“Every day is a new beginning, take a deep breath and start again.”
Much like scars, tattoos are permanent marks on our bodies that remind us of our past decisions, regardless of whether or not we wanted to make them.
While scars often represent the weakness or vulnerability of our bodies and minds, they can also be a reminder of our inherent strength to persevere and heal. Depending on their significance, tattoos can also be a source of strength: enduring marks on our skin that help us remember who we are and where we come from.
One tattoo artist has realized that, to many, scars may be reminders of darker times, so she envisioned a plan to help her clients move forward towards a better future.
This is some seriously powerful stuff.
Whitney Develle is a 22-year-old tattoo apprentice based in Brisbane, Australia who recently made major waves on social media.
On March 2, Whitney posted on her Facebook and Instagram that she was offering free tattoos for an exceptionally moving reason: to cover up people’s old self-induced scars.
On her social media, she wrote, “ATTENTION: I am now accepting no new emails regarding the free tattoo enquiries. I have received a substantial amount of emails and will be sending out my replies as soon as possible. I am only able to provide around 50 free day sittings, 1-2 each week until the end of the year.”
Almost immediately, Develle received an overwhelming response from a very interested public.