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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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John L
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7 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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

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Danika Strong
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7 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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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Nancy E
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7 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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

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person (i think)
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7 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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

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Nancy E
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7 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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

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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
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7 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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

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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
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7 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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
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7 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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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Annette Wendel
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7 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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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Lakia Hawkins
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7 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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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Luna Clara
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7 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Still I dont get why the internet (guidelines) are ok with a tattooed nipple (or male ones) but not with a real female one... *freedom for all nipples* btw really good job on this one :)

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Lakia Hawkins
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7 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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

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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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“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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Jhoa
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7 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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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7 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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

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Kira Thesloth
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7 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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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piggy panda
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7 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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

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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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Andrea Van Delden
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7 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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

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Fred Vanderbom
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7 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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

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criminalgirl
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7 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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

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Crystal Guider
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7 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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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Cathy Hurd
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2 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I'll have to remember this (I'm looking at a 3rd back surgery, 2 lumbar the next will be cervical)

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Emily Rose
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7 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I have a huge scar on my leg from multiple surgeries... these make me what to get tattooed so bad!

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Lux Lucis
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7 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I LOVE Pierce The Veil! A Match Into Water is one of my favorite songs, and I really, really love that quote. Probably my favorite one so far :)