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Inked Diabetics

If you have tattoos, or simply admire others' ink, this is your home! If you've ever had people say, "Tattoos? But you're diabetic!", come on in! Share artists, responsible studios, locales... A place to share your ink (keep it tasteful, kiddies!)

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Diabetes Forum

My Inks...

Started by Chun. Last reply by Eric Oct 27, 2014. 5 Replies

Show your ink.

Started by Tee. Last reply by Gary Z Jul 24, 2014. 209 Replies

my new D tattoo

Started by meh_mtl. Last reply by meh_mtl May 25, 2014. 5 Replies

Been awhile....

Started by Andi. Last reply by Brendan Leber May 9, 2014. 1 Reply

Gruss von Krampus!

Started by Brendan Leber. Last reply by Brendan Leber May 7, 2014. 2 Replies

Medic Alert?

Started by duckatect. Last reply by AlexaBug Apr 24, 2014. 5 Replies

My sons new tattoo....

Started by Katsz. Last reply by melanie Jan 25, 2014. 3 Replies

Facebook post of new diabetes ink.

Started by GeekDaddy. Last reply by kiddo8888 Jan 24, 2014. 2 Replies

tats on inject area?

Started by bufbuffalo. Last reply by Piscesyin Dec 11, 2013. 7 Replies

My Diabetic Tat

Started by SoxFan4Ever Dec 10, 2013. 0 Replies

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Comment by Emily Coles on March 20, 2015 at 3:59pm

Healthline has a piece on Inspiring Diabetes Tattoos, and is looking for photo submissions!  Pretty cool :)

Comment by juanita on June 4, 2014 at 4:07am

I've been diabetic for years but only with meds and diet. I never told my Artists that I was diabetic and never had any healing issues. But 2 months ago I decided to go to insulin. For me this changes things. Now I feel more responcable to my artist, so they know it's not them if something goes wrong. I still plan to get a few more large pieces but now I have to tell my artist and we together will decide where to go from here. I really hope that He is ok with this new situation. I LOVE His art style.
I sort of feel like telling a white lie, that I just found out I'm diabetic but seems that I have been one much longer without knowing. And leave it at that. See where that goes. In the meantime make sure my BG#'s are down and I stay on top of any new work so He feels confident.

Comment by Jenn Mama Bear on May 20, 2014 at 12:35pm

My artist instructed me to wash it thoroughly with antibacterial soap a couple hours after he was completed. He then covered it with Tagaderm and said to leave that one for about 5 days. Afterwards, when I wash it to use anti-bacterial soap and apply fragrance free lotion.

I have only the one tattoo (for now) and didn't have any problems with it getting infected. I'm thinking of what I want my next one to look like.

Comment by markeeezy on May 20, 2014 at 12:05pm

That sounds pretty great. And, Sankofa, Brendan just mentioned the other quite important point. Always follow whatever recommendations your tattoo artist gives for aftercare, not what you know from past experiences or what other people tell you. I am merely posting to tell you what has worked for me in the past based on what my artist has told me. But when I went to a different artist to get a piece done, I followed that artist's directions for aftercare (which were different from my regular artist!).

Anyway, what I'm saying is every situation is different so it's important to just have an open conversation with the artist. And definitely tell them when it gets infected - they may have an idea why. They are a professional for a reason.

Comment by Brendan Leber on May 20, 2014 at 12:02pm

Based on the recommendations from my tattooist I wait 24 hours to wash it the first time. She cleans the entire area really well just after the work is done then covers it with tatu-derm, a medical grade bandage that was developed from what hospitals use to treat burn victims. It sticks to the skin but not to the wound (aka tattoo). 24 hours later I remove it in the shower and wash the area very well. The scabs that form are far lighter and the entire time it takes to heal is a lot shorter than before.

I love the stuff.

Comment by markeeezy on May 20, 2014 at 11:42am

I'll second what Brendan said about being really careful with the tattoo while it's healing. It isn't really difficult to heal a tattoo well, but it takes care and attention for sure.

Make sure you wash it VERY well when you first get home from the tattoo shop. Ensure that all of the plasma and blood is washed away so the area is smooth and no longer "slimy" before drying it off when you initially wash it. You only mention two tattoos being infected - were they both at the same shop or from the same artist? And was the shop/artist the same for all of your other tattoos that did not get infected? I would just as soon look to the shop or the artist as I would look to myself if a tattoo got infected. That being said, these things can sometimes happen no matter how careful you are.

Comment by Brendan Leber on May 20, 2014 at 11:35am

I have six and a seventh one in progress which is my largest to date. The first two were before my diagnosis. I've only had one problem with healing and I think the cause was from going on a flight the next morning and getting way to hot and sweaty on the plane.

My method is to be careful with the area and wash up a few times a day. I use a very, very light coating of Aquaphor which my tattooist recommended to keep the scab from becoming too itchy or hard.

Comment by Sankofa on May 19, 2014 at 6:04pm

how is everyones tattoos healing? this one and the last one i got (before i knew i had diabetes) got infected. i'm waiting for this one to finish healing (it's been like 6 weeks already) so i can get it re-inked and hope it turns out better the second time around. i really want to get at least one more tattoo i have always wanted ( i currently have 10 and the last one i want is a partial back piece so it will be very large) but i'm sad this may have to be my last. i'm vegetarian and keep my bg levels good, but i still dont heal well. any advice to improve/speed healing?

Comment by Carly on January 18, 2014 at 12:21am

Hey Everyone, I mini update. My tattoo has healed! I will be buying some of the after care wash and lotions for the last part in March. I will post a pic soon. Thanks again! =)

Comment by Piscesyin on December 10, 2013 at 8:39pm
Carly: All of mine were done after being diagnosed frankly because I was age 2 :). Never had a problem with healing or infection which may or may not have to do with being in good control. I did have reactions though to certain colors. For example, the UV green did get red and itchy or the standard dark burgundy but even with that allergy of sorts, they all healed fine. They do, to this day, raise up and itch once in a while. I just rub them down with a little lotion. Primary concern is infection so keep it clean. If there is any major swelling, get it checked out. Some redness over a short period is normal though.

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