessica Temple
Community Member
1 year ago

wow this is fantastic

Austin Hardt
Community Member
1 year ago

and that looks good

Austin Hardt
Community Member
1 year ago

oof

VINCENT NATELLI
Community Member
1 year ago

Not too good the fingers are the wrong length and who has square finger tips!

Honesty Olishia
Community Member
1 year ago

The point is that he lost his fingers, of course they're the wrong length!

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VINCENT NATELLI
Community Member
1 year ago

Not too good the finger lengths are all wrong and who has square fingers!

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#2

Scar-Birthmark-Tattoo-Cover-Ups

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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.

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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

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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

Scar-Birthmark-Tattoo-Cover-Ups

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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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