“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

Scar-Birthmark-Tattoo-Cover-Ups

Eric Catalano Report

Kaisu Rei
Community Member
1 year ago

Amazingly realistic job from the tattoo artist!

View more comments
#2

Scar-Birthmark-Tattoo-Cover-Ups

darbytattoo Report

birdhouse
Community Member
1 year ago

Wow! This is gorgeous!

View More Replies...
View more comments
#3

Thank You So Much To Linnea

charlotteglatt_tattoos Report

meAgan
Community Member
1 year ago

oh wow

View more comments
#4

Scar-Birthmark-Tattoo-Cover-Ups

Holdenl2121 Report

Ms.Maria
Community Member
1 year ago

No bones about it, this one is clever

View More Replies...
View more comments
#5

Scar Tattoo

flavia.daedratattoo Report

meAgan
Community Member
1 year ago

may the force be with you

View More Replies...
View more comments
#6

Birthmark Tattoo

alex_anvil Report

Kaisu Rei
Community Member
1 year ago

This is such a clever idea, not hiding the birthmark while still keeping the tattoo fun!

View More Replies...
View more comments
#7

Scar

meninked Report

Caroline Huot
Community Member
1 year ago

This. This is FABULOUS.

View More Replies...
View more comments
#8

Made Use Out Of A Birthmark

hectorfong Report

Kaisu Rei
Community Member
1 year ago

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

View More Replies...
View more comments
#9

Scar-Birthmark-Tattoo-Cover-Ups

yasinaliciart Report

Ms.Maria
Community Member
1 year ago

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

Valereee
Community Member
1 year ago

OMG! All I can think of is the pain his burn caused... But the pain he suffered for that gorgeous tattoo had to help take the mental pain away !

Thomas Sturschädl
Community Member
1 year ago

Give this artist a medal!

Crochet Rox
Community Member
1 year ago

I had my lung removed, and have a similar scar. Beautiful

Nancy Edwards
Community Member
1 year ago

It is so beautiful, and incorporates the beauty of this beautiful man, and makes the scars tremendously beautiful; oh dear, I am not crying, I have something in my eye....

birdhouse
Community Member
1 year ago

Well Done!

Anne
Community Member
1 year ago

He has an amazing tattoo artist. this is excellent

Paoro Borla
Community Member
1 year ago

i suddenly remember jeffrey star, who has scars all over his body, and now his body is full with tatto

Amazon QT
Community Member
1 year ago

That’s a lot of work. And very well done.

Khairul Syazwan
Community Member
1 year ago

wonder if applying tattoo on scar hurts more compare to on skin.. or it feels the same? anyone?

Taru-Elaari
Community Member
1 year ago

It probably depends on the type of scar tissue (what caused it, where it is, etc.) and on the person, of course. This looks like a burn which might mean less pain if it's a full thickness burn, due to destruction of nerve endings. The biggest scar I have feels different to the surrounding skin, when I touch it - I can tell I'm touching it but it's definitely numb in comparison (it was due to losing a chunk of shin down to the bone). Not sure I'd like to try having it tattooed, though, as I don't like people touching it anyway, due to the oddness of sensation.

Load More Replies...
Ruellen
Community Member
1 year ago

whoa

Jo Choto
Community Member
1 year ago

Scar and tattoo amazing. Back hair a little frightening.

Binxyminxem
Community Member
1 year ago

This is mesmerising! So beautiful, I find myself intrigues by the pattern of the scars and the tattoo!

rachel carter
Community Member
1 year ago

Gorgeous

Marnee DeRider
Community Member
1 year ago

I didn't know you could tattoo scar tissue. Now I'm thinking....

Mike Procaccini
Community Member
1 year ago

LOVE IT. BETTER THAN ALTERNATIVE

Colette Chicoine
Community Member
1 year ago

what a great job of covering the scars and birthmarks. well done.

Ann Mozdzer
Community Member
1 year ago

Wow amazing !

Ina Schweitzer
Community Member
1 year ago

This is actually beautiful, but I can imagine the pain of having it done....

Karen Jenkins
Community Member
1 year ago

Wow! Truly amazed!

Tara Trainor
Community Member
1 year ago

Wow!! What incredible work!

gwenie Mugliston
Community Member
1 year ago

Beautiful. Just beautiful!

Constantin George-Florin
Community Member
1 year ago

I bet it is much more difficult to draw this on skin with irregular surface, which makes the tattoo artist's work all the more valuable.

Shellee Souza
Community Member
1 year ago

<3

Maggie Dougherty
Community Member
1 year ago

I think this is the best one yet! I love it!

Allison Woodfill
Community Member
1 year ago

Wow

sharron lynn parsons
Community Member
1 year ago

Excellent, was it painful ?

Debster
Community Member
1 year ago

Wow!!! Just amazing. I bet this guy feel 100 percent more confident.

Sheila Schaefer
Community Member
1 year ago

The tatoo is beautiful and does an excellent job covering up the scarring!!

Amery
Community Member
1 year ago

iF THAT'S NOT FINE ART... what is?!?!? Brilliant.

Debbie Donohue
Community Member
1 year ago

Amazing work, you can't see the scars at all

Mark Montgomery
Community Member
1 year ago

woof, woof

Denise Mirto
Community Member
1 year ago

masterpiece

Id row
Community Member
1 year ago

That's incredible and pure artistry. He had a very talented artist.

Rebekah
Community Member
1 year ago

Gorgeous.

Laura Quick
Community Member
1 year ago

:O Fantastic design and it covers your scars beautifully. Be proud xx

Jodi Ellis
Community Member
1 year ago

That is just amazing how they can turn a burn scar into a work of art and have nobody be the wiser.

Callie Ge
Community Member
1 year ago

Epic.

Paan Sy
Community Member
1 year ago

where is the scars?

View more comments
#10

Scar-Birthmark-Tattoo-Cover-Ups

mini_tattooer Report

Michelle Sebold
Community Member
1 year ago

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

View More Replies...
View more comments
#11

Scar-Birthmark-Tattoo-Cover-Ups

aisana_ykt Report

Ms.Maria
Community Member
1 year ago

I can't get over how beautiful these pastel tattoos are! They look like paintings.

View More Replies...
View more comments
#12

Scar-Birthmark-Tattoo-Cover-Ups

tattoomachinenapoles Report

Not Alec
Community Member
1 year ago

This looks TOO real! I applaud the tattoo artist!

View More Replies...
View more comments
#13

Scar-Birthmark-Tattoo-Cover-Ups

Cello tattoo incorporating a 30 year old scar

theanswerplus Report

ADHORTATOR
Community Member
1 year ago

pure art

View more comments
#14

Tatuagem Realizada Por

brechagram Report

Lotte
Community Member
1 year ago

can you zip me up?

View More Replies...
View more comments
#15

Tattoo

peyotlbodymod Report

meAgan
Community Member
1 year ago

that is like so cool

View more comments
#16

Scar-Birthmark-Tattoo-Cover-Ups

"Face your demons" tattoo

MyUsernameIsNotCool Report

Smackiex
Community Member
1 year ago

This one is my favorite ❤️ love the art work and the meaning behind it. Just beautiful. :)

View more comments
#17

Scar-Birthmark-Tattoo-Cover-Ups

mini_tattooer Report

Dani
Community Member
1 year ago

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

View more comments
#18

Scar-Birthmark-Tattoo-Cover-Ups

j9illustration Report

Kaisu Rei
Community Member
1 year ago

I love Charmander!

View more comments
#19

Scar-Birthmark-Tattoo-Cover-Ups

Report

Laugh Fan
Community Member
1 year ago

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

View more comments
#20

Scar-Birthmark-Tattoo-Cover-Ups

evanmakesart Report

Not Alec
Community Member
1 year ago

He’s gonna need a bigger boat...

View more comments
#21

Scar-Birthmark-Tattoo-Cover-Ups

freepsports Report

Dani
Community Member
1 year ago

:)

View more comments
See Also on Bored Panda
#22

Scar-Birthmark-Tattoo-Cover-Ups

jattoos Report

Laugh Fan
Community Member
1 year ago

My husband could have that one on his thigh!! Shame he's really not into tattoos. :(

View More Replies...
View more comments
#23

Scar-Birthmark-Tattoo-Cover-Ups

SloDilf1493 Report

Paan Sy
Community Member
1 year ago

huwwwwow!

View more comments
#24

Scar-Birthmark-Tattoo-Cover-Ups

beni.ink Report

Laugh Fan
Community Member
1 year ago

Looks amazing.

View more comments
#25

Scar-Birthmark-Tattoo-Cover-Ups

anna_furdui Report

Alexandra Yuan
Community Member
1 year ago

its legit a perfect carrot shape

View More Replies...
View more comments