Warrior Tattoos

Some of us have tattoos as symbols of our fight and struggles with HS.  We encourage you to share your HS inspired tattoo you want to share.  People are always looking for inspiration for HS tattoos, please share yours!  If there's a special meaning behind it, please also feel free to share that as well!
Kara

This tattoo reminds me of the things HS has caused that I have survived! People without HS just don't know what it takes to SURVIVE. But us Warriors know the struggle of survival whether it be sepsis due to HS, or surviving brutal bandage changes, or the depression caused from this or sometimes just surviving the day. This is a lyric in Demi Lovato's song "Warrior" that really sticks out to me and reminds me I've survived 100% of my days so far. Keep fighting Warriors!

Dawn

Had this done after I nearly died 9yrs ago. I am now 50 at the time of this tattoo I had just tuned 41 and had suffered with hs since i was 13. I had a stroke at work and was flaring with hs everywhere, armpits breasts stomach theighs. I had a very large lump in my left breast and was in agony, but it was getting bigger and bigger, after yrs of being fobbed of with various antibiotics that had no effect I gave up on gp and dealt with them myself, but this one was the worst ever, I was starting feel like I was going crazy I was loosing energy and pain I could not take anymore so I went to my gp and he sent me straight to hospital within 1hr I was being operated on, it turned out it was so far in my breast it was 10cm down and could not reach the surface and was about to burst, doctor said another half hour I could have died as I was suffering effects of septicemia and if it had burst it would have been fatal', that was the first time I had been told it was hs, I suffered all them yrs with no help so I had the tattoo done with the words " no one should ever suffer in silence" but unfortunately one of my daughter also suffers now and one of my sons

Nicki

Refuse to sink.

Nicki

I got the blue ribbon on my foot as I was told it represented HS. Being a HS warrior (Blue is the color for HS in the UK).

MaKellee

This tattoo was a matching tattoo I got with my nurse who cared for me through my whole journey (and still continues to). Its simple and nothing special, but this is it. I also designed it myself. 

Kat

The hydra represents HS, and Pain and Panic represent complex post traumatic stress disorder and generalized anxiety disorder.  In many ways I feel as though my GAD and HS are connected. Anxiety creates cortisol, which can cause me to flare. HS causes me anxiety. Fear that someone will smell it. Fear that I'll move wrong and tear a flare open. Fear that eventually it'll take over more of my life than it already has.  This piece gives me power in the sense that when people ask about it, It's an opening to tell them what it represents. To tell them about HS. It gives me power over my body, making myself into a canvas. 🖤

Ashlie

Lori

This is my HS inspired tattoo. It is my own design of a straitjacket which symbolizes the way HS has kept me from enjoying life and the wings symbolize a hopeful cure. 

Tanja

Initium Novum which is Latin for 'New Beginnings.  Tanja had this tattoo done in Tiblisi Georgia while there for Phage treatment and felt that was her new beginning.  Learn more about phage treatment here.

Nichole

My HS tattoo defines what this illness does to us warriors; the ripping and tearing of the skin and that our scars may flaw our skin, but they are a part of our story and are beautiful!

Doug

Michael

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