The Internet Is Buzzing Over This Woman’s Mute Icon Tattoo


Imgur user raingoose uploaded a photo showing off her mute icon tattoo on Thursday, Feb. 25, and with more than 3 million views and thousands of comments, it’s created quite a stir online.

“Since I’m deaf [in] one ear I thought this was a friendly [way] to tell the world not [to talk] to me from the left,” she captioned the image.

“One of the best tattoos I’ve ever seen!” Imgur user Relevantreference wrote, while a number of others stated they were stealing the idea. User SpiceBoy commented that the inking could potentially help with awkward social interactions. “[I’ve been] deaf since I was born,” he wrote. “People [are] still irritated and think I’m ignoring them.”

View post on imgur.com

Fellow Imgur user pawsed responded with what appears to be a photo of him looking at raingoose’s tattoo on a Reddit thread.  “I’m also deaf in one ear,” he wrote alongside a snapshot of a muted microphone icon tattooed behind his left ear.

View post on imgur.com

A number of people remarked that a muted microphone icon (like the image user pawsed posted) would have been more appropriate for someone with a hearing impairment, to which raingoose responded, “I thought that people won’t talk to me at all if I chose the mic … Or rather, that they [would] think I cannot speak at all. I may be a stutterer, but I can still articulate myself.”

h/t WAtoday.com.au

Do you have a tattoo that’s related to your medical condition, disorder or disability? Share it with us in the comment section below, and give us a brief explanation about why you got it. Your response may be used in a post on The Mighty.


Find this story helpful? Share it with someone you care about.


Related to Deafness

How I’m Stopping the Cycle of Feeling Isolated as a Deaf Person

When I was younger, I made a promise to myself, and I am so glad I am sticking to that promise. I promised myself that when I have my own family, I will no longer accept Deaf isolation by hearing people. As a child, I had a lot of hearing friends. We had sleepovers, hung out at school [...]

Starbucks Barista Learns Sign Language for Deaf Customer, Gives Him Sweet Note

One barista’s simple gesture helped a deaf customer feel more understood. Ibby Piracha, a deaf man who’s a frequent customer at a Starbucks in Leesburg, Virginia, got a surprise when he stopped in on Friday, Feb. 19, according to a post on his Facebook page. Usually, Piracha writes down his order on the Notes app on his [...]

Fifth Graders Use Recess to Learn Sign Language for Deaf Classmate

Rhemy Elsey was born deaf, and though he has hearing aids, the fifth grader primarily uses American Sign language (ASL) and an interpreter to communicate with others. Rhemy’s classmates at Mark Bills Middle School in Peoria, Illinois, wanted to figure out a way to include him in more of their conversations, so they came up with a [...]

My Daughter Doesn't Know She Has Deaf Parents

My daughter Coral doesn’t know she has deaf parents. Coral is only 2 years old. She knows she has parents just like everybody else, but she has no idea how we differ from many parents. Having deaf parents is normal for her. She is hearing, but we converse in American Sign Language, always have closed captioning on [...]