Crown and Feather Tattoo Co.'s 'Project Tsukurou' went viral with its innovative approache to mental health.
UPDATE: Crown and Feather Tattoo Co. announced they have stopped offering the free service after overwhelming demand.
For those plagued by mental health issues, self-harm can become a coping mechanism. However, once you have healed and moved on from that dark phase of your life, seeing your scars on a daily basis can be a reminder of all the pain you suffered. For some, it can also be traumatic to remember their past experiences with self-harm. It could also get a little bit awkward when trying to explain your scars to strangers. Thankfully, this tattoo studio based in Philadelphia wants to help. Established last year, Fishtown's Crown and Feather Tattoo Co. is offering free tattoos for anyone who wants to cover up their self-harm scars, Fox News reports.
The tattoo studio, created by tattoo artists Nick 'the Tailor' Solomon, Andrew Robinson, and Dylan Carr, is offering free services for anyone who wants to turn their past traumas and scars into art through "Project Tsukurou." The word "Tsukurou" is derived from the Japanese art form of Kintsukuroi, the craft of repairing broken pottery using a gold filling or lacquer. The art form is also known as Kintsugi, which literally translates to golden joinery. It gained popularity on the internet a few years ago. This project, as Carr described, is the tattoo studio's way of giving back to their community.
For many, self-harm scars can be a reminder of their weakness and hold them back from completely moving on. Therefore, Crown and Feather Tattoo Co. hopes to help their clients build confidence and accept themselves by transforming their scars into beautiful works of art. Carr explained the project in an interview on Good Day Weekend with one of the studio's clients, Alyssa Vache. On the client's thigh, where a large self-harm scar could once be seen, is now a gorgeous tattoo of her mother's wedding bouquet. She explained that the tattoo has helped her change the way she looks at herself.
"Now that my mom and I have a really good relationship, which used to be a struggle for us — what better [way] to cover up something like that than with something that represents the strong relationship we have now," she said. "It totally changes your outlook, especially [of] yourself." Vache is not alone in her desire to cover up her self-harm scars. Reportedly, to keep up with the demand, Carr has had to hire more tattoo artists to work at Crown and Feather Tattoo Co. recently. This comes as no surprise as The Recovery Village estimates about 17 percent of all individuals will self-harm at least once in their lifetime.
If you would like to participate in Project Tsukurou, you can visit Crown and Feather Tattoo Co.'s website to submit an application. However, please keep in mind that it make take some time for the studio to get back to you. The tattoo studio's website reads, "Victims of self-harm suffer personal, social, and professional struggles every day due to visible scars from the past. It is our mission to replace these scars with beautiful works of art, cultivating confidence and acceptance. If you carry visible scars and are interested in having a cover-up done free of charge, please fill out an application below. Please note that we receive many applications. We cannot accept everyone and a response may take some time."