Tattoos mean different things to different people around the world. For some they're nothing more than a fashion statement, while others get them for cultural reasons, like the Māori for instance. Many get them as a memento of a time, place, or person. But some people choose to get a tattoo for an entirely different reason, such as to cover up a scar for example.

Check out this list compiled by Bored Panda, and our previous one, to see for yourself what we mean. Some of them conceal the scar tissue completely, while others cleverly interact with them, turning what was once something considered unsightly into something truly beautiful. Don't forget to vote for your favorite! (h/t: Revelist)

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Michel M. Prins 2 years ago

Many kudos to the artist for making it that beautiful

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John L 2 years ago

This clearly proves the saying that "Less is More". I like it. ;D

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Danika Strong 2 years ago

I have keloid scars everywhere on my body, all of the ones that were stitched have stayed ever since the one that was done when I was 9, I am 28 now.

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dbb dbb 2 years ago

That's pretty awesome! I love it

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jacluckycat 2 years ago

Clever idea well executed

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Nancy E 2 years ago

This is how post back surgery looks once the suture scars disappear. Like the choice in tattoo.

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James Floyd 2 years ago

Stunning work!

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Emma Glanfield 2 years ago

Fabulous choice to cover with ❤️

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person (i think) 2 years ago

Does tattooing over scar tissue like this hurt more than normal or is it about the same?

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Nancy E 2 years ago

I would guess a foot neuroma. I have the same scar , minus the tattoo. It's a good one !

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Silent Skeleton 2 years ago

Gorgeous tattoo :o)

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Debra Starr Moon 2 years ago

Amazing and so beautiful!

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#13

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Silent Skeleton 2 years ago

Creative idea to use a struggle to make something nice :o)

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Amanda 2 years ago

Calvin and Hobbes rocks, great choice

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criminalgirl 2 years ago

Idea is good, tat is horrible.

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Silent Skeleton 2 years ago

That's cool! A good reminder that things will get better :o)

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“What inspired me to get tattoos to cover my scars was so whenever I was down or having a bad day, I could look down at my newly painted arm and remember that overcoming something can lead to beautiful things. My next step is to cover the scars of my other arm and my leg. It’s never easy, but by getting them covered up, it’s a little bit like closure.” — Lauren S.

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Silent Skeleton 2 years ago

I'm glad you were able to stop, and I love the reasoning behind getting the tattoo :o)

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Lauren Stewart 2 years ago

Where's John L? He can tell us all about stretch marks..

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criminalgirl 2 years ago

Excellent!

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Hope Floats 2 years ago

Beautiful tattoo on a VERY long arm!

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Su Jol 2 years ago

standing a lot straighter in pic #2 too. Two wins!!

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jacluckycat 2 years ago

Simply gorgeous

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Mutiara Krissanti 2 years ago

tree of life :) beautiful!

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Galeanthropy2017 2 years ago

Delicate and subtle!

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“I got a Sylvia Plath tattoo. She’s my absolute favorite poet/author. Her quote ‘I am. I am. I am’ (from her book ‘The Bell Jar’) symbolizes that suicide could’ve been the end for me, but I’m here, ‘I am’ I am here, I am alive and I am determined to get through this. The cat is Sylvia’s drawing called ‘Curious French Cat’ and it also symbolizes self-harm and depression — but how it’s not the answer anymore.” — Shannon P.

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jacluckycat 2 years ago

The Bell Jar was like reading a narrative of my own mind. That book means so much to me. Love the tattoo.

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jacluckycat 2 years ago

I have this exact same scar except I have two little holes next to it where the drainage tubes were. Never tattooed it, though.

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“I saw this quote back when I was in seventh grade. I knew one day that I will have this tatted on me. I didn’t start self-harming until sophomore year in high school. As a freshmen in college last year, I finally got this quote on my body.” — Zari S.

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Debra Starr Moon 2 years ago

What a beautiful quote. All the best in your healing journey.

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AG Aps 2 years ago

Very pretty :)

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dbb dbb 2 years ago

Awesome tattoo! Who made this?

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jacluckycat 2 years ago

Amazing execution and use of color. Love this one

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Annette Wendel 2 years ago

I love the fact that the scar actually wasnt covered up, but instead the tatoo kind of circles around it, making the scar part of it

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piggy panda 2 years ago

beautifully done

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Dinetk 2 years ago

Wow! That is brilliantly done

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Out of chocolate 2 years ago

It took me a while. Thought it was antennae with floating dots on top...

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Silent Skeleton 2 years ago

Awesome idea!

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#36

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Nanci Ives 2 years ago

Okami 😀

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Andrea Van Delden 2 years ago

😊

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#38

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Cukie 2 years ago

Best one

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Lakia Hawkins 2 years ago

Beautiful, can't even tell there was a scar with the way the tattoo is done

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Typical Hungarian tulip, that we can observe as an element on traditional furniture decoration, used to cover up a deep scar left after an ateroma removal.

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Amanda 2 years ago

This is my favorite on the list, so much detail and meaning

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Silent Skeleton 2 years ago

Great use of a scar! It looks really cool!

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Laury M. 2 years ago

Do note that the nipple is also tattooed on. Some artists have made a specialty of tattooing nipples for women who have to undergo a mastectomy because of breast cancer :)

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Lakia Hawkins 2 years ago

It's great but they should have shaded in the older tattoo with more color because it's fading

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Nicolas Letarte 2 years ago

Ouf! This one is fulfilled with great courage and hope!!!

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Lady came in today with this gnarly scar from skin cancer and all she wanted was to hide it even if it didnt hold up.

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Angie Hensley 2 years ago

Neat

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“Self-harm was a way I coped with my depressive and suicidal episodes. I would feel all this anger built up inside of me and I wanted to find some kind of release. But with depression, I wanted to hurt myself because I felt like I deserved it. So, my arms would almost be covered in cuts daily. It all started with a small cut as a cry for help, but very quickly turned into an addiction. When I had motivation to get better, I wanted something beautiful on my arm to cover these scars up. Now, I have a tattoo that says ‘This too shall pass’ with a peony that symbolizes healing. Whenever I have urges to self-harm, I instantly look to my arm to where I usually cut and I see this beautiful tattoo with a meaningful message and I just cry it out until the feeling has passed. It has helped me, and has also sparked up the conversation of mental health with others! It’s more than just a tattoo, it’s my journey to recovery.” — Reshmi C.

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Lisa B 2 years ago

Thank you for sharing. Wishing you the best

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Susan Forbes 2 years ago

Well done!

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#48

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Jhoa 2 years ago

Beautiful. Despite all those wonderful tattooos before it, this ismy favourite.

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This is my second tattoo, done on June 5, 2012. I came across this phrase a few months ago and knew right away that I wanted it done. To make a very long story short, I’ve gone through many surgeries, severe allergies, and overall tons of health issues throughout my life (you can sort of see part of my main scar here that goes across my entire stomach and bottom left side). The number one reaction I hate getting is one like “Poor Lauren, that’s so terrible, I feel so bad for you!”. I don’t like to be pitied and felt sorry for over issues that I cannot control. I was born with what life gave me, and I’ve always just dealt with it without sitting around and feeling sorry for myself or wanting pity from others.

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Bea Albe 2 years ago

graeat attitude!

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97grncab 2 years ago

The color of the tattoo is beautiful on her skin tone.

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The Cube Cat 2 years ago

I love how it turns the scar into a reminder , instead of trying to hide it

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Felicia Pyka 2 years ago

Just, wow! Gorgeous!

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Brenna O'Leary 2 years ago

Hauntingly beautiful tattoo.

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Kira Thesloth 2 years ago

Looks like she's lost weight in the second picture. Good for her if that's the case, if not then that tattoo is awesome on multiple levels!

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ADHORTATOR 2 years ago

The mummy...wish you best

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Sergio Bicerra 2 years ago

I wonder what surgery leaves a scar like that. Anyway, perfectlly hidden.

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Amanda 2 years ago

This is art right here

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piggy panda 2 years ago

bast one it is absolutely beautiful and is simple in color but complex in design love it

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Sonia Leroux 2 years ago

cute

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Ie Va 2 years ago

Much beautiful

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Emily Rose 2 years ago

beautiful.

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She received that scar from a nasty car accident. It was the other persons fault! Thankfully i was able to work over the scar, some can be super difficult to work on.

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Victoria Kim 2 years ago

Intriguing imagery.

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Bo de Best 2 years ago

I love this one!

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Laury M. 2 years ago

I love tattoos that follow the curves/shape of the body :D

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Mutiara Krissanti 2 years ago

what is the meaning of the triangle?

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Sonia Leroux 2 years ago

nicely done

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Andrea Van Delden 2 years ago

When I see your scars I feel your pain. When I see your tattoo I feel your strength!

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Bea Albe 2 years ago

From cocoon to butterfly!

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AG Aps 2 years ago

Wow,, that's gorgeous!

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Fred Vanderbom 2 years ago

This tattoo gives me a good start for my stomach scar - thanks!

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criminalgirl 2 years ago

That's superb surgery by the way, perfect closure. Pity no colour in the rose.

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Crystal Guider 2 years ago

Love it!

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Crystal Guider 2 years ago

Amazing how the vines are used to cover the scaring. It just makes it appear 3d. It really gives it life.

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