Tatianna, a tattoo artist from San Francisco, US, is empowering burn survivors, domestic abuse victims and people suffering from vitiligo by camouflaging scars using special custom-coloured ink
A tattoo artist is on a mission to give people their body confidence back by using unique “camouflage techniques” on scars and stretch marks.
Tatianna B., 23, from San Francisco, US, practises paramedical tattooing, also known as medical tattooing, a technique that helps to alter the appearance of scars and restore the appearance of missing hair.
While Tatianna also works with burns survivors, domestic abuse victims and people suffering from vitiligo, she says the most popular request from clients helps with stretch marks.
The artist shares her skills on TikTok, where she’s known as @perfectmatchtattoo, with one video racking up 4 million views and 217,000 likes – and users are stunned by the incredible skin transformation.
“From day one, I’ve been obsessed with creating and learning about art,” she said.
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“But what I didn’t realise was that my lifelong obsession gave me a skill that can help people – an eye for colour.
“It wasn’t until a few years ago when I discovered paramedical tattooing.
“I did a lot of research before I finally jumped in, and it’s since given me so much fulfilment.
“I get to meet amazing new people every day that gives me the honour of helping them feel confident in their own skin.
“I can say I found my dream job.
“Stretch marks and scars are beautiful and can tell a story of our strength.
“Many people embrace them, and that’s incredible and empowering.
“But, I do sympathise and resonate with those that feel a need to grow – to grow past something that maybe has bothered them for their whole life.”
For some clients, she is able to camouflage marks by using custom-coloured ink but for others, she uses an “inkless” method, designed to make the scars or stretch marks blend into the skin around it.
She said: “The method I choose to perform depends on the age, colouring and texture.
“In many cases, I will opt for permanent tattoo ink – custom mixed that uniquely matches your skin tone. This requires a trained eye for colour since I take your undertones and overtones into consideration.”
It’s Tatianna’s inkless method, especially that has taken TikTok by storm.
She said: “Other scars that are not candidates for ink may sometimes be approached by my ‘inkless method’.
“This is a tattooing method in conjunction with my special own blend of deeply penetrating, vitamin-packed serums.
“This can naturally improve cellular turnover, reconstruction and rejuvenation of fibroblast cells and collagen.”
Tatianna offers free consultations to people with scars or stretch marks and says that after seeing some of her clients’ reactions following a session, she has realised just how life-changing it can be.
She supports the right for people to choose what would make them feel the most comfortable in their bodies.
Tatianna said: “People of all ages – both men and women, have them.
“Stretch marks are so common due to a variety of reasons outside of simply losing and gaining weight.
“They can develop during growth spurts, rapid muscle gain from weight lifting, and pregnancy.
“Genetics can play a huge role as well, so people from all walks of life are bound to have stretch marks on their bodies.
“Some people will wear extra clothing, even if they’re at a beach, to prevent people from silently judging them.
“Or, they’ll worry about wearing body makeup and praying it won’t be disastrous on a hot day.
“And many will feel as though they can’t share a photo of themselves without editing their skin.
“And a simple glimpse of a scar, while they’re taking a shower, can remind them again of their insecurity.
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“These are all ways that scars can psychologically impact the way people live their day-to-day lives.
“I’ve had clients with self-harm scars that hate being emotionally transported back to how they felt 10 years ago when life was different.
“I’ve also had a client with burn scars as the result of an abusive relationship.
“Even though paramedical tattooing takes a couple of months to see the accurate, healed results, I see clients that visibly appear relieved watching me camouflage their scars.
“I think being able to make a choice that can change the perception of yourself in a positive way is empowerment too.
“It doesn’t mean we can’t love ourselves at the same time.”
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