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Tattoo Shop News

Posted by: The Tattoo Shop on May 12, 2015

For most, tattoos are an expression of identity. But for others, getting inked can be a way to feel more confident after a difficult time. Many people are now turning to tattoos to cover up scars and marks on their bodies, transforming them into something beautiful. Let’s find out more about this unconventional but inspiring use for body art.

Tattoos to Cover Mastectomy Scars

Tattoos can help mastectomy patients to transform the scars left after surgery. Recently, an Australian tattoo artist uploaded an image of a woman who, after a double mastectomy, had her scarred breasts covered in flowers. The image was shared over 14,000 times in 24 hours.

From floral pieces to lace-inspired designs, tattoos are making a difference to how people see their mastectomy scars, turning them from something they may feel self-conscious about into something amazing. Tattoos can help women to get through their experience of breast cancer and regain their femininity.

Disguising Stretch Marks & Birthmarks

However, there are many more ways in which tattoos can be used to turn wounds into works of art. Cover-up tattoos can also help to camouflage birthmarks, burns, surgery scars and more. Depending on the type and size, a tattoo can almost completely hide a scar or disguise it using colour, design and positioning.

From mothers looking to transform their stretch-marked stomachs or caesarean scars, to those who want to hide reminders of painful injuries, tattoos allow people to obtain a body they love and are proud of.

Cover Up Tattoos

How to Get the Best Results

The key to getting a great cover up tattoo is to find an experienced and reputable artist. A well-trained tattooist will understand your needs and help you to design something suitable and beautiful to disguise your scar.

To get the best results, scars need time to heal before being inked. The length depends on the extent of the injury and the individual’s body, but can be anywhere from a few months to years. When it comes to getting inked, there will be some limits to tattooing over scars; scarred skin is different in texture so it holds ink less effectively. This means it may not be possible to completely cover the scar, but there’s still a lot that can be done to transform it. A good tattoo artist will be able to use colour, texture and layout to disguise a scar or mark and make it much less noticeable.

But what design should you go for? When it comes to covering scars, stretch marks and birthmarks, organic designs with depth and a variety of colour are best. While lettering and tribal tattoos are great, they’re not usually recommended for cover ups as they often leave spaces where scars are still visible.

Tattoos are not just a form of body art: they can also help us to love our bodies, scars and all. If you have a scar that you would like to hide, would you consider getting it inked?

Photo Credit: Tudno Media Group

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