Why This Tattoo Artist Is Offering Free Ink To Those With Scars From Past Self-Harm

Replacing pain with beauty.

Tattoo artist Whitney Develle from Brisbane recently offered free tattoos to all those with scars from self-harm.

She first got the idea when a friend told her about her own scars and how painful it was for people to ask her about them. Develle told 9 News in Australia that "no one should ever have to feel like a public museum for people to ridicule."

So many people were interested that she had to limit the free tattoos to 1 or 2 per week for the rest of the year.

Even though she can only do about 50 free tattoos, she explained that she will be offering a discount to others with self-harm scars.

To receive a tattoo, though, people can no longer be self-harming themselves.

 "Please have the courage to talk to a friend or family member about seeking professional help," she added, linking to beyondblue, an Australian support service for people with depression and anxiety. Mental Health America and the National Alliance on Mental Health can help refer people to similar services and resources based in the States.