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Subject: A tattoo on the wrist
Category: Miscellaneous
Asked by: justanotherguy1103-ga
List Price: $5.00
Posted: 06 Jun 2005 21:16 PDT
Expires: 06 Jul 2005 21:16 PDT
Question ID: 530197
I am thinking about getting a tattoo.  I would like a small one on the
inner wrist, such that it would be completely covered if I were to
wear a watch.  I spoke with a tattoo artist who said he would not do
tattoos that close to the hand.  He said that because of the rapid
rate of skin cell regeneration, the tattoo would spread.  On the other
hand, I know more than one person who has gotten a simialar tattoo, so
I assume that some artists would dissagree.  My Question is, will a
tattoo on the inner wrist spread and fade, and if so, what would an
average time scale be for the life of such a tattoo.
Subject: Re: A tattoo on the wrist
Answered By: nenna-ga on 07 Jun 2005 07:55 PDT
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. 

Breasts (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.

Inner arms


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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Subject: Re: A tattoo on the wrist
From: cvenom-ga on 07 Jun 2005 06:48 PDT
I've had a tattoo "bracelet" on my right wrist for about 11 years now,
and it has hasn't morphed into a technicolor hand. The tattoo is the
same dimensions as it has been for the last 11 years. Based on
personal experience, you shouldn't have any problems. However, I may
be a freak of nature, that would explain a lot ;-)
Subject: Re: A tattoo on the wrist
From: silver777-ga on 07 Jun 2005 08:16 PDT
Well yes .. but on the other hand ..
Subject: Re: A tattoo on the wrist
From: steph53-ga on 07 Jun 2005 15:52 PDT
Hi Nenna....

I'm getting my first tatoo ( I'm ) on Monday. I plan to get
one on my upper right ankle. No idea of what yet until I check out the

I'm just scared it will hurt and I end up running out like a baby :(

Subject: Re: A tattoo on the wrist
From: nenna-ga on 07 Jun 2005 15:57 PDT
I have one on my ankle (I have 6 total) and out of all of them, the
one on my belly hurt the worst (it goes into the belly button).  Take
some tylenol before you go and NO DRINKING - it thins the blood and
you will bleed more than normal (not to scare you - you bleed very
little.)  Good luck!!
Subject: Re: A tattoo on the wrist
From: liartist-ga on 21 Jun 2005 07:50 PDT
I was also thinking about getting a tattoo in that area, and a lot of
people are trying to talk me out of it. I would be in color of a
hibiscus plant- not the cheesy car seat ones- i have a picture of one,
my grandfather used to grow them and since he has passed, i would like
to get something that honors the relationship we had. I was thinking
of getting it a little farther from where the hand and arm meet- about
an inch and a half up the arm....I've been searching the internet and
the only descent visual is alyssa milanos circular tattoo. I'm a
graphic artist, but i am in a more professional one
person in particluar thinks its a bad idea. I think that if i really
needed to cover it- i wear long sleeves but i also tend to wear large
cuff i guess i'm not seeing what the big deal
is....just wondering what other opinions are out there. I do have a
tattoo...and design in between my shoulder blades...i'm not one to get
things in the typical areas- i like to do things a little different.
Subject: Re: A tattoo on the wrist
From: steph53-ga on 21 Jun 2005 18:18 PDT
Hi Nenna....

Just an update here. I got my tatoo last Tuesday!!!

WOW did it hurt :(

Just up from the ankle bone...its a sun with all the rays pointing out!!!!

It looks pretty cool and all, but the yellow ink in the middle has not
come thru yet :(

The tatoo artist told me it would take up to 2 weeks for it to show as
the blood blisters are still too close to the surface.

Subject: Re: A tattoo on the wrist
From: nenna-ga on 05 Jul 2005 12:22 PDT
Congrats on the tat!  With all that coloring and it being in a prime
sun spot, be sure to put on a lot of lotion before going out in the
sun and follow the advise of the tattooist on aftercare.  :)


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