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Daniel Horkey

Dan Horkey is all too familiar with the difficulties of losing a limb. He lost the lower half of his leg in a motorcycle accident 25 years ago and has struggled since then with the emotional and physical challenges of being an amputee. About four years ago, he came up with idea of tattooing his prosthesis with artwork that reflects his personality. “The moment I put art on my socket, I stood tall and my self-esteem was higher,” Horkey says. “I wear my prosthesis with pride.” The positive response of others inspired him to create a business that would help those who had lost limbs – including veterans – recover some of the self-confidence they had lost with their injuries. He teamed up with Mark Dalton, an artist, who customizes the prostheses for GTOPI. Dan Horkey, founder of Global Tattoo Orthotic Prosthetic Innovations (GTOPI) located in Port Orchard, WA, has done design work for veterans at VA Puget Sound Health Care System in Seattle, WA and Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C., and recently received approval to promote his services at VA facilities throughout the country.

Above-Knee Prosthetic with American Flag and Bald Eagle

16 x 8 in.

Innovative Arts for Prosthetics


The flag and the eagle, produced using hand painting and airbrushing techniques, reflect the spirit of freedom and unity in America.

 
 

Below-Knee Prosthetic with U.S. Marine Corps and Purple Art

16 x 8 in.

Innovative Arts for Prosthetics


The camouflaged prosthetic features a Purple Heart, showing support for the Marines and all Purple Heart Heroes in the military armed forces.

 

Below-Knee Prosthetic with Gold Leaf and Pink Rose

12 x 8 in.

Innovative Arts for Prosthetics


This below-knee prosthetic was designed to empower women who wear prosthetics. The tattoo represents “creativity, quality and professionalism,” Horkey says.