For some, tattoos on the feet represent one of the best ways to express themselves, while for others, they are only pain and misery. Why these differences of opinion? Before you get your feet tattooed, find out which designs are best for that area and what issues you should consider.
The feet tattoos can be as different as the people who wear them and are simply beautiful. The most popular options are flowers, garlands and tribal designs. The tattoos of feet that start on the side or the bottom of the foot and continue on the top are quite usual.
Some types of drawings work particularly well for the foot.
– Flower drawings
When located on the foot, flower designs can be a symbol of Buddhist faith or a simple way to place a beautiful decoration on what some consider to be the least desirable part of the body. The flowers have the advantage of being very adaptable, whatever the chosen part of the body. If you do not particularly like your feet, you can improve them with a beautiful flower tattoo.
The significance of flower tattoos can be very diverse and varied, depending on the species you are tattooing. But all have something in common: their beauty.
– Animal drawings
Small animals make cute tattoos no matter where they are placed, but they are even nicer when perched on one foot. Think of pictures of frogs, lizards or other animals on your feet as if they had just stopped for a while.
Tigers are very popular tattoo subjects because of their beauty and strength. They are often associated with power, ferocity, passion and sensuality; but also to beauty, speed, cruelty and anger. The appearance of a tiger in a dream is often considered as the inner awakening of a new power or a new passion.
– Star drawings
The stars are ideal tattoos for the feet. They can be small and do not require much detail: they work perfectly on the thin skin of the feet. You can place a single star or you want it or try a set of shooting stars from the ankle to the toes.
– Butterfly drawings
Butterflies also form delicate little tattoos that are perfect for the foot. The inner motifs of the butterfly wings glide easily over the tendons of the top of the foot and can even help hide some imperfections if the foot moved too much when tattooing.
– Heart drawings
Hearts are also simple tattoos that work very well on the foot. You can draw only the outline or color them, or even accompany them with other patterns, such as wings or ribbons. They are usually placed on the top of the foot, the tip turned to the toes.
– Letters and words
The foot is a long, fairly flat area that can easily accommodate inscriptions. A word tattoo may extend from the toes to the ankles, with or without a drawing to accompany it. Remember to adjust the position of the word or letters to the foot (left or right) and side of the foot (inside or outside) that you are going to tattoo. For example, a tattoo on the inside of the right foot will have to go from the toes to the ankle, while on the outside of the right foot it will have to go in the other direction, that is to say from the ankle to the toes of feet.
– Assorted tattoos
You have two feet, why not make two tattoos? You can place one across both feet, separating it into two sections that will complement each other when you join both feet or simply choose two small matching tattoos. It may be words, symbols, or images that work well together, like two flowers or two zodiac signs.
Problems with tattoos on the feet
Choosing your drawing is only the first step of the tattoo. The foot has general lines that differ from those of other parts of the body: make sure your drawing follows them well before you get a tattoo.
– Healing time
Depending on the size and location of the tattoo, healing can take up to two to five days. Some tattoo artists recommend not wearing shoes or socks during the days following the session, while others do not mind. In any case, your foot will be painful and uncomfortable during healing. If you can not afford to rest your feet for a few days, this may not be a good option for you.
– Find an artist
Some artists refuse to tattoo their feet. This is due to the problems related to these tattoos but also to the fact that artists do not want to risk doing bad work. Many tattoo artists ask for a supplement to work on the feet and do not guarantee the result or offer free alterations.
Visit several studios that you like and learn about their foot tattoos. Each studio will have its own rules at this level and you will be able to choose the ones that suit you best.
– Loss of color and diffusion / extension of lines
Tattoos on the feet tend to spread more than others. This means that these designs tend to lose their sharpness and fade faster than in other places. Show the artist your idea of drawing and ask him his opinion. He or she may have ideas for changes to slow down these processes.
The only thing that both tattoo artists and tattooed people agree on is that the pain is stronger here. Nobody knows for sure whether this is due to the number of nerve endings or the lack of muscle between the skin and the bone. Tattoos in this area also tend to bleed more easily than other areas of the body.
In Hinduism, the lotus flower represents spiritual perfection.
In the world of tattoos, stars can represent many things. They may be mere decoration but may also symbolize the astral connection
The wings represent peace; love; the link between the earth and the sky, and between what is human and divine. A wing is a symbol of transcendence and liberation. At the chemical and magical level, the wings are symbols of transformation that allow a given individual to access a new state that was not accessible to him before.
The seafarers were tattooed swallows as charms, in order to be able to return home safely after long crossings.
Usually, these tattoos represent beauty, metamorphosis and freedom; but also that which is ephemeral, joy and fragility. Butterflies are also associated with the soul and are considered a link with our interior.
Roses are certainly the most popular flowers. Their symbolism is very extensive but they are mainly associated with love, passion, beauty and blood.
Anchors represent safety, hope and salvation. They represent superior beings detached from the material world. Anchors are guardians, intermediaries and guides between the earthly and heavenly world.
Owls are considered hypnotic and very wise birds that hunt during the night. They are obscure and alert, making them perfect tattooing topics for nervous people.