Trends come and go all the time. What was popular last year won’t be popular this year, and in the “millennial” age, not keeping up with a trend (or doing something out of trend) could be social suicide. The same thing goes for tattoos. Tattoos, like fashion, go in and out of different periods of trends. In the earlier days of tattoos, they were frowned upon and considered distasteful. Fast forward to 2017, and tattoos are actually a fashion statement. More people around the world are getting tattoos than ever before, and it doesn’t look like anyone is planning on stopping.
From lower back tattoos, to ribcage tattoos, to butterfly quotes and tribal ink, the tattoo industry has definitely seen its fair share of trends. Within the past few years, the tattoo world has seen another “hip” trend emerge, often by girls in their late teens and early 20’s, and that is the finger tattoo. Sure it’s cute, so “chic”, “subtle” and just do darn “cool”, but what most people who get them don’t know is that they age horribly.
Here are some photos as proof, and if you’ve been considering getting one, hopefully this will change your mind.
Sure, finger tattoos can be absolutely adorable.
But generally, tattoos on our fingers rarely heal well.
Think about it this way…you use your hands for basically, well…everything.
When you get a tattoo, it takes lot of care to make sure it heals right. It needs to remain clean and dry…and how are you supposed to do that if it’s on your finger?
Say you cave in and decide to get a finger tattoo…what’s going to happen when you need to go the bathroom? Or grab something from your pocket, or when you take a shower?
Finger tattoos are just a disaster waiting to happen. Believe it or not, the majority of peoples’ finger tattoos fade within months.
Once healed, finger tattoos tend to take on a milky, blurred and oddly distorted look. And the aging process pretty much begins immediately.
Forget about months, let’s talk about years. After a few years, your finger tattoo will look like a blob of nothingness sitting on your finger.
Remember, the skin of our palms, the soles of our feet and the sides of our fingers regenerate our skin much faster than the skin on the rest of our bodies.
Chances are, the ink will fade extremely, extremely fast because of the constant regeneration of your skin.
Even the lucky ones who don’t face fading immediately will eventually have their tattoos fade within years.
This will leave you with blurred ink and even blow outs, which happen when the ink of a tattoo is spread out too far under the skin. This messes up the ink and makes the line work look distorted, blurry, and ridiculously faded out.
At the end of the day, how the tattoo heals on your finger entirely depends on how your skin takes and deals with the ink.
Some people are more at risk for blowouts than others, but rest assured that even if you have the perfect type of skin for tattoos, your finger tattoo will fade eventually, and at a much faster rate than a tattoo on any other part of your body.
They might look pretty amazing at first, but it doesn’t last long.
So, if you’re thinking about getting one of those super trendy finger tattoos, you might want to reconsider your decision. Unless you’re okay with having a muddled, messy blob on your finger for the rest of your life…all for the sake of a few dozen Instagram pictures.