30-year-old Dr. Sarah Gray, from Adelaide, Australia, is the self-proclaimed most tattooed doctor in the world, and while that sounds like it has no drawbacks, it has plenty.

She says that she has been discriminated against to no end, and is finally talking about about the prejudice she’s faced.

She’s calling for people to not think less of people with tattoos, and to stop believing that being inked equates to being a bad person.

 

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Gray got her first tattoo when she was 16-years-old and has since lost count of how many she’s had since. Her dreams are to have a full bodysuit, which would add to her already-over 300 hours under the pen.

She was previously crowned Miss Inked Australia and New Zealand and is now using her platform to fight the prejudice shown to people like her.

She cites being shunned in high-end stores, saying:

[the shop assistants] all served other customers first and wouldn’t even make eye contact with me.

I waited politely for ages and eventually gave up and left. They did themselves out of a sale and I saved myself $1,000, so I guess that’s one bonus!

Similarly, when she went out for lunch with her husband, the pair were asked to leave. Apparently the restaurant had a no visible tattoo policy.

Quite a few night venues seem to have this policy and although it doesn’t affect me very often as I hardly go out, it can be super frustrating when we get categorised as ‘bad people’ or being gang afflicted due to our colourful skin.

 

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Grey is working to become an orthopaedic surgeon after gaining her medical degree. At first, she was concerned that she wouldn’t be taken seriously but as it turned out, people were happy to discuss it with her…

Having colourful skin in no way affects your skill level and with all the anti-discrimination laws now it wouldn’t be appropriate to compartmentalise or treat me differently based on my appearance.

I’ve worked really hard to develop good professional relationships as I’m fairly memorable, so I’ve made sure I’m memorable for the right reasons through hard work, determination and an always positive attitude.

Occasionally someone disapproving will say a negative comment under their breath or shake their head at me, but these situations are rare.

 

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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.

Live and let live, eh? It seems ridiculous that she’s been asked to leave restaurants. What is the logic behind that? I’ll admit, I’ve seen people covered in tattoos and thought “hmmm probably too many tattoos for me, there” in the past, but that’s literally it.

Unless someone has something objectively reprehensible tattooed on them, what is the issue?

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