A local tattoo artist is now offering free tattoos for people who wish to disguise their self-harm scars.
Anthony Moylan, also known as Saint Anthony, is an Art graduate-turned-tattooist specialising in Neotraditional and Japanese styles of tattooing at Twenty Two Tattoo Lounge, located on Old Christchurch Road, Bournemouth.
In October this year, the 24 year old artist published a photo of his most recent piece of work at the time on Instagram, and in the caption, stated to his followers that he was going to be “tattooing over self harm scars for free”.
“He’s doing such an amazing service”
The declaration was made after a last minute decision to not charge one of his clients, Charley Horn. After finishing a tattoo over self-harm scars on Ms Horn, Anthony said that “with what had happened in my life recently, it just didn’t feel right to charge her – that’s when I decided to do it for everyone”.
When asked about her experience, Ms Horn, 19 from West Moors, Dorset, sang Antony’s praises, explaining how her new tattoo has “made [her] feel so much more comfortable, confident and happy”.
She added that “he never judged and never made [her] feel like an idiot for doing it. He’s doing such an amazing service”.
“I’ll try and help anyone”, Anthony has said, although he emphasised that scars must be at least two years old in order to be covered up, because “tattooing over healing wounds can cause a tendency for the ink to blow out”, and also “shows [Anthony] that you’ve put the behaviour behind you and want to move on”.
“I’m not working miracles; I’m just trying to help people”
“I don’t wanna start preaching to people,” he continues. “I’m just here offering a service to help people move on from their past; I’m not here to try and tell people how to live their lives”.
The tattoo artist works on a high-to-low priority basis, with scars that are more visible or in places that are harder to cover – such as the arms, wrists, or neck – qualifying as higher priority.
Anthony summated, “I’m not working miracles; I’m just trying to help people”, and encouraged anyone struggling with their mental health to contact the Samaritans on 116 123.