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This Brazilian Tattoo Artist Transforms Scars Into Works Of Art

Facebook / Flavia Carvalho

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.

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Credit: Facebook / Flavia Carvalho

Her project is called “A Pele da Flor.”

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Credit: Facebook / Flavia Carvalho

It translates to “Skin of the Flower.”

Carvalho says women of all walks of life come to her.

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Credit: Facebook / Flavia Carvalho

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.

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Credit: Facebook / Flavia Carvalho

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.

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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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This Mexican Construction Worker Proudly Displayed A Mexican Flag On Trump's New Tower

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This Mexican Construction Worker Proudly Displayed A Mexican Flag On Trump’s New Tower

Credit: Alfonso Ramos / YouTube

“There’s a little present for Mr. Trump so that every time you judge us you can think who is building your towers? We are.”

Diego Reyna is a construction worker in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Reyna is one of the people working to build Donald Trump’s new shiny tower in the middle of downtown Vancouver. He decided to remind Trump of who helped build his multi-billion dollar empire: immigrants.

He starts the video by giving viewers a “tour” of the view from atop the tower when he points out a Mexican flag that he placed at the top for the world to see. After all, many of Trump’s towers would not be here today if it was not for the immigrants who built them, and some of those immigrants were undocumented. Heck, even some of his regular employees in the hotels are undocumented immigrants, like Ricardo Aca.

“From the drywall to the concrete finish to the steel framing to the cleaning and the scrap, this building is standing here today thanks to us, to our hard work and out labor,” Reyna says in the video. “There’s a little present for Mr. Trump so that every time you judge us you can think who is building your towers? We are.”

Here is the Facebook post at the center of the story.

WHY DID I PUT A MEXICAN FLAG ON THE ROOF TOP OF TRUMP TOWER VANCOUVER, ??????
Because from the concrete pouring,…

Posted by Diego Saul Reyna on Saturday, April 2, 2016

Credit: Diego Saul Reyna / Facebook

“MR Trump, we did our best work, your tower here in Vancouver is premium quality, and we were a crucial part of it, not just Mexicans but immigrants as a whole,” Reyna wrote. “The comments Trump has made about us, did not stop us from doing the high quality work we have always done, in our home country or when we migrate to the US/Canada.”

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