Many domestic violence victims remain scarred for life not only spiritual but also bodily. Aside from their unaesthetic look, these scars act as a stigma or as a constant reminder of the suffering the victims went through.
Two years ago tattoo artist Flavia Carvalho realized that her talent can help hurt women transforming these unpleasant mementos into a tool of empowerment and beauty. Her services are completely free, and the only “cost” women need to invest is to choose a design for their tattoos.
The Brazilian artist dubbed her project “A flor da pele” (deeper than skin), which speaks of how strongly we feel when facing an extremely difficult or challenging situation. The name also suggests that all women are like flowers and deserve to their skin protected and embellished. Indeed, as Flavia Carvalho confesses in an interview for Huffington Post, many of her clients come to her studio ashamed of their scarred bodies, but as they get accustomed with the new artistic ‘’marks’’ they look flourishing, changed.
Although she lives in Curitiba, Flavia is visited by women from all over Brazil, as well as from abroad. Because mastectomy is also a very a traumatic experience and also involves shame about their bodies, the artist helps women cover scars left from mastectomies as well.
Despite her amazing work and the incredible positive reactions Flavia Carvalho believes: ‘’It 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.’’
Photos: Flavia Carvalho Facebook page
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Originally posted 2016-02-26 00:28:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter