Ankle and foot tattoos are a very popular option today with women. This trendy and extraordinary tattoo looks excellent during the spring and summer time and makes for a great first tattoo, although there are a number of items that you should know before you get started.
Usually taking twice as long as other placements, it’s crucial to let foot and ankle tattoos fully heal, up to four weeks in most cases. The hardest part, and also cause, is keeping the foot and ankle still as it is continuously moving, and even if you’re wearing loose fitting shoes or sandals, they can still rub the tattoo, causing another trip for a touch-up.
Ideally, ankle and foot tattoos need be inked during the warmer times of the year, or even better, a circumstance where you can just go barefoot for a few weeks. If you work outside that plan just isn’t possible, but with a couple of extra precautions your new tattoo will heal just fine.
Of all the footwear options available, topless sandals seem to work best, but can be a little dodgy to get used to wearing. In most cases you can just wear non-binding shoes and try to stay off your feet as much as possible.
Keep a thin coating of a protectorate, such as Vaseline, covering your new foot or ankle tattoo, and if you are going to be active you can even put a layer of plastic wrap between the Vaseline and socks and shoes for that time, but again, for optimum results it’s best to refrain from anything constantly irritating the new tattoo.
Infections are also a possibility that should be repeatedly checked for. Without a doubt your feet will get dirty, more so than most other parts of the body, creating a greater risk of contracting an infection, but this can be kept in check by more wash ups and reapplications of the protective coating.
Normally, ankle and foot tattoos are somewhat more painful to have inked than other parts of the body because of the very thin skin covering the bone. Pain is proportional to each person’s tolerance, but the more commonly given response is that it only hurts somewhat more than other tattoos.
Upkeep of your foot and ankle tattoo is another consideration that requires some additional thought. The layers of skin on the feet exfoliate more than any region of the body and will from time to time get rid of some of the image. Touch up work will most likely be needed periodically to maintain the original image of your tattoo, but the work will not be extensive.
And last but certainly not least, tattoos on the foot or ankle need an expert artist, depending on the complexity of the image, as is common with a high percentage of thinner skinned tattoos. Don’t be afraid to inquire if they are qualified, and also look at pictures of work that they have done.
It’s easy to have a bad result if the ink is placed too deep, or too shallow, when working on the thinner skin of the foot and ankle, either entering into the blood stream or scabbing off while healing… and always remember to use a good sunscreen when outside.