Dunedin tattoo artist covers painful scars with works of art
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Dunedin tattoo artist covers painful scars with works of art

DUNEDIN, Fla. — Haley Ernst never winced as she watched Lita Edwards’ tattoo tool slid across her skin. Edwards carefully outlined the wing of a cherub just below Ernst’s right elbow. The artwork, which features two angelic beings depicting good and evil, is the latest eye-catching tattoo on Ernst’s 19-year-old body. “They’re really cute,” she said. The cherub tattoo is newer, but the tattoo on Ernst’s left forearm is the piece that has been getting the most attention – in a good way, finally. “I did it because I wanted to make them something I’m proud of.” For years, people stared at Ernst’s left arm. Unsightly, deep, wounds covered her skin. Ascending lines of scars extended from her wrists to her elbow. She began cutting herself in high school. Those marks were reminders of both physical and emotional scars. That’s why she wanted them covered. “Seeing them on my arm was just a constant reminder of all the stuff I went through before so getting them covered up, it’s knowing that there’s better things to come and it’s over,” said Ernst. Edwards, peering through colorful glasses, nodded along with that answer. She has been tattooing in Florida for four […]

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