What this tattoo artist does for domestic violence victims will touch your heart
Domestic violence is a very serious problem which has plagued almost every country in this world. Women and children especially become victim of this kind of violence due to factors ranging from money to simple violent egos of people who love to hurt others.
The violence not only leaves mental scars but also physical scars which provide remainders for life of the injustice placed on the victims. But one tattoo artist has decided to make those scars beautiful and more bearable for women who have been victim of such violence.
1 Domestic violence
Domestic violence is one of the many ugly faces of our society and relationship. There are also different types of domestic violence. It can be physical, mental and psychological.
Violence can be against women, men and children and it certainly isn’t acceptable in any form, shape or way in any country or society for that matter. And women, children and the men who suffer it seems to come out stronger than ever when they survive such horrific abuse for long and such people should be commended for their strength to finally come out and speak against them and get the much needed help.
The effects of domestic abuse require both medicine and therapy for a long time to come out of it in a healthy way.
2 The Tattoo Artist
Flavia Carvalho, a Brazilian tattoo artist, is proposing free tattoos for women who have gone through domestic partner violence or mastectomies. She covers their marks with elaborate, spectacular and personal designs.
Her project is called ‘A Pele da Flor’, a Portuguese expression that means ‘deeper than skin’, as well as having the more accurate translation ‘The skin of the flower’. ‘It all started about two years ago, when I worked with a client who wanted to cover a large scar on her abdomen,’ Flavia explained.
When the woman saw the completed tattoo, she was tremendously moved, and her gesture touched Carvalho deeply. She got the idea to give free tattoos to women who were left with scars after their battle with domestic violence or undergoing mastectomies.
3 Her work
Flavia used cherry blossoms flower pattern to conceal the scar, as they are known as the symbols of womanliness and beauty. It also shows that life is very short like the cherry blossom flower which blazes in early spring, before the wind blows it away.
The scars here are the outcome of stab injuries, a drain and emergency surgery. Flavia says that she altered the bad memories into colour and art using her tattooing skills.
Here is a patient who was 55 years old and had to get double mastectomies due to possibilities of breast cancer. Flavia use her skills to make the scars where once her breasts were present into a beaitufl pattern of a growing lotus flower.
4 Praise for her work
Carvalho completes these colourful cover-ups for free, and has garnered the support of the local population of her city of Curitiba, from civic managements including the Municipal Secretariat of Policies for Women and a handful of local NGOs.
She continues her good deed with women’s groups and the local police help her in getting connected to more survivors of domestic violence. She uses her Facebook account in order to garner attention towards domestic violence by posting of before and after images. She captioned one such photo with “Replace the violence with peace, replace hatred with love.”
Her time with them in the tattoo chair is a liberating experience for women to talk from end to end how they endured terrifyingly abusive relationships.
Recently her charitable service got some much required monetary assistance from people observed what she has been doing various news sites or social media.
5 Feedback from the women she has helped
Flavia was asked about the feedback she has received from the victims and she replied that, “The feedback I have gotten from women who were helped by this project has been extremely surprising. The sense of affection, sisterhood and camaraderie is deeper than I ever imagined. They contact me from all over the country, as well as from abroad.”
She continued by saying that,” They come to the studio, share their stories of pain and resilience, and they show me their scars. Embarrassed, they cry, and hug me. Then we design the tattoo and we schedule the session. They become excited, optimistic. It is wonderful to see how their relationship with their bodies changes after they get the tattoos.”