Important Factors to Consider Before Getting a Foot Tattoo

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The foot is one of the most popular spots to get inked. This trend is especially common in women. After all, a flash of ink while wearing stilettos is definitely edgy. But before you head to the nearest tattoo parlor, there are certain things you have to consider before getting inked. Tattoos are forever, make sure you’re getting one for the right reasons. In today’s post, we are listing down all the important things you have to consider before getting inked on the foot:

It Will Hurt a Lot

The general rule is, the fleshier the spot is, the lesser it’ll hurt when you get a tattoo. The foot contains very little flesh. The skin is very close to the bone. This means getting a tattoo on this spot will hurt more than getting it on the back. Why? The vibrating needles will make contact with the bone, making the pain even more intense.

Delicate Healing

The skin around the foot regenerates at a much faster speed compared to other parts of the body. And this is an issue for a freshly inked foot. You see, the skin may reject the ink during the healing process. This will cause minute bleeding of the ink. If you don’t heal properly, you could end up with a distorted foot tattoo!

So what do you do? Make sure to keep the tattoo uncovered. Don’t wear shoes until the skin heals completely. Otherwise, the shoe material will rub on the healing tattoo. This will lead to lesions or scars that will distort the tattoo’s design.

The problem is, some people are not allowed to leave their feet uncovered. If you work in an office or medical facility, you have to wear shoes. In such cases, we recommend applying aftercare cream on the tattoo then covering it with plastic wrap before wearing your shoes. After the day is over, remove your shoes immediately and then rewash the tattoo.

Avoiding Infections

The foot is more vulnerable to infections because it’s exposed to the elements. So there is a real possibility of contracting an infection. A tattoo is similar to a scrape. The wound might not be obvious, but it’s there. So you have to protect the scraped foot from infections. Start by cleaning the feet before and after wearing clean shoes. Do not soak the tattooed area. If the foot swells up due to infection, apply antibiotic skin creams or take ibuprofen. Keep the tattoo covered when you’re wearing flip-flops until it heals completely.

To minimize the chances of infection, ask your tattoo artist how to heal a tattoo properly. You’ll have to apply aftercare cream on the area, as instructed by your tattoo artist. You’ll have to wrap and re-wrap the foot to protect it from the elements. This might seem bothersome for some, but this is important to keep germs away!

Ink Spreading

There are cases wherein the ink of the tattoo will migrate as the skin heals. This is normal but avoidable. We recommend keeping the tattoo on top of the foot. The skin in this area holds ink effectively. The closer the tattoo is on the sole of the foot, the higher the chances of ink spreading.  Keep in mind, the skin that moves a lot will also lead to ink spreading. So if the tattoo is near the toes, it will be vulnerable to spreading.


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