WHAT TO KNOW ABOUT MEDICAL TATTOOS.

Some get tattoos to memorialize moments in time, others get one as allegiance to ones they love, and other get it simply for the art. Yet regardless of why you get a tattoo, there’s a new breed of creatives that get them simply to notify medical professionals about their medical issues and concerns.

Take Chris Miller, a 42 year old newspaper reporter from Canada. For his first tattoo he got one to let paramedics or doctors know that he has Type 1 Diabetes. He did this by tattooing his wrist with, “T1 DIABETES”.

“I’ve always worn medical alert bracelets and, over the years, they break from time to time,” says Miller, who was diagnosed at age 3. “I just thought a tattoo made sense because it’s permanent.” Plus, he adds, the process wasn’t so foreign. “I’m sort of used to needles,” he says.

“I wanted to be clear that it’s not just a design,” says Chris Miller, whose friend found the pattern online.

“I wanted to be clear that it’s not just a design,” says Chris Miller, whose friend found the pattern online.

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