20 Inspired Tattoos That Transform Scars Into Stunning Artworks

As well as leaving a physical mark, some scars can leave damaging psychological effects on our bodies. It’s no wonder, then, that so many people decide to cover them up or to incorporate them into tattoos. And when they do, the results can be absolutely stunning.

This ingenious tattoo may seem like an over-the-top solution for a pretty insignificant scar, but there’s nothing like making the most of an opportunity. And that’s exactly what this woman has done, incorporating her raised scar into a design that sees a feather strapped to her leg.

Permanent scars don’t have to mean the end of the world. All you need is a little creativity. And that’s exactly what this inspired individual had when he gave his surgical scar some inked-on stitches using a tattooed needle and thread. Indeed, his wound’s sewn straight up.

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It doesn’t get much cooler than turning your scar into half a tiger. In fact, it’s truly inspiring to see people making the most of their situation with stunning pieces of artwork like this. Though it helps, of course, to have a great tattoo artist.

While anyone who’s ever gone through open heart surgery might well cringe at the sight of a scalpel anywhere near their sternum, this guy has faced the reality of his situation head on. And the results are phenomenal.

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When you have such a uniquely shaped scar, you need a tattoo that complements it. And that’s exactly what this woman has had done, with a beautiful flower that fits the shape of her wound perfectly. Indeed, it’s almost like it was meant to be.

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Rather than disguising her scar, this creatively-minded individual has instead used it to comic effect. It takes someone who’s truly proud of their scars to be so bold about incorporating it into their body art.

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Some scars are too huge to do anything truly practical with. And that’s when you have to start thinking outside the box – like this tattoo genius. Indeed, who would have thought that a full spinal scar could be the basis for something so beautiful?

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Clad entirely in black armor, Darth Vader was – we presume – tragically unable to have tattoos. If he had had them, though, we feel pretty confident that they would look like this. Yes, this is a tattoo that any Lord of the Sith would be proud to have on their body. Or any Star Wars fan, we guess.

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If you’re artistically-minded enough – or know a tattoo artist who is – then no scar is too unsightly to turn into something beautiful. And while there’s no doubt that there’s some extra pain involved in tattooing over a scar, it’s totally worth it when the results are as good as this.

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Girls star Lena Dunham has plenty of tattoos, but none are quite as inspiring as this one. Indeed, skater Laura Caswell riding one of the actress’ endometriosis scars is, as she put it on Instagram, a powerful “reminder that we came here to rip s**t up.”

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Matching the tattoo to the shape of the scar isn’t always easy, particularly if said scar covers almost your entire arm. Nevertheless, it seems that nothing can hold back the creativity of some people – or their tattoo artists. And the results are inspirational.

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Arguably, this tattoo only draws further attention to this woman’s spinal scar. The takeaway, therefore, is that she’s proud of who she is and of her body – and there’s nothing more inspiring or beautiful than that, is there?

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Of course, body art doesn’t need to be large and extravagant to have an impact – so even tiny scars can receive the tattoo treatment. Indeed, sometimes the smallest pieces can be the most elegant – like this serpent coiled around a vertical scar.

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Not all scars are made the same, so it can be difficult to figure out a good way to cover them up or to incorporate them into tattoos. These skin indentations, for instance, could have been a major cause of concern for this woman – if it wasn’t for this genius design, that is.

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Sometimes you’ve just got to face your situation head on and tackle it with the humor that it requires. A case in point, this hilariously simple tattoo creates a full zipper along the back of this woman’s neck. Let’s just hope that nobody tries to pull it…

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It’s almost like this scar was destined to be turned into a tattoo. In fact, it’s an absolutely perfect fit. While nobody genuinely wants to have scars blemishing their body – no matter whether chicks really do dig them – sometimes everything just works itself out.

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This is an absolutely genius way of making the most of what was undoubtedly a curiously shaped scar. And the quote is totally appropriate, too: a resigned acceptance of the scar – and life – while also making the most of it.

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Scars don’t have to be deep or particularly gruesome for you to be able to turn them into awesome tattoos. In fact, as this woman proves, even simple skin blemishes can be improved dramatically with the addition of ink.

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As large and extravagant tattoos go, this must be right up there with the best. And that’s before you even consider the fact that it’s a masterful way to cover up dozens of scars. We can’t imagine it was particularly pleasant having this done over them, but the result is totally worth it.

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Sometimes it’s just not possible to incorporate your scar into a tattoo in a meaningful way but, thankfully, you can always cover it up. And with this beautiful explosion of color, you’d never know there was a scar underneath at all.

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