a blog by Iron Horse
Whitney Develle a 22 year old girl from Brisbane, Australia is an aspiring tattoo artist that is making headlines because of her new “free tattoo” initiative for people who have been the subjects of self-harm.
1 in 5 girls will engage in self-harm…
It's a full-on statistic.
But what happens once you've recovered? Once you've stopped cutting and the scars heal?
Then you have to deal with the stares and the judgement from complete strangers.
Twenty-two year old Whitney Develle was at a party in Brisbane talking to her friend's girlfriend one night, when the girl pointed to the healed slashes running up her arm. Whitney hadn't even noticed them in the dim light.
The girl told her she'd suffered from an eating disorder as a teenager and had cut 'Don't Eat' into her flesh. She knew Whitney was a tattoo apprentice; could she cover the scars with a tattoo? "I'd never covered scars before so I said I'd give it my best shot."
Whitney etched a black ink bouquet of native Australian flowers across the pale zig zags.
Fuck yeah Whitney, changing peoples lives and also getting to do something you love, feel passionate about and are closely tied too? Isn’t that the Australian dream? Well whatever you want to call it we need more people like Whitney in this world today. (I’ll post some of her work below… WARNING as some of it may be a bit hard to look at if you yourself, or someone you know has had similar life experience but the ink itself is gorgeous.)
I looked up Whitney’s facebook and she is doing 1-2 sessions a week for the next year that she has already had booked. So on the one hand it is unfortunate that she is full, but god damn she is doing all of this for free? I mean personally speaking I’ve got 2 tattoos one big and one small and even the small one which is a 5 digit zip code took an hour and was not cheap, so good for her giving all this time and potential money to help people she doesn’t even know.
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