THERE is a new ink initiative in town to help hide the scars of self-harm.
King Tattoos in Camillo is the first studio in WA to get on board the Tattoo for Scars project, originally founded by third-year apprentice Whitney Develle from Brisbane.
Tattoo artist AJ has spent 40 years honing his craft and contacted Ms Develle to start a WA branch of the project.
“I was always told if you’re good to the industry, it’ll be good back,” AJ said.
The studio is giving away one free tattoo a week to someone with scars from self-harm, and it is already seeing the impact of its work.
“I had a message from a lady that I tattooed yesterday for the scars project, and she was saying her young son was always pointing to her scars and wanting to know why she had them,” he said.
“She messaged me this morning to say her son’s just pointing at her tattoo now… it’s a mandala flower.”
The project is close to AJ’s heart after experience with friends and family affected by self-harm, along with his own depression.
“Certain things can trigger the depression,” AJ said.
“I was never into self-harm, but there are signs and if you can learn to read them early you can learn to control them.”
The tattoo artist said the response to the project had been overwhelmingly positive, with weeks starting to book out and more enquiries being made.
King Tattoos will continue to give away one free tattoo a week until the end of the year, with heavily discounted tattoos available from 2018 onwards.
To find out more, visit kingtattoos.com.au or facebook.com/KingTattoosByAJ.