A couple months ago I got two finger tattoos. They’re two palmistry/alchemy figures that look unfortunately similar to a ‘5’ and a ‘4’ (a lesson to think ahead about this kind of thing). I wanted to do a post on my experience because I feel it was pretty different than others. From pain and regret to the healing process and would I ever get another? I know some of you have at least considered finger tattoos, so I hope this is informative and helpful. Let me know if it is!
Although many people say that your fingers are one of the worst places to get tattooed in regard to pain, I’ve found this is the exact opposite for me. It wasn’t a painless experience. But it wasn’t any worse than my inner forearm tattoo. But this is just me! So far I seem to have a really good pain tolerance for tattoos.
I’m not going to say that I won’t ever regret this tattoo. How am I supposed to know? But I will say that I’m prepared to deal with that regret if it comes. I’m not against tattoo removal or even using a bandage to cover them if necessary! There are options.
THE HEALING PROCESS
Oh my god, this was the worst part of the entire process. Healing hand tattoos is a bitch. You don’t realise how much you use your hands until you need to keep them dry at all times, and keep them clean at all times. Oh! And don’t forget how much you move your fingers. The more you move the skin around a fresh tattoo the higher chance of fading and blow out.
I’m not sure about other people but personally, a side affect of my anxiety is a bundle of OCD style characteristics. Which leads to me washing my hands alllllll of the time. Upwards of thirty/fourty times a day. And well, that was something I struggled to deal with during healing.
Finger tattoos have a lot of stigma. Lots of tattoo artists don’t offer them for a series of reasons.
is that they’re super visible – along with neck tattoos – and lots of
artists don’t want to be responsible for any future job difficulties.
Apparently they’re a deal breaker for some employers.
There was actually a popular case of this recently where a writer attempted to out a tattoo artist for his sexism, when in fact he just
didn’t want to be responsible for any mess-ups.
reason is that hand tattoos fade super easily. It seems to be a rule of
thumb that if they past the six month mark, you’re pretty set to go.
But lots of hand tattoos don’t make it days, weeks or months.
Blowout. Blowout is common in areas with a lot of movement. Blowout is a blurry haze around the edges of the tattoo. Like leaking! It’s not pretty.
Lastly, some artists won’t tattoo hands and necks on some people as these parts are considered a right of passage in some tattoo communities. They believe you need to be at least heavily covered before tackling these areas.
DO YOU HAVE A FINGER TATTOO?
After all of this, I don’t think I will ever get another finger tattoo. The experience was so worrisome! I had fears that the scab would peal off and I would find a blank finger with no ink in it, or worse a blurry mess!
What about you? Do you have one? Was it a completely different experience to mine? If so, I’d love to hear about it!