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Ink (Not) By Women Worn 
4th-May-2008 12:37 am
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I wonder if anyone's incorporated a scar from a C-section, bullet wound, or knee surgery into a tattoo in an interesting way.

I think a C-section scar with a hand clawing its way out would be quite interesting.
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4th-May-2008 06:56 am (UTC)
Tonight I saw a belly dancer who had beautiful flames tattooed along her belly stretch marks.

I have also seen women with tattoos that incorporate mastectomy scars.
4th-May-2008 10:22 am (UTC)
As a matter of fact, I've now healed for a year from my mastectomy and I'm planning on a tattoo incorporating my scar. I have interesting little flesh tags ("dog-ears") about the scar as well, so it will take a creative mind to do it up right. I'm in contact with an artist now about the artwork but may switch to a more experienced artist.
4th-May-2008 09:25 pm (UTC)
I've heard of mastectomy scars with vinework and similar art. None of my scars are interesting enough to design tattoos around. Since tattoos, in my ideal anyway, mark a particular milestone in a person's life, and so do C-sections and bullet wounds, and perhaps knee injuries (but maybe not), it seems like it would be important to integrate the scar with the event, in the tat design. For example, a bullet wound might incorporate a gang, military, or police insignia, or a symbol of having beaten an addiction or escaped death, depending on the circumstances. (Or if you got it hunting with Dick Cheney, maybe just a donkey with a red circle and slash through it?)

I know scar tissue behaves differently in terms of the process of taking and holding the ink, so an experienced artist would be essential.
5th-May-2008 04:52 am (UTC)
I plan to turn one of my ankle surgery scars (I've broken both of my ankles and have scars on either side of each) into the trunk of a skeletal tree with scarification. My awesome little sister suggested that I get a blacklight tattoo over it so it's a leafy tree in blacklight and a skeletal tree in normal light. But clarsa is right; scar tissue is unpredictable as far as how it's going to hold the ink.
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