These tattoo artists are making invisible illnesses visible


[Photo: Instagram/Ink Visible]

For the healthy or able bodied, it can be hard to imagine what it’s like to live day-to-day with a disability or illness.

And even more so, what it’s like to have an illness which isn’t visible to others; rather than being offered support, you often find yourself having to defend and prove yourself instead.

So a group of artists have come together to create Ink Visible, a project that wants to make invisible illnesses and disabilities visible using beautiful temporary tattoos.

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A photo posted by Ink Visible (@myinkvisible) on May 28, 2016 at 10:19am PDT

It was founded by Arianna Warner, who has Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (or Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy) - a near-invisible injury that causes persistent severe pain - and is made up of five artists each with their own invisible disability or illness: Aubrey Hight, Lindsay Carter, Kimber Teatro, Trevor Ward and Tanya Magdalena.

Each artist created a temporary tattoo representing their experience of their disability, and making it easier to understand.

Warner told Metro: “After working on a project that investigated my own experience of having an invisible disability, I wanted to provide a space for others to be able to share their experiences.”

She said the idea is to break the “repetitious conversational cycle that people with disabilities typically encounter”, and that the temporary tattoos are a way of expressing these experiences in a more creative way.

Ink Visible now travels around the US giving out temporary tattoos (which are also available online), and talking to people with invisible illnesses.

Covering many different conditions, from Bruxism (teeth grinding) to depression and hallucinations, the art pieces are well worth admiring and learning from, too.

Check out the project’s Instagram here, or its website.

What do you think about the project? Tweet us at @YahooStyleUK.

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