7 Tattoos That Cover Scars With Touching StoriesWhile many tattoos serve as just decorative or trendy forms of body art, many people who carry scars have found they can serve a more profound purpose.
Rather than being forced to be constantly reminded of a traumatic experience, the people below used tattoos to cover their scars. For some, it was an aesthetic decision to hide their scars. But for others, it was done to take ownership of and exhibit control over life-changing hardships that they had endured.
1. A Bluebird Covering Scars from Multiple Surgeries:
“My sophomore year of high school I fell during a trampoline routine at gymnastics practice and shattered my left arm. After eight months of surgeries… I was left with an arm that not only hurt constantly and didn’t work, but also didn’t look like my own. Surgeries to remove dead muscle and scar tissue had distorted my forearm, and the scars scattered across my arm and hand felt unsightly and ugly. This tattoo, my first, was a present to myself when I turned 18 as a way to reclaim my body after it had been irreparably damaged, and to turn my scars into something beautiful. I didn’t want to cover up the surgical scars because they were, and are, such an important part of who I am now, but I wanted to transform them into something I was proud of. The bird is an eastern bluebird.”
2. A Sleeve Piece Done to Cover Burns:
“I lost a bet in high school and let someone burn me with the metal end of a Bic lighter on my arm. It left a really noticeable scar so I started a half sleeve to cover it up.”
3. A Feather Covering Scars Resulting from an Abusive Relationship:
4. One Word Next to a Spinal Surgery Scar:
“Instead of hiding my scar, I decided to show it off. Last July I had scoliosis spinal reconstruction surgery, placing two titanium rods on either sides of my spine and fusing two-thirds of my spinal vertebrae into one large bone. This left me with a noticeable two-and-a-half-foot scar down the center of my back. I got the word ‘strength’ tattooed next to my scar. The ‘S’ is a tracing of my actual spine from an X-ray before my surgery. It took a lot of strength to recover from such a hard surgery and I want a constant reminder of that.”
5. The Symbol for Ovarian Cancer Following a Lumpectomy:
“On August 22, 2013, I had a mass removed from my right ovary. Three months later I got this tattoo not to cover my scar but to highlight it. I was lucky enough to have my results come back benign. My teal ribbon (a symbol for ovarian cancer) serves as a reminder for me to never forget how lucky I am. My experience made me a stronger person and shaped me into who I am today.”
6. A Straight Spine in Celebration of Overcoming Scoliosis:
“So let me start by saying my real spine has never looked and will never look like this. When I was 15 years old I was diagnosed with severe scoliosis — a 65-degree curve in my spine in the shape of an S. It was beyond correction with a brace and I was told that I would need surgery in order to live into adulthood. The surgery was incredibly invasive and involved straightening my spine and surgically planting two titanium rods on either side of my spine attached by 15 screws which were screwed directly into my vertebrae. The tattoo is from a medical textbook and spans 17” up my back, over my scar, which you can barely see. It is a symbol of my recovery and strength. My spine has never looked like that, nor will it ever look like that, it is simply the spine that I should’ve had.”
7. A Ribbon Covering a Tumor Removal Scar
“I had a bone tumor in my knee removed when I was 10. This is my ribbon that looks like it’s lacing me up.”