We already published an article about tattoos covering up birthmarks and another one about inking over scars so we figured why not do a piece that combines the two together. After all, millions of people have blemishes on their skin that they’re not excited about and there are plenty of ways to transform them into works of art.

This list by Bored Panda is full of beautiful, funny, and simply genius designs that ‘healed’ old body wounds and marks. And maybe a few mental bruises that came with them as well. So scroll down to check them out for yourself, upvote your favorites, you know how it goes.

#1 The Most Meaningful Tattoo I’ve Ever Done. Scar Cover-Up For This Amazing Woman. I Have No Words To Describe This Process

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#2 Scar Tattoo

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#3 Turning Scar To Fishbone

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#4 Finally Done Something With My Scar

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#5 This Is Genius

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#6 This Was Fun

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#7 This Is A 40-Year-Old Scar And We Covered It With Some Cherry Blossoms And Butterflies

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#8 Got To Do This Rad Wine Glass To Work With A Birthmark Today

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#9 Check Out This Amazing Before And After Photo By Our Artist, Gustavo

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#10 My Nephew Finally Had His Burning Scars Covered With A Tattoo. I Am So Proud Of My Boy! Made Me Smile And Also Made Me Cry Of Happiness

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#11 Very Interesting Custom Project Around A Scar. I Guess I Could Call It “Scar Upcycling”

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#12 Lily On A Rock. Design Is Based On The Client’s Birthmark

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#13 A Camouflage Of Childhood Domestic Burn

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#14 Something A Bit Different. Outlined A Good Friend’s Of Mine Birthmark

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#15 Sometimes It Is Enough To Cleverly Integrate A Scar Instead Of Covering It

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#16 Hooked

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#17 I Have No Words To Describe How Much I Was Looking Forward To Doing This Work And All That Are To Come

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#18 Make The Most Of What You’ve Got

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#19 We Continued A Project That I Really Enjoyed And Was Excited To Do. A Sleeve Of Snowflakes Between Birthmarks That Have Become Clouds

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#20 Scar’s Cover

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#21 This Scar Cover-Up Tattoo

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#22 No Scars Are Impossible, They Just Need The Right Solution

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#23 Scars Are Tattoos With Better Stories

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#24 This Is What I Call An Amazing Idea. Done On The Base Of A Natural Body Mark

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#25 Paw Print Tattoo Around A Birthmark

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#26 My Dog Running Across My Scar

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#27 First Session Of A Scar Cover-Up Completed, Still Need To Add Cherry Blossoms And Background

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#28 Scar Butterfly

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#29 I Had The Opportunity To Work On And Especially With This Pretty Scar Which Served As A Bench For Monsieur Le Baron

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#30 Without A Doubt The Most Fun I’ve Ever Done

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#31 What Do You Do With An Awkward Scar? Add Patrick Tattoo

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#32 Simple Rainbow Concept

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#33 Little Scar Cover From 2013

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#34 Watercolour Scar Cover-Up

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#35 Within 1 Hour A Birthmark Turns Into A Moustache. Oh My God, We Had So Much Fun

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#36 Should I Regret Or Ask Myself Are You Dead Yet?

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#37 Here’s My New Trans Tattoo To Go With My Top Surgery Scars. I Am In Love

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#38 After 6 Years, Many Laser Scar Removal Treatments, Scar Strips And So, I Decided To Get A Tattoo Over My Scars And Loving The Result

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#39 Scar Cover-Up Tattoo

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#40 Birthmark Transformed Into A Cherry

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#41 Welding This Long Scar

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#42 This Is An Incredible Cover-Up

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#43 The Process Of Closing The Scars

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#44 Covered Up Old Self-Harm Scars With My First Tattoo

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#45 Knife As A Scar Cover-Up

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#46 Scar Tattoo Cover-Up

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#47 C-Section Tattoo Cover-Up

Cúc chose to tattoo chrysanthemum because it’s her favorite color and also her name in Vietnamese.

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#48 Scar Cover-Up

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#49 Update On My Tattoo That Covers A Bad Nip, An Old Tattoo, And Some Top Surgery Scars

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#50 Scar Cover-Up

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#51 One Way To Work Around A Scar

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#52 Friends Tattoo Covering Self-Harm Scar. 15 Months Sober Stronger Now. They Were There For Me. I Commit To Be There For My Friends

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#53 So, Aurelie Came To Me To A Flower Tattoo On Her Wrist Before. Today She Came With A Particular Project About Her Scar

It’s something that she never really accepted, even if she got her scar when she was a little little kid. Some stuff goes with time, other don’t. So we talked about what she wanted to do with it, and she told me about a quote from a French song from Saez, with a word play about sewing silk (soie) and ourself (soi). It made me think of a similar wordplay that I love in a beautiful song from Dooz Kawa, and finally, the project draw itself to end as what you can see! I was very touched to be the one to work on this project. I love scar project tattooing, and I knew it was really hard for her to let someone work on it, but she’s definitely a very strong women and she was awesome!

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#54 Scar Cover-Up

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#55 Just Got A Lightsaber Tattoo To Add To An Old Scar

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#56 Tattoo Scar Cover-Up 3 Years Post-Op

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#57 Scar Cover-Up. Really Pleased With This Delicate Piece

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#58 Delicate Work On The Scar, Very Happy With The Result, Thanks To Sandra For Trusting Me With This

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#59 Camouflage With A Deep Scar Tissue Loss

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#60 So My Sister Has Wanted Her Birth Mark Covered For A While Now And So She Wanted This

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#61 Thanks To My Client For Coming In To Get This Floral Scar Distraction Piece

We went with something a little simplistic and instead of trying to hide the scars just tried to incorporate them into the design. The take away is that the blood we have spilled in sadness can water a beautiful garden of joy if you only allow room for growth. Let’s be thankful for this day of life.

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#62 Birth Mark Tattoo

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#63 Think Twice

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#64 Covering The Scar After Unsuccessful Tattoo Removal. One Big Session

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#65 Turning Lemons Into Wine

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#66 Highlighted Her Birthmark Rather Than Covering Entirely. It’s So Meaningful To Me When Clients Tell Me That My Works Give Them Confidence Boosts. Love You All

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#67 On A Large Surgical Scar On The Arm I Tattooed A Rose Dreamcatcher

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#68 Scar Tattoo Cover-Up

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#69 Birthmark Into This Bold Sunflower Tattoo

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#70 Got This Tattoo To Cover-Up Self-Harm Scars. I Started Self-Harming When I Was In 6th Grade All The Way Up Until My Sophomore In College. So Far I’ve Been 4 Years Self-Harm Free

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#71 Just Got This Tattoo Over Some Scars, Thought Y’all Might Appreciate It

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#72 Tattoo, That Turn Birthmark Into Piece Of Art

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#73 Got Tattooed Around Some Fresh Scarring From A Suicide Attempt. It’s The Burning Bush From Moses’ Story In Exodus. It Represents That, Going Forward, I Will Not Be Consumed

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#74 Got Tired Of Seeing My Ugly Scar, So I Covered It Up

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#75 Salmon Anatomy

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#76 Stacie Was So Happy To Get To Do These Tattoos For This Client

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#77 What To Do With A Mean-Looking Shoulder Scar? Zip It Up, Zip It Up

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#78 Tattoo Cover-Up For Old Scars

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#79 Scar Cover

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#80 Scar Cover. Would Love To Do More

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#81 There Are Two Marks On Our Skin That Are Forever: Scars And Tattoos

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#82 Scar Coverage. This Work Is Part Of My Project: “Covering Scars”

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#83 My New Scar Coverup

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#84 Scar Cover-Up

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#85 There Are Times When A Tattoo Can Serve A Useful Function. For Example, Covering Scars. This Is Especially True For Those With Large Scars That Create Aesthetic Discomfort For The Wearer

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#86 Got A Cover-Up Tattoo For The Scars On My Right Arm, I’m So Happy With The Result

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#87 Fish And Scars For Fisherman

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#88 Coverage Of Scars That Happened On Luciene, Thank You For Your Trust

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#89 Covered A Pair Of Scars On One Brave Lady

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#90 I Engraved A Lizard With A Very Long Tongue To A Customer Who Wants To Become A Grandfather With A Funny Wound In The Future

I hope the lizard becomes a lucky charm.

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#91 Love Your Scars, They Are The Map Of Your Life, The Path Traveled And The Certainty That You Are Stronger Than You Thought

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#92 Zip It Up

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#93 Scar Tattoo

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#94 Fish Tattoo Blending In With The Scar

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#95 Lil Smiley Tattoo I’ve Made Out Of Birthmarks 2 Days Ago

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#96 Finished Up This Piece For Logan The Other Day! Thanks For Your Trust

Working with scarring is a specialty of mine – surgery, self-harm and accidents. I’m a strong believer in the transformative power of tattooing and this is just one of the many ways I can put it into action. It is a slow process and varies greatly person to person as minimizing skin damage and managing client’s pain is always key.

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#97 Flowers Covering Scars

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#98 Tiny Reminder To Smile Today And Enjoy Life. Love It When People Come With Ideas That Match So Well With Their Unique Bodies And Birthmarks

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