Getting a Foot Tattoo? Three Things You Must Know
By Terry Gruber
Getting a foot tattoo is definitely a very exciting idea, however, before you decide to take the plunge and just do it straight away, there are some basic facts that you should be aware of.
This is a trend that is fast growing, and if you are joining the foot tattoo crew, you need to know that getting a foot tattoo will turn out to be a painful experience. You have to be prepared for it. The reason it's more painful to get a tattoo done on the foot than anywhere else on the body is that the foot is not a fleshy part of the body; hence the nerve endings are a lot closer. If this is the first time you are getting a tattoo done, you had better choose a better part like the shoulder or arm. But if you are still insistent on bearing the pain, a foot tattoo is the way to go!
Tattoos on the foot fade faster than tattoos elsewhere. They blur up eventually, and therefore age quickly too. There are many reasons why this happens. Foot tattoos will experience more friction since you will wear socks and shoes. Plus, you might also wear a lot of open sandals and flops, for which your foot tattoo will be exposed to the sun. Extreme sunlight will make a tattoo fade quickly. You must therefore apply a high SPF sun block lotion on the tattoo area when you go outdoors.
The healing process after getting a foot tattoo is a lot more complicated an you might think. It is better to get the tattoo done in the warmer weather, since you should not wear socks and shoes for the first week after getting your tattoo. So you will have to do with only sandals which you cannot wear in the winter. It always helps to be prepared from the very beginning.
Your foot might also swell after getting a foot tattoo which might make walking a little difficult for the first few days. Do not panic, this reaction is only normal. During the healing process, make sure to keep the area clean at all times to prevent infection. Do not soak your tattoo in water, but wash it clean and then pat it dry with a towel.