Tattoo artist Whitney Develle is graciously offering free and discounted tattoos to help those marked by self-harm scars feel beautiful.
Some people enjoy the various marks or scars on their bodies, whether they be freckles, beauty marks or just a really interesting scar they got when they were younger. Not everyone feels this way about scars, and some people feel especially insecure of their self-harm scars on their bodies.
Australian tattoo artist Whitney Develle is trying to bring beauty back to people who might feel that way about their scars.https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=526540940886076&set=a.108416509365190.1073741828.100005905239073&type=3
Whitney Develle posted on social media her offer to provide 50 free tattoos for those who have scars from self-harm that they don't feel happy about seeing on themselves.
Since her initial post went viral on the internet, she had been flooded with emails of people trying to take her up on her offer and can no longer accept new emails about free tattoos.
"Please note that given the overwhelming amount of beautiful people out there, I have decided to dedicate more of my time to offering highly discounted rates to anyone who is seeking to move forward from their past and embark on a new beginning," Develle explained on Facebook. "I want you to be able to look down at the scars that bring you pain, embarrassment, shame, and be able to put those feelings behind you and instead feel proud of the body part that now contains art and offers a new beginning."
The idea began when her friend had come to her revealing scars from when the friend had been struggling with an eating disorder.
"She told me how much pain it brought her when people would question her about them or make comments," Develle said. "No one should ever have to feel like a public museum for people to ridicule."
After the friend had agreed to Develle's suggestion to tattoo over the scars and the tattoo artist saw the happiness on her friend's face, she decided to offer her idea of covering self-harm scars with tattoos to the public.
The overwhelmingly positive response was shocking to the young tattoo artist, who is taking her time with a close friend to reply to every single email. As much as it breaks her heart to realize the great number of people who have self-harmed, she is happy that people are coming to her to try to transform a scar of their past into something beautiful.
"[The] majority of them were too scared to speak with a tattooist out of fear of being judged," Develle said of the influx of requests she received. "Society looks [down at people with self-harm scars] and immediately thinks they are unstable or unfit to be amongst the rest of us. I want to change that stigma. I want them to know that they no longer have to feel ashamed and that they no longer have to conceal their scars."
Develle will begin creating these self-harm tattoo covers on March 17.