By vgarrison Latest Reply 2014-03-04 10:12:41 -0600
Started 2008-10-24 07:56:47 -0500

I am just wondering if anyone on here has gotten a tattoo while being diagnosed. If so, is there anything special that you had to do for the care of the tattoo.


22 replies

jc2436 2008-11-01 12:21:07 -0500 Report

Generally, the red ink used is poisonous. You have to limit the amount done at one time to stay under the limit of what your body can handle.

Carol11 2008-10-25 05:57:38 -0500 Report

I'm not into pain. ( Says some one who tests and injects 8-10 times a day)

vgarrison 2008-10-25 13:10:49 -0500 Report

yes but testing and injecting only last for a few seconds…i have seen one guy take a tattoo gun for 6 hours straight. and some of the machines they have use from 1 - 16 neddles at a time depending on the thickness of the line you want…

I'm a wimp…my tats are small and ummm delicate…yah thats the word..LOL


Shelly440 2008-10-25 01:26:53 -0500 Report

I have been able to keep my BS at a reasonable level. I have 5 tatoos and have never had one single problem. Allthough my doctor wasn't a fan, he just told me to keep my blood sugar in check and to watch for any sign of infection.

Anonymous 2008-10-25 03:48:07 -0500 Report

I quess it is all about the numbers. i was also told I could never have laser surgery on my eyes because I was diabetic and my eyes change so much. But I am getting more and more control everyday. I am so close I can taste it, maybe it will taste like chocolate. LOL

GabbyPA 2008-10-25 00:24:40 -0500 Report

I never thought about this. Good question. I designed one for my husband, and he has a list a mile long of otherones he wants to get. I have thought about getting one, but I think of how I will look with one when I'm 80 and I back down. I just can't get my head wrapped around that image. LOL

morris.js 2008-10-25 01:50:54 -0500 Report

Hee hee, Gabby, I have seen some of those older women, (and men too), with those tattoos that have sort of "shifted", and they do look a bit silly.
Having said that though, I have seen some that still look very sexy!!! And will still look good no matter how old they get.

I think some of you that have them should post a few pics so we can judge them for you.. :)

John (can you tell I'm back??)

vgarrison 2008-10-25 03:35:19 -0500 Report


First off I am so glad you back…second off picture huh…well if you look under my profile you can sorta see my hubby's tattoos…most are on his forearm and his calfs…when I get my new one I'll post for all…I love tattoo's..good thing I married a guy that can do them..cuz they can get expensive..


Anonymous 2008-10-25 02:25:40 -0500 Report

Do you all watch L A Ink with Kat Von D? She has alot and I wonder how she is going to feel when she is older with all of them?

vgarrison 2008-10-25 03:36:10 -0500 Report

I agree. My dad has quite a few tattoos on him, and he has made comments like..boy i was stupid to get that one..or I can't believe how it looks now..LOL


Bluebutterfly 2008-10-25 05:51:15 -0500 Report

I watch LA Ink sometimes. I like to watch them tattoo the people that get them I got mine a ALL or Nothing. I have a red rose with stem above my left breast. I am afraid when I get 80 I will have a long stem red rose.hee/hee

Bluebutterfly 2008-10-24 23:42:03 -0500 Report

I got my tatoo almost five years ago. I was dianosed with type II in 1994. I didn't have any trouble with it. I have a rose above my left breast. I like tattoos.If you are planning to get one just do what the artist tells you to do and you should be ok.

vgarrison 2008-10-24 15:56:46 -0500 Report

I have tattoos already, for I am married to a man that has 52 of them…yeah I said 52…He is also a tattoo artist, but he wasn't 100% sure about the whole tattoo thing. He talked to a friend of ours that has been tattooing for about 15 years or so…and come to find out his wife is also a type 1 diabetic and has several tattoos.

Their advice to me was as long as my BG was under control I will be fine. The only thing a diabetic has to worry about is the healing process. OH and not to take any stupid chances and get one on my foot…darn…hehehe

Thanks for all your advice…I appreciate it.


sexyswamprat 2008-10-24 16:16:53 -0500 Report


I have 5 tattoos that I got about 3 years before being DX. But I already knew that I was borderline diabetic when I got them. I didn't have any problems healing and one is directly ontop of my foot. Another is a dragon that wraps around my leg and the tails comes out on to my foot. Again no problems with healing. But now I'm extra careful since being DX with hep c and the concern I have for the safety of others. But I never put tatoos and diabetes together. Thanks for the heads up though cause I'm starting to get the fever again and I'm thinking about getting another one. How cool being married to a tattoo artist? Did he do any of yours?

vgarrison 2008-10-24 16:58:43 -0500 Report

NO he hasn't yet. He was away from the business for awhile and is now just starting to get back into it. We have several ideas that he wants to do…I have to put them on hideable areas, because I am going to school for business. I am going to get one on my forearm though…its going to say Medical Alert on top..then the medical symbol and then Diabetic under the symbol. I figure any employer that wants to discriminate about a medical tattoo can keep their job…LOL…but I'm old fashioned like that…hahaha


Anonymous 2008-10-25 02:23:59 -0500 Report

That is cool about the Medical Alert thing. But I wonder if emergency personnel would think to look. Do you still wear a bracelet or necklace? people need to make that aware to emergency people that people may have a tattoo and to look.

vgarrison 2008-10-25 03:32:51 -0500 Report

I have a medical alert dog tag that I am still going to wear. I used to be an EMT and I never would have taken a good look at someone's tattoo…

2008-10-24 10:43:05 -0500 Report

I agree, because with most diseases you are more prone to infection; I would not recommend it.

morris.js 2008-10-24 08:42:58 -0500 Report

My guess, is it would depend on how well controled your BG levels are. In my case, mine are fairly well controlled and I tend to heal very quickly without any infections. (I'm alway hurting my feet and hands during my Tae Kwon Do workouts…LOL)

However, having said that, a few years ago when my BG levels were not very well controled I would get infections very easily and they would take forever to heal. And my brother who is also Diabetic, lost a toe and almost his whole foot due to an infection that almost could not be stopped.

Best advice, check with your doctor.

John M.

Ms. Lizz
Ms. Lizz 2008-10-24 09:01:45 -0500 Report

I never gave a thought to the possibility of infection when I got my first tattoo. Yes, I have one… I wanted more, but decided against it, just because… I never had a minute's trouble from mine. My tatoo artist gave me a tin of what is called tatoo goop. It is kind of like a salve and I was to keep my tatoo covered in that and then a bandage over it until the swelling went down and it turned out fine. Mine says "I (red heart) my Bigg Poppa"!!! It is cute and not real big. It didn't hurt nearly as much as I thought it would either!!
I agree with Morris, it mainly depends on you, how well your blood glucose is maintained and whether or not you heal slowly under normal conditions. I did notice that my flu shot this year took a long time to stop hurting after the second day. It never hurts getting it, but that muscle gets really inflamed after and I got it last Friday and its been a week and it is still tender!! I'd ask my doctor about it and use what he/she says and your own common sense. Good luck and I know you will make the right decision.

Anonymous 2008-10-24 08:16:44 -0500 Report

I have been told that because we(diabetics) do not heal fast that getting a tattoo is not recommended. I am sure others will have more thoughts.

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