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06/15/2016 12:54 pm ET

Paris Jackson's Tattoos Help Her Look Beyond Her 'Dark Past'

"So to anyone struggling, it gets better. You're not alone."

Paris Jackson doesn't just see her tattoos as art, she considers them tools for healing.

The 18-year-old daughter of the late Michael Jackson posted photos of her extensive body ink on Instagram Tuesday, explaining their meaning to her followers. 

"Today I can look at my inner forearms and see art that has meaning for me, I don't see a dark past anymore," the teenager wrote. "My scars and past of self-hatred have been covered by loving marks, creativity, ingenuity.. and depth." 

Paris added that, for her, the tattoos represent "strength" and offer proof that she's a fighter. 

"I'll always keep fighting, and encouraging others to stay strong," Paris wrote. "We all go through hell every now and then but it makes us the warriors of love we were meant to be. So to anyone struggling, it gets better. You're not alone."

Paris often posts photos of her tattoos on Instagram, some of which pay tribute to her late father and her grandmother, Katherine: 

bart & lisa back at it again

A photo posted by Paris-Michael K. Jackson (@parisjackson) on

"Kǎisèlín" for Grandma Katherine, done by the ink goddess herself @thetattooprincess. Love you, G-Ma.

A photo posted by Paris-Michael K. Jackson (@parisjackson) on

Her brother, Prince, also has some ink of his own:

I did #princemichaeljackson tattoo #MichaelJacksonjr #MichaelJackson he is an amazing man. Much love .

A photo posted by Justin's Dermagraphink Tattoo (@dermagraphink) on

If you — or someone you know — need help, please call 1-800-273-8255 for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. If you are outside of the U.S., please visit the International Association for Suicide Prevention for a database of international resources.

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