For women who suffer from traumatizing scars, Carvalho works her magic for free turning violent injuries and mastectomy scars into beautiful images.
Brazil’s Flavia Carvalho isn’t your typical tattoo artist.
Her project is called “A Pele da Flor.”
It translates to “Skin of the Flower.”
Carvalho says women of all walks of life come to her.
Her clients include women from all different socio-economic statuses and ages who have been abused by husbands, boyfriends or teachers, or who have undergone mastectomies.
Carvalho’s first “a pele da flor” came to fruition after a client told her the story behind a scar she wanted covered.
The woman recounted how she’d been stabbed in the abdomen after turning down a man at a nightclub. That moment inspired Carvalho to start her project and create these cover-ups pro bono. As she told HuffPost, her hope is that “each tattoo would act as an instrument for empowerment and a self-esteem booster.”
This project is also very personal to Carvalho: She’s a survivor, too.
Credit: Facebook / Flavia Carvalho
At 15, she was attacked by her first boyfriend, and sees something of her own story in those of other survivors. “This moves me so much,” she told the BBC. “I have girls coming to tell me stories that remind me of myself when I was young.” Her goal, she says, is to help ease survivors’ pain by covering scars and other constant, physical reminders of their abuse or surgeries.
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