We’ve all seen the pictures on the internet of amazing fingers, feet, lettering and white tattoos. They look great in the pictures but there’s something we should all take note of. They are fresh or often, less than a year old.
- The skin on the fingers, especially on the sides of the fingers, is calloused and never heals well. The pigment usually falls out during the healing process so it’s gone or spotty within two to four weeks.
- It’s very difficult to heal hand and foot tattoos since it’s impossible to not use your hands for three weeks and a tattoo is an open wound. This opens it up to infection and also general rubbing. When the tattoo is healing it needs the protective scabs to stay on as long as possible. If they come off before they’re ready it will pull the pigment out and it’s going to happen a lot with hand tattoos.
- Just the simple need to wash our hands often will soak scabs and make them come off too soon but not washing can lead to infection.
There is a healed white arrow tattooed next to the gray arrow in this picture. You can barely see it and where you can see it it looks brownish because of the color of her skin.
- If the tattoo is done in white it could be completely gone by the time it heals as white doesn’t show up well on any body part. The pigment that we use is inserted into the dermis which is below the epidermis or the first “layer” of skin. It sits in this layer and you can see it because the skin of the first layer is transparent.
- Our skin color is in that first layer too and even if a person doesn’t have much color to their skin there will still be color on top of the white. This can lead to the white turning greenish, brownish or yellowish over time. It usually takes a few months for the undertones to show up but they pretty much always do.
- Depending on the font, lettering needs to be done at least 1/2 inch tall to stand up to the pigment spreading over time. If the letters are too close together then they end up looking like blobs and it’s unreadable.
- Some fonts that have more details will need to be done even larger than 1/2 inch to stand the test of time.
- Lettering done in white is so thin and light that it’s almost always unreadable after a few months.