Battle Wounds

In terms of the recent discussions about cutting, Tomii sent in these photos of his scars, now seven years old. Not that it’s not obvious, and but always remember that with cutting you may carry your pain with you in public forever — as a side note to this, I know someone who was excused from mandatory military service due to their scars (since covered up) making them ineligible for psychological reasons.

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14 thoughts on “Battle Wounds

  1. I love the look of these;
    mine own never were so distinct and yet now and then I had to deal with questions or not that positive remarks about the way my forearms looked. they got covered during my “sleeving”, though, so not that easy to spot anymore.

  2. I love the look of a section of skin scarred from slashing over and over. It tells a story of such passion and intensity, vicious lows and high highs, such a huge, chaotic rainbow of emotions. I think it’s really beautiful.

    Can be inconvenient, though

  3. high highs? I’m sure I had a better adjective in mind when I wrote that. never mind, you get the gist

  4. I think this looks quite beautiful. There’s something about scars that signify the emotional experiences people have been through that I find really striking and touching. Although my own scars are less numerous than his (and on my thighs, mainly, so not usually visible), I used to hate them so much, and they made me desperately ashamed. I’ve come to love them, though, because they remind me of how I once felt, and that I no longer feel that way. They make me feel strong. I love to see people coming to terms with their own past struggles.

  5. it’s funny, i have very distinct scars, but rarely have i had to field any question. most people assume i just fell down a lot because i do appear to be a tomboy:)

    although it is weird when people touch me and i have open woundunder my sleeves:|

  6. as a former cutter, i sort of take issue with glorifying cutting. it is nothing more than an unhealthy coping mechanism. talking about how “beautiful” it is just makes it more appealing to impressionable people. if you are a real cutter, not someone hoping for attention in the form of questions about scars, scars are a symbol of not knowing how else to deal with things. i’m glad that i’m lucky and with time and a tan my scars have mostly faded. seeing them just reminds me of how awful that period in my life was. i am glad this person is willing to expose them and talk about them openly, but judging by the scars, i don’t think he’d be likely to say they make him think of “beautiful” things. of course, i’d welcome his own views on them.

  7. Theres nothing more addictive than a wound self inflicted… Will the self injuriers ever be totally accepted in society? Or will we just be side-stepped and treated as just another basket-case forever?

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