Flavia Carvalho is a talented tattoo artist from Brazil. Like any other tattoo artist, it's common for Flavia to have clients who want to cover up or change an old tattoo.
Two years ago, one of Carvalho's clients wanted to do a different kind of cover up.
She wanted to cover up a very large scar on her abdomen. Carvalho soon learned that the woman got the scar after being violently attacked by a complete stranger.
"She told me that she was at a nightclub, and when she turned down a man who approached her, he stabbed her with an switchblade," Carvalho told the Huffington Post. "When she saw the finished tattoo, she was extremely moved, and that deeply touched me. I was suddenly struck by the idea of providing free tattoos to women who were left with scars following domestic violence or mastectomies. Each tattoo would act as an instrument for empowerment and a self-esteem booster."
Please note, the following images may be graphic for some readers.
Carvalho went through with her idea and started the 'A Pele da Flor' ('The Skin of the Flower') project. She'll tattoo over a scar that's the result of domestic abuse or a mastectomy free of charge.
Women from all over have contacted Carvalho to share both their stories and their scars. She has seen firsthand how remarkably different these women can feel about their bodies once their scars are covered up.
"It is wonderful to see how their relationship with their bodies changes after they get the tattoos," she told the Huffington Post. "I follow many of them on Facebook, and I see how, after being ashamed of their scarred bodies, they now post pictures in dresses, and they look happy, changed. It is transformative."
Not only is this project transformative for the women who receive the tattoo coverups, but it brings awareness to domestic abuse issues. It can be comforting for women to know that they're not alone and that they can turn something ugly, like a scar from the past, into something beautiful and empowering.
You can see more of Carvalho incredible work below:
This scar was the result of a woman being stabbed by her ex-boyfriend.
This scar was the result of a bullet fired by ex-boyfriend.
This scar is the result of being stabbed multiple times.
This woman had a mastectomy, after being diagnosed with breast cancer.
(H/T: Huffington Post)
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