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Free tattoos to cover self harm scars

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Apprentice tattooist Whitney Develle has offered to cover up self-harm scars for free to enable sufferers to put their past behind them.

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It is estimated that 13 percent of young people between the age of 11 and 16 self-harm. The scars of which can often prove shameful or embarrassing later in life. Now a tattoo apprentice in Brisbane, Australia has offered to cover up self-harm scars with beautiful designs, to enable sufferers to put their past behind them.

Whitney Develle, who is training as a tattooist, posted her offer of free tattoos on social media and received an overwhelmingly positive response. The scheme will enable Develle to practice her craft on 50 self-harm victims. After the first 50 pieces, people wanting scar cover-ups will receive a discounted rate on their tattoos.


We have already seen this campaign use decorative tattooing to help breast cancer survivors cover up their scars. Are there any other groups for whom tattoos could provide relief?



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