Tattoo Artist Helps People By Covering Scars

  • Published: 18 May 2019
  • Jo Harrison is a tattoo artist based in Shrewsbury, England. She has been covering up scars with tattoos for the past 23 years and she believes that her art can inspire positive change in those people who have suffered trauma of some kind, from cancer to self-harm and abusive behaviors.

    She works in a private studio called "UN1TY" and mainly focuses on large-scale colored projects.

    Jo did her first cover up for a friend of hers who had attempted suicide on her wrist. Since then, she's helped more than 100 clients by doing large-scale tattoos and multiple cover-ups.

    Tattoo art has been her only job. She became passionate about it during university, where she invested her student load in tattoo equipment and started tattooing her friends.

    She currently hopes she can work with charities to help people dealing with trauma.

    Watch the video above to discover more about Jo, her work, her challenges and her motivation.

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Comments • 130

  • Chris
    Chris  2 months back

    Hi Everyone, I never had tattoo but looking for one to cover up Scares on of my arm from self harm. How do I find out expert artist to cover up this scares? and how much would the price point go about? i'm age of 27 male working really hard to to dream about the day I can go in the beach with t-shirt not being scared showing my arms away I had weak moment in my life.

    • Rhian Francis
      Rhian Francis  4 months back

      Jeffry star is shook

      • Yoga For Rising Warriors
        Yoga For Rising Warriors  4 months back

        I was truly honoured to be tattooed by Jo. 🙏 Having had a rare cancer which meant a lumpectomy, months of treatments, loss of my hair, my strength, my health and even my self belief for a while; Jo has helped me to put the past where it belongs. Her work is incredible, and somehow she made my sunflower tattoo look as if it has always been there. Thank you Jo and Un1ty for helping me take that step forward. My mind set has totally changed and I have only beautiful memories left. 🌻🙏

        • Rainbow Playdoh
          Rainbow Playdoh  4 months back

          thats nice😄

          it would really help a lot of people 💖

          • Candle Ankle
            Candle Ankle  4 months back

            Bet that hurts like shit

            • Shyrinx
              Shyrinx  4 months back

              What a wonderful lady

              • Cora Gaffney
                Cora Gaffney  4 months back

                The one gaint bird tattoo is so beautiful but I could never get that big of a tattoo

                • Dixzyツ
                  Dixzyツ  4 months back

                  Me after visiting this lady 40 years straight

                  *body all coverd of tats*

                  • Nicolas Cage
                    Nicolas Cage  4 months back

                    Every decent tattoo artist is capable of covering scars. I have a few coveres scars. Stop with this "wE uNdErStAnD" bullshit.

                    • go 17
                      go 17  4 months back

                      Im wondering when she puts that tattoo on her people bc of their scars, Don't it hurt?

                      • Yoga For Rising Warriors
                        Yoga For Rising Warriors  4 months back

                        It was my lumpectomy scar Jo did. It didn't hurt anything like as much as I expected having had other tattoos in a different studio. I couldn't tell when Jo was tattooing over my scar. 😊 She is incredible. 🌻🙏 xx

                      • ZeroTo Hero
                        ZeroTo Hero  4 months back

                        wintergirl 17 some do but most don’t

                    • Ema the silver fox
                      Ema the silver fox  4 months back

                      I have scars on my upper arm i would love to get them covered up one day because i have made my way through that chapter of my life and looking at them remindes me of what i did to myself

                      • Roxanne Sanchez
                        Roxanne Sanchez  4 months back

                        What a WONDERFUL and AWESOME person she is!!

                        • Jessica Marie Smith
                          Jessica Marie Smith  4 months back

                          I just had surgery to remove tumors behind my heart, the middle of my chest & one that was taking up 75% of my esophagus. They went through my back and side to avoid cracking my chest open. I am afraid I will never let my husband see me like this. A tattoo to cover it would be a great idea.

                        • sharon zona
                          sharon zona  4 months back

                          It's such a kind thing you're doing to help people heal.

                          • Caleb Cruz
                            Caleb Cruz  4 months back

                            Can she just hide my entire body

                            • ZeroTo Hero
                              ZeroTo Hero  4 months back

                              Caleb Cruz if you got the money

                          • MUSLIMA MUSLIMA
                            MUSLIMA MUSLIMA  4 months back

                            Tattos Forbidden in islam

                            • Square Apple
                              Square Apple  3 months back

                              @MUSLIMA MUSLIMA Ok, sorry. I was just confused. Thank you for being respectful.

                            • MUSLIMA MUSLIMA
                              MUSLIMA MUSLIMA  3 months back

                              @Square Apple i was talking a bout muslims religion and evrey body free to do what he wants to do

                            • Square Apple
                              Square Apple  3 months back

                              @MUSLIMA MUSLIMA This video is not related to religion. Nobody cares if you think it's forbidden, they'll do want they want to their body.

                            • MUSLIMA MUSLIMA
                              MUSLIMA MUSLIMA  4 months back

                              @Hira's Grotto its forbidden because its a changing of the creations of ALLAH

                            • Hira's Grotto
                              Hira's Grotto  4 months back

                              But not everyone is Muslim. P.s Tattooing was forbidden due to hygienic issues, various hazards and diseases. Now, tattooing is no longer dangerous because this era's most tattooists have good hygienic products, have clean needles and more healing products. Even tribal groups in Prophet's time, they had tattoos and some of them were Muslims. Prophet never said it was forbidden. There's clearly no mention of tattooing in Quran except ahadiths but today's ahadiths are already ruined by followers who created weak ahadiths. Even smoking wasn't mentioned in Quran and some scholars believes it's not forbidden. Meanwhile others believes it's forbidden. It's same case as tattooing. No one knows if tattooing is forbidden in Islam. It was believed to be forbidden because self harm, self inflicted injuries or self destruction is forbidden in Islam. That's why most scholars said tattooing is forbidden. Because tattooing is same thing as self inflicting injuries. In reality, once you self harm... then there's no point of reversing it and "tattooing or not" doesn't matter anymore. Self harm isn't because of a choice but it's mental illness. So mental illness can kill your mind and it will never go away even if you keep praying. After they did it, they may feel insecure about scars or something and they have right to get tattoo if they wish.

                          • こおきえBluannaSannA
                            こおきえBluannaSannA  4 months back

                            When U Can Only Hide Using Your Clothes

                            • LemonGrenade
                              LemonGrenade  4 months back

                              This is going to be illegal by the end of the year. There are already laws being introduced that ban tattooing over scars

                              • SSsinger Zinc
                                SSsinger Zinc  4 months back

                                @st. jimmy is coming down across the alleyway I totally agree. Many people who go through abuse and phases of cutting themselves want to forget that chapter of their life. I mean , the person has a right to their own body.

                              • st. jimmy is coming down across the alleyway
                                st. jimmy is coming down across the alleyway  4 months back

                                Okay I understand by reading replies, however people should be allowed to recieve permission to cover these scars

                              • SSsinger Zinc
                                SSsinger Zinc  4 months back

                                @ZeroTo Hero ohhh thank you soo much.sorry for any inconvenience, really cleared up my confusion.😃😉

                              • ZeroTo Hero
                                ZeroTo Hero  4 months back

                                SSsinger Zinc because criminals can hide their scars making it harder for police to find them

                              • SSsinger Zinc
                                SSsinger Zinc  4 months back

                                Why though

                            • Anna Walled
                              Anna Walled  4 months back

                              I like tattoos when they are really small like the lady who was doing the tattoos she looked ewww just discusting I hate it

                              • Ayesha Nayyer
                                Ayesha Nayyer  4 months back

                                You should not put tatoos

                                • Jenn Glow
                                  Jenn Glow  4 months back


                                  • Mimi Jmi
                                    Mimi Jmi  4 months back

                                    I love her

                                    • tgrooms AJ
                                      tgrooms AJ  4 months back

                                      Scars are there to remind you of how strong you are. Because what ever tried to beat you, they were the weak one.

                                      But I support this tattooist for making everyone feel even more confident. I respect you Jo 👌👌👌👌👌

                                      • James Bond
                                        James Bond  4 months back

                                        This is what jeffree star did with his scars.

                                      • Albanian Streamer
                                        Albanian Streamer  4 months back

                                        Iron Man dies

                                      • Arman Gutierrez
                                        Arman Gutierrez  4 months back

                                        She looks so young to me, like 25 to 30. Then i found out she has been doing this for 23 years

                                        • WaVy Crockett #JizzBoss
                                          WaVy Crockett #JizzBoss  3 months back

                                          25 to 30? Hahahahaha

                                        • Tyler Yoon
                                          Tyler Yoon  4 months back

                                          @Arman Gutierrez America, people of white descent easily look 10 years older due to poor life style choices.

                                        • Arman Gutierrez
                                          Arman Gutierrez  4 months back

                                          @Tyler Yoon yeah true. Maybe because she has tatoos and where i come from, the people who are 40 looks older.

                                        • Tyler Yoon
                                          Tyler Yoon  4 months back

                                          To you lol, she easily looks 40

                                      • Anna B
                                        Anna B  4 months back

                                        Brilliant work. Love it.... 🤗🤗

                                        • MyxDyingxFantasy
                                          MyxDyingxFantasy  4 months back

                                          Ah, this studio is just an hour from me :) think I know where I'll be going for my next tattoo!

                                        • Andre' Reposa
                                          Andre' Reposa  4 months back

                                          I’m only 24 and have had several back surgeries and have some big scars from it; I would love to get a back piece done by her 😍😍

                                          • Valentina Upegui Villegas

                                            Scars dont need to be covered. They make you unique.

                                            • ishaq azad
                                              ishaq azad  4 months back

                                              Brah it's Shrewsbury the city of my birth

                                            • Julia o.o
                                              Julia o.o  4 months back

                                              An amazing woman

                                              • Roxy The Husky
                                                Roxy The Husky  4 months back

                                                Gotta tell my friend about this tattoo artist

                                                • Matt Rappaport
                                                  Matt Rappaport  4 months back

                                                  OH? Try COVERING MY EMOTIONAL SCARS, thanks!

                                                  SUB 4 wtf

                                                  • Lumian
                                                    Lumian  4 months back

                                                    Does she know that at the same time she is "helping" them, she is actually also giving them cancer?

                                                    • lettuce child
                                                      lettuce child  4 months back

                                                      @ZeroTo Hero no?

                                                    • ZeroTo Hero
                                                      ZeroTo Hero  4 months back

                                                      lettuce child no but it weakens your immune system

                                                    • lettuce child
                                                      lettuce child  4 months back

                                                      Lol tattoo ink doesn't cause cancer ya tard

                                                  • Tahlia Nguyen
                                                    Tahlia Nguyen  4 months back


                                                    • TheMightyWaffle
                                                      TheMightyWaffle  4 months back

                                                      When I covered up my scars, I didn’t do it because I was ashamed or needed to heal. I had already moved through that part of my life and was completely open with them, but I wanted to take my scars to another level per say. When I got them covered up people would say “Hey, cool tattoos” and always go “Thanks! There textured”. Lol great video!😎

                                                    • Jay
                                                      Jay  4 months back


                                                      • Lilian
                                                        Lilian  4 months back

                                                        You need to do one of these with Flávia Carvalho, a tattoo artist here in Brazil that does tattoos for free on woman that previously had breast cancer, that has self harm scars, suicide attempts, domestic violence, she covered my scars on my thighs for free and I couldn't be happier, her studios name is daedra tattoo

                                                        • noir_rrr
                                                          noir_rrr  4 months back


                                                          • Philgamer_ 309
                                                            Philgamer_ 309  4 months back

                                                            Wow that's creative

                                                            • King Aragorn II
                                                              King Aragorn II  4 months back

                                                              Scars are badass, I don't cover them up, I show them off😂😂😂😂

                                                              • Lily Valdez
                                                                Lily Valdez  4 months back

                                                                But when it's from a suicide attempt, is can be depressing.

                                                                (But I know what you mean)

                                                              • King Aragorn II
                                                                King Aragorn II  4 months back

                                                                @Animater Wannabe

                                                                Tainted skin😂😂

                                                              • Animater Wannabe
                                                                Animater Wannabe  4 months back

                                                                King Aragorn II so are tattoos

                                                            • Allyk 8Pizza
                                                              Allyk 8Pizza  4 months back


                                                              • Simon Tran
                                                                Simon Tran  4 months back

                                                                You're far from first, buddy

                                                            • don't spoil endgame plz
                                                              don't spoil endgame plz  4 months back

                                                              Wonder if she does surgery scars. Like small ones.

                                                            • Galactic Songstress
                                                              Galactic Songstress  4 months back

                                                              This is very nice though my scar is a place that can't be tattooed

                                                              • Galactic Songstress
                                                                Galactic Songstress  4 months back

                                                                @King Aragorn II Thank you and that's true

                                                              • Mr Tooty
                                                                Mr Tooty  4 months back

                                                                @Galactic Songstress ohhhh ok

                                                              • King Aragorn II
                                                                King Aragorn II  4 months back

                                                                @Galactic Songstress

                                                                Her left eye 😂😂😂😂

                                                                Edit: it looks bad ass😎😎

                                                              • Lilian
                                                                Lilian  4 months back

                                                                @Galactic Songstress the heart

                                                              • Galactic Songstress
                                                                Galactic Songstress  4 months back

                                                                @Mr Tooty can't say

                                                            • Saul Giron
                                                              Saul Giron  4 months back


                                                              • MR_ GACHALING
                                                                MR_ GACHALING  4 months back

                                                                Woahhhh only a few comments 😳

                                                                • Photo boi
                                                                  Photo boi  4 months back


                                                                  • King Aragorn II
                                                                    King Aragorn II  4 months back


                                                                    Dude...😂😂😂😂😂😂 I agree that he's 6th, but I think he saying "1s" as in "1 sec"... Idk for what but that is what is typed. 😂😂😂😂😂

                                                                  • Bella
                                                                    Bella  4 months back

                                                                    Lol ur 6th