A Woman’s Tattoo Told The World Her Skin Condition Wouldn’t Bring Her Down
If you have a skin condition that is quite visible to others, you are probably tired of other people asking about it. You’re tired of the shame you feel showing your skin in public. We get it, and this women decided to embrace it.
As it turns out, many people in the world suffer from skin conditions, including several famous actors and celebrities we all know and love!
Tattoos have become so common these days we almost take for granted how cool they are. It’s a way to show off to the world who you are and what you believe in through art.
It’s a chance to permanently display images or words that are so meaningful to you that you’re willing to go through (sometimes hours of) physical pain and discomfort so that it’s a physical part of your body for the rest of your life.
2. It's Called Vitiligo
Tattoos aren’t just awesome eye candy. They’re also an excellent form of self-expression. They can also be solutions to problems you’ve faced your whole life. 24-year-old Tifanny Posteraro was sick of the constant stares and snide comments she received as a result of her vitiligo.
It is a skin disease that causes pale patches to appear due to lack of melanin. Her awesome response was to get a tattoo that says in no uncertain terms what her condition is.
3. Cruel Kids
Vitiligo is nothing new to Posteraro. It’s something she’s dealt with practically her whole life. Posteraro first noticed patches on her skin at age seven, according to the Daily Mirror. By age 14, patches began to cover her arms, legs and even her face. It was very easy to notice, and people weren’t always shy about asking about it.
“People would say, ‘did you tan under a tree?’ I got called ‘cow’, ‘Dalmatian’, ‘ghost face’, ‘burns victim’ … I tried everything possible to cover it up.”
4. Why Hide?
It was a constant source of embarrassment for her. She had been self-conscious for so long, and there was nothing she could do to change the condition. But Posteraro’s attitude turned around when randomly meeting someone in an Ikea who also suffered from the disorder.
“She told me about various support groups and Facebook communities I never knew existed. It was so empowering,” Posteraro said. “After that I just thought, why should I hide who I am? It’s exhausting.”
She couldn’t change the condition, but she could change how she looked at it. She could also possibly change how other viewed it and the type of response they had. So she went out and got a tatoo on her forearm that reads, “It’s called Vitiligo. Posteraro says her tattoo wound up being liberating for her.
She said, “I wanted to share with people what it is because that way they would learn something, rather than stigmatising.”
6. Tamar Braxton
Posteraro isn’t alone with her condition. It’s actually more common than you might think. Just because it isn’t immediately obvious doesn’t mean it’s not something people have struggled with. Several of your favorite celebrities know all too well what it’s like living with vitiligo.
Singer Tamar Braxton was is one of them. She told Ebony magazine, “When you get diagnosed with a skin disorder, it’s hard. It does weigh on your self-esteem. It really does. But I’m done defending that.”
7. Dudley Moore
As a sufferer of vitiligo himself, British actor and comedian Dudley Moore served as a spokesman for theÂ National Vitiligo Foundation. He had the same skin condition, yet chose a profession where he’d always be in the spotlight. Again, you can’t change the condition, but you can change how you look at it.
That tattoo is such a great move, and one that can inspire countless with the condition. Need more inspiration? Take a gander at some of these mega celebrities that also have vitiligo.
8. Winnie Harlow
Model Winnie Harlow, a contestant on America’s Next Top Model who served as an inspiration to Posteraro, also has vitiligo. Can you imagine that? She’s in a profession and on a job where she’s constantly judged for her appearance.
She told Today of her struggles with the disorder, saying that “I was worried about other people’s thoughts but I was trying to get out of thinking that way, to think about myself and that I should love myself.”
9. Michael Jackson
The King of Pop Michael Jackson suffered from vitiligo, which led to rumors and accusations that he lightened his skin artificially out of vanity. Jackson told Oprah Winfrey, “When people make up stories that I don’t want to be who I am, it hurts me.” The mental anguish that accompanies this condition can’t be overstated.
Humans are visual creatures, and we have a bad habit of judging based on appearance. We need to realize what that does when we do it to each other.
10. Jon Hamm
Think someone can’t be attractive with this skin disorder? If you said yes, I’m about to go Hamm on you. Mad Men star Jon Hamm suffers from vitiligo on his hands. According to an interview with GQ, the disorder revealed itself shortly after Hamm got the part of Don Draper.
He wound up having his hands covered with makeup during shoots. Thank goodness he didn’t let it hold him back, otherwise the world would have never known of his Draper-y goodness.
11. Scott Jorgensen
UFC fighter Scott Jorgensen told Vice Fightland about his unique perspective on his vitiligo: “I was never ashamed of my vitiligo or worried about it. I just happened to really enjoy the fact that I could get such vivid tattoos, whereas other people may not have that same ability.
And it gives me another way to say, ‘You think I’m tattooing myself because I have vitiligo, but I’m tattooing myself because my tattoos look phenomenal. And yours look like s—.'”
12. Daniel Bryan
Besides the UFC, another profession where you have to perform without much clothing to cover up your skin is professional wrestling. WWE star Daniel Bryan had a lot working against him. Most wrestlers are taller than him, more muscular than him and most don’t have vitiligo like he does.
Yet, despite all of this, he rose the ranks and became one of the most popular professional wrestlers of the new millennium. Shows that appearance isn’t everything when you don’t let it hold you back.
13. Joe Rogan
You know who doesn’t let anything hold him back? Joe Rogan. He has vitiligo on his hands, yet that hasn’t slowed him down in any arena of his life. And he has a lot of them. He’s an expert in outdoor hunting, tae kwon do and jiu jitsu. And those are just his hobbies. He’s also an announcer for the UFC, a world renowned comedian, actor and TV host.
He also hosts possibly the largest podcast in the world, broadcasting to millions of listeners each week. Skin conditions can’t hold back those with great mindsets.
14. Steve Martin
Yup, that Steve Martin. The beloved comedian, actor, author and banjo player also has vitiligo. So what have we learned here? Posteraro joined the elite ranks of awesome folks that have vitiligo but won’t let it hold them back.
She and the others are an inspiration to anyone with this condition. It only has as much power as you’re willing to give it. Like a tattoo, it’s a part of you, and it’s something to wear not with shame, but with pride.