Dr Sarah Gray has a stunning 'dark side'. Picture: Instagram/rosesarered_23
Dr Sarah Gray has a stunning 'dark side'. Picture: Instagram/rosesarered_23

Meet the ‘world’s most tattooed doctor’

An Australian woman who is being hailed as one of this country's "best and brightest doctors" has more than one goal in her sight.

As well as being one of Adelaide's most promising young surgeons, Dr Sarah Gray is also planning to be the "world's most tattooed doctor" - once she finishes her bodysuit, the term for being covered from top to toe in tattoos, minus her face.

The 31-year-old orthopaedic surgeon has opened up about her two loves - body art and medicine - and how the two, which don't traditionally go hand-in-hand, are smashing stereotypes within the medical profession.

"I find it's a good talking point, especially a lot of the younger generation of patients that we see. I guess it's a bit of a barrier breakdown between what it is traditionally thought a doctor would look like," she told Sunrise.

Dr Sarah Gray has been dubbed the ‘world's most tattooed doctor’. Picture: Instagram/rosesarered_23
Dr Sarah Gray has been dubbed the ‘world's most tattooed doctor’. Picture: Instagram/rosesarered_23

Sarah, who is in her internship at the Royal Adelaide Hospital, describes herself as "the most colourful" doctor there.

"If you're confident and competent at your job, it shouldn't really matter what you look like," she said.

"I'm just trying to advocate for being your own person and still being able to work in the medical profession."

Sarah had her first tattoo at age 16 and now owns a tattoo parlour with her husband Matt, a full-time tattoo artist called The Grim Raptor.

The 31-year-old is an orthopaedic surgeon and former Miss Inked Australia. Picture: Instagram/rosesarered_23
The 31-year-old is an orthopaedic surgeon and former Miss Inked Australia. Picture: Instagram/rosesarered_23

She's a horror movie fan too, admitting she's always liked the "dark side" of things - but insists she would never have anything "offensive" inked on her body.

"I don't have anything offensive on me anywhere, I think everything is done really well, and I think there's a real difference between getting a tattoo that's of poor quality and getting a tattoo if you're an art collector like myself," she said.

Her unusual status as the "world's most tattooed doctor" has earned Sarah a cult following, with more than 60,000 people keeping up-to-date with her skin collection on Instagram.

In an interview with The Daily Mail Australia last year, Sarah explained she'd been turned away from restaurants and refused service in shops because of her tattoos, which she finds "frustrating".

She’s been kicked out of restaurants because of her tattoos. Picture: Instagram/rosesarered_23
She’s been kicked out of restaurants because of her tattoos. Picture: Instagram/rosesarered_23

"When I'm at work, I don't get treated differently for being colourful. Both my patients & senior clinicians treat me fairly nor judge me on my appearance the majority of the time," she wrote in a lengthy Instagram post in April.

She went on to encourage her followers to be "unapologetically themselves", particularly in more conservative sectors so that the "shock factor disappears" and tattoos can become the "norm".

Sarah doesn’t get ‘treated differently’ at work. Picture: Instagram/rosesarered_23
Sarah doesn’t get ‘treated differently’ at work. Picture: Instagram/rosesarered_23

"I only hope that each day education surrounding body art continues to feed through the generations like a ripple affect & those that judge us as 'bad people' based on our appearance fade into the background," she said.

What do you think about Sarah's love of tattoos? Let us know in the comments below.

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Matt and Sarah own a tattoo parlour in Adelaide. Picture: Instagram/rosesarered_23
Matt and Sarah own a tattoo parlour in Adelaide. Picture: Instagram/rosesarered_23
Sarah got her first tattoo at age 16. Pictured: Instagram/rosesarered_23
Sarah got her first tattoo at age 16. Pictured: Instagram/rosesarered_23

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