Good morning justanotherguy1103-ga! Did you know that tattoos around
the wrist and fingers were believed to ward away evil and illness?
Just a tattoo nerd spouting off useless information. However, I can
answer your question and will do so now!
Tattoo ink is not in the epidermis, which is the layer of skin that we
see and the skin that gets replaced constantly, but instead
intermingles with cells in the dermis and shows through the epidermis.
The cells of the dermis are remarkably stable, so the tattoo's ink
will last, with minor fading and dispersion, for your entire life.
Solid colors and smooth gradations are a combination of many elements
working together - machines, needles, pigments, hand movements, spring
tension, amount of power used and the stretch, just to name a few.
Spreading of ink, I would say, depends on the tattoo artist himself
and his experience as well as the ink, needles and machine used.
Tattoo inks are better than they were 40 or 50 years ago. If you are
looking at getting color done vs. black & white or grey, I would
personally recommend trying to find someone who uses colors by
?Unique?. These colors feel more like oil paint, and may have better
opacity because of the larger particles of pigment in them. Of
course, some people's skin just takes ink better than others. The
tattoo artist who did most of my work told me the number one reason
tattoos fade and smear is over-exposure to the sun.
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Places you CAN get tattoos:
Wrists: Easily concealable with a watch. A tattoo in that area will
not puncture the vein, when properly done. Janis Joplin had a dainty
tat on her wrist.
Head: The "head" here refers mostly to the area where your hair grows.
Sides of neck (nape).
Back of neck
Face: Various areas possible. Facial tattoos could fall into the
cosmetic, prison, or standard categories. Cosmetic would include
darkening of eyebrows, eyelining, liplining, etc.
Upper chest: One of the standard areas for tattoos for both men and women.
Nipples: Usually the artist leaves the nipples alone.
Rib cage: Can be rather painful because of all the ribs you work over.
Stomach/Abdomen: Some people choose not to get work done on their
stomachs for a couple of reasons. Area is difficult to work on because
there's no solid backing to hold the skin down. It is a sensitive area
that may feel uncomfortable. The tat may look horrible after your
metabolism slows down and you develop a - er-- "beer gut."
Genitals: People DO get inked in their genital area. The idea may
sound very painful, but it has been said that it wasn't any worse than
any other spot.
Thighs/hips: A popular area for women to get larger pieces (often
extending from the hip area). Shows well with a bathing suit but
easily concealable in modest shorts.
Feet: Concealable with shoes. Probably don't have as much wear and
tear as hands so you might get less blurring and color loss. This
however, is the TOPS of your feet. You will have trouble retaining a
tattoo on the bottom of your feet.
Armpits: Usually reserved for those who want to get full coverage
around the arm and chest area, & need the armpits filled. Probably not
strongly recommended for the highly ticklish.
Upper arms: One of the most common areas for men, although I have seen
some nice work on women as well. If you decide to get a piece done on
your upper arm, consider how much sun it's going to get. Will you be
able to put sunblock on it regularly? Otherwise, expect some color
loss and blurring.
Hands: Consider that you probably move your hands the most out of your
entire body. Some people want to substitute their wedding bands with
tat bands, although they generally do not stay very well.
Shoulder blades: The back shoulder blade area is another popular spot
for women, who can show off the work with a bathing suit or tank top,
but cover it up with regular clothes. If this is the case, be
particularly careful with sun because you're not gonna be wearing that
unless it's warm & sunny.
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I hope this answered your question. If anything needs clarification
before rating, please feel free to ask!
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