"My prosthetic became a subject of conversation, and from that, my self-confidence went up."Founder Dan Horkey
“I think that having a prosthetic, spinal or leg brace they can be proud of, can really help them feel better sooner.”"Stand Tall" with Prosthetic INK
Prosthetic Ink helps children, women, men and veterans by personalizing their mobility Durable Medical Equipment (DME) and Prosthetic / Orthopedic Devices.
About Prosthetic Ink
Our Standard Prosthetic Tattoo Designs are Awesome! But our Custom Prosthetic Designs are Awesome Squared!
Founded by Dan Horkey in 2008. The company helps others “Stand Tall” by applying personalized artwork onto Prosthetic Limbs, Orthopedic Spinal Braces, Leg Braces and Pediatric Cranial Helmets, empowering fellow amputees to express their individualistic ideas through custom orthotic tattoo. The artwork is reflective of the person who wears it, much like someone’s tattoo, there is personal meaning, sometimes obvious in content, sometimes more covert, and of meaning only to the wearer.
Prosthetic Ink Delivers Custom One-Off Prosthetic Airbrushed Tattoos
Facial Portraits and Pets
Full-Color, Full Sleeve Art Airbrushed Style Tattoos
Meaningful Words, Names
Brands and Team Logos
Military Insignia Designs
Pin Striping Designs
Custom Animation Characters
How We Work
We coordinate your customization with Clinics and Practitioners and strongly recommend to keep your Prosthetist & Orthotist in the loop by scheduling an appointment to dis-mount and re-mount sending only your prosthetic socket.
Prior to shipping, ask your practitioner to help prepare by removing any rivets, straps, clasp, Inner flexible liner and any hardware that may be obstructive while we are finishing the definitive Prosthetic Limb, AFO or KAFO Leg or Spinal Brace.
Send Us Your Ideas
Email a few photos of your prosthetic socket, spinal brace, AFO, KAFO leg brace or cranial helmet.
About the Founder Dan Horkey
Life can change in an instant. It’s what we do with those changes that make up the rest of what life has to offer. In 1985, at the age of 21, life changed forever for Dan Horkey. He lost the lower half of his leg in a motorcycle accident in Tucson, AZ. He has struggled since then with the emotional and physical challenges of being an amputee.
Dan did what most would expect. Feelings of sadness and questioning the future filled many of his days. The rest of his time was spent learning to function again, to handle normal tasks. He learned to overcome the depression and move on, again, but it was all in good time. When he began his post-accident journey, he really just wanted to feel normal again, to feel like himself again, and mostly, to be treated by others as if nothing had changed.
The prosthetic leg Dan Horkey now depended on he kept hidden under long pants, with the foot covered at all times playing what’s referred to as “The Big Cover Up.” The initial goal was to walk again, without a limp, so that no one would know that he was somehow different. Four years of working toward that goal, periodic re-fittings for his prosthesis, and lots of practice gave Dan the outcome he was looking for, he was a master at walking again, just like everyone else.
Twenty years post amputation, Dan moved on with his life, leaving Tucson, AZ escaping the heat to the Pacific Northwest near Seattle, WA. When it came time to be re-fitted with a prosthetic socket, frustration set in when his insurers’ refused to cover the full $9,000 cost of the periodic replacements needed for his artificial leg. This is what inspired him to switch occupations make his own replacements himself.
In 2005, Dan Horkey started fabricating prosthetic sockets and braces through a position offered by Hanger Prosthetics and Orthotics in Tacoma, WA. Within a week, he fabricated his own personal prosthetic socket and applied his first tattoo, thereby initiating the tattooed prosthetic concept.
In 2006, he tattooed his prosthesis again with artwork that reflects his personality. “The moment I put fiery flames artwork on my socket and the compliments from strangers made me stand tall and my self-esteem went through the roof,” Horkey says. “I wear my prosthesis with pride.”
What had once been a source of indignity was now one of pride. “My prosthetic became a subject of conversation, and from that, my self confidence went up. The way I felt made me want to bring the world of color and custom art to other amputees.”