Casablanca - A scar lasts a lifetime and is a constant reminder of what has happened.
Casablanca – A scar lasts a lifetime and is a constant reminder of what has happened.
For victims of violence or serious illnesses, scars are often an ordeal that they have to relive on a daily basis. Flavia Carvalho, a tattoo artist from Brazil decided to help a client’s disfigured skin (due to gunshot wounds, knife wounds, open fractures and mastecomy-surgery to remove a breast) by covering scars with beautiful tattoo designs.
Without payment, Carvalho stitches the tattoos on female scars as a sign of strength and beauty. Equally important to note, the aim is to give these women a new sense of life without feeling ashamed of their skin and story. By turning their scars into something beautiful, these women can move on and learn to accept themselves for the way they look.
Moreover, in 2012 Flavia Carvalho founded the project ‘A Pele Da Flor’ (in English: The Skin of the Flower) in her tattoo studio located in the city of Curitiba in southeastern Brazil. In her studio, Carvalho welcomes every woman that wants to hide a traumatising scar without charge.
In an interview with the Huffington Post, the artist said that “everything started when a woman asked me to cover a large scar on her abdomen with a tattoo. She was stabbed by a man in a nightclub. When the woman saw the finished tattoo, she was so happy … that has touched me very much.”
From then on, Carvalho’s idea was born. However, the generous tattoo artist never really thought that the national and international feedback would be so great, which she explained in the following way to Huffington Post: “I started the project in order to help women victims of crime. I never thought that this would receive so much media attention…”
Many of the victims were either sexually abused, in an abusive relationship or are cancer survivors. Thus, the tattoo artist used her talent to “erase” the scars of the negative experience by covering them into artworks.