Frustrated mom
By Frustrated mom Latest Reply 2009-03-31 13:14:58 -0500
Started 2009-03-17 14:59:58 -0500

After much debating our son has gotten a tattoo of his last name on his back, like he may forget or something (LOL) and he is getting one on his forearm with a star and the word diabetic and the date that he was diagnoised ..What does this do to his diabetes while getting it? He thought that he would go low, but his bs shot up ( I think do to stress)

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Sarguillo 2009-03-20 13:03:15 -0500 Report

Tatts are a very persoanl thing. As for having his finished later this week, The artist is crazy. Should wait 5 weeks to let the first inking heal. On that I agree with legs. My tatt had to be done in two parts, as it was not done at a professional studio with professional equipment, but it was by a professional artist. It looks great. Had it done when I was younger and I still like it today. In fact, it needs to be touched up soon. Just remember the 3 bassic rules for Tatts: #1 no flash, #2 no tatts where gravity will affect, #3 no names of anyone that can be changed by divorse, seperation or split ups. Good luck and hope your sons tatt comes out looking good.

vgarrison 2009-03-20 17:20:20 -0500 Report

What exactly do you mean by "no flash"..just wondering.


Sarguillo 2009-03-20 18:57:38 -0500 Report

Flash is what is up on the walls in the studios. Its also what you would find in the books. Flash is the ready tatts that those who do not know get. In other words, what everyone else has already on their bodies. My tatt was custom drawn. I let the artist sign it in really small print but its signed. When she finished, She gave me the template she used as to not use it again on anyone else. its indiviual art work. Nobody else in this world has the same tatt as I do. Flash is artwork templates that are used over and over again on different people. In my opionion, why be individualistic and then have the same tatt as others.

vgarrison 2009-03-21 01:11:47 -0500 Report

Ok, so my hubby agrees with you (he's a tattoo artist himself), but I do not agree. Now this is just my opinion, but all of my tattoos have come from flash pieces. I have changed colors and added or taken away things but they have all come from a piece of flash on the wall.

I wasn't sure if you meant in a flashy place on your body or flash art…


Sarguillo 2009-03-23 12:34:58 -0500 Report

Viki, Its all good. My dragon 0n my leg, the wings came from one picture, The body from another, The head form a totally different picture and the tail with armour (so nobody come up behind him and cuts his tail off) was from another picture I had. Took all these in and had a free hand drwaing done. The end result was a totally new picture. If you take flash as a model and change it, its no longer flash. Its then custom. So I disagree with you. You dont have flash. You just used flash as a model. As for flashy looking studios? I have found that cleaniness is next to godliness in this matter. My wife's current artist has a big follwing in this area. He has dimond plate covering his walls. Not a speck of dirt anywhere. Does all the work himself. The wait to get an appointment is long, but worth it. Then there are others here in town. The biggest, I wouldnt go there as its a filthy studio. Dirt in corners. Streak marks in floor. Just not a place I would want the work done on me. Found one little shop here in town that the artist was dipping out of a common well. Not taking small samples and using that ink, then discarding the left overs. So you have to be carefull about who you let do the work on you. My tatt was done by an artist that was just out of jail. Needed to make some money to get started again. I saw the quality of work being done. Saw the cleaniness factor. Saw the home made gun that was being used. Damn, A single neddle piano wire gun is slow and not that sharp. So it hurt more than a good pro gun would have been. Its all give and take. As long as you are happy with your art work and like it as long as you live, its a good piece.

vgarrison 2009-03-24 00:11:57 -0500 Report

Now I can completely agree with you on the cleanliness factor of any parlor!! If you can walk into a parlor to get a tattoo and they can get you in the same day…walk out. If there is no wait time, then obviously no one else wants ink done at that place as well. My husband has a 3 week waiting list, and thats only for about 20 people…he might fit one or two in here or there, but for the most part he leaves an opening for the whole day for people…that includes the artwork and the tattoo…he does alot of the original designs himself…or as you say…tweak up the flash for different people.


DiabetesDiva 2009-03-25 19:47:17 -0500 Report

Thanks for the info. One parlor that was recommended to me, has at least a month's wait. I guess that's agood sign, just like my hairdresser!

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Frustrated mom 2009-03-24 14:20:12 -0500 Report

He got his tattoos finished this week end and they really turned out good…I expecially like the diabetic one…The one he put on his back was done in 2 sessions. 1st session was to outline it and the 2nd was to shade it in. He is doing okay with it now, but the day he got it shaded in he was in some pain…I am glad that you are still happy with yours…

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Frustrated mom 2009-03-24 14:21:34 -0500 Report

Sarguillo, thank you. It turned out great…

Sarguillo 2009-03-24 14:41:32 -0500 Report

Please post pics when you have a chance. I am still thinking of what to do for my next tatt. My wife's artist wil not work on other artist's tatts. So I have to go find a new artist for myself.

BeckyJ 2009-03-20 10:41:13 -0500 Report

Just a personal note here. I have two older brothers who are both tattoo addicts. My oldest brother has almost his entire upper body covered and most of his left leg. Some of the stuff on their bodies make me want to cringe They really were not thinking when they had them applied. The worst are the ones on their forearms with letters about 2in high and reads LMBLNO (Love My Brother Like No Other) at first I thought this was great. My younger brother had heard the phrase somewhere and thought it was cool so they both got them. Come to find out the phrase is from the Arian Brotherhood Youth Program (The Nazi program for young boys in Germany during the war)it was used as a code phrase to let other boys now that they were a part of the Nazi regime. Now my younger brother who is naturally bald at age 33 is often targeted as a skinhead. I just wish he had done a little more research into what he was putting on his body. NOT to say that I am against tattoo's in general. I agree with the view that it's an expression of art. I just wish that more people would truly think about what they are putting on their skin. I really like the idea of the medical alert tatto since it's used to save someones life. I was going to get a tattoo to cover some scars that I received from a car accident several years ago. Try to blend them in a little since I always get questions about them(sometimes very rude ones). It's all a matter of personal perspective. By the way.. my Uncle was a missionary in Africa for many years and has a tattoo on his left hand with the name of his deceased daughter. He had several other ministers admire it and even had the deacon of his parish ask him where he got it as it was so beautiful.

vgarrison 2009-03-20 02:06:59 -0500 Report

Thats my take on it!!!



DiabetesDiva 2009-03-25 19:44:50 -0500 Report

I love your tattoo. Although I don't have any, I appreciate them as works of art. I'm 58 and am afraid what it would look like on sagging skin!

2009-03-25 20:55:49 -0500 Report

Vicki, I'm thinking about getting a small circular medic alert tat, right over my heart, what ya think?

vgarrison 2009-03-26 23:10:27 -0500 Report

Hey as a fellow tattoo lover I say awsome, as an EMT I would say over the heart is ok, but I have always checked the wrist first…not often have I ever checked the chest for someone, unless I am shocking them…and unfortunetly that is too late to be of any good…

Just my thought…


Sarguillo 2009-03-27 11:55:45 -0500 Report

I have a friend who is an EMT and I asked him this questions also, where was the best place to wear Med ID. He said wrist or at the neck. Those are the two places they will check for pulse first. Says if you wear at neck, keep the chain short as not to fall too low into your closes and if you wear at wrist, make sure it at the wrist and not up the arm. Also not to make it look like jewlery. They wont see it if they think its just jewlery. As for Phone charms. They dont go looking for cell phones at all, unless its the police trying to find out who you are if they cant find ID or a wallet, and you are out of it.

2009-03-27 22:12:25 -0500 Report

Thank you to both of you!!!! I'm havin a really hard time of figuring out where to put one, because I have work on both of my wrists. Hubby frowns upon the idea of another tat on the neck, I already have one on the right side, curving around my ear.

The other thing I wonder about is: if when I finish college, and go apply for a job at a hospital, will they discriminate against me, (as we all know some companies, and others do), having a tattoo on the inside of my wrist, at the base of my hand?

lipsie 2009-03-28 12:55:24 -0500 Report

You have a great point though now a days I have seen so many or people with them all over, or piercings for that matter so I would not get it worry you too awful much, especially since it'll be medical related at that, at least that's my thoughts. Good luck sweets! Sheila

vgarrison 2009-03-28 22:12:25 -0500 Report

Hmmm that is a good question. I work in healthcare myself and have never had anyone say anything bad about my tattoo…but then again I work for a small family owned and ran company that is the best ever…I asked my mom and she said that there are nurses in the ER where she works that have tattoos…it just depends on whether its the business or the healthcare part of the hospital…

Good Luck

2009-03-29 18:21:59 -0500 Report

I'm going to school right now, to become a Medical Coder, hopefully my time will not be wasted! I'm still kickin the idea of where I can put the alert design, ho hum, decisions, decisions, lol

Hugs, Joyce

MAMA J 2009-03-19 11:14:10 -0500 Report

i personally dont like tatoos. and wont get one. several of my children have one or two hidden tats. i think they look disgusting.

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Frustrated mom 2009-03-19 11:20:00 -0500 Report

Mama J, I am gonna have to agree with you…I do not have any myself, but my son has wanted this tat for a few years now. I have tried many times to discourage him, but his mind was set. The diabetic tat was my idea, because he keeps loosing his ID braclet. At least this way I know other will know that he is diabetic…I hope that I have not offended you?


Two painful feet
Two painful feet 2009-03-19 14:22:57 -0500 Report

The human body is a peice of art work. It shouldn't be marred by tatos.


2009-03-19 22:10:32 -0500 Report

I'm sorry you feel this way, I hope you don't feel that tattooed people are bad because they have a desire to express their life stories through body art.

Everyone of my tattoos have a reason for being there.

Frustrated mom
Frustrated mom 2009-03-24 14:10:04 -0500 Report

I love to hear everyones stories and what their tattoos represents…I personally do not have any because I have choose not to, but I think they are interesting… And I do not think any different of people who do…Some just do not get it.. I would love to hear your stories…


BeckyJ 2009-03-18 20:03:55 -0500 Report

I was all set to go in and get my medic alert tattoo last year when the only tattoo parlor in my area was closed for a health violation. Turns out the tech wasn't cleaning the needles before each session and someone ended up with Hep A,B & C. Terrified me. I'm still on the fence though about getting one but was wondering…how do I know if they are reputable? Since I live in a rural community it will be at least a 45min drive to the city so I want to make sure the place is safe…any suggestions?

2009-03-18 20:31:54 -0500 Report

You MUST visit the parlor, make sure the place is clean to YOUR satisfaction, ask them if they are hospital sterile, and if they use NEW needles, or use an autoclave. I'm glad you didn't get one from them!

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Frustrated mom 2009-03-19 11:14:29 -0500 Report

Wow, that would scare me to death…I live in a big city, so they are everywhere…This person actually came to our house…I made him show me the needles (still in the package) He also was highly recommended by my older son who had a tat done by him. I also made it very clear that my son was diabetic and would have to check his blood through out the process. It was a big tattoo so he has to finish it this weekend…But I would ask around and go to someone that has been highly recommended, and look at some of their work. Good luck…


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JS - 32502 2009-03-18 09:36:15 -0500 Report

Dear Mom, I have a couple tatoo's and I don't think he is lying. I actually find it relaxing, and would go to sleep except that I enjoy watching the artist do their work. I am wondering if he experiences high blood sugars during any other activities? Like when he is totally concentrating on a video game and really consumed by it. Sometimes the tension in muscle could send a signal that the liver misunderstands and it pushes sugar. I totally agree that a 'tat' for diabetes is a cool idea. One of mine is a celtic shamrock and now I NEVER have to worry about being piched on ST Patrick's day again!! LOL :)

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Frustrated mom 2009-03-18 09:44:39 -0500 Report

That is pretty cool… Your Tattoo. I never thought about the video games, I am gonna have to check that out, because he does run high alot…He said that when he was shading it in it was alittle uncomfortable, but not painful…maybe it is beacue of all the shots he has taken?

2009-03-18 19:56:46 -0500 Report

No Mom, it's the number of needles used for the shading versus the outline. The outline is the worst part, always. I have fine line work, which was done with a single needle, which most people avoid. Shading and color is usually done with 2 or more needles in the gun. And that hurts ALOT less!

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Frustrated mom 2009-03-24 14:06:57 -0500 Report

well he got his tattoo finished this week end and he said the shading part was very painful..It looks really good, but I am really glad that he got the Diabetic t1 tattoo…Now I will not worry as much…

lipsie 2009-03-18 01:12:28 -0500 Report

42, wow that's cool…I only got one darn it! I wanna get a few more but need the money so *sigh* What kind of things ya got if you don't mind my asking Joyce?

Judimar 2009-03-18 01:44:40 -0500 Report


I think that the diabetic tattoo will probably be useful because he won't have the need to wear a medic alert with it on his body (unless it's located on a part of his body that is completely covered or not easily seen).


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Frustrated mom 2009-03-18 09:34:56 -0500 Report

It is gonna be on his forearm…He lost his ID bracelet and we thought if we got the tat for him, he would never have to loose it and everyone would know that he was diabectic.

Frustrated mom
Frustrated mom 2009-03-18 09:32:56 -0500 Report

I myself have none, and am scared of needles…But my son got our last name across his back "Davidson" and then he is gonna get a diabetic tat, my daughter is gonna get a peace sign…I think they are neat to look at and they always have a story behind them…And yes they are usually very expensive,but this guy only charged us $200.00 for the name and $20.00 for the diabetic one, it is gonna be a star, the date he was diadnoised and the word diabetic…I guess his dad thought it was a good deal, because he paid for it..LOL.

2009-03-18 19:53:53 -0500 Report

Sheila, most of mine are nature oriented, as I am Wiccan, and worship nature and all her glory!

I do have my zodiac sign on my right wrist, but in a very original way. My sign is Cancer, but I didn't want a crab on my wrist, so I used my element, water, and my planet, the moon. So I have a crescent moon sitting in waves!

I have my daughters name in Chinese symbols running down the right side of my back, next to a group of orchids.

The most I've ever paid for one tattoo is $80.00.

2009-03-17 22:27:40 -0500 Report

I've got 42 tattoos now, and the only thing I've experienced when my sugar is high is, I tend to bleed more.

If he says it didn't hurt, he's fibbin, lol, like you said, tough kid!!

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Frustrated mom 2009-03-18 09:27:34 -0500 Report

Your right I bet it did hurt, but he did not bleed but just alittle bit…Is that normal? He is not through with it either, the guy has to finish it up this week end due to swelling..It is a big tattoo…

2009-03-18 19:50:25 -0500 Report

The tattooist should wait at least 45 days before doing more ink, to let the area heal properly, if he is having more done on the same tat.

I'm considering getting a medic alert tattoo myself, just have to find room!!

Frustrated mom
Frustrated mom 2009-03-19 11:27:50 -0500 Report

He is actually doing the shading this weekend…The tat has not scabbed or bled, it actually looks like a pen mark of his name…

2009-03-19 22:01:12 -0500 Report

If it hasn't scabbed up yet, it's not healing. I scab within the first few days.

lipsie 2009-03-17 15:42:43 -0500 Report

Yeah stress, or pain maybe? I dunno for sure but most likely that I would think. How high did it go? He better be careful for the next one then, just in case it goes way high, etc. yanno? Sheila

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Frustrated mom 2009-03-17 15:48:11 -0500 Report

I had him check it right before they started and it was 300, so i left him alone, about half way through I had him check it again and it was 357, I then had him take 7 units of novalog, it then went down. I kept a close eye on him, but he argued with me and said it is going to go too low…But it did not…If it was painful, he never acted like it…tough boy.He did later make the comment that it was an anoying feeling, he still has another sitting to finish it…

Livingproof27 2009-03-18 21:23:42 -0500 Report

To your question on the high blood sugar and the tattoo. I have six tattoos so I kinda of know what your son is going through. Its due to the stress cause on the body and sometimes can be due to the fact he bleeds when getting the tattoo. An the pain tolerance is lower do to the high bs. Almost make sure you keep an eye on it after wards because his healing process is slowed greatly. An I agree with that about it not hurting, I think they hurt more now then before I became a Diabetic. lol

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Frustrated mom 2009-03-19 11:30:16 -0500 Report

Thank you for the information, he has healed very nicely and quickly, no scabbing or bleeding…But I will be glad when it is all over…


2009-03-19 22:06:33 -0500 Report

A tattoo is an open wound, and it MUST scab in the process of healing. For every one of my 42 tattoos, I've scabbed within the first week. I have major pieces, and the tattooist waited 45 days after the first time to do more work.

The lack of scabbing would be an issue to me, sorry.

KStylesP 2009-03-31 13:14:58 -0500 Report

As a Macho Male I redistribute pain to my mind to keep it from showing outwardly, this is common for most guys. Now that I am diabetic I have learned that this tatic adds to stress levels..LOL..Go figure. All this time I had a high tolerance for pain..It may have just been a high level of stress..