By Calaraphea - 16/05/2013 15:01 - United Kingdom - Warrington
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OP here. I didn't expect it to be noted as a medical bracelet substitute. It's very artsy and colourful; it also has a date underneath so I didn't expect people to think it was due to an illness.
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There is someone I run into at my local pharmacy that has one. But underneath the symbol it has the illness. I probably wouldn't make the assumption without more info on the tattoo. A med alert doesn't do a whole lot of good if it doesn't say what is being alerted to if the person is knocked out and can't speak. But I could see where some may mistake it.
It's your tattoo. You can make it mean whatever you like. Just tell them what it means to you.
Why would you put that on your wrist and not expect people to think that. People will use that tattoo as a substitute for the bracelet on their forearms. YDI
No. I'm a trauma doctor. I spend my days making split second decisions, decisions that have ended up being wrong and taking a life instead of saving it. I both admire and fear the power of medicine; therefore I wanted to get a tattoo of the medical symbol to both show my respect and love for medicine.
I agree with 14. That date could either be date of diagnosis or date of recovery/overcoming it. I would have placed it elsewhere, some place where it couldn't be misinterpreted as a replacement for the bracelet. But, in the end it's your body and hopefully you'll have no regrets.
Since I don't know how the tattoo looks exactly, I'm not sure if this will work, but maybe you can put Trauma Doc or something similar so you won't have to worry about the confusion. I think it's quite admirable how you think of medicine and your respect for it. I may not live in London, but thank you for your services in doing everything you can to save lives. Also #75 what's wrong with artsy?
I have a lot of tatts that many people still ask the meaning for today because they don't get it. I just look at it this way: The meaning wasn't meant for the public it was meant for the person getting the tattoo, that's all that matters. It's not the worlds business unless you make it that way..
I'm pretty sure they don't even have that... Just ignore ignorant people op, sounds pretty cool to me!
True but, I could be wrong, but I think they are a lot more common in the US than in the UK? I do know one person who has one but other than her I've hardly ever seen them, and I've definitely never see them advertised on tv. Therefore, I can completely understand OPs shock at people having that reaction over here. Personally, although I am familiar with them, I don't think I would ever have made the connection without some prompting.
That sounds pretty legit! Most people generally do not associate that with medicine, but rather illness unfortunately. Keep Calm and Doc On