Heavily-Inked Aspiring Surgeon Shares What It's Like Being A Doctor With Tattoos All Over Her Body
January 11, 2019 12:15 By Fabiosa
It’s easy to make assumptions when you see a heavily tattooed person. People with visible tattoos are a minority, and they are often unfairly discriminated against as negative stereotypes about them still persist.
Dr. Sarah Gray from Adelaide, Australia, is ready to challenge these stereotypes by sharing her story with the world.
Meet Dr. Gray, ‘the world’s most tattooed doctor’
If you take one look at Sarah Gray, you would think she’s a model. She does modeling, yes, but her main occupation has nothing to do with her looks.
The heavily-inked 30-year-old is a doctor; she’s recently got a medical degree and started training as an orthopedic surgeon.
As her professional ethics and skills aren’t apparent at first glance, but her bright tattoos are, Dr. Gray has faced discrimination on more than one occasion.
Speaking to Daily Mail Australia, the doctor recalled how she was ignored by store clerks when she was looking for a pair of designer shoes and how she and her husband were asked to leave a restaurant with a 'no visible tattoos' policy.
When the young woman was in medical school, she was wary of getting tattoos on visible body parts, as she thought colleagues and patients wouldn’t take her seriously.
She was pleasantly surprised to find that people's attitudes towards those with tattoos have shifted – her patients and doctors she works with have been quite understanding and didn’t really care all that much about her colorful skin, bright hair, and piercings.
The young doctor is married to a tattoo artist. Like her, most of his skin is covered in his colleagues’ artworks.
Dr. Gray is quite well-known in the world of tattoo enthusiasts – she was once crowned 'Miss Inked Australia and New Zealand'.
She hopes her story can change people’s negative perceptions of tattooed professionals. Speaking to Daily Mail Australia, Dr. Gray said:
We should all be able to love the skin we're in, regardless of how we choose to decorate it.
For those that don't like tattoos, that's entirely their prerogative, I just urge them to at least consider the artistic skill that goes into creating body art, before they judge someone harshly at face value for choosing to wear them.
We hope her story makes a difference!