And who says people get tattoos only for passion! We indeed need to draw inspiration from these courageous people who got some very beautiful tattoos on themselves to cover or reclaim their self-harm scars after overcoming various mood and eating disorders. Be it a tiny minimalist kind or the huge and magnificent kind, it surely takes significant courage from within the soul for these people to come out of their storms and at least live the life they have been gifted with.
1. These beautiful splashes of colours
Just random colourful brushstrokes on paper make more enticing art than ever. So is this tattoo that the concerned got to cover her self-harm scars from her little brother who considers her to be his role-model. Sometimes your own kin can be the reason for living your life with utmost fervour. To be stepping out of your own shortcomings is indeed a matter of pride.
2. This royal blue butterfly and those blue roses.
The Butterfly project helped this person come out of five pathetic years of self harming and two dreaded suicide attempts. She has been strong for the last three years and got herself this tattoo depicting her favourite blue roses and the butterfly from the institution that helped her recover.
3. This anatomical heart with a “forever” inscription beneath.
She indeed is a strong example of how self harmers can win over depression and death. History of depression had existed since she was 11 and then she turned into self harming at a tender age of 18. She finally has decided to cover her scars with a sleeve tattoo and this heart is the core of it all depicting heart conditions that run in her family.
4. This sign of adaptability-the thriving willow tree.
An extended period of depression, severe anxiety and self-harm finally made this brave woman conquer over those fears to make this willow tree over her scars. She claims to have chosen it owing to its unique ability of survival in extreme conditions.
5. These vivid fishes and flowers as rewards for not harming.
This self harmer promised to get a tattoo to cover her scars for every year she remained off self harm. She has been free of self harm since 15 years to today.
6. This sweet sprouting plant tattoo.
Shit happens to everyone, but what matters is if whether you choose to stay or simply grow out of it. This victim of self harm decided to do this adorable tattoo to cover two of the self harm scars representing growth and a new beginning to life.
7. This beautiful symbol depicting recovery from anorexia nervosa.
This beautiful abstract tattoo is how the victim has incorporated everything that has helped her recover into one elegant tattoo. The symbol in the centre is the logo of the association; National Eating Disorder Association (NEDA) who help spread awareness and raise money for such disorders. The butterfly depicts the name of the house she stayed at in Spain during her treatment for Anorexia. She intentionally got the tattoo to cover her scars as well as to create awareness about the taboos on eating disorders and self harm.
8. This sincere plea from a distressed soul.
She grew up strongly out of suicidal tendencies accompanying depression and self harm to decide for a tattoo that reminds herself of staying stronger than her disorders.
9. This cute Leo constellation tattoo.
She got this cute tattoo of her own zodiac sign after years of struggle with anorexia, depression, anxiety, suicide attempts, and self-harm, that depicts that one should love their own body.
10. This symbol as a reminder to never cut again.
Regina Spektor’s song “Braille” is all about the scars that are a result of the struggles in our individual lives. After getting prescribed with anti-psychotics following her first suicide attempt, this victim decided to save herself from self harm and promised to never cut again.
11. This subtle yet poignant quote.
The elegant quote is what this lupus patient got on the scars made during an eating disorder at a tender age of 16.
12. This geometric detailing within the flower
To cover the scars with something this detailed and beautiful is much relieving to watch every day in place of those depressing and painful scars.
13. This unique cat tattoo.
This person has been into cutting herself deep enough in an attempt to suicide just to get multiple layers of stitches. She had tattoos on various other places on her body and this time she decided to make this super cool kitty to cover her major scar.
14. These inspirational song lyrics that remind to keep fighting.
This indeed is an ideal way of accepting that life is much more beautiful than what depression can do to destroy a soul. These are lyrics of the song ‘Failing Is Not Just for Failures’ that the self harmer got to remind herself of her strength to keep fighting.
15. This powerful brown ink tattoo.
She cut herself on her arms because she hated herself for not being loyal to her boyfriend. She finally decides to stay strong and not let her inner demons consume her. In the centre is the Manipura Chakra depicting the importance of self esteem surrounded by the mandala which represents self-unity and finally the outermost compass which gives a sense of direction.
16. This rising phoenix tattoo.
She survived self harm for 11 long years until finally recently she made up to a full year without any self harm. She now got this phoenix depicting her survival from the ashes of her own self.
17. This pretty white-ink heart from the remains of a self harm scar.
That sure must have taken significant determination to conquer over blemishes of self harm and transform them into something this elegant. This tattoo was actually a scar that the victim decided to get traced with white ink to represent self love.
18. This lovable note from a sweet grandparent.
The victim got this tattoo inscribed in the handwriting of her late grandmother as a reward from her mother in return of staying off any self harm for a year.
19. This beautiful rose with thorns.
The victim got this beautiful rose with leaves tattoo as a symbol of growth to cover up her cigarette burn scars.
20. These swift branches and the acorns.
This massive branches and acorns tattoo sleeve is what the person got done after living free off self harm for 5 years. This counts as some motivation to not do any self harming since that might ruin the tattoo.
21. This serene landscape.
After getting inspired from a Vancouver tattoo convention, the victim decided to have it and so the artist turned the sad scars into really spectacular landscape.
22. These seeds flying away from dandelion.
Dandelions represent not only a free flying soul but also healing and recovery.
23. This silent depicter of overcoming challenges.
Mountains symbolize encouragement and willpower to conquer new heights.
24. This overtly bloomed flower.
Beauty can indeed come out of pain and this is exactly what the huge petals of this gorgeous black inked rose say.
25. This brief reminder of who you are.
Because moving in the positive direction is but, a necessity initiated and has to be maintained.
26. This sweet message from parents.
This is the victim’s parents’ handwriting saying “love yourself”.
27. Inspiration from Lord of the Rings for this pair.
The shoulder tattoo over a stab scar translates to “love never fails in Elvish”. The other one having shards of a sword remind the power of healing and rising.
28. This magnificent blooming peony.
She has been a chronic victim of self harm and sexual abuse since childhood. She got this tattoo as a symbol of recovery from her disorders.
29. This powerful anchor with a powerful declaration.
With this brave and giant anchor, the victim refuses to sink into emotional pain.
30. This rose and its accompanying reminder.
The inspirational verse and the beautiful rose form a unique combination and depict the “never give up” attitude.
31. This beautiful cat ears version of a semicolon.
Diagnosed with borderline personality disorder, this victim hides her cigarette burn scars with a cat ears semicolon.
32. These pulse waves and a simple statement.
This is a Sylvia Plath inspiration that keeps motivating this victim to love herself and be fine with what she is.
33. This dark feather.
The black feather commemorates the life of a recently departed soul, in the victim’s case, a friend who died of intentional drug overdose. The inspiration was from the lyrics of song “Blackbird” by Beatles.
34. This sacred tattoo depicting a Hindu goddess.
Maa Durga is one of the greatest warriors Hindu mythology has ever seen and this tattoo inspires the victim to stay strong and keep fighting. It was designed by her ex lover to cover her self-mutilation scars.