The top of your foot seems like the perfect placement to get your tattoo, right? You can show it off when you want and keep it covered when you need to. The reality is that getting a tattoo on your foot is an entirely different experience than getting a tattoo on other parts of your body. Here are a few tips on getting a foot tattoo.
Some people have extra dry skin on their feet. If you suffer from this, you will want to moisturize your feet more than usual for a few days before the tattoo procedure. This will help exfoliate the area and give your tattoo a fair chance to heal accordingly.
Wear appropriate foot wear when planning your trip to the tattoo studio. Your foot is going to be sore after getting tattooed and you will be thankful if you wear slip on shoes or a pair of flip flops.
Your tattoo needs air to completely heal. If you can’t keep your feet free of socks or shoes for the majority of the time during the first few days after receiving the tattoo, then you may want to wait to get tattooed until you can. Going barefoot, wearing sandals or flip flops are the best options for your tattoo during the healing process.
Swelling is a very common side effect from getting your foot tattooed. If you are on your feet a lot at home or work then you may swell a bit more than someone else who is able to prop their foot up throughout the day. Don’t be alarmed by the swelling, elevate your foot when you can. The swelling will subside a little more each day after you receive the tattoo. You may also experience some redness and bruising around the tattooed area.
Understandably, you may have to cover your foot for work during the healing period. Wrap your tattoo lightly with a bandage before placing a sock or shoe over the tattoo. You’ll also want to keep your tattoo moist and not allow it to dry out completely. A thick scab will form from friction of the dry tattoo and the bandage. Light scabbing will not harm your tattoo but a thick scab can pull out the pigment from your tattoo. When the scab falls off, you’ll notice spots of your skin color where the tattoo color used to be.
Your tattoo artist should give you aftercare information after your tattoo is complete. Make sure to read through the info before leaving the studio so you can go over any questions that you may have. Always follow the aftercare instructions and call your tattoo artist during the healing process with any additional questions if you feel it is necessary.
Relying on aftercare information from friends or family members is not always a good idea. Every tattoo artist across the world has different advice when it comes to healing your tattoo. If you do something to your tattoo that they did not recommend, it may be more challenging for them to help you if any problems should arise during the healing process. If you feel confident with your choice of tattoo artist, then you should be comfortable with following the aftercare that they have provided for you.
Don’t let the extra care it takes to heal a foot tattoo deter you from getting one. Just a few days of pampering your foot tattoo will provide a lifetime of beauty.