- the skin on fingers is much thinner than other areas and is prone to sweating
- the fingers are utilized, washed, and scrubbed so often
- hands and fingers tend to be in the sun on a regular basis
- the area that you are tattooing is such a small spot, especially if you are hoping to add any sort of intricate design
- as the tattoo is healing, there is more likelihood that it will "blow out," due to the small area given to tattoo on
Tattoo artists know the true weight of wearing permanent art and want their clients to be happy with the choices they make. So, sometimes it becomes the duty of the artist to draw a line over which they will not cross in order to protect you, the customer. There are artists out there that will do these tattoos, though, and you will be able to find one if you are determined. But this should at least cause you to stop and think about the potential consequences of your actions. Are you really ready to handle the reactions of the public that result from your decision? Are you prepared to accept rejections to future job applications? Remember – it’s permanent and it’s not in a place where it can be easily covered up. It’s always out there – always visible. And no matter how “popular” tattoos get, you will still have problems being accepted in many places and by many people. If you are not ready to handle that, it’s best that you hold off on the tattoo until you are.
Most tattoo artists guarantee their work 100% and back up that guarantee with things such as free touch-ups. When they do a tattoo, their reputation is on the line the moment you walk out the door. Every person that sees your tattoo and finds out who did it will base an opinion of the artist by the quality of the work. If you mess up your tattoo, it’s the artist that’s going to get the blame.
Hand and foot tattoos are extremely difficult to maintain. Socks and shoes constantly rubbing against your feet can wear away even a healed tattoo. Getting to the healed point is even more difficult, requiring the sacrifice of going practically barefoot for 3 months if you really want it to heal properly. But remember, going barefoot or wearing sandals exposes your foot to the elements, including the sun, which can also destroy your new tattoo. If you really want to get that foot tattoo – and honestly, I don’t blame you! – you have got to be totally prepared to baby it like you have never babied your skin before. The same thing goes for hand tattoos – if you’re a mechanic, a dishwasher, or do anything else that is rough on your hands, don’t do it! You’ll only ruin the tattoo and be stuck with a mess in a very visible area.