In 2004, Horkey was offered a technician's position at Hanger Orthopedic Group in Tacoma, Washington, which opened the door to starting his own business, Global Tattoo Orthotic Prosthetic Innovations (GTOPI), in July 2008. Horkey created his own socket and applied painted custom artwork on its surface - a tattoo of sorts.
Adding art and color to my own socket increased my self-esteem, pride and courage.
Receiving compliments "helps break the ice," says Horkey,
and becomes a positive conversation everywhere I go.
Positive feedback from physical therapists and social workers cements Horkey's belief that his services empower and inspire other amputees. The overwhelming response of new orders everyday from customers around the globe punctuates the fact that amputees have been searching for a way to fit in - even if that means by standing out.