What Dan Horkey learned being an amputee, acceptance, acheive great things and find a way to help other amputees.
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. Receiving compliments on his leg "helps break the ice," says Horkey, "and then becomes a conversation piece everywhere I go, with strangers and children."
Applying artwork to prosthetics and orthotic braces gives Horkey the feeling he's making a difference in his clients' lives. Positive feedback from physical therapists and social workers working with amputees cements Horkey's belief that his services empower and inspire other amputees. Adding art and color to his own socket helped bolster Horkey's self-esteem, pride and courage. The overwhelming response to Horkey's orthotics and prosthetics cosmetic services punctuates the fact that amputees are searching for a way to fit in - even if that means by standing out.