Move over blackout tattoos, watercolor tattoos, and microbladed eyebrows – there is a new tattoo trend currently taking the Internet by storm: cuticle tattoos. This blog post will unpack this new trend, talk about why you may want to avoid tattoo trends (especially this one), and discuss what this may mean for future removal or natural fading.
Contrary to their name, cuticle tattoos are not tattoos on the actual cuticle. The cuticle is a thin sliver of dead skin at the base of the fingernail. It is designed to protect against infection. Tattooing the cuticle would be impossible. Cuticle tattoos are tattoos at the top of the fingers, near the nail. They are tiny tattoos typically seen as geometric shapes, flowers, dots, or designs. Many claim that they are the perfect complement to a manicure.
So, why are tattoo trends a bad idea? Let’s review. Tattoo trends are a type of tattoo that is commonly sought for removal. Just like clothing or hairstyles – trends fade. Something that was once considered cool and fashionable becomes outdated. You can change your clothing or change your hair after the trend starts to fade, but changing a tattoo is a little harder. Even if you love the look of a tattoo that is trendy, we strongly recommend against jumping on a tattoo trend.
Why is this particular tattoo trend a bad idea? For starters, it is highly visible. You can’t cover up tattoos on your fingers without using gloves or band-aids. This may not seem like a problem now, but try to imagine having visible finger tattoos in 10 years or 20 years… would it fit in your life? These are also tiny tattoos. Tiny tattoos are adorable but all tattoos blend into the skin a little bit over time. When a tattoo is tiny and it blends, it can lose it’s shape or design and become unrecognizable.
Finally, according to the Kirby-Desai Scale for tattoo removal, tattoos on the extremities take more sessions to remove because of the blood flow and circulation to those areas. This means you may need additional treatments with the laser should you choose to remove your cuticle tattoo one day.
If you choose a tattoo that happens to be a trend, and you love it long after the trend fades – that is great. We are happy when you are happy with your tattoo. If you no longer love your tattoo and want to talk about laser tattoo removal options, contact us. Remove a Tattoo – laser tattoo removal clinic is the best choice for those seeking laser tattoo removal in the Milwaukee area.