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16 Iconic Transformations Of Scars Into Beautiful Tattoos

A list of beautiful transformations people have chosen to undertake, turning traumatic memories into pieces of art

Letting go of those bad, traumatic events needs a strong-headed person to look forward to turning pain into strength.

What can you do? Well, for a starter… There is no perfect body. However, getting that scar covered with a new tattoo will boost your self-confidence!

Repurpose scars into cool artwork! That’s precisely what some people have done, of course, with the help of the tattoo artist Raquel Gauthier.

Viral Strange has collected 16 beautiful pieces that make iconic transformations.


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scar cover up tattoo
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scar cover up tattoo
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scar cover up tattoo
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scar cover up tattoo
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scar cover up tattoo
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scar cover up tattoo
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scar cover up tattoo
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scar cover up tattoo
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scar cover up tattoo
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scar cover up tattoo
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scar cover up tattoo
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What do you think about these transformations? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!

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  1. Scars be be a way of remembering a life changing event & of course some don’t like to remember those times so what’s more perfect than getting a beautiful tattoo on the other hand if you are thinking about getting a tattoo please do your research on the right artist because some are charlitons & don’t know how to tattoo never mind tattooing scared skin because it is harder to do it can be thinner & thicker on the same scar & god for bid you end up with a tattoo that looks worse than the scar.

      • It hurts anyway. But to tat people, we sorta look forward to the “pain”. After 3 or 4….no biggie. Didn’t notice when he got to my scar. He always asks if I’m 👍

    • I recently had a triple bypass surgery that was necessitated by discovery of 2 main Arteries that were completely blocked and the 3rd was 95% blocked. I now have a vertical scar where my Sternum was cut and opened.
      After all checks out I am considering a Christian tattoo with JESUS on the Cross 6″ to 7″ over my scar and my prayer to keep in my heart that he saved.
      I am truly impressed with the magical and skilled craftsmanship in these wonderfully imagined and crafted tattoos by these fantastic Artists.

      • Glad you’re feeling better. You’ll need to wait a good while at least a year maybe even 18 months possibly even longer considering the length and type of scar you have before getting tattooed, even if it looks completely healed. That’s what I’ve been told by numerous tattoo artists after getting my ICD implanted (internal cardiac defibrillator).

      • I have the same scar almost from my throat to naval. I already had a tat on each side of my chest. I’m concerned about how long I need to stop blood thinners.

  2. I have many little scars from Lupus sores ony arms, legs & even breats. They’re quite prominent & this is the perfect way to cover them up. I’m embarrassed to even go out in public without being fully covered. My only concern is, there’s lots of little scars that cover the whole forearm & my legs are from ankle to thigh. Don’t want a full arm or leg tat. These tats are beautiful. Props to the artists & people that had the courage to get them done.

    • If it bothers you…do it. Only for you, not for others. To me, time fades them in my mind.
      Scars are a badge of honor. I’ve quite a few. I earned them.

    • I have some of those too plus some quite prominent ones on my knees and one ankle from multiple surgeries, plus I keloided in a few of them. I don’t think I want a sleeve or full leg tat but the little ones make little flowers, bigger ones you could work out with your artist. Yes, I do consider these badges of honor but who is to say maybe it’s time to bury those memories and celebrate what is to come.

  3. I have lots of unsightly scars from Lupus sores & this would be the perfect way to cover them up. I’m embarrassed to even go out in public without being fully covered. Only concern is, there’s lots of little scars that cover the forearm & my ankle to thigh. I don’t want a full tat on both legs, so maybe a vine like some I’ve seen. Such beautiful tats. Now I have to decide what designs to do.

    • Here is a few ideas for you.
      1) A seeded dandelion with it seedlings blown in the air.
      2) A group of butterflies tastefully flying by a vine or flower.
      3). A flock of birds over The horizon big a sunset.

    • Hi Diane A, I’d say to get lots of references from friends, relatives etc on who they use if you like their tats. Also check online referrals like Yelp etc. Obviously you need to get a tattoo artist that is well-versed in covering scars & is also extremely talented who makes realistic designs. Most tattoo artists I’ve seen love to come up with their own designs to sketch up for you to approve. If you have an idea of the type you’d like to get, like florals in this article, they can provide you with a new design that you’ll be happy with. I hope you find someone great to create a cover-up that you’re happy with!

  4. Awesome work. I just got some great ideas and I am so glad to see something we can use to cover things we don’t like on our bodies at least for me anyway. Now I know what I’m going to do with the scars on my body.

  5. All of them were awesome and amazing. I have a scar all the way down my spine from two surgeries on my back and would love to get something like this done someday. Thanks for the inspiration 😊.

    • Which photo do you think that about? I thought the foot one, the last one because in the 1st pic the toes look different like a man’s and the big toe is a whole toenail bigger than the toe beside but not in the next pic or could just be the angle??

  6. Diane A,
    Since you mentioned that they were all little scars, you could do a few things depending on your own style, of course. I am a girly girl and love hearts and roses for example. You could something like a bouquet of roses or whatever flower you prefer on breast to cover that one, and then smaller falling flowers or just the pedals falling down your body from there… but since you said there’s lots, doing a theme like that, I think would look cool. Maybe even mix up hearts, flowers, all different colors done with the water color effect. Don’t like hearts/flowers, how about stars ✨ or celestial type theme, could have comets, shooting stars, the moon, etc. Of course, it just comes down to something you really really like and would want on your body forever. How about your favorite animal and have paw prints so it looks like they were just walking on you… Soo many options of small things to do a theme that wouldn’t look weird.

  7. Depending on the location of the scar and most scars are extremely sensitive….really depends tho….I am very surprised no one or the person that posted these have answered your question….that is concerning as well. Well I hope this answer has helped in one way or another.

    • My scars are numb to the touch, so I’m thinking it’d just feel kinda weird and gross lol I have a scar that was supposed to be covered by a tattoo, but the tattoo artist told me they don’t hold ink???so it’s very close to the scar and it just felt really weird.

  8. Hi I have unsightly scars on my stomach an love to get it tattooed, but have a few more surgeries to go but when I’m done I will have it all tattoo over

  9. Be proud of your scars! This is a beautiful way we can be proud of our wounds! You couldn’t say any one of them was ugly after the tattoo! I have seen a couple of large jobs women have had done after breast removal, there are some very talented people around!

  10. How bad does it hurt on scar tissue? I have a scar similar to the longer one on the woman’s thigh and just touching a part of the scar makes me want to pass out and I’ve wanted to cover it up since it happened

  11. Many years over 20 yrs ago I slit my wrist. When my son was 5 and daughter was not even a year old yet I had the scare covered with a infinity love tattoo. I didn’t won’t my children asking what that scar was. I was in a bad marriage and in a dark time back then.

  12. This are amazing! This tattoo artist gave those people truly happiness. Now they are free os scars covered by a beautiful artistic drawing. Good job.excellent artist

  13. whoever this tattoo artist is has to get a bigger range of pictures for his cover-ups because all these tattoo’s are the same thing he just adds more leaves or branches to the cover-up he really needs to branch out, ha, ha, ha,

  14. For everyone who asks who the artist is, and where they are located… it has a link under each of the pictures giving her credit and taking you to her post for each. She is located in São Paulo, Brazil it says.

  15. These are amazing transformations. I have had both hips totally replaced, but that seems to be a VERY sensitive area to get what may be a very painful tattoo. Has anybody had tattoos done on or near the hip bone?

    • Honestly, any tattoo you would get over a scar on any part of the body is going to be more painful than tattooing healthy skin.
      The artist is literally stabbing needles into super fine tissue that could tare very easily. Granted, if you have an artist that knows what they are doing they would be extremely careful and use as little pressure as possible. (Con about that is the tattoo will fade quicker because the ink isn’t as far into the skin)
      Instead of asking people online, do some of your own research. A 2 minute Google search can tell you LOTS. 💯👍🏼
      Good luck.

  16. I have surgery scars in 5 different places that I’ve thought of covering. And most places are in this story… not I know it can be done correctly with research 🧐… these are beautiful 💕🌹

    • What does that even mean? Like scaring literally on your heart inside your chest? Or scaring on the outside of the body on skin?

      Also you would have better luck doing a Google search for “tattoo artists that cover scars”
      “Scar covering tattoo artists near me”
      Or even
      “Top rated tattoo artists in my area”
      Good luck 👍🏼

  17. I have lots of scars from 8 operations. They are the roadmap to town ‘Me’. I wouldn’t want to cover them and I’ve been through enough pain without adding this to the mix!

  18. I was going to get tattoos to cover up the scars from my orif surgery on my ankle but the surgeon did such a good job and I took such good care of my skin that the scars healed and are completely invisible you would never even know the plates and screws were there without feeling them

  19. These are all beautiful. It must be so freeing and confidence boosting to have the scars covered. I do wonder however how painful it might be. I know no tattoo is pain free but the skin in my old scars if very thin and sensitive.

  20. I have scars halfway down my right arm from almost losing my arm in a car accident almost 6 years ago this would be perfect for me cause I’ve always been self conscious about my scars….I died 3 times from that accident and my fiancee tells me to wear them proudly cause not many people can die 3 times and live to tell their story he says it’s my choice to cover them if I want them covered

  21. Incredible transformation!! Great job. I have several scars from 9 surgeries just on my stomach. I don’t have a tattoo and I’m sure it would cost too much for me. They are beautiful tho!

  22. Thank you so much for opening the minds of the world, with this magnificent art. Restoring self esteem to those who are drifting in a sea of the (so called) beautiful people is the greatest gift. Their beauty was always there, however now they can really SHINE!! Kellie from Canada

  23. I have a feather tattooed on the scar of my appendix surgery………….scar is invisible but I’ve got pregnant twice after it………now its changed to an ostrich feather or some other big *ss bird……..

  24. The last one is two different feet!! I’m dying laughing! Those two feet look absolutely nothing alike, the size is different, bone structure is different, and skin tone is different. 2 of those things CANNOT CHANGE so they are obviously 2 different peoples feet!!

    • I have serious large
      large burns scars on my legs from knee down. My
      incredibly capable artist said to me that I would be difficult to cover one graft as it’s behind my knee and the skin is loose and soft. Instead I opted to get a full back tattoo to celebrate the end of 3 years of burns treatment – an angel rising from flames.

  25. I had an accident on my longboard…i have an scar on my face like Kratos lmao, i don’t know what should I do but seeing all this powerful girls I feel motivated…but at the same time I like my scar I don’t feel ashamed …love ppl

    • Look up Willie’s Tropical Tattoo (Ormond Beach FL) artist Ron Gray. He has done beautiful 3-d looking nipples to full chest coverups. Look for “Artist Ron Gray/Daytona Beach”

  26. I never cared much for the tattoos of long ago, but they have become more creative and I love the idea if it doesn’t arm the thinner scarred skin. I wouldn’t mind getting a large scar on my leg covered if I could find a good artist or even a temporary transfer. These transformations are beautiful.

  27. I had three surgeries on my right breast to remove a tumor and reconstructive surgery. I had a big scar on my breast. 2010 I went to Lucky Draw Tattoo in Kennesaw and had a beautiful rose to cover it up

  28. I’m rather adverse to tattoos, particularly on women already blessed with beautiful skin. However, I’m all for ones like these that hide scarring or other unsightly ailments.

  29. Wonderful tat artist to cover and beautify these various types, sizes and locations of scars. Especially the excellent disguising of the deep, wide and long scaring. I’m fair skinned with long thin scars on my knees and legs from knee replacements and a revision but my surgeon was precise, so they did all eventually heal flat and without any reddening. However, I’m a woman of a certain age and edema often causes my feet and legs to swell. This makes small blue veins and red capillaries form around my ankles. This is most unattractive and I’m going to see if any local tattoo artists have experience with and ideas for doing tats in this area of the body. Better run it by my doctor too.

  30. That’s amazing how much better a tattoo of all things covers these scars and hopefully help the people that have been dealing with scars whether it be emotionally troublesome or just embarrassing for them. All of them looked beautiful and hopefully the people wearing them will also feel as beautiful as they look!!

  31. So beautiful rather then concentrating on the daily haunts of the negative, greeted by such beauty. I’m in. Any way of finding out where the tattoos were created? By whom? Congratulations 🎊