You can forget all the trendy photos you have found on Instagram or Pinterest. While the following top five spots that a tattoo artist may refuse to ink look innocent enough, there’s decent reasoning behind their objection. If they are worth their weight in the industry, they won’t make these permanent marks on you without full disclosure. Even then you may still be sent away, down the street to the abandoned little tattoo shop where Johnny sits out front on the bench happily awaiting to tattoo any and every design on every place you have in mind. Got $50? Yep. You’ve been warned…
Here’s the deal with hand tattoos. It’s very hard to heal the hand because it is in constant motion. Unless you plan on taking several days off and being fully catered too, chances are your hand tattoo will not be given an adequate chance of survival.
Soon after, you’ll complain and want a free touch-up, which your artist may offer on a one-time basis. But you’ll likely be back, just as bitter, demanding more work for a tattoo you knew was against the odds. Many artists just don’t have time for the drama and would rather have work that is up to par with their talent.
2. In Between Fingers
Blame the music industry, pop stars like Rihanna and Miley put the Shhhh…. on their fingers, and most professional artists went deaf to this request.
Inner finger tattoos are worse than hand tattoos for the above reasons but then add to it that the skin in this area is even thinner. Tattoo ink should ideally float between the epidermis and the dermal layer of the skin to avoid fading away or later turning into an unreadable blob as the tattoo ink settles.
Because finger skin is just so thin, even the best artist can misjudge depth, causing a great big mess right at your fingertips.
The feet are very similar to the hands, and for this reason, many reputable artists will refuse to tattoo them. It’s very hard to heal a tattoo and go days without wearing shoes or socks, so planning this spot takes extra careful consideration.
While you’ll probably find artists much more willing to work on this area than a few of the other noteworthy locations, you’ll be warned of the potential healing pitfalls, and proper care is up to you when you walk that foot tattoo out the door.
Although tattoos have become much more socially acceptable the neck can still be related to gangs, criminal and other derogatory lifestyle choices.
You should really consider a neck tattoo in the big picture, as your entire future and career will weight upon your appearance. Bearing a neck tattoo, no matter whether it is a feather or a name, can still be a major turn-off to employers, and make you more suspicious to law enforcement.
The last spot that most tattoo artists will refuse to ink is your face. Unless you have full body tattoos covering your arms, legs, neck, etc., or are a professional within the body modification community, a reputable and respectable tattoo artist should NEVER tattoo your face on a whim.
Face tattoos will introduce you to the world with a bold statement. They will become your identity and they will significantly hinder your potential employment and even social status.
That’s not to say it’s right and fair, nor that this judgment is clearly wrong, it’s just that sometimes the world is not a fair place. If you play by these placement rules your art may be bearable and wearable for a lifetime, hopefully without regret. That’s a tattoo worth loving!