Tattoos have been a part of self-expression and a sign of belonging for centuries.
It is so common now that it is nearly a rite of passage!
Most of us are pretty nervous about our first ones especially when we think of how permanent a commitment it is. There are of course some temporary varieties, but the best thing to do is to make the right choice of design.
Now have you ever wondered what tattoos and real estate have in common? In both cases, you must remember that it’s about “Location, Location, Location!”
Deciding where to put that cute design is an important decision and one which we have a recommendation for – Hand Tattoos. Whether it be on your wrists, fingers or anywhere in between, there is a multitude of tattoo designs to find one that truly brings in the wow factor!
Why Get Hand Tattoos?
For women hand tattoos can provide a wonderfully feminine vibe. Unless you plan on wearing gloves most of the time, your hands are prime real estate from which to show off that awesome design.
You can wear it as a permanent adornment for yourself be it the quirky one who keeps a tiny elephant on her wrist or the hippie at heart who made a floral bracelet design. If you think it interferes with your professional look, keep it as an open secret with a tiny tattoo between your fingers. There is a design to meet any whim you could have.
Tattoos on your fingers will fade quickly and may require a fair bit of tolerance to be inked in. However, small tattoos with delicate designs promise to be cute and effective in achieving the intended vibe.
While tattoos are permanent, they don’t remain in the same condition forever. The ink will fade over time and be erased.
Not taking care of the new tattoo can also cause the ink to fade faster or the colours to bleed. Ageing and fading of the ink are inevitable, but it varies with the location and the colours used.
Tattoos on areas such as your extremities will fade comparatively faster than on your shoulder. You can always have the tattoo redone to have it looking just as good as new.
Are Hand Tattoos Trending
An ever-increasing number of stars and celebrities have begun sporting delicate hand tattoos of late, which has certainly made for an awesome new trend. For example, there hasn’t been a popular magazine that hasn’t mentioned Hailey Beiber’s latest finger tattoo or hasn’t acknowledged Rihanna’s amazing hand tattoos.
Hand tattoos are seen as a sweet and cute permanent accessory, with many choosing to ink in jewellery-inspired designs, especially for women.
A variety of women’s feminine hand tattoos that incorporate sweet and meaningful designs have also risen in popularity.
Girls sporting tiny butterflies and musical notes is as much a regular sight as the thorns and roses that were the earlier trend.
If you’ve ever considered a hand tattoo, now is definitely the time to jump on the bandwagon and rock that look!
Pain, Care & Recovery
One of the first questions most of us ask before we even consider getting a tattoo is “How much will this hurt?”.
Well, that depends entirely on your pain tolerance and of course the size and location of your new tattoo. For those of us with sensitive skin, this can become a bit of a test of strength, especially when it is being inked close to the joint areas. For some, it may seem as tolerable as being bitten by ants.
The heightened sensitivity around joints is simply because there are more nerve endings closer to the surface. For those determined to ink in your design near a joint, remember that you can take breaks during or between sessions to help you manage.
For women hand tattoos can present a problem when you suspect your tolerance of pain and discomfort is low. The sensitive joints and area close to the nail bed are a definite hurdle to cross for that gorgeous design you picked out. If your design is small and delicate, you can probably find it in yourself to finish it in one go. Of course, if you still find it hard to handle, try having it done in multiple sessions. In case of doubt, start small.
The most important point to remember is that your new tattoo is very much an open wound despite its pretty looks. Without proper care, the tattoo site can possibly become infected, or become faded. So, keep it covered, keep it clean, and try to prevent it from scabbing over. Should it become infected at any time, seek medical help, immediately.
Once your tattoo is done, it is finished off with antimicrobials before being bandaged up. Keeping it covered for a few hours or about a day is a good idea. Once the covers come off, you will need to clean the area ever-so-gently, with soap and water, and once it is completely dried, applied with the antimicrobial lotion or cream the tattoo parlour sent you home with. You will have to repeat the routine a few times a day until it heals.
Most of us make decisions on a budget so it’s natural to wonder how much you’d be shelling out you’re your new tattoo design. On average a small to medium-sized tattoo just a couple of inches in length can cost you about $50 to $300. Larger and more elaborate designs done over multiple sittings can cost you a few thousand dollars.
A tiny, cute tattoo in a minimalist style will a great option that is still budget-friendly. Just keep in mind that compromising on the size of your design is a wiser decision than compromising on the expertise of the artist who is about to ink you.
A bad choice of tattoo that you have outgrown or a design that did not quite turn out the way you had envisioned are all problems that can crop up once you get inked. Should you ever find yourself in such a situation, you have exactly three choices on how to deal with it.
- Ignore it until someone brings up the embarrassing tattoo and when you will just have to simply grin and bear it
- Have a new design tattooed over the old design
- Permanently remove the tattoo through laser tattoo removal.
If you are seriously considering having the tattoo removed, a little more information on what the process involves is a good idea. Now to answer the obvious question of “Can tattoo be removed?”, yes tattoos can be permanently removed. However, it is important to keep in mind you may require up to 6 or 8 sessions before it is completely removed.
We can now address the question “How are tattoos removed?”. The ink of your tattoo has light absorption properties, which make it possible for the laser to break down the ink. The broken-down waste is not absorbed into your bloodstream and is disposed of in the same way all other waste in the human body is disposed of.
If it occurs to you that not all tattoos are removed as easily as others, you’d be correct. Larger designs will of course take a greater number of sessions to remove. You might be surprised to know that having multiple colours, particularly paler colours can require additional sessions, as the removal process is a bit more complicated when the contrast of the ink to your skin is low.
Age and locations near a greater number of blood vessels both help in the easier breakdown of the tattoo. An already faded design near a blood vessel rich area like the neck or such would be quickly broken down and absorbed by the underlying vessels. For those of us unsure of our designs may want to spare a thought on ‘how are tattoos removed?’ to ease your discomfort should you decide to undo your tattoo.
Tattoo removal can be a pricy move as it typically averages near $500. The prices can vary quite a bit depending on specifics such size and colour of your tattoo. The larger the design and lighter the colours, the bigger the hole burned in your pocket!
If all the information that has been thrown at you still hasn’t dissuaded your interest, check out some of our women hand tattoos designs.