A photograph of a young woman sporting a tattoo of a computer icon indicating that she’s deaf in one ear has become a hit on the image-sharing website Imgur.
Elisa Menzel, from Berlin, Germany, inked the icon of a sound button on mute behind her left ear to indicate her partial deafness, after exasperated attempts telling people she encounters in daily life that she’s deaf, ABC News reports.
“When I spoke to people and didn’t understand what they said, they sarcastically ask whether I was deaf. Every time I said ‘Yes I am!’ and [I look] into confused faces,” she explained. “I became tired of those questions and thought about a way to caution them. So I got the tattoo and it worked.”
Her picture has now received more than 3 million views on Imgur.
This tattoo wasn’t a spontaneous decision, and Elisa settled on the mute-sound icon after weeks of deliberation.
The tattoo costed her $55, and she’s satisfied with the results.
“Strangers ask me if the tattoo means what they think it does,” she said. Menzel has been deaf in one ear from a very young age.