Tattooing and Disability

Mickey mouse tattoo

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This post comes out of a conversation I had with my friend. She is thinking about getting a second tattoo. The picture in the post is of her current tattoo. She told me of how she and her friend went together to get their tattoos. She asked me to write this post because she is wanting to make people were aware of things you need to consider in terms of disability and tattooing.


Do you have allergies to latex? If you do, and are considering getting a tattoo there is some steps you should do first. Call the tattoo parlours and explain your allergies find out if they use latex or vinyl gloves. You need to educate yourselves because really do you want to end up with a trip to the hospital with an allergic reaction.

Other Things to Note

if you have any form of sensory issue and can’t feel the area of placement and won’t be able to feel the tattoo because of this, reputable tattoo places will not tattoo when you can’t feel because of issues of infections and will ask you to change where it is placed.


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Laura Forde founded her blog through my eyes: my life with cerebral palsy in December 2009 out of a great need she had, realizing that there was a vast gap in firsthand accounts of what life was like living with Cerebral Palsy: she knew then that the only way to see this reflected online was to create the change herself and thus this blog was born Laura was born four months premature, weighing a mere one pound three ounces and given ten percent odds for survival. She was diagnosed with cerebral palsy at the age of three. After graduating from college, she continued writing and doing what she loves to do most; speaking to groups about her life experiences and sharing what she has learned from her journey. Her blog lifeofthedifferentlyabled was created after discovering that the online community lacked the voice of people in her situation. In its first year, the site saw over 20,000 hits from all over the world. Her readers are from all walks of life; some with disabilities, parents of children, professionals, and others who seek to gain a better understanding of the world of the differently abled. You can follow her on Twitter or Facebook
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5 Responses to Tattooing and Disability

  1. Deb says:

    Just wondering, do you have a tattoo? Would you consider getting one?

  2. Saverio says:

    I guess I have a different midsnet. When I was 17, my face was disfigured in a motorcycle accident. The only thing I had done a year after everything was healed was to have my right eye reopened because it had healed mostly shut. Since insurance and reimbursement from the accident wasn’t an issue I could have had an eyebrow implant to replace the one that was crushed or a cheek implant to replace the cracked one. But, instead I learned how to be more creative with make -up. I had also thought about having my nose repaired to the way it used to be, but I saw the video’s of how that is done, so i decided to forget about it. it makes me sick when these perfectly pretty girls screw up their faces when there was nothing wrong with them to begin with. If only they had to live with my face for a little while then they might change their minds.

  3. Robin Heuver says:

    I want to get one but I’m not sure where to put it. Im a L3-L4 paraplegic (I have spina bifida). I don’t walk around my circulation below my knees isn’t great. Any suggestions?

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