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Tattoo artist who turns self harm scars into art

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Tattooist Whitney Develle spent 2016 giving free tattoos to people who were self-conscious of their scars. She’s helped give body confidence back to more than 50 people.

Whitney posted an ad on Facebook offering to cover up on scar a week for a whole year. She was inundated with requests.

Later she posted on Instagram: “2016, what a year we have had, it certainly has been filled with many ups and downs along the way, the most memorable moment being the start of The Scars Project. I have always believed in a more passionate world, a kinder world where people would help those in need if they were in a position to do so.”

“With my post going viral the response I received was incredible with over 1000 emails in the first few weeks, a number that only continued to grow, it was both humbling and heartbreaking,” she posted.

Whitney has since closed the scar project but she still wants to do more to help people with scars from self-harm or surgery. She has decided to heavily discount her normal rates for people still responding to the project.

“It has been an emotional roller coaster to say the least, both within the project and my own personal life. There were days where it was very hard to accept that I could not help everyone, and then when I had my own trials within my life it was hard to come to work and be strong for my clients, I think towards the end it was my clients that kept me going and gave me the strength to persist. I realised that it was okay to have low points.”

 

If you, or someone around you, has been affected by self harm, the BBC webpage may help.

Follow Whitney on Instagram @whitneydevelle.

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