Question: Why Do Some Tattoo Artists Refuse Foot Tattoos?
Because reputation is detrimental to most tattoo artists, there are many who refuse to tattoo the foot since it can be very difficult to heal foot tattoos properly. Daily friction can cause migrating ink and a faded tattoo, which will not show off the best work of the artist.
While foot tattoos continue to grow in popularity, there are several things to consider before you opt to tattoo this area.
First and foremost you’ll need to find an artist that will tattoo your foot.
Next, you’ll need to determine a design. The flattest portion on the top of the foot, as opposed to the sides of the foot, is best for tattooing. The side of the foot tattoos will be even harder to heal due to location so try to stick with the top of your foot and pick a fitting design for placement.
Popular foot tattoo designs include flowers, butterflies, feathers and cherry blossom branches.
Script and verse tattoos also adorn the footwell and make for a flattering design choice.
Healing is the largest concern with foot tattoos. A typical tattoo can take anywhere from two to three weeks to heal. A foot tattoo cannot come into daily contact with socks and shoes, which basically means you’ll have to be barefoot for a long period of time. Flip flops and sandals will be the footwear of choice, which means foot tattoos are obviously the best choice in the summer.
Foot Tattoo or Hand Tattoo Artists’Objections
Question: Foot Tattoo or Hand Tattoo Artists’ Objections
Question: Why Won’t Some Artists do a foot tattoo, hand tattoo, or a face tattoo?
I wrote an article a few years ago on why many artists won’t tattoo feet. Please refer to Tattoos: No Hands, No Feet, No Face – Why?
That all being said, I think foot tattoos are great, and I plan to get mine done, too. But it’s just going to take finding the right artist to do it, and then it’s totally up to you to take really good care of it. You also have to realize that no matter what you do, it may fade or wear down faster than the rest of your tattoos (up your legs) so you may need to get your foot touched up every couple of years to keep the brightness matching with the rest of it.