While wounds may heal, scars are something we carry with us for the rest of our lives.
These marks often serve as painful memories of the past, especially for those who endured domestic violence.
But now, Flavia Carvalho, a tattoo artist from Brazil, is on a mission to turn women's scars into beautiful, empowering works of body art.
For her latest project, titled “A Pele da Flor” or "The Skin of the Flower," Carvalho set out to help a variety of women cover up scars left from knife wounds, gunshots and other violent attacks by giving them free tattoos.
In addition to tattooing survivors of domestic violence, Carvalho also helps women transform mastectomy scars into all sorts of stunning skin designs.