As a self-proclaimed tattoo commentator and writer, I rely on my personal experience and time working in a tattoo studio.
Advice for Tattoos on Girls
Tattoos are now more popular than ever before with females. The idea that only men get tattoos is so old fashioned. So my advice to you girls is the same as I'd give to a guy wanting fresh ink:
1. Find the Right Artist
You should always try to match the tattoo style you want with a talented artist that specialises in that style. You will find a tattoo studio on nearly every street corner these days. It is imperative to have a quality artist work on your design. Do a little research, look at their portfolio, ask around, or do some online stalking. Do your best to know what they can and cannot do.
2. Know Which Tattoo Genre Inspires You
Tattoo artists often specialize in particular genres of tattoos. If you want a particularly intricate tattoo design in a certain style, consider traveling interstate to see someone. You will soon forget any extra costs.
3. Consider Your Body
You need to consider the size of the area you intend your new tattoo to go on. Also the natural shape and flow of the body. Be realistic, a detailed design will be difficult to execute on a small surface area or on a bumpy location.
4. Consider Cost
Most importantly, cheap tattoos aren't good, and good tattoos aren't cheap!
Just like everything else in this world, you get what you pay for. In the long run, it's worth paying little extra money to have a quality tattoo that you like rather than one you hate. A tattoo artist who has a high fee generally has talent.
Below, you'll find some beautifully executed designs from some of the most talented artists around the world.Click on the thumbnails to enlarge the photo inspirations for girls' earlobes, behind the ears, arms, and feet.
Dainty Ear Tattoos
Tattoos behind the ear and on the earlobe itself are low on the pain scale. There isn't a lot of extra flesh behind the ear, though, so when a tattoo is done on the ear lobe it vibrates on the tight muscles of the neck.
For a tattoo to be done an earlobe, the tattoo artist needs to be technically skillful with small design and details. Since ear tattoos are very small, a steady hand and vast amount of experience is required.
The ear tattoo is not always easily covered when you want to hide your tattoos. Outer lobes will continually pop through any hair used to hide them. Tattoos behind the ear can be covered with scarves and collars. These tattoos, however tiny, will always be on show to the public.
Due to its location you will often forget your ear tattoo exists because you can't readily see it when looking at yourself in the mirror.
Arm and Sleeve Tattoos on Women
The outer arm is one of the least sensitive areas of the body to get a tattoo, whereas the inner parts of the arm, both top and bottom, reach the intense pain level.
The inner parts of your arm, particularly the inner top, are fleshy and have a lot of nerves and veins close to the skins surface. These fleshy body parts swell and bruise. Infection is common due to exposure to contaminates occurring, while going about day to day life.
Arguably, the arm would be the most tattooed area of the human body. Visibility, to both the owner and the public is high on the arm, also the canvas area is flat and medium sized, suitable for many designs.
When a person's arm is 70% covered in tattoos, it is called a sleeve.
Foot Tattoos on Women
Tattoos on the feet are right up there on the pain scale. Due to your skin being stretched directly over your foot bones and tendons, and due to a lack of muscle and fleshy meat in between, foot tattoos are known to be exceedingly painful.
Healing a tattoo on the foot can be a little more difficult. Due to the constant, repeated need to walk, the fresh foot tattoo is always moving, impeding healing.
Footwear is also another factor that affects healing. You will need to find some form of footwear that does not rub any area of the tattoo. Ideally, barefoot is the answer as much as possible. Consider thongs, ballet slippers, or tie-on shoes as other options.
Tattoo Cost and Length of Time Required
|Tattoo area||Average length of time to get tattoo||Approx cost|
1 - 2 hours
$100 - $200
3 - 12+ hours
$350 - $3000
3 - 5 hours
$350 - $800
Whether you decide to get your first or fiftieth tattoo on your ear, arm or foot or change your mind as you walk in and go with your chest, legs, back, fingers, neck or torso - love what you get. Take the time to find a design you will enjoy looking at forever.
Once you've finished in the studio cover your new tattoo with a waterproof, antibacterial tattoo protective clear film. Follow all aftercare procedures to avoid infection. Invest in a good tattoo aftercare set such as INK OIL which is 100% natural.
Tattoo artists are an awesome bunch, but like any other group or profession in the world, there are those who shouldn't hold a tattoo machine. Check your artist out, see what they've chosen to show in their portfolio - what they consider their best work.
Most of all, enjoy your tattoo experience and find your dream tattoo.
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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
Teresa on October 31, 2015:
In the pictures, the one labeled "blue circular pattern" is actually a Doctor Who tattoo. It's his name in Gallifreyan.
Linda Crist from Central Virginia on October 14, 2014:
I love your hub and the photos are awesome. I am 59 years old and still trying to figure out what design I want on my foot and on my neck. You gave me some great ideas. Thanks!
Anne (author) from Hobart, Tasmania ~ Australia.(The little bit broken off the bottom of AUS) on October 03, 2013:
I totally understand the fear.
Thanks for your kind words!
Leena from new delhi on October 03, 2013:
Though I am scared of anything permanent on my body, incase I change my mind.....but the tattoos are beautiful and amazing.