Tattoo artist Flavia Carvalho offers her services free of charge to women who have scars due to domestic violence or mastectomies. Her project is called “A Pele da Flor” (The Skin of the Flower), and her aim is to turn scars into beautiful tattoos.
The project began in Curitriba, Brazil, where Caravlho met a woman who wanted a scar on her stomach covered. The woman told Caravlho that the scar was the result of a stabbing. When she turned down a man who approached her at a nightclub, he stabbed her. Caravlho says:
I was suddenly struck by the idea of providing free tattoos to women who were left with scars following domestic violence or mastectomies. Each tattoo would act as an instrument for empowerment and a self-esteem booster.
This was two years ago. Since then, Caravlho has made proposals to NGOs, and has received praise from the Municipal Secretariat of Policies for Women.
The effect on the women who benefit from Caravlho’s project is immense. Caravlho spoke about how “transformative” the tattoo can be to many women, saying “it is wonderful to see how their relationship with their bodies changes after they get the tattoos…after being ashamed of their scarred bodies, they now post pictures in dresses, and the look happy.”
Another aim of A Pele da Flor is to raise awareness of domestic violence. Caravhlo said that her project is “a grain of sand: the world is full of things that need to be addressed. We have a long way to go regarding protecting women against violence.”
Take a look at some of Caravhlo’s amazing work in the gallery below.[gallery type="slideshow" ids="105349,105350,105351,105352"]