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What You Should Know About Foot Tattoos

Out of all the body parts that we can put a tattoo on, the foot is perhaps one of the most favorite places that people would prefer to be inked on. Whether you want to conceal it or showcase it for the world to see, one thing’s for sure; having it made means having tattoo pain!

There are countless designs available in the internet and we can give you ideas where in the foot the designs should go, how much pain you will probably experience, and how you should do tattoo aftercare.

Are you ready?

Here we go!

Foot Tattoo Ideas

The foot covers a small area of the body but there are still many options where a tattoo can be placed. The most common designs are placed around the ankle. Some of the ankle tattoos even have pendant symbols placed in the foot area.

You may choose designs inspired by flowers, feathers, crosses, or even cherry blossoms! You don’t have to do it horizontally all the time. Make your imagination run wild by having it done diagonally.

If you want your tattoo to get more impact to you and onlookers, you may opt for symbols that have a personal meaning.

Interested for a larger design that’s visible to anybody? Have it run from the feet to your leg!

Here, There, Everywhere!

We mentioned earlier that the ankle is a great area where you can place a tattoo, but there are actually more interesting places where you can have it! The top area is always a good idea but how about having it made in the sides of the foot? Wouldn’t your favorite Japanese symbol look great in the inner side of your feet or Arabic calligraphy at the outer side?

How about having them tattooed as rings on your toes? It will be ouchy but numb skin through medication can make it bearable.

Want to be radical? Get inked on your soles! It won’t be visible to the public but it wouldn’t make you less cool at all!

How Much Does it Ouch?

Wherever you decide the tattoo will be, one thing’s for sure; it will hurt! Some parts may be not as painful as others and it will highly depend on your tolerance to pain!

Just to give you a heads-up, if you have very low pain tolerance, having a foot tattoo will be very challenging on your part because the foot is mostly bone, skin, and little fleshy parts. Even if the area is a bit fleshy, like the sole, it will still be very painful. Topical anesthetic gel might be your best friend when it comes to these type of pain.

Before deciding to have anything done on your foot, make sure you have already considered all the products you can use to decrease the sensation of pain, like pain relieving cream or spray. But if you can do with little or no medication, go for it. Make sure to inform your tattoo artist about it too!

Foot Tattoo Aftercare

Having the foot tattoo done is just half the journey. How colorful and magnificent it will look will depend on how you take care of it.

Forget wearing shoes for about 3 weeks, more or less. Your feet must be uncovered for it to fully heal. As much as possible, ditch closed shoes and socks or else your tattoo will be prone to smudge, and an unnecessary touch up might be needed to correct it. Keep it clean and dry.

If it’s impossible for you not to wear any shoes, you may want to try this option; put plastic wrap on your tattoo before putting socks or shoes on. Make sure to ask your artist if this is okay because the last thing you would want is an infection to ruin everything!

Tattoo in general needs to be carefully thought of but having it on your foot needs to have more consideration and sacrifice. We use our foot to get from point A and B and experiencing pain in this area might hinder our mobility. Decide which part of your foot it will be inked, which topical anesthetic spray you will use, how to allow it to properly heal, and keep it clean all the time. After thinking through it all, you’re finally ready to have the foot tattoo of your dreams!