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Foot tattoos can look very striking Ė for one thing, the foot provides a nice flat place for the tattoo to lie, and for another thing, foot tattoos are rather rare and therefore sort of exotic (this was true at the time of writing, but foot tattoos are becoming rather popular nowadays, especially amongst woman). Thereís no question that a foot tattoo peaking out of a sexy shoe can be very attractive.

The most popular foot tattoo designs are flower tattoos, letter tattoos and the star foot tattoo.

Foot Tattoo

There are some good reasons why foot tattoos are rarer than other tattoos, though. In fact, there are some tattoo artists who wonít even undertake them (just like hand and face tattoos). For a start, tattoos on the foot and hand tend to be more painful than other tattoos.

The general rule is this: if a tattoo is right over bone, it will hurt more. If itís on a fleshy part of your body, itíll hurt a lot less. Thatís why a shoulder or upper arm might be a better place for a first tattoo Ė if youíre a little worried about the pain and not sure what to expect.

Foot Flower Tattoo

For another thing, though there are many tattoo designs that look great on a foot, there is also a greater incidence of ink migration with foot tattoos. This means, simply, that the ink is likely to spread over time, blurring your tattoo design. This is possible with any tattoo, on any part of the body Ė but itís more common with foot tattoos.

If you get a foot tattoo, be prepared to go back and have it re-inked if need be. The top of your foot is the best place with the least blurring, avoid other places like the sides or the toes.

Then thereís the little issue of healing. In general, a new tattoo should not be allowed to rub against clothing while it heals, which usually takes two to three weeks. For most tattoos, this is a pretty simple matter, but not for foot tattoos! Basically, depending on the placement of your tattoo designs, this may mean that you canít wear shoes or socks for the whole time your tattoo is healing!

Some foot care tips for a shorter healing period:

Foot Tattoos

Going around barefoot can lead to one more problem related to foot tattoos Ė infection. Feet, as we all know, are harder to keep clean than other parts of the body. Though itís fairly rare to get an infection from a professional-quality tattoo, it is possible, and having a tattoo on your foot makes it slightly more likely.

So, the cons:

And the pros:

With all of these Ďconsí, you might wonder why anyone bothers to get foot tattoos. The fact is that their relative rarity, and the fact that it can be painful to get one and difficult to maintain it, makes foot tattoos rather exotic. For some of us, thatís reason enough. For others, it might be better to stick to ankle tattoos and shoulder tattoos for now!

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