Prepare for *all* the feels. Because there’s a tattoo artist in Brazil who’s doing something seriously amazing.
For the last two years, Curitaba-based Flavia Carvalho has been offering women free tattoos to cover scars left by domestic violence or mastectomies.
The project is called ‘A Pele da Flor’ (The Skin Of The Flower) and aims to transform these scars into beautiful and empowering inkings.
Which we think is pretty incredible.
Flavia explains: ‘The project’s name refers to the Portuguese expression “A flor da pele” (deeper than skin), which speaks of how strongly we feel when facing an extremely difficult or challenging situation.
‘”A Pele da Flor” also alludes to the fact that all of us women are like flowers and deserve to have our skin protected and embellished.’
It was actually one of Flavia’s clients who inspired her to offer the service, after she was asked to cover a large scar on her abdomen.
‘She told me that she was at a nightclub, and when she turned down a man who approached her, he stabbed her with an switchblade,’ Flavia tells the Huffington Post.
‘When she saw the finished tattoo, she was extremely moved, and that deeply touched me.’
Now she’s helped countless women move on from their horrific experiences, although she admits it’s a ‘grain of sand and that ‘we have a long way to go regarding protecting women against violence.’
‘The sense of affection, sisterhood and camaraderie is deeper than I ever imagined. They contact me from all over the country, as well as from abroad,’ she says.
‘It is wonderful to see how their relationship with their bodies changes after they get the tattoos.’
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Flavia isn’t the only person who’s supporting victims of domestic violence. Last month, Avon launched its Forget Me Not nail varnish as part of its on-going campaign to raise awareness of the issue.
£1 from each purchase went to domestic violence charities Refuge and Women’s Aid.
And California moving company Meathead Movers have partnered with domestic violence prevention nonprofit Good Shepherd to help women leave their abusers’ homes.
Let’s just hope that one day we can stop the violence for good.