Paris Jackson's tattoos remind her of how far she's come.
Michael Jackson's 18-year-old daughter explained her body art in a moving Instagram post that candidly acknowledged her "dark past," while reaching out to others who are struggling.
"The craftsmanship of tattoos will always be a controversy. Some people like them, some people absolutely hate them. I appreciate art, I always have. Especially when that art means something to me," Paris wrote. "Today I can look at my inner forearms and see art that has meaning for me, i don't see a dark past anymore."
"My scars and past of self-hatred have been covered by loving marks, creativity, ingenuity.. and depth. Sure I will always carry my past with me, but I see ink as a way of changing for the better, always improving. They represent strength for me. I look back at my old self and then I look in the mirror, and I see a fighter looking back at me. I'll always keep fighting, and encouraging others to stay strong."
"We all go through hell every now and then, but it makes us the warriors of love we were meant to be," she concluded. "So to anyone struggling, it gets better."
Paris has gotten a number of tattoos
in honor of her father, who died in 2009. The latest one she shared, in May, was from the King of Pop's 1991 Dangerous
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