It took me 3 years of planning, thinking, and countless attempts trying to convince sourgrapes to tattoo my hand. And i am glad i waited as a hand tattoo it isn't the same as getting a sleeve, or a back tattoo. After i got my one done, i thought i may write stuff i know and stuff that i have researched:) I will try to answer all the questions that have been asked to us in the studio and out :)
BEFORE EVEN THINKING OF WHAT TO GET AS A HAND TATTOO
Hand tattoos are becoming more and more popular, mainly because they are widely accepted in both the social and working world, depending on where you're working and where you live. Although you have to keep in mind there is still a large portion of our society that looks down on hand tattoos and many employers will not even consider a potential employee if they have tattoos that are not easily covered. So one of the first things to think before getting a hand tattoo is : will it stop me from pursuing my career? That may not be our business to worry about, but we do not usually recommend tattoos on hands, and this is one of the main reasons !
DOES IT HURT MORE THAN OTHER TATTOO PLACEMENTS ?
Pain is a very personal subject. But generally, a tattoo tends to hurt more on areas where there is less padding provided by muscle, bringing the bones and tendons closer to the surface. This way the vibrations of the tattoo machine resonate though those parts making the sensations more intense. For me the hand wasn't painful at all, opposite thing, my fingers tattoo had a much stronger burning sensation . But you deal with it, and you forget !
The skin on your hands is much thinner than almost anywhere else on your body and therefore takes ink much differently.The ideal placement for the ink pigment is right between the epidermis and dermis. The tissue on your hands is much thinner than everywhere else , so it is harder for the ink to settle . If the artist goes too deep your tattoo will appear blurred and even an experienced artist can misjudge depth, especially where the skin is so thin.
The skin regenerates faster on your hands causing potential issues with ink rejecting during the healing process as well as premature spreading in the lines.A tattoo is essentially a scrape ,and when you make an opening in your skin such as a cut, scrape or puncture there is always the chance of infection . Hand tattoos may have even a greater chance of infection compared to other body parts due frequent handling of things. Thats why It is very important to keep you tattoo constantly clean, avoid chemicals such as bleach or other cleaning products andavoid soaking hand in baths or hot water as that will interfere with the healing.Your tattoo may not look like an open wound, but it is and should be treated as such. Swelling is also a factor you should keep in mind. Many people are surprised by the amount a tattoo can swell, especially in the hand /foot area. So it would be best to get a hand tattoo before having one or two days off work.
ALWAYS , ALWAYS FOLLOW YOUR AFTERCARE SHEET ! WE HAVE ONE IN OUR F.A.Q SECTION :)
So, hand tattoos look absolutely amazing if done properly, but, before getting one, always keep in mind that no matter how good your tattoo artist is, you skin will decide how to hold the ink! So don’t be disappointed if your tattoo doesn’t heal or turn out as you wanted !
I think i have said it all, but please feel free to ask any questions !