The little crawling caterpillar turning into a beautiful flying butterfly is a common metaphor for getting past trials and coming out better than before, and this person has gone directly to that idea for his or her scar tattoo. The scarred tissue in the center looks like it could be a butterfly’s body, but it could also be the cocoon it emerges from.
The design is simple, it’s eye-catching, and it just might make people think for a little bit. It even looks like there are some sparkly bits or something like that in the “eyes” that are on the wings.
Breaking the Chain
Seems a bit backward to have the scar breaking the tattoo, but what do we know? Maybe they just wanted to incorporate the scar into the design in a new, fun way, and this was what they came up with. Maybe the scar is, for some reason or another, an important part of the growth that this person has seen in the most recent part of life.
One way or another, it's a fun design. The dark shadows on the chain are particularly appealing – that must have taken quite a while. And the little shards where it breaks are cool, too.
More Than Enough Reasons
Tattoos are divisive, sometimes. Some people don't like the idea of adding an image to their bodies that they can't change unless they pay more to get it removed. However, some people find the idea of adding something important to their bodies bigger than that.
This person, for instance, has decided to cover up the scars on her shoulder with a trio of birds, representing her three children. This sort of piece comes from a deep place of pain and triumph, depression and success. Those things never go away, but they can get covered.
I Am the Wind
The detail on the left side of the picture is a little hard to see, but it looks like this person has plenty of small scars of one manner or another going up and down the arm. Instead of sitting there and inspecting them in the mirror, this person decided to add a colorful horse.
It looks like it could be about to both dispense some much-needed wisdom or get stuck in a drain pipe chasing an apple that fell off the cart. Horses tend to have that sort of dichotomy. Well, one way or another, it covers up some scars, so we're here for it.
A Staircase Made of Stars
It seems like the kind of thing that would be found in a classic Disney movie. Like “Cinderella” or “Pinocchio” or something like that. A beautiful, graceful character that comes out of the velvety night sky, descending the stars with light, dainty footsteps.
While the reality of this tattoo is far less Disney and far more dramatic, this person seems to have chosen to do what she can to make the best of a bad situation. Once the red area from the tattoo fades, people might not even be able to see the scars anymore.