need help with tattoo colors

By Jesse57 Latest Reply 2010-03-02 22:03:06 -0600
Started 2010-03-01 10:13:55 -0600

Hi everyone— I recently saw a member with a medical tattoo. I have searched and cannot find the pic. Does anyone know the proper colors for a tattoo of a diabetic symbol? ( The symbol with a staff and two snakes wrapped around it ) I am having my ink work done this week and have to know the correct colors. Thanks; Jeff

13 replies

Danni-the-diabetic 2010-03-01 19:56:21 -0600 Report

Where are you going to get the tat?

Jesse57 2010-03-01 22:52:53 -0600 Report

Hi Danni; It's going to be on my left inside forearm just above where you would wear a watch.

Danni-the-diabetic 2010-03-02 00:12:24 -0600 Report

when you get it done you should post a picture, I would like to see how it looks, if that's ok? I'm not big on tattoo's, well I have two; the first one was when I was eighteen just to prove my friends that I wasn't chicken lol how stupid! and the second on is for my niece that passed, which I still need her name on. My problem is that my skin is real sensitive and I am literally ticklish all over so tattoos are so painful to me. But that's a good idea!

Nova69 2010-03-02 05:58:10 -0600 Report

I checked using google and discovered that there is no specific color for the caduceus. in fact there are a number of different designs. If you google caduceus and click on the "Images" link, you'll see hundreds of different versions, a number of which would make great patterns for your tat.

Danni-the-diabetic 2010-03-02 19:59:56 -0600 Report

I'll have to check that out too. When I got my first tattoo the artist asked if I was diabetic, I lied and told him no. A few weeks later I was at my Dr.'s and when I bent over she happened to see it, she asked where I went to and I told her, apparently she knew the guy and told me that if he knew you were diabetic than he wouldn't have given it to you. I got busted, she knew I lied. Any reason why Tattoos aren't ok for diabetics to get? Or is just one of those risk of affection things?

Jesse57 2010-03-02 21:41:18 -0600 Report

Danni; My tat person will only do ink work from the waist up on Diabetics because of the minimal blood flow below the waist which would greatly slow down the healing process and greatly increase the possibility of infection or much worse problems. He is a tat man not a Dr. but has done many diabetics on their upper extremities with no problems. I hope you find this helpful.

Danni-the-diabetic 2010-03-02 22:03:06 -0600 Report

Yes and thank you. My first one I got is on my lower back (before I knew people called them tramp stamps lol), that's the one my Dr. got onto me about. She hasn't seen the 2nd one that is on my ankle/lower leg. It healed fine but not "right", it needs to be touched up, which I will do when I add my niece's name to it. Anywho, that does make sense, thanks again!
:) Danni

OMG-T2 2010-03-01 10:58:13 -0600 Report

The medical symbol to which you refer is called a caduceus, and the usual color for the symbol - in order to call attention to it - is red. I don't know offhand if there's a specific color to indicate that the wearer of the caduceus is diabetic, but I don't think so. I would imagine that having the word "diabetic" tattooed along with the caduceus would be pretty clear however.

Interesting idea about getting such a tattoo…think I'll just stick with a Med ID tag! LOL!