“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
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3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Amazingly realistic job from the tattoo artist!

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#4

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Ms.Maria
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3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

No bones about it, this one is clever

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#6

Birthmark Tattoo

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Kaisu Rei
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3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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

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#8

Made Use Out Of A Birthmark

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Kaisu Rei
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3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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

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#9

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Ms.Maria
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3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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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#11

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Ms.Maria
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3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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
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3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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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"Face your demons" tattoo

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Smackiex
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3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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
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3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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

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#19

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Laugh Fan
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3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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

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#20

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#22

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Laugh Fan
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3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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

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