Welcome to the National Historic Site Banting House Online Exhibit Diabetes Ink!
According to Dr. Aaron Wolfgang, “For millennia, tattoos have been used to decorate human skin as an outward symbol of underlying personal and cultural significance.” Because of their personal nature, tattoos are one of the many ways that people with diabetes, or those close to them, find strength and community. They offer a form of resilience. Given that tattoos are art, there are endless ways that they can manifest.
“Chronic illness tattoos are a healing reminder that, though you didn’t choose this path, you do get to decide to not let it control you.” -Christina Vanvuren
Vanvuren explains that tattoos are empowering to those who go through the trials and tribulations of having such a condition.
In this exhibit, we will explore some of the various themes that these tattoos take. This exhibit will take you through the ink that has given empowerment to hundreds all over the world. Tattoos are becoming more and more accepted in the public sphere, and as a result, people with Diabetes have become more open to sharing their story via a personal canvas.
We hope this exhibit is inspiring, meaningful and colours your day.
If you are interested in sharing your tattoo and/or story, please be in touch with us.