Tattoos and Diabetes

By mo91108 Latest Reply 2012-01-25 19:10:40 -0600
Started 2010-09-15 12:26:08 -0500

Has anyone here gotten a tattoo since they have been diagnosed? I really want to get more, but when you sign the release form at the Tattoo Parlor it says to tell the Artist that you have Diabetes. I am scared that it will not heal right or anything. Can I have your opinions please. Monica

23 replies

NavyNerd 2011-07-08 00:55:06 -0500 Report

I had one done when my sugars were way out of whack and it healed beautifully, slower, but beautifully. Any piercings though, a no go. Surgical scars, piercings, etc. I have a horrible time with but I seem to do okay with tattoos.. we'll see again soo :) I want another, bigger.

mo91108 2012-01-25 19:10:40 -0600 Report

I got mine done in may of last year, it is beautiful and healed good, only problem was guess i'm allergic to a certain type of green tattooing ink. :/

bizzach 2010-12-10 09:14:16 -0600 Report

Ive had 2 since ive been diagnosed and had no problems except i may have healed a little slower.

Lori1964 2010-09-26 03:43:54 -0500 Report

I am type 2 Diabetic and I have 1 tattoo it is of a heart over my heart with hubby's name on it and yes I was in the prediabetic stage when I got mine. I did have some swelling and a huge scab over the whole thing but I feel it was the artists fault due to the fact he shaved my chest 4 different directions with an elcheapo Bic razer before he did the tattoo. Now I do not have a hairy chest and why he decided to shave me so much I have no idea but he razor burned me pretty good then tattooed over it. The guy was new and was fired for it and the owner still to this day when he sees me he tells me come in and I will fix it for free lol.

The reason I am telling you this is make sure you get a good artist that has been doing tattoos for a while and has a clean shop and practices good safe clean tatts and knows what he is doing. Also I do agree with the others about making sure your levels are good to avoid any complications. Enjoy your tatt. It sounds like it will be beautiful!!!

P.S. I might be a little leery of getting a tatt on my lower extremities due to the trouble Diabetics have with the circulation in them. But that is me not you its all up to you.

Frosch 2010-09-20 10:27:14 -0500 Report

This is nice to know cuz I got one last year and I want more but didnt know if I could now that I have been diagnosed. Thanks everyone!

rwb 2010-09-19 06:51:37 -0500 Report

ive had 10 since iwas told i have diabetes n p yet

bicker68 2010-09-18 08:33:04 -0500 Report

I have gotten 3 since I have been diagnosed with no problems. What kind are you getting?

mo91108 2010-09-18 12:11:19 -0500 Report

I want to get my back done for my family. I really want a huge portrait of indonesia on my back and intertwine different things for eacfh person close to my heart, and of course I want my cure diabetes ribbon :]

hogrider37 2010-09-16 09:54:38 -0500 Report

Monica, Ive gotten 3 more since i was diagnosed. Ive never had a problem and I take blood thinners also. When I asked my primary about getting another one back then before the 3 i got her answer to my question was "why not". several friends have gotten them also. good luck. Pick a nice one.

GabbyPA 2010-09-15 19:24:44 -0500 Report

There are several members who have had them done after being diagnosed. I would recommend that you be in very good control before doing one and make sure you follow the after tattoo treatments very closely. Also ask about certain colors, because they can react with your skin in different ways. My husband has a yellow in one of his that bumps up when combines with suntan lotions...go figure.

Always use a reputable artist and parlor that only uses new needles and new inks for each customer. If you want a larger one or a filled in one, you might want to break it up into multiple visits to let yourself heal between sessions.

RAYT721 2010-09-15 16:36:47 -0500 Report

There was an episode on DLife about this recently. It says that for some diabetics it is fine. In fact the host is a diabetic and got a medic ID tattoo. I thought about a tattoo and then thought again. Inking is just not for me.

kdroberts 2010-09-15 12:52:55 -0500 Report

How are your blood sugars? It's possible that if they are not controlled for you to have complications healing and with infections, quite serious complications.

mo91108 2010-09-15 14:42:47 -0500 Report

Thank are almost perfect. I am usually around 80 before meals and about 100 or so at bed. I do not test after meals though.