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12+ Creative Tattoos That Incorporate Birthmarks And Scars

People get tattoos for all kinds of different reasons. Some just like the design or have a unique story to tell, while others may have birthmarks or scars they want to hide.

Instead of just going for the typical tattoo cover-up, why not incorporate the affected area into the design?

I have thought about getting a tattoo around a scar I have on my leg, and these examples are definitely giving me some serious tattoo envy right now.

1. This design proves that even a large area can be treated with a unique tattoo idea.

Loving this creative design that turned this birthmark into a map!

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2. Here's another birthmark that now looks like a beautiful map.

This would be perfect for any world-travelers out there who want to show off their love of exploring new places.

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3. This clever design makes it seem like it's just part of the tattoo.

I am loving this galaxy-inspired tattoo! So clever and creative.

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4. And how interesting is this idea? It really looks she spilled wine on herself.

I think the best thing about these tattoos is seeing all the unique ideas people come up with.

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5. Don't let Cookie Monster get it. He he he! Super fun.

This might just be my favorite one on the list. Who doesn't love Cookie Monster?

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6. These snowflakes are gorgeous.

Instagram | @nimketattoo

What a beautiful and ethereal design.

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7. This is another interesting way to keep the birthmark intact.

She turned her birthmark into a beautiful flower. Stunning!

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8. And this one turns into a gorgeous sunflower.

I love the colors they chose for this design! You can't help but feel happy by looking at it.

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9. I really love this wild idea. I think the birthmark looks so much more interesting this way.

Leopard print will never go out of style and this is a great way to let the world know that you are fierce.

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10. And why not turn an oval shape into a happy Mr. Potato Head!

This tattoo design is actually genius. I might have to steal it for my own tattoo one day.

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11. Even this simple idea with a heart-shaped tattoo proves that you don't have to do much.

A low-key design that shows off the birthmark is all you need for an amazing result.

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12. This tattoo incorporates the birthmark so it looks like the sun is being shaded. So clever!

Such a smart idea! I've never seen a tattoo like this before.

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13. Darth Vader

Instagram | @flavia.daedratattoo

I know he's the bad guy, but this little Darth Vader is actually super cute! And the scar became his lightsaber. Amazing idea!

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14. Talk about a hairy situation. OMG this mammoth is genius!

Imgur | kaythanksbye

I love it when people can have a sense of humor about their tattoos. That's when the real creativity happens.

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15. A deserted island sounds good right about now.

Instagram | @bambie_tattoo

This makes for a great aspirational reminder for retirement.

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16. A young Goku to the rescue.

Instagram | @jamesbean87

Well, isn't this adorable?

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17. In the name of the rose.

Instagram | @house_of_tattoo_gent

This tattoo is so beautiful and skillful, and it still honors this person's birthmark.

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18. What a snappy turtle.

Instagram | @skinillustrationsjc_tattooshop

Sorry, I couldn't help myself. But this little guy sure is cute.

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19. This is like dragon magic.

Instagram | @rory_pickersgill_tattoo

The person who did this tattoo describes it as a "dragon navigating a little universe of birth marks." Lovely.

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20. A unique spin on the classic dolphin tattoo.

Instagram | @elizabethsstattoo

I have to say, the pink birthmark underneath just adds to this design's beauty.

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21. A campfire I'd gladly warm up to.

Instagram | @kiserink

The client who received this tattoo incorporated the purple butterfly in memory of a friend. It only serves to make this extra special.

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22. Here comes the sun.

Instagram | @saramonster315

The simplicity of this design is its beauty. Plus, it looks like the sun is really hot.

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23. Who knew you could add to Van Gogh's brilliance?

Instagram | @pattiecaker

This interpretation of Vincent Van Gogh's 'Starry Night' layers in new colors thanks to the pink birthmark underneath. And the result is dazzling.

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24. Smile and the whole world smiles with you.

Instagram | @lewogram

Now this is definitely something to smile about.

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Wow, how imaginative are these tattoos?

Giphy | St. Lucia

I would totally choose to display my scar proudly with a cleverly designed tattoo piece.

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