He Spent 20 Years Hiding His Prosthesis. Why He’s Now Inviting People to Stare.


One man is helping amputees stand tall again after losing a limb.

In 1985, at the age of 21, Dan Horkey lost the lower half of his left leg in a motorcycle accident in Tucson, Arizona, according to his website.

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. For...

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Back in 1985, two months post Amputation.Not yet standing on my own, this is one of the first prosthetic legs.Result of a motorcycle crash in Tucson.

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For nearly 20 years after the accident, Horkey tried to hide his prosthetic devices and blend in. Then, one day he put on a prosthetic that was covered in flame artwork, and everything changed.

The moment I put fiery flames artwork on my socket, the compliments from strangers made me stand tall and my self-esteem went through the roof,” Horkey wrote on his website. “I wear my prosthesis with pride.”

 

He knew he wanted to help other amputees experience this as well. So in 2008 he started Prosthetic INK, a company that applies personalized artwork onto prosthetic limbs, orthopedic braces and pediatric cranial helmets.

The artwork is often reflective of the person who wears it. Some feature designs like sports team logos or symbols with personal meaning, while others are solid colors or chrome finishes.

Whatever look the wearer chooses, the message is clear — go ahead and stare.

“What I want to try to do [with my art] is tell people, ‘I’m doing fine. I’m proud to have this prosthetic. I’m making it my own. It’s a part of me now,’” Horkey told The Blaze. “We stand out to people. If we’re going to stand out, might as well have it look kickass.”

Check out some of Prosthetic INK’s artwork below:

 

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Call to get your Prosthetic Limbs "Painted, Airbrushed or Chromed" by Dan Horkey at www.ProstheticINK.com © 2010 Karen Johanson

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#DanHorkey, #Amputee since 1985, 30 yrs this May survivor of a motorcycle crash.Inventor, founder of ProstheticInk.com...

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Call to get your Prosthetic Limbs "Painted, Airbrushed or Chromed" by Dan Horkey at www.ProstheticINK.com

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Dan, I want to thank you and your guys for the outstanding work you did on my leg. Being able to sport my Vietnam Army...

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Try our Fine Art Hand Brushing, Custom Color Paint and Airbrushing service.Call #DanHorkey for your custom quote at www.ProstheticINK.com

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Feel the Power of our #ProstheticChromeLimbs Our Spray Chrome is the only product of its kind that won’t peel, flake,...

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We create a one of kind design for you, or send us an image to quote.Call to get your Prosthetic Limbs "Painted, Airbrushed or Chromed" by Dan Horkey at www.ProstheticINK.com

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It’s funny that I used to get upset when people would stare at my prosthesis, but now with the Flash and Superman art...

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Call to get your Prosthetic Limbs "Painted, Airbrushed or Chromed" by Dan Horkey at www.ProstheticINK.com

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It is so much nicer than I could have even imagined. The Koi represents my courage and perseverance.Nancy AndristCall...

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Call to get your Prosthetic Limbs "Painted, Airbrushed or Chromed" by Dan Horkey at www.ProstheticINK.com

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Call to get your Prosthetic Limbs "Painted, Airbrushed or Chromed" by Dan Horkey at www.ProstheticINK.com © 2010 Karen Johanson

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To learn more about Prosthetic INK, or to donate prosthetic artwork to a veteran, visit the website or Facebook page.

Related: 8-Year-Old Gets Badass Leg Brace Art From a Tattoo Artist


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