“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

glowworm2
Community Member
1 year ago

Turning scars into alien abductions? Brilliant!

Paan Sy
Community Member
1 year ago

amazing idea

Brodie
Community Member
1 year ago

Oh I really like this one.

Gracie Mae
Community Member
1 year ago

this one actually emphasizes the scar--but it's a great tat!

Taru-Elaari
Community Member
1 year ago

Maybe it's their way of saying "I encompass and own my history."

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Amazon QT
Community Member
1 year ago

My hubby thought it was a cow being pulled up to the ship. LOL -good one!

L. Frijole
Community Member
1 year ago

If I eve get a long scar like this, I am totally doing it

Debbie Donohue
Community Member
1 year ago

LOL that's clever, I love it

Rebekah
Community Member
1 year ago

Oh, I like this. Would LOVE if it was a cow.

Valereee
Community Member
1 year ago

It's good to keep your sense of humor !

Diane Phillips-Herman
Community Member
1 year ago

Before scrolling I thought it was a Sombrero, lol

Barbara Stewart
Community Member
1 year ago

Cool very creative.

Josie Coffman
Community Member
1 year ago

Clever

Debster
Community Member
1 year ago

Should have put a cow...but like this one too.

Cheryl Hopper
Community Member
1 year ago

*laughs* This is fabulous! Very cheeky!

Em B
Community Member
1 year ago

EPIC!!!!!

Kathy Carroll
Community Member
1 year ago

Love it!!!!

Denise Mirto
Community Member
1 year ago

fantastic

Kerry Schulstad
Community Member
1 year ago

Haha very cool!

Id row
Community Member
1 year ago

That's clever!

D
Community Member
1 year ago

Hehe though it was going to be a cow

Amanda Abel
Community Member
1 year ago

Love it!!!

Birchy Cat
Community Member
1 year ago

Creative

Danielle Renee
Community Member
1 year ago

i love this so much!

Welgaia
Community Member
9 months ago

Love this one!

kombizz
Community Member
1 year ago

cool

Ruellen
Community Member
1 year ago

perfect!

Momo Skarsgård
Community Member
1 year ago

Amazing! I just absolutely love it!

Tammy Chapman
Community Member
1 year ago

Brilliant. Such a wonderful imagination.

BurgerPanda
Community Member
1 year ago

I remember there was this aftercare worker at my school who had a tattoo for a scar. There was a circular dent in her leg that she said was from a bike accident when she was younger and tattooed a doll around it and made it into a missing eye. I still think that’s one of the coolest ones I’ve seen

Kala Subramaniam
Community Member
1 year ago

a cow could have been better!

Natters
Community Member
1 year ago

Very cool

Kerolos Saleib
Community Member
1 year ago

I have the same scar. This is brilliant

Georgann Haeffner
Community Member
1 year ago

so clever!!

Sue Knerl
Community Member
1 year ago

I love this one.

Sandy Light
Community Member
1 year ago

That is awesome

My O My
Community Member
1 year ago

Don't know if I'm right... But for me the scar looks like she tried to lay hand on herself - and I love the way this picture tells a story

Wanda Parker
Community Member
1 year ago

Love it, and what a talking point, nothing negative there x

Manie Neven du Mont
Community Member
1 year ago

Great idea!

Debbie
Community Member
1 year ago

;-0

Ann Mozdzer
Community Member
1 year ago

Brilliant !

Ivy Stockstill
Community Member
1 year ago

Heh. The truth is out there.

Renee DuBois
Community Member
1 year ago

Very well done.. The truth is out there! 🛸

Lisa Kostroff Villa
Community Member
1 year ago

Love it!

Aistė Nikontaitė
Community Member
1 year ago

:)

Chaz83
Community Member
1 year ago

Very clever!

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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

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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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