Woman who was told her birthmark looked ‘like poo’ finally embraces it with a tattoo
Everyone has one part of their body that they're not very fond of. Usually, it's something which looks like a hideous deformity to us, but which other people barely notice, if at all. For me, it's probably my right ear. It's always annoyed me that it sticks out slightly more than my left, and means that my head isn't symmetrical. But whenever I complain about it, people tell me I'm being ridiculous. The lesson to be learned here is that it's important to embrace your flaws and learn to love yourself, just like 47-year-old company director Sammy Law, who has managed to embrace her birthmark after years of being self-conscious, with a gorgeous tattoo framing it.
Sammy, who lives in the county of Essex in England, has sported the 10cm by 10cm blemish on her upper arm her entire life, in her early teens, and first started covering it with long sleeves in her teenage years after she was bullied in high school by tormentors who compared the mark to faeces. When she met her husband, Chris, it took a long time for her to reveal it to him - even after they were married. Sammy was embarrassed about wearing a swimsuit while on holiday, for fear that people would make fun of the brown mark.
Commenting on her tattoo, Sammy stated: "I was born with it and, as a child, my dad told me it was what made me beautiful, which I really believed. When I got into my teens, I noticed people staring at me and whispering, which made me start to feel like there was something wrong with me ... Now the tattoo is so beautiful, I forget about the birthmark at the centre. I was born with it and, as a child, my dad told me it was what made me beautiful, which I really believed. But when I got into my teens, I noticed people staring at me and whispering, which made me start to feel like there was something wrong with me."
She added that she was even uncomfortable and self-conscious on holiday, stating: "If we were at the villa, over time, I would feel comfortable with a bare arm,” she said. “But if we were at a resort or at the beach, I would wear the shrug the whole time. Even swimming in the sea, I would go in up to my hips in the shrug, but no further. My birthmark took over my life."
Eventually, she decided that enough was enough: "I woke up one morning and thought to myself, ‘I need to do something about this,’" she stated. "I’ve already got a few tattoos on my hands, so the idea of having another one didn’t scare me and I thought it would be a great way to finally put my demons to rest ... Before I got the tattoo done I wouldn’t even answer the door to the postman without my arms covered. But now I feel so confident and free."
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