Getting a Foot Tattoo: Get Ready for the Pain Train
Foot Tattoos Are for the Crazy
A foot tattoo? Are you serious? Do you really want to do this? Ask anyone who has one what it felt like, and I bet they're not smiling. Getting your foot tattooed is insanely painful, and a complete pain in the you-know-what to heal. But do they look awesome? Hells ya! So, if you're crazy enough to go for that foot tattoo anyway, keep reading to get yourself prepared and peep a few cool design ideas.
Foot Tattoo Considerations
Look down at your foot, it's probably pretty ugly, right? Or, at the very least, boring looking. Well, get ready to jazz it up, because a foot tattoo will do just that. But take some time to seriously consider the design, because in the summer you will be seeing that thing all the time. In a way it's like picking a pair of socks or shoes for life, so make sure you like it a lot and that it goes with everything.
Start small. Let me say that again so you really get it: Start small. Don't be a hero or a fool, choosing a foot tattoo design that covers the entire top of your foot will just lead to tears and an unfinished tattoo. The cardinal rule in tattooing is "you can always build." So pick something smallish that works on it's own, but can be added to if you need another dose of searing foot pain.
Foot tattoo placement is so important, so check and double check before putting needle to skin. Speaking as someone who has a slightly off-center weird blue swirl on my left foot, I can't stress this enough. Although I wouldn't recommend putting something on the center of your foot to start with, if you do, be sure to have the design put on your foot as you are standing on it. I failed to to this with my blue swirl, so it looks centered when there is no pressure on my foot, but way off to the left when I stand. Trust me, how it looks when you are standing matters most.
Another consideration for your tattoo placement is your footwear. If you wear heels or open-topped shoes often it might be a good idea to marker on a rough sketch of your tattoo and try you favorite shoes on. Will you be able to see all of the design, or only half of it? Will that look weird or distracting?
All tattoo designs should be considered carefully, but goes especially for foot tattoos because, as I mentioned earlier, they will be seen a lot in summer months and while wearing dressy shoes. Although the Egyptian eye of Oris or a cute dolphin seem like fun ideas now, how will they look at that wedding you have to go to in a month? I'm not saying don't go for your heart's desire and get Tweety bird sucking a lolly pop on your foot, but try to think about your life, who you ar,e and what would fit in with it—or forever wear socks and cowboy boots to hide your shame.
Foot tattoos are an absolute nightmare to heal and require some serious planning beforehand. Timing is everything. You need to find yourself a good three days in your schedule when you can go without socks and shoes. So winter is out unless you are prepared to be housebound for a while. And I know everything in you will be begging you to sit in a lovely warm bathtub and give your trotters a soak, but do not soak your feet. This will royally screw up your tattoo, leaching some of the color out and maybe even causing your lines to bleed. Water and tatts don't mix. This should be a no brainer, but it bears repeating.
If at all possible, plan to be able to put your foot up and limit your mobility for the first day, possibly two, after you're inked. You want to limit the stretching of the skin where the tattoo's located, so the less you move around, the better. By day three, you should be able to rock some flip flops or ballet slippers, depending on what you have had done, and shuffle around. These puppies take a while to heal, so it might be a good idea to trick someone into piggy backing you around for a week.
Once your foot tattoo is all healed up, be sure to take proper care of your new inky loveliness. Sunscreen is a must when your tattoo is exposed if you have color, and avoid any footwear that rubs on it. Now get inking!