Curitiba Artist Helps Women
A tattoo artist from Curitiba is helping victims of domestic violence. Flavia Carvalho offers her artistry without a fee, covering up scars with beautiful works of body art. Flavia calls her project, A Pele da Flor or Skin of the Flower, and she aims to transform the way women cope with scars they have received from domestic abuse.
Flavia says she is giving her clients, including those whose scars are a result of mastectomies, a boost in their self-esteem by creating an empowering piece of art on their bodies. The idea came to her two years ago after she was touched by a girl’s story, who had wanted to cover up a large scar she had on her abdomen. “The girl told me that she was at a nightclub, and after she turned down a man who approached her, he stabbed her with a switchblade,” Flavia said.
“I was suddenly struck by the idea of providing free tattoos to women who were left with scars following domestic violence or mastectomies. Each tattoo would act as an instrument for empowerment.” Since launching her charity project, Flavia has been contacted by women from all over the world.
Alongside before and after shots shared on her Facebook page, Flavia posts the women’s stories. There is a woman pictured who had a scar caused by a bullet fired by her ex-boyfriend. Flavia created a cherry blossom tattoo that covers it as a symbol of femininity and the beauty of life.
Flavia adds: “The sense of affection, sisterhood, and camaraderie from these brave survivors is deeper than I ever imagined. They come to my studio, share their stories of pain and resilience, and they show me their scars.”
In a post on her Facebook page, she added: “I have no words to describe the happiness that I feel with all the feedback that I have received. Women feeling welcomed with the idea – telling their stories of pain and overcoming that make me cry like a child in front of the computer. Girls of 14 and 15 years that have been raped and wondering what to do, coming to me asking for guidance.”
Carvalho also tattoos women whose scars are a result of mastectomies, as she believes these deeply affect a woman’s relationship with her body.
Flavia says that her project is one small step towards a much bigger goal. “It is a grain of sand. The world is full of things that need to be addressed. We have a long way to go regarding protecting women against violence.”
In a related story, Vinicius Rodrigues, a 22-year-old barber, is making a change in his community as well. The barbershop owner opens his shop, Bom de Corte, early so he can give haircuts to those who can’t afford them.
Vinicius’s inspiration came from his father who initially encouraged him to take a barber course. It was at the course that he met his friend Esdras Gomes, and the two have been making a change ever since.
While Vinicius only recently began giving free haircuts at his barbershop, at least once a month, he makes special trips with Esdras to visit nursing homes, childcare centers, and homeless shelters, offering free haircuts there as well.
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[Research for this article came from the Daily Mail and aol websites.]