MORNING HAPPINESS: Tattoo artist offers free tattoos to cover up scars from self-harm.

Good morning, all!  Here’s a touching story out of Australia:

Tattoo apprentice Whitney Develle, 22, posted to Instagram and Facebook last week to pledge one to two days a week giving free tattoos to those eager to conceal old scars.

The post has since gone viral, receiving thousands of likes and shares.

Due to high demand, Ms Develle has since been forced to amend the original text, offering a total of 50 free sittings in addition to discounted tattoos for everyone else.

She said she found the response “humbling but also heartbreaking”.

“I have been up late most nights [since] with a close friend replying to each and every person,” Ms Develle told 9news.com.au.

“The hardest part was that statistically probably 98 percent of [those who had written in] were people had self-harmed.

“Majority of them were too scared to speak with a tattooist out of fear of being judged.”

Ms Develle said that she was first inspired to offer free tattoos after a friend revealed scars from injuries she had self-inflicted while struggling with an eating disorder.

Lots of people sit around and complain, but it’s nice to see someone actually creating the change they want to see in the world.  🙂

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