Scars can be permanent reminders of abuse; tattoo artist Flavia Carvalho refused to accept that. Her project, The Skin of the Flower, focuses on giving victims free tattoos to cover their scars. For the past three years, Carvalho has covered scars from knives, bullets, and even mastectomies. She's taking these painful memories and turning them into something beautiful and empowering.
Flavia Carvalho runs the project out of her studio in Curitiba, Brazil. "I started the project quite recently, and I had no idea it would receive this much media attention,” Carvalho told Huffington Post. “It began very spontaneously. As I said, my services are a hundred percent voluntary, and the only “cost” women need to invest is to choose a design for their tattoos!”
“It all started about two years ago, when I worked with a client who wanted to cover a large scar on her abdomen”
“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”
“When she saw the finished tattoo, she was extremely moved, and that deeply touched me”
“The one that shocked me the most was the story of a 17 year-old girl who dated an older man and, for months, suffered from the physically abusive relationship”
“When he wanted to break up with her, he scheduled a meeting, and after they began to fight, he stabbed her several times in her abdomen, and violently raped her”
She also performs tattoos free of charge for women who have had mastectomies
This tattoo covers up scar tissue caused by a bullet wound
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