Science and Medicine (Diabetes Ink)

Science and Medicine

Many of the tattoos in this theme are extremely personal in nature, including tributes to insulin the science behind the disease or a caduceus. Many opt for a medical alert bracelet, as opposed to an actual one both for expressive and safety reasons.

Here’s what they’re saying:

“I kept misplacing my medical alert bracelets and needed a way to inform people of my diabetes if I was unconscious. Very simple font that is easy to read with no design to get lost in.”


“I never was good at wearing medic alert jewelry so I just went ahead and made it permanent.”


“I was very tired of spending money on medical alert bracelets; in the long run, the tattoo saved me lots of money.”


“I have this tattoo as a joke really – I played volleyball in high school and I had to take off my medical alert bracelet.. so my mom made a joke saying “you should just get the bloody thing tattooed”… so I did.”


“There’s not a cure, it’s a treatment. Like it’s something I have to take a shot, I take four to five shots every day of my life.”


Submit YOUR story/tattoo

If you’re interested in sharing, here is what we are looking for. Please email to 

  1. Name 
  2. Age you received your tattoo
  3. Age you received your (or your friend/family) diagnosis
  4. Location 
  5. 2-3 sentences why you got your tattoo.

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