The Star of Life logo is a wonderfully conceptualized design, where every stroke incorporated in the logo has a relevant meaning. The six branches stand for: 1) Detection; 2) Reporting; 3) Response; 4) On-scene Care; 5) Care in Transit; and 6) Transfer to Definitive Care. Also, the rod coiled with a serpent at the center of the star is the 'Rod of Asclepius', the staff symbol of the Greek god of medicine and healing. The snake, as it is, is symbolic of rejuvenation and healing, due to its natural tendency to shed skin as it grows. All in all, this star is the best way to portray what the EMS services stand for.
Tattered tattoos appear quite harsh and bold at the first go, but they are nothing less than classy when you look at them! The bare-ish effect where you get the impression of both having and not having the tattoo on you, is simply appealing. Doesn't this look remind you of an unpleasant experience of life? An experience which was necessary but not welcomed.