Before you step into a foot tattoo idea, you probably should consider some aftercare that you may need to provide to help in the healing process.
Some tattooists may refuse hand and foot tattoos because they can be more challenging to heal and that ultimately reflects an artist’s finished work.
From flowers, rosaries, small quotes, and fish, the feet are still a very interesting place for body art. The benefits of foot tattoos include the fact that foot tattoos can be covered up on a whim just by changing your footwear. This is awesome if you want a tattoo in a more discreet place.
Keep in mind foot tattoos are rumored to be one of the most painful spots to tattoo, so, by all means, reconsider this tattoo placement if it’s your first ink.
Take a look at the following foot aftercare tips and decide whether this tattoo placement is suitable for your lifestyle and then find a reputable artist who can bring your design to life. When you look at artist portfolios, ask specifically to see images of foot tattoos. This area is uneven, and the skin can be thinner and thicker in spots, posing quite a few challenges to the tattooer. By ensuring your potential artist is skilled in this area you better your chances of a beautifully finished tattoo.
Many people have foot designs that complement one another. Consider a star tattoo on one foot, a moon on the other. Or maybe flower tattoos on both with stalks reaching to your ankles.
If you opt for Traditional Old School tattoos, you may go with gypsies or even a crystal ball depicting a fortune teller. There is simply no shortage of cool foot tattoos.
After your foot tattoo, you may be tempted to go outside and show it off. Don’t! Give your body a break and plan on resting for 24-48 hours. Even better if you can chill out and elevate your foot to remove the pressure. This means book your appointment when you won’t be working or attending school. The more you stay off your feet, the faster this area will heal.
Whatever you do, avoid standing for long periods of time due to general discomfort. After several days you can return to your normal lifestyle.
You will not be able to wear socks or shoes for the first several days after your foot tattoo. If you must, the footwear must be very loose so that it doesn’t rub against your new tattoo. Foot tattoos work well in the summer, so long as you avoid the sun and water exposure as recommended by your tattoo artist.
Foot tattoos continue to be one of the most popular, however painful, places to tattoo. If you’re considering a foot design, make sure you’re prepared to make a few lifestyle adjustments for several days so that your design can heal properly. This is key for a lasting and impressive piece of body art.
Foot Tattoos – When to Get Them and How to Care for Them
Typically, fall and winter are the best time of the year to get tattooed. However there is one area of the body that is best to ink in the springtime, and that is the feet.
Foot tattoos are somewhat challenging to heal to start with. – Feet are the most likely parts of our body to lack proper blood circulation, retain water, and experience stress and fatigue on a daily basis due to normal activity. Wearing socks and shoes add heat, sweat, and friction into the equation, making an already delicate situation even more volatile.
When you get your feet or foot tattooed, it’s essential to create the best possible circumstances for successful healing. Drinking plenty of water every day should help to avoid water retention.
Being active regularly will keep your circulation strong and healthy. Eating well and taking vitamins will enhance your immune system and your body’s ability to heal itself. And last but not least, keeping your feet bare or wearing the least amount of footwear possible – such as flip-flops or sandals – will reduce the amount of damage that can be done to new ink from friction and heat.
Drinking adequate amounts of water and wearing sandals are both more easily accomplished during the warmer months. But waiting until summer can also be detrimental because, as I’m sure you already know, the sun is very damaging to tattoos. Plus, normal summertime activities such as swimming, running, kicking balls, hiking, etc. are not conducive to healing a foot tattoo.
You’ll need to baby your tattoo for at least two weeks, and then special care still needs to be taken until the tattoo is three months old, which is the length of time it typically takes to rebuild the protective cells over the ink. Any excessive rubbing or friction against the tattoo during that period can fade the color and dull the sharpness of the lines.
That’s not to say nothing can go wrong, even if you do everything right. Foot tattoos are tricky—excessive swelling, pain, and infection are all risk factors you need to be aware of. How you respond to those problems will also affect the outcome.
If you have swelling in a day or two after getting the tattoo, it’s perfectly normal and probably is not an indication of infection. It’s more likely caused by lack of circulation and/or water retention. Putting your feet up above your heart and placing ice on the swelling for at least a couple of hours a day will improve circulation and reduce swelling. Be sure you’re also drinking plenty of water; when you don’t drink enough water, your body holds it in, so you don’t get dehydrated. Ibuprofen can help with swelling, too, but be sure to check with your doctor about taking it since it can also raise blood pressure.
If the swelling becomes excessive, to the point of preventing your ability to walk, it could be an indication of something more severe or it could cause a more serious problem if not corrected. You need to see your doctor if this is the case. Your entire physiology depends on your feet to work properly, and a lot of metabolic “breakdowns” can be caused by not attending to foot issues quickly enough.
Pain is also normal, especially if it’s accompanied by swelling. Over-the-counter pain killers can help with mild discomfort. But severe pain with swelling that lasts more than a couple of days – if your skin is red or hot to the touch – you could be developing an infection. Again, this is something that needs to be attended to immediately before it becomes very serious, and yes—tattoo infections can become life-threatening.
Once you’ve reached the two-week point and your tattoo is feeling fine, you can resume swimming and occasional shoe-wearing. One hiking trip or soccer game probably won’t do any serious damage as long as you’re careful, but these activities need to be greatly limited until you reach that three-month point.
So, if you want to get your foot tattooed and you’re in a part of the world that has just entered the spring season, now is the time to do it. By the time summer is here, you’ll be completely healed and able to resume normal activities without fear of ruining your ink.