A tattoo can help remind you to be proud of who you are and how far you’ve come—it can be a symbol of your confidence in yourself, your perseverance, and your ability to weather any storm.

Vietnamese tattoo artist Tran Thi Bich Ngoc, aka Ngoc Like Tattoo, helps women feel happy about themselves and their bodies by covering up their scars, burns, and blemishes with body art. Her artful work is about beauty and restoring one’s confidence. We’ve collected some of the artist’s most impressive new works. Which of these designs did you like the most, dear Pandas? Would you ever choose to cover up a scar? What tattoos do you have? Share your thoughts in the comments.

Bored Panda has reached out to Ngoc and will update the article as soon as we hear back from her. Meanwhile, you’ll find Bored Panda’s first article about Ngoc’s tattoos right over here.

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Tattoo artist Ngoc believes that every woman is beautiful and she doesn’t want anyone to struggle with their scars. The artist gives each and every client the care and attention they deserve.

Her attention to detail and skills are so good that it means that once the design is finished, you can’t even tell there was a scar there.

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Nathan Pogorzala
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

These poor women. I hope this gives them some comfort and happiness after such pain.

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The Vietnamese artist hopes that her designs can give everyone a new appreciation of what tattoo art can achieve. It’s not just about beauty (though a large part of it is)—it’s also about healing, spiritually.

Body art can have a far greater positive effect than many people might initially think.

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Lauren Caswell
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I guess everyone feels differently about stretch marks, I'd never considered them scars but I guess they are? All these ppl are beautiful with and without tattoos, it's their reclamation of the body

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Summer Mason
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Shes lucky to be alive. Those look very much like the stab marks I've seen on patients in my nursing before I quit and became a butcher. I love how beautiful these are and now only the woman doesn't have to be physically reminded every damn day that someone tried to destroy her beauty.

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xolitaire
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

If you look closely the flowers are super close to the shape the scars actually had, that is fantastic work

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Ngoc is pushing boundaries with her work, considering that tattoos have been stigmatized in Vietnam for a long time.

Historically, tattoos had a bad reputation due to their association with prisoners, and later, with organized crime. However, times are changing and perspectives are (slowly) shifting.

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Heather Menard
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The scar looks like a mouth with it's tongue out. I would have gone with a funny face 👀

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The artist started Ngoc Like Tattoo all the way back in 2012, right after she turned 19. In 2015, her project really took off and she started gaining more and more traction online. Ngoc has a very broad background in art.

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She decided to come to my studio with a long road trip from Ha Giang to Ha Noi to do tattoo. She told me that she got this 15cm scar was 10 years ago in an accident which broke her arm bones. No one wish to have a scar on our body, she tried the cutting scar method, sewed it but still it was bigger, even tried the deflation but only temporarily flattened but still very dark, and then she thought about getting a tattoo to cover it. So, I designed a softly flower, helps it more modern generally looking and limit the invasive area to avoid it too much bigger. 

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She graduated as a valedictorian in Costume Design in 2015. She also got a Master’s degree in Motion Pictures Arts and Television from the University of Theater and Performing Arts of Hanoi in 2022. This year, she was featured in Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia list.

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It was an accident from 10 years ago has left a huge scar on her leg, unfortunately happened by a drunk guy crashed into her motorbike from the back, she was shaken unknown what was happening at the time. This unlucky situation made her leg bones broke from inside and emergency rushed to the hospital. Hope this tattoo will make her life the fullest confident of the rest and best of joy.

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According to her website, she trained as a professional painter and designer at one of the most prestigious art schools in Vietnam. “I had a lot of opportunities in my work, but after a lot of experiences, it dawned on me that covering scars with tattoos is the endless passion that I really want to stick with and truly belong to,” she writes.

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Dana Trahan
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Her work is absolutely BREATHTAKINGLY BEAUTIFUL!!!!

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Tamra
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Such a delicate and lovely design.

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xolitaire
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

oooh, this one is pretty! The only sad thing about these types of tattoos is that the colours will fade pretty quickly

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Ngoc writes that this path came due to a “strange twist of fate” and pursuing a career as a professional tattoo artist “completely changed” her life.

“To me, every scar brings a new challenge, they are not only mere coverups for stories and feelings but also fateful milestones that mark the closing of the past and the opening of a new chapter in life.”

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ItzANYa_FORGER
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

So glad this person might feel more secure of themselfs

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The Vietnamese artist finds joy in helping people get over their insecurities and bringing more happiness into their lives. What she does isn’t just cosmetic therapy: “It can also heal broken hearts.”

Previously, the artist told Bored Panda: “My passion is all about tattooing over scars, burns, birthmarks, or any imperfections on the bodies. I believe that a well-done, beautifully constructed tattoo will not only change a person’s image but also lift their confidence and overcome insecurities.”

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Deborah Harris2
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I'd love something like this one, it's so delicate and pretty

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Max
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I really hope that scar isn't from what I think it is :(. I hope that the person is doing better now and getting help for it

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Which of the artist's designs wowed you the post, dear Pandas? What do you think of her work and her mission to help people? We'd love to hear what you think, so if you'd like, you're more than welcome to share your thoughts in the comments.

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RMA
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Is it the case that many of these very beautiful but delicate tattoos will need to be touched up every couple of years ever after? If so, such a pity. Who knows if the person touching it up ten years down the line will do a good job.

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Dana Trahan
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I think she is doing a great service to these people lives. U truly r an amazing and caring person. Kudos to u lady

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Robin DJW
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Beautifully delicate while being effectively covering.

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Lisa Stewart
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This is perfect. I bet they love it. From never let the tummy be seen to check it out!

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Marion
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Wow. That wound looks like it was life threatening… Tattoo is very cool!

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Anonymouse
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I like the variety in this one... very nice :)

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ginger a. freckleburger
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Using a person's scars as a canvas is a really good idea!

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Katri
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This might not be a good idea - I could be wrong but what ive read and understood from a close friend who had a large mark like this. is that larger birthmarks and moles can potentially be cancerous and it's not a good idea to go and do unnecessary trauma on top of them since that can activate the cells.

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Panda For Scale
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I have that exact scar! A 33 inch incision around my 41 inch hips.

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Amanda Silliker
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

These are so beautiful. I want to know the stories behind them.

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Emma London
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The circling of the belly button looks quite harsh and makes this different from all the other tattoos, which are very delicate. Probably done by a request, but still looking weird.

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Sar ska
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2 months ago (edited) Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Must’ve been a personal choice. Clearly the artist’s preference is to use horizontal lines (like branches) on horizontal scars for better camouflage effect. But if she’s happy, that’s all that matters.

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Emma London
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I wonder how much photoshop clean up is used in after images. You can confuse the eye, but you can't tattoo away sagging skin.

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gma
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

all of these are stunning and what a way to cover scars and other skin problems

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