The Red Dragon

An email pops into my inbox concerning “medical tattoos.”

At first I can’t parse what a medical tattoo is most likely be. The two concepts aren’t at odds exactly, but one rarely sees them side by side. Are people having Grays Anatomy-style heart diagrams in place of the traditional love hearts now? Are stethoscopes the new horseshoes?

The email is not spam. It’s from the Ectodermal Dysplasia Society (I have ED and I’m on their mailing list) and they’re asking for research participants. Medical Tattooing seems to be geared towards the correction of burns or scars or skin discolouration.

I have some mild eczema scarring on my back and I vainly consider having it dealt with through tattoos. Before I know it though, I’m considering the merits of just getting the full Red Dragon and being done with it.

If nothing else, I’d be the first person sporting that particular tattoo to also use the phrase, “in for a penny, in for a pound.”

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