Terri White, author of Coming Undone on how the pain and visibility of her tattoos helped her.
“Each tattoo was a fresh start. The needle that pounded and pricked, the ink that was dragged down into the dermis. My skin was reimagined, quite literally redrawn. When I looked in the mirror, when others looked at me, I was no longer the girl who was pared and peeled. I was the woman who said: ‘No more, never again. You won’t claim me, you can’t, because I’ve claimed myself.’”