‘World’s Most Tattooed Doctor’ Reveals Judgement She Has Faced

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A woman who believes she is the world’s most tattooed doctor has opened up in an honest interview about the judgement she faces.

30-year-old Dr. Sarah Gray, from Adelaide, Australia, has been kicked out of restaurants and designer shops due to her body being heavily covered with tattoos.

Having faced adversity over the past years, Gray is calling for people to address the prejudices which still exist against tattoos.

Getting her first ink at the age of 16, Gray now doesn’t know how many tattoos she has on her body but believes she has spent over 300 hours of her life getting them done.

With only a few small gaps left to fill, Gray hopes one day soon she can complete the body suit she has always dreamed of having.

Seen as being a positive role model within the tattoo community, also being previously crowned Miss Inked Australia and New Zealand, in an interview with Daily Mail Australia Gray said it is about time the public stopped judging a book by its cover.

Opening up about times she has been instantly judged, the doctor explained how in high end stores shop assistants ignored her.

She said:

They 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!

Something similar also happened when Gray went out for lunch with her husband one day as the pair were told to leave the restaurant by management who told the couple there was ‘a no visible tattoo policy’ for diners.

Gray said being turned away from venues is more of a common occurrence than it should be with casinos and nightclubs having similar ‘no visible tattoos’ policies.

Describing this as frustrating, the 30-year-old added:

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.

The young doctor, who just gained her medical degree and is now working towards becoming an orthopaedic surgeon, says the days of tattoos being associated with criminals should be long gone.

Gray went on to say that thankfully attitudes have improved over the past few years being very different to what they used to be.

When the Australian decided to go through medical school, she feared she wouldn’t be taken seriously, by both patients and her colleagues, but instead found that the majority of people were interested more than anything else.

Gray explained:

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.

Concluding her interview on a positive note, Gray explained how tattoos help people feel more positive and confident about their bodies with getting inked also being a great way to express their personalities and creativity.

Urging others to appreciate this, Gray said:

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.

At the end of the day why should we judge someone for anything they do to their body. It is their body after all!

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