So, the place I usually go to get my tattoos told me they refuse to tattoo a diabetic person anywhere below the waist. I have quite a few but all on my upper body except for one on my ankle that I got before I was diagnosed as diabetic. I wanted another on my leg but they refused to do it.

Has anyone else heard of this or had this problem? I don't fault them, rules are rules. But at the same time I sign off their liability to any healing or infection problems every time I get work done...I'm not sure why my signing off on the liability for tattoos on my legs would count any less.

I still love my artists though and got 2 new tattoos the day they refused to do my leg tattoo. =D

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i have a tattoo on my right foot, and stars on my hips.. all the others are above the waist... but, i have never heard of any such thing. circulation issues can become a problem... so, i guess they are just trying to cover themselves where they can. i did however have a problem with getting piercings before. I have my nose and upper lip (monroe) pierced but did them at home by friends who are piercers. when i tried to get my bellybutton done at a shop, i was refused twice because of my diabetes. 


i assume the only reason they say none below the waist is because of poor circulation leading to delayed healing... but, that can really happen anywhere with a tattoo. so, if you want some below the waist, go to a different shop for those ;)




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