TATTOOS TO THINK TWICE ABOUT
Wrist (or finger, foot and hand) Tattoos
Let’s face it. Your wrists go through a lot every day! Rubbing, twisting, creasing, stretching, lifting, straining, etc. so it can be quite a difficult heal for some clients, depending on their employment or their daily lifestyle. If you have a heavy duty job and want a tattoo right on the bottom of your wrist you should definitely consider the healing. Even if it’s “just a small tattoo”, you still want it to heal properly and look good! At the very least you’ll want at least a few days of ease on the area right after getting it done.
After healing you will still have the constant normal wear on the area, even moreso for people who like to wear lots of bracelets or watches, so for that reason they are often prone to needing steady touch ups over the years to keep them up to par. Your skin is constantly rejuvenating itself and in doing that can reduce the life of your tattoo in places like hands, fingers, wrists, feet, toes, neck, lower ankle…
Small Tattoos / Fine Details
If you want a tattoo in a teeny tiny little space like an inner wrist, you need to realize that you can’t just get absoluetly any design in the world you want…but smaller. It just doesn’t work like that.
The lines that a tattoo machine makes can only be so thin, so the more features you try to squish into the design the less likely it will be to work out like you imagine it. Unfortunately, just because something looks really good in your mind, or even on paper, it doesn’t always mean it can work as a tattoo. Your Artist can usually meet you half way, making adjustments to the design ideas to make it something tattooable that will look nice, so make sure you specify what exactly is important to you and that you are willing to consider suggestions to help your tattoo look it’s best.
You may not mind seeing your tattoo hanging out of the bottom of your shirt sleeve every day “because it’s your daughter’s name”, but unfortunately not everyone you meet is so liberal. If you are at a point in your life where you’re confident you have a set career for life, this might not be as much of a biggie for you, but if you’re still unsure about your future career path we strongly suggest considering a different placement, just in case. We would hate for you not to get that great future-launching job opportunity because your future boss doesn’t like your lil’ wrist tattoo. There are tons of banks, legal offices and countless other professional institutions that just plain will not hire you (regardless of your shining resume) just because you have a visible tattoo.
You can be angry and rant about “society” all you want, but at the end of the day the only one suffering for it is you. You have LOTS of other canvas to decorate, so save your wrists for once your career is set (or of couse, if you run out of room elsewhere)! And to those of you that say “I’ll cover it at work”, just make sure you don’t mind wearing full long sleeve shirts or zip up sweaters every single day, even throughout summer on the days the AC decides to cut out for a week or 2 at work leaving you a smelly, sweaty, overheated, embarrassed mess….with a cute little star under your damp shirt cuff.
Mental Impact (It Will Show….ALL the time!)
This might seem like an obvious consideration, but clients often don’t consider the full extent of what this means."It’s my (kid’s name/motto)! I want to see it all the time!!" Something most people don’t realize (especially if this is your FIRST tattoo) is that there can often be quite a great psychological impact you may not be prepared for!! Please realize that once you get this tattoo you will see your marked skin whether you’re brushing your teeth, doing your hair, blowing your nose, hailing a cab, using the remote, driving, texting, eating, drinking, nail biting, basically ANYTHING you do with the lights on! It will catch your eye and you’ll find yourself staring at it, moving it around, watching the lines navigate around as your skin twists and turns. Because it’s SO “out there” we meet people all the time who want us to remove their wrist tattoo because they’ve decided it bothers them.
Belly Tattoos (especially for girls)
One of the most flexible aspects of stomach tattoos for girls, is that they are not just restricted to the area around the belly button as they can also extend onto the pelvic area down one side or up to the breast area finishing just underneath if desired. Twirling vine and leaf designs work well for this style of tattoo often incorporating exotic flowers and plants or even butterflies, fairies and dragonfly images.
However there are a few downsides to a tattoo in that area which can affect the overall design over the years so it is worth considering these before you proceed. For example any weight gain or loss may cause the skin to stretch or sag which may distort the design so stomach tattoos for girls can be harder to maintain. Girls turn into women and many women go on to get pregnant and have children. As your stomach expands during pregnancy, so will your tattoo expand with it. Therefore it is a good idea to discuss care and maintenance for your completed tattoo with your tattoo artist as he/she will be able to advise you how what factors may cause it to change over time.
Excerpt from AfterForever
UPDATED APRIL 2015