scar tattoos
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The marks and scars on your body tell your life story. 

Whether you acquired a few stretch marks from a life-creating pregnancy, bravely overcame a period of self-harm, or had a major surgery that left you with a deep scar or two, these new "additions" remind you of the times you were able to get through and prove just how tough you are.

So don't try to cover up your marks — embrace them. These stunning tattoos put the spotlight on your scars.

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A tattoo serves as a small reminder that each day is a blessing.

back scar tattoo
photo: Sortra
2

Who needs color when you can use your body's natural marks to fill in the outline?

stretch marks tattoos
photo: ModBlog
3

Use tattoos to frame your scars.

scar tattoo
photo: Sortra
4

Talk about a true "one-of-a-kind" design.

scar tattoo
photo: Instagram/@ruffenough
5

This serpent slithers around a perfectly imperfect scar.

snake scar tattoo
photo: Tumblr
6

Add a fish head and fin to turn your mark into a cheeky tattoo.

fish scar tattoo
photo: Pinterest/Mackenzie F
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Your scars help you see the stars.

scars tattoos
photo: Pinterest/Ninja Cosmico
8

Keep fighting.

scars tattoos
photo: Pinterest/Meredith Porter Simon
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Use your scars to help align your tattoos.

scars tattoos
photo: Pinterest/Maria Bianco
10

How cute is this clever ink?

scars tattoos
photo: Pinterest/Catraca Livre
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Scars signify strength.

scar tattoo
photo: Sortra
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This incredible mastectomy tattoo reminds us that the past was tough, but the future is promising.

mastectomy tattoo
photo: Garnettattoo.com
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You are strong, you are powerful, and you will persevere.

mastectomy tattoo
photo: Instagram/@brustkrebs_tattoos
14

Put your optimism on display.

scar tattoos
photo: Sortra
15

Hate your scar? Tell that voice inside your head to zip it.

scars tattoo
photo: Pinterest/Lauren VanHoose
16

Every rose has its thorns.

scar tattoo
photo: Instagram/@amo.one.tattoo
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Never forget: Your scars, bumps, and marks are beautiful.

scars tattoos
photo: Pinterest/Sara Dasugo