15 Inspiring Multiple Sclerosis Tattoos
Thanks to everyone who participated in the MS-inspired tattoo contest. Due to all the amazing submissions, we’ve expanded our favorites list from 12 to 15. It was extremely difficult to narrow the entry pool down to just 15—especially since everyone who entered has one thing in common: you’re a courageous fighter who refuses to let MS trample your spirit.
Click through the slideshow to get inspired by our favorite tattoos (in no particular order).
Dave SackettAfter I was diagnosed with primary progressive multiple sclerosis (PPMS), my son designed our tats. The words "fight," "overcome," "believe," and "persevere" are how we deal with my MS. Living with MS can be challenging, so I hope these words inspire you as they have us.
As a firefighter/paramedic and now a fire inspector living with MS, I hope this tat honors the "brotherhood" of the Fire Service and the MS fighters in us all. Remember: "It is what it is, keep pushin' on!"
Alicia BowmanI decided to show my mom, Ann, support and how much I love her with this tattoo. I believe the bible verse shows just how strong my mom is with what she endures every day. I picked the ribbon butterfly because of its beauty. I put MS in the wings, with my mother’s name in the ribbon. I love my tattoo and my mom.
Although I was devastated by my diagnosis, I wasn't going to let it take over my life. A tattoo shop was doing breast cancer ribbons, and all proceeds were being donated to research. My two sons, husband, and I all decided to get MS tattoos, knowing proceeds were going to a good cause. A family that tattoos together stays together—they're my world.
Life's beautiful and reminds me to "Just Breathe" each day. It reminds me that so many have MS with different symptoms, but we are all family.
I was diagnosed with MS in 2010, after years of wondering what was going on inside my body. Once I got that answer, it was bittersweet. I tried to deny everything, but realized I had to face it head on.
I put my own spin on the traditional ribbon because I wanted to show that MS is intertwined with me. The ribbon is tattered at the end, because that’s what happens to fabric over time, and that’s how I feel about this disease: parts of me may slowly become tattered, but my foundation will stay strong.
This is my MS guardian angel tattoo. I was diagnosed in 2011, but have had symptoms for years. I truly believe that I am being watched over. This angel is so I don't forget that, especially during the harder times.
There is a higher power at work, and everything happens for a reason. I was not cursed with this disease. I was blessed to be strong enough to carry this disease.
We all have our own battles in this world, and God gives his hardest battles to his strongest warriors. My wife is coming up on her one-year anniversary with multiple sclerosis and she is my inspiration. I love you, Muv!
Barbara NussI wanted something that incorporated my faith with my battle with MS. My niece drew this up for me. I like it because it looks like my faith is behind my disease (and maybe even supporting it), and this is how I feel about it as well.
Nicole PriceI wear my MS tattoo as a symbol of inspiration. It gives me the courage that I need to get through each and every day. The angel wings that sway above my ribbon help me soar when times get tough. I can honestly say, that these wings have given me more strength and hope than I ever imagined possible.
I was diagnosed in February, 2012, when I was 27. My tattoo is a butterfly with the MS orange ribbon as its body. I got this behind my ear to show my support for MS, and because all my lesions are in my brain.
I’ve participated in two MS walks so far and have raised almost $3,000 for the MS Society. It's been hard dealing with and accepting MS, but it's made me a stronger person. I fight MS every single day, but knowing I have my fellow MS warriors’ support makes it a little easier.
My tattoo is on my wrist. It is against tattoo etiquette and purposely upside-down so that every time I think about giving up, I just look at it and tell myself, “I CAN and WILL rise above this!” I also got the date I received those words "You have MS" tattooed on me because my brain doesn't always allow me to remember it.
Tina HammerThis is my MS tattoo for my daughter, Jade, who is 16-years-old living with MS. Every time someone asks me about it, I tell them her story and how to help others living with MS.
My tattoo was inspired by the fact that butterflies are amazingly beautiful and soar through all the dangers in the world. I believe that I can fly high above MS, even when it hits me without warning.
I will continue to live and thrive making a small, but very important stamp in this world. One day, I do believe that a cure will be found. I have MS, but MS does NOT have me!
Paul TrujilloI was diagnosed in December 2012. I was a little shocked, because I'm only 19, but I got the tattoo because it’s something that I look at every day and I tell myself "You're damn right."
This MS tattoo is in honor of my 8-year-old son, Kooper. He was four when his symptoms started, and we just got a diagnosis in February, 2013. When I heard the doctor say MS, I thought I was sinking. It was the most horrible thing I've ever heard.
I decided to get the anchor with the MS ribbon to remind myself daily that God will get me through this and I have to stay strong for Kooper. Under the anchor, it says "I refuse to sink." That is my daily reminder!
I got my MS tattoo to remind me of the strength I need in my daily battle with multiple sclerosis. No matter what, MS will not win. And I will keep on fighting.