The truth is, tattoos are not always perfect, even when done by the most amazing artists on the planet. Why? Well, sometimes it has nothing to do with them, and everything to do with you. Your skin is unique, and is going to be different than everyone else's skin they have ever tattooed. And because of that, ink will react differently. It is important to me that my clients understand the potential risks they take when getting a tattoo. There is so much talk about the safety of "clean" tattoos, but what about the clarity of a tattoo over time? In a world where photoshop is used easily on everything and everyone (along with sharpie markers!), beware the façade of pretty little tattoos in dainty little places.
How to be SMART about where & what you decide to tattoo:
1. Teeny tiny detailed tattoos look amazing at first, but in a super short time WILL fuzz out & be illegible. In many cases, this "fuzzing" of the ink only takes a few years.
2. Just say no to: the sides of your foot, bottoms of hands, sides of fingers, & wrists. (Especially very detailed, small pieces!)
3. The areas most prone to instant ink migration are: areas that move a lot (joints, wrists, ankles, knees etc.), bra strap region, & "hollow" areas of the body such as your collar bone area.
4. Aging/loose skin is always more prone to ink migration.
5. If you have a larger breast size, any tattooing on the chest area will run the risk of migration because the skin cells aren't as "tight". Same goes for areas where your bra strap rests, including the back side of your shoulders.
6. Anywhere your clothing/shoes rub. Includes: Tops of feet, pant line, bra lines.
7. When in doubt, consult a trusted expert! Never hesitate to open a dialogue before making the commitment.
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With wrist tattoos, you will loose clarity if you move your wrist while it's healing. Imagine how difficult that might be for 7 days. It's MUCH better to tattoo at least 2 inches down from your hand on your wrist. And with chest tattoos on women, I always like to warn everyone about the bra strap areas, as these are locations of the skin that have held more stress due to our breasts. Long story short, tattooing in these areas can easily lead to ink migration.
Although there are many tattoo artists that hold high integrity, there are just as many who will tattoo you without these warnings. Trust your tattoo artist enough to be able to ask them questions & feel confident that they are answering you honestly!