14 Creative Diabetes Tattoos That Inspire And Inform!

No one would choose to have diabetes, and there are days when every person who deals with it is just done: fried, frazzled, and exhausted.

Tattoos are a way of changing your diabetes narrative. A diabetes tattoo can remind you of your strength and what you have already overcome, and they double as medical alert symbols. Tattoos can show that diabetes is not something to hide and that, though it’s challenging, it’s part of who you are.

We’ve posted about how tattoos are safe for people with diabetes, (provided you take common-sense precautions) and each time we do we get a wave of amazing folks sharing their creative diabetes tattoos. Thank you so much!

We though we’d share the latest batch of inspiring user-submitted tattoos. If you’re thinking about getting some ink, check these out to get your creative juices flowing!

1. Cory Collins

Simple and effective.

2. Charlene Wartman

We haven’t seen this style before.

3. Mallory Lalor

Always keep hope in sight.

4. Tim Week


5. April Kubacki

This bracelet will never fall off!

6. Karen Manson

This one is almost whimsical.

7. Trina Rust

This tiny tat is simple and pretty.

8. Matthew Kenna

This is a classic medical alert tattoo. It looks great, and it could save your life in an emergency!

9. Sven Peeters

“Insulin Dependent” has never looked more renegade.

10. Dan Ruiz

Dan’s type 2 tat has his medical information along with a serious dose of awesome.

11. Susie Parkinson Rohlfing

Susie’s tattoo has double meaning. Thanks for sharing, Susie!

12. Jesse Williams

Person with diabetes? Motorcycle warrior? Probably both.

13. Amanda Nowlin

Ribbons on ribbon. Gorgeous.

14. Donald Dietert Jr.

Looks like this one is brand-new!

Are you inspired to get your own tattoo now? Even if not, we hope these tattoos helped remind you about how strong people with diabetes are every single day. Stay healthy, and stay strong!

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Katie Taylor started writing in 5th grade and hasn't stopped since. Her favorite place to pen a phrase is in front of her fireplace with a cup of tea, but she's been known to write in parking lots on the backs of old receipts if necessary. She and her husband live cozily in the Pacific Northwest enjoying rainy days and Netflix.