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Got it? Flaunt it.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

By Meghann Ackerman

Victor has never been one to shy away from going topless. He tends to run hot so, unless required, he rarely has a shirt on in the summer. Not wearing a shirt means his surgical scar is visible, and that tends to draw in the curious. Victor generally doesn’t mind answering a few questions about his scar, but heart surgery isn’t exactly what you want to be thinking about during a day at the beach either.

A couple of years ago Victor enlisted our talented friend and tattoo artist Caleb Morgan to execute an idea he’d had for a while. Victor had always wanted a tattoo of a chestburster from the “Alien” movie series. Caleb designed a tattoo that both takes advantage of Victor’s scar and simultaneously minimizes it.

Now when Victor isn’t wearing a shirt he’s more likely to get questions and comments on his tattoo. Some people even miss his scar entirely and he has to point it out to explain the piece in full effect.

I like that rather than hide his scar or be self conscious, Victor found a way to make his scar awesome.

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