Tattoo Artist Gives Domestic Abuse Survivors Gorgeous Tattoos For Free (Photos)

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.

In a recent interview, Carvalho told Huffington Post Brazil,

It began very spontaneously. As I said, my services are [100] percent voluntary, and the only 'cost' women need to invest is to choose a design for their tattoos!

Take a look at the pictures below to see Carvalho's amazing cover-up tattoos.

Flavia Carvalho is a tattoo artist from Curitiba, Brazil.

She's on a mission to make a difference in the lives of women... covering up scars from domestic violence attacks.

She started the project two years ago after a client asked Carvalho to cover up a large scar left from a stab wound on her abdomen.

Carvalho was so touched by the woman's story, she decided to help other domestic violence survivors turn their battle scars into empowering designs.

Since then, she has given a number of women free tattoos to cover up all sorts of scars left from stabbings and shootings.

Carvalho also provides free services to women who have undergone mastectomies.

Citations: This Woman Does Free Tattoos For Survivors Of Domestic Violence (Bored Panda), This Artist Is Changing the Lives of Domestic Violence Survivors, One Tattoo at a Time (Huffington Post)