The young woman wanted the tattoo to cover her entire belly, which was terribly scarred. The story behind the scar touched Flavia deeply: One evening the young woman was out in a club and a man approached her. Rejecting his advances, the stranger suddenly pulled out a switchblade! After being violently stabbed in the abdomen, the young woman survived, though gravely injured. She was left with a massive scar: a horrific reminder. Until she met Flavia!
This tattoo, and the story behind the scar underneath, inspired Flavia to begin a wonderful project called: "A Pele da Flor" (Portuguese for "Skin of a Flower"). She offers victims of violence free tattoos to cover their scars. The women must only do one thing: choose their own artwork. Witnessing their joy and new self-confidence is reward enough for the tattoo artist.
One story moved Flavia very deeply: a 17-year-old girl was with an older man for months. He abused her, but she couldn't get away from him. Finally he wanted to end the relationship, but met with her one last time. They began to argue and the man grabbed the girl, stabbing her several times in the stomach and brutally raping her. For the girl, the nightmare came to an end when Flavia covered the terrible scars with colorful flowers.
Even women who are suffering from breast cancer can get free tattoos from Flavia. This 55-year-old was overjoyed after her appointment with Flavia. "It is never too late to get a tattoo!" she exclaimed.