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question for those with foot tattoos

Posted by kpolice85 on 01/19/05

Hey,
I was interested in getting tattoos on my feet but I read an article that said foot tattoos are real hard to maintain quality wise and they take quite a while to heal. Can anyone that has tattoos on their feet tell me their experience with this?
Thanks



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RE:question for those with foot tattoos

Posted by Melissa on 01/19/05
Tampa, FL

I have a tattoo on the side of my foot and yes, they're harder to maintain. I had to get mine re-inked about 2 months after it healed. It looks great now, but since your foot is always moving and is more likely to get callous (sp?) and that means the tattoo has a much higher risk of losing shape/color/etc. It didn't hurt that much more though.


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RE:question for those with foot tattoos

Posted by gabe on 01/19/05
western mass

Heres a link to my foot tattoo by Nick Baxter. I took very good care of it and it healed almost perfectly. Make sure you find a real sharp artist. Of course, all the white ink in my wifes foot tattoo fell out so she need to get it reworked. So yes, feet are a bit trickier even for the best tattoo artists.


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RE:question for those with foot tattoos

Posted by Laurie on 02/09/05
Manhattan, KS

I have one on the top of my right foot and then the inside of my left heel. I haven't had problems maintaining either of them and they both healed. I got mine during the summer so I was wearing flip flops and they aren't in a place where the straps rubbed so that helped them to heal properly. I have had some friends however who have foot tattoos and have had really hard times maintaining them. The one's they have had the most problems with are when they have a large area of solid color, it tends to get blotchy.


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RE:question for those with foot tattoos

Posted by danielle on 02/09/05
brooklyn, ny 11223

I have a tattoo on the top of my foot. I must say, the heeling process does take a lot longer than usual. It is also harder to stay clean. The dirt attaches its self to the creme. Your feet are always moving. But it looks beautiul once its heeled. (It does hurt like hell too) You will do fine. Goodluck.


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RE:question for those with foot tattoos

Posted by sweetcheeks125 on 08/02/05

Hey

I have a tattoo on my right foot. It is the entire tp of my foot and then some., It hurt very very very much and took 4 weeks to heal, but I love it and it was worth it. I got it about 3 years ago and it still looks great. I recommend it and you'll be amazed how many compliments you;ll get on it.l


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RE:question for those with foot tattoos

Posted by kledbetter@culver.edu on 09/14/05

I have a tatto of a rose and tribal on my foot. It is rather big and I love it. It was hard to take care of, it just depends on how much you want it. I didnt take very good care of it the first time, so I had to get it touched up. But once i got it touched up i took care of it and it still looks brand new 2 years later. Iam actually thinking about getting another one on my other foot.


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RE:question for those with foot tattoos

Posted by Naomijschneider@nyc.rr.com on 09/15/05

Hey there,

I have 3 cherry blossoms on the top of my foot and never had any trouble. You have to just remember that the hands and feet sweat more and are more prone to be involved in dirty activities-so you would just need to be that much more conscious of what you do-don't go jumpin around in mud puddles right afteryou get inked ; )


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RE:question for those with foot tattoos

Posted by dianna on 09/16/05
PA

I got a tat on my foot and it hurt like hell and had to stop her are redesign the tat to fit what she already had started. It looks cool like lighting but i can tell you i will never get anyothere on the foot again. But i am glad i got it and it healed up great had to problems.


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RE:question for those with foot tattoos

Posted by Lil Lou on 10/03/05
Michigan

I have a tattoo on the top of my left foot. It looked great when the guy first did it, but as the weeks of healing went on the tattoo started to look horrible. I have been told that it looks like a burn or a bruise. I went to a different tattoo artist and tried to get it covered up and he told me that the guy who orginally did my tattoo went to deep and my foot is going to take another month or two to heal before he would even consider covering it. I got the tattoo in June 2005 and he told me to come back in Oct. 2005. So just be careful and make sure that you ask the artist if they have done tattoos on the feet before. ( I dont think that the guy who did mines, had ever done on on the foot before)

Good Luck


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RE:question for those with foot tattoos

Posted by Southern Belle on 10/03/05

i recently got a red heart on my foot. it looks great! it did take a bit longer to heal and i did take really good care of it. i wore flip flops everyday until ti was completely healed. when i went running, i would lotion it up and wrap it in saran wrap so it wouldn't rub. it would only stay wrapped up for about 45 minutes. the key is to keep it moisturized and make sure nothing rubs it.


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RE:question for those with foot tattoos

Posted by slerma87@aol.com on 10/05/05
Indiana

I just got a tat on the top of my left foot about a week ago and on certain spots it looks as if some of the ink got pulled off maybe when i was taking my sock off. i didnt think that a tat on my foot would be so hard to take care of but obviously it is. i guess after it all heals up it should be nice.


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RE:question for those with foot tattoos

Posted by Mac on 10/09/05
Port Richey,Florida,U.S.A.

Hello,well here we go lol,im an artist here in central florida,and ive been at it for 15 years now.Althought all artist have their own methods,i just wanted to give you all my 2 cents worth.I know the original post here was quite a while back but if anyone else happens upon this thread with questions,i hope this helps.My first question when someone asks for a foot tattoo is,"can you wear flip flops,or open shoes that won't rub the tattooed area?",as with any tattoo the initial healin proces is the most deciding factor to its final outlook.As far as taking longer to heal,well everyperson is different,so the exact healing time for you depends on you,its not so much where,as much as it is who.Hands,and feet reproduce skin cells faster,and more often than any other part of your body,without proper care,and ample healing the chances of your foot tattoo losing ink are very good.It is very important to keep the tattoo slightly moist with an ointment ,(every artist has his own favorite,i stray away from anything with too many medicines ),keep it simple,what youre lookin for its moiterizing,and protection from infection.Also keep it thin just enough to moisten the skin but not so much as too clog the pours.Another of my favorite sayings at the shop "thin enough to see your pours through.So in closing make sure you can wear appropriate footwear,and dedicate the attention to the tattoo,and youll be fine.


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RE:question for those with foot tattoos

Posted by PrincessTristaNY on 11/11/05
White Plains, NY USA

I got a tat on the top of my right foot a week ago and it is taking much longer to heal than my others on other parts of my body. I started to peel exactly 6 days after I had the work done and I'm still peeling 8 days later. In one area, I lost white ink and in another area some black ink migrated. I clogged some pores in another area by applying too much anointment the first few days and it really itches. However, I love my new tat and I do not regret it at all. I will probably touch it up in a month or so, but it's totally worth the trouble it's giving me. My advice to anyone thinking about gettng a foot tat is this: If you really, really, really want one there like I did, do it!


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RE:question for those with foot tattoos

Posted by Christina from IP: 70.66.5.42 on 02/08/06
Nanaimo, BC. Canada

I have the better part of the top foot covered. Healing only took 1-2 weeks to heal. It was easy healing, scabbing wasn't bad. Don't wear shoes for a couple of days. When the tat was new and I was out in the sun I'd cover with sunscreen. It's about 10 years old and I don't bother with it at all, and it still has all it's color. Pain wise....8


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RE:question for those with foot tattoos

Posted by alicha from IP: 156.34.82.76 on 02/19/06

I already had three tattoos..one on my back and two on my ankle which were painless..i decided i wanted one on my foot..so i got one there yesterday and it was really painful..it hurt way more then my other tattoos and i didnt know if i would make it through i haha lol jj i knew i would but it hurt soo soo bad..so if u want one there but r worried about pain...i would tell u maybe dont get it there..but everyone is different and it may not hurt for you..also i havent been able to walk because my foot is sore and swollen..but i hope it heels great anyways if u get one on yur foot hope it works out!!


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RE:question for those with foot tattoos

Posted by Alisha from IP: 70.142.46.176 on 02/24/06
Miami, OK

I have had 6 pieces of a tattoo done that connects around my waist. I was having the last two done yesterday as well at getting my mom's name on my foot. The one on my foot hurt the least out of any of my tats. As for the healing, we will see over the next couple of weeks!!!! Dave did such a good job and designing and inking it. It looks gorgeous and I am probally the most proud of this one.


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RE:question for those with foot tattoos

Posted by spellweaver8@hotmail.com from IP: 66.156.177.228 on 02/27/06
upstate SC USA

hey! I have been considering getting me a tattoo on my foot (a triquetra) for a little while now. I am wondering, since I have a bowling league once a week and of course the shoes aren't open. is there any way that I can make it not rub and mess up my tat whenever I put my shoes on and when I have to bowl that once a week until its done healing? or does anyone think that I might have to not bowl until it heals? I am wanting to know this before I go through with it. any replies I'll really appreciate! e-mail me b/c this is my first time on this forum. Thanks!


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RE:question for those with foot tattoos

Posted by None from IP: 64.212.90.254 on 03/21/06
Mass

I just got my first tattoo ever and I got it on the top of my foot. I only got it 2 days ago and it has already began to heal wonderfully. It was proboably the most painful experience of my life, but it was all worth it because it looks gorgeous. Although everyone says it is the toughest place for healing but I must say that mine is doing excellent. So basically, TAKE A CHANCE! * Good Luck*


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RE:question for those with foot tattoos

Posted by boogadere from IP: 66.188.118.245 on 04/05/06
Wisconsin

A friend and I just got tattoos on our feet today. I gotta say it wasn't as bad as I had expected. BUT, I did hurt like hell. It burned for about an hour after and now its fine. Pretty tender in spots and is slightly bruised but everyone is different. Like other posts on here if you really want it, the pain doesn't matter. Looks damn hot! We love ours but we don't plan tog et any more on our feet!


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RE:question for those with foot tattoos

Posted by gretchensart@yahoo.com from IP: 64.203.232.24 on 04/10/06

Hey - I have a tattoo of a crown on the top of my left foot that I've had for 7 years - it still looks great, has only faded slightly and has never distorted. The pain isn't much more than any of my other tats, although it did seem to bleed a lot more than the others. I'm planning to get a tat on the other foot in a couple weeks. Good luck!


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RE:question for those with foot tattoos

Posted by Chyna from IP: 68.218.29.191 on 04/16/06

i just got a tattoo on the top of my left foot about a week ago. It is healing very well because its hot and im sandals and flip flops


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RE:question for those with foot tattoos

Posted by clairew47@hotmail.com from IP: 81.137.225.217 on 04/27/06

I had a tattoo on the top of my right foot a week ago and its been fine. i'd neva hada tattoo b4 so was so scared b4 i had it done but it wasn't half as painful as what every1 makes it out 2 b. yes it does hurt but its pain u can put up with n it wasn't as bad as i expected. mine is healing fine, jus havin 2 wear shoes that dont rub on it. 4 all of u thinkin of gettin a tattoo on your foot jus go 4 it. the pain only lasts a lil while and it looks wicked x


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What are the Problems with Rosary Tattoos on the foot and how much did it hurt

Posted by stephpalms12 from IP: 69.195.73.173 on 04/27/06
Toronto, Canada

I was wondering what are the common problems with rosary tattoos on the foot. Like are there problems with migrating ink or rubbing off ....I was also wondering how much it hurt....Please help!


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RE:question for those with foot tattoos

Posted by Colliegirl from IP: 129.44.148.226 on 04/29/06
Western NY

I just got my tattoo done yesturday. I got it done on the top of my right foot (the boney part) Needless to say it did hurt like hell. But i'm glad i did it!!! I got a butterfly all done in black, so cute. My sister is trying to tell me that black tattoos fade alot more than color ones; is this true? I am quit the tattoo virgin and i dont know wether to believe her or not? If anyone has any advice it is greatly apperciated!! And if you got any advice on how to properly take care of tattoo to keep it in the best condition and i know everyones different. Please feel free to email me and share. Thanks Kindly!


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RE:question for those with foot tattoos

Posted by PreciousLile from IP: 67.72.98.94 on 05/23/06
Ft Pierce, FL

I got a tattoo on the top of my right foot. It didn't hurt as bad as I had thought it would (then again I have one on my lower back and that shit hurts!!) The only 2 places it really hurt was ontop of my big toe..and on the outer edge of the foot. I do notice that it is rather hard to keep clean due to excessive walking and what not. It's very swollen too, but if you want one I'd say to go for it. I think tattoos on top of a foot are sexy..


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RE:question for those with foot tattoos

Posted by xsexy_baby18x@yahoo.com from IP: 64.12.116.66 on 06/03/06

i just got a tattoo on my foot a couple of days ago...i got 5 stars on my right foot... it hurt pretty bad and im pretty good with pain...i have a tattoo on my back that didnt hurt at all, i've had my nose pierced twice and have mutiple ear piercings...my foot tattoo hurt worse than all of them.


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RE:question for those with foot tattoos

Posted by taz@paintedangel.com from IP: 207.192.199.146 on 06/03/06
Painted Angel Studios

Remember...if you are getting a foot tattoo check these out!...I recommend them highly and no I don't get any kickbacks from them...just a great product when ya can't wear shoes!

www.topless-sandals.com

Absolutely NOTHING touches the top of the foot!..I firmly believe that a lot of the problems with foot tattoos healing poorly is that people wear sandals or whatever that irritate the work...these sandals eliminate the problem!...and they only cost $10!!!...TAz


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RE:question for those with foot tattoos

Posted by tcephoto@msn.com from IP: 65.147.94.116 on 06/03/06
San Jose, California

TAz,

Definitely these are the best thing to come along for anyone dealing with the problems associated with foot tattoos. Flip flops and regular sandals still rub, probably worse that shoes with socks, since there is no buffer and the contact is directly on the skin.

I've been wearing these topless sandals for nearly two months now during the course of ongoing work on my feet, and they've been spectacular! Once you get used to them, they feel like they're part of your foot.

It is imperative that there is no ointments or lotions on the bottom of your foot, or the sandals will come off, possibly while driving (not good). I use some alcohol to swab the bottoms of my feet before putting them on just to be safe, and they stay firmly in place.

If they get wet, they will come off, and will not stick again until dry. So if anyone is planning a trip to the beach, which they shouldn't be while healing a foot tattoo anyway, but a second pair of shoes would come in handy just in case.

Lasty, the instructions that come with these say to use a brush to wash them. This isn't a good idea as it tends to booger up the adhesive lining into globs. The best way to wash them is to simply get them wet, and then briskly run a bar of soap over them and rinse. You can use a blow dryer to dry them, and it helps give them a little more tack before putting on.

Take care
TCE


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RE:question for those with foot tattoos

Posted by wildhack from IP: 67.182.205.40 on 06/03/06

I just got my foot done - top of arch - over Easter. It took a lot longer to heal than my other two tats - a month of scabbing. My identical twin sister's didn't take nearly as long. We did them at the same time. Mine on my left arch, hers on her right. I experienced some discomfort when I would stand and the blood would run to my foot. She didn't. I am really pleased with the color and definition. I put sun screen on and recommend sandals for the entire healing time. Make sure they don't touch the ink. Flip flops that divide at the big toe. Same with your pants. Roll them up. I am in a profession that frowns on ink. After about three days of a sock and boot, I thought fuck it and them and took care of it like it deserved. That's why mine took longer to heal - the initial lack of air. Shame on me.


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RE:question for those with foot tattoos

Posted by TAz from IP: 207.192.207.158 on 06/04/06
Painted Angel Studios

OOOOH!!!

TWINS!!!

I am VERY into TWINS!!!!!

* sound of screeching TAzettes sharpening switchblades*

*sound of TAz huddled in fear and swearing over and over that he was just kidding all the while cupping his jewels in a protective and pitiful manner*

*sound of two soft objects plopping to the floor*

* hideous screaming*


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RE:question for those with foot tattoos

Posted by wildhack from IP: 67.182.205.40 on 06/05/06

Ohhhh. Sad. Two soft thuds. You could ink some balls on, I guess. Never seen that. Don't let the TAzettes see them.


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RE:question for those with foot tattoos

Posted by smackfan41 from IP: 24.229.222.35 on 06/10/06
Poconos, PA, USA

MY fiance and I just got our right feet tattooed a few hours ago. They are quite large and cover our enitre top of foot, plus onto the sides almost to the heel. Our artist has been tattooing for over 20 years and does great work....His viewpoint is this. Give them lots of air, keep them moist and TRY YOUR BEST not to rub to much. WHen asked about healing he says simply this, scabbing is a definate, peeling is a definate, pain factor - yes it hurts, almost as bad as rib tattoos. Healing... EVerybody is Diferent can take 1, 2 3, or maybe even 4 weeks to heal.


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RE:question for those with foot tattoos

Posted by taz@paintedangel.com from IP: 207.192.199.146 on 06/10/06
Painted Angel Studios

Your artist is obviously a very intelligent wonderful caring artist...
HEY!...Was it ME??? LOL!!


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RE:question for those with foot tattoos

Posted by tiggerluvsyou@yahoo.com from IP: 12.170.225.3 on 06/12/06
San Pedro, CA, USA

I got a foot tattoo about a year ago, and it looks brand new... It does hurt when getting it done, since there are a lot of nerve endings in the feet, but definitely not pain that you can't bare. Everyone's pain tolerance varies. Mine only took about 1 1/2 weeks to heal, and that's because I took VERY good care of it, meaning I used the ointment given to me by the tattoo artist, NO soaking for 1 week AND I didn't scratch at all when the itching started. If you're kinda paranoid about stuff touching it, as I was, just wear shoes that don't touch it at all, and you'll be fine.

It's worth it! I love mine and get many compliments on it. I'm planning on getting another one on my other foot.

Good luck and take care!


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RE:question for those with foot tattoos

Posted by firefox119@hotmail.co.uk from IP: 82.40.73.28 on 06/12/06

I got the buddhist om symbol on my foot about 2 months ago, it hurt LESS then my other tattoos, only took 2-3 weeks max to heal and looks great.everyones experiences are different i suppose!


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RE:question for those with foot tattoos

Posted by rasclarke from IP: 208.163.51.114 on 06/13/06
Jamaica

As many have said before me, make sure your artist knows what s/he is doing.

I have a rosy-cross on my right instep. It was THE most painful of my 23 - including a spine-base tattoo.

The hard thing about letting it heal was the shoe issue; it got a little bit messed up, but as soon as i regain the nerve, i'll have it fixed. I'll pick a time when i don't need to wear shoes for at least 2 weeks.

Even with a bad spot, it is one of the most admired pieces on my body. Thanks Malcolm!


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RE:question for those with foot tattoos

Posted by krys from IP: 142.22.186.7 on 06/14/06
canada

i got my tattoo yesterday on the instep of my right foot...try to put it in a place that wont be disturbed as much by flip-flops or your regular foot wear because keeping the scabs from coming off before they're ready is crucial. oh and it is VERY painful...my tattoo artist refuses to get one there because of the pain level...be prepared...i brought sour keys to chew on-it helped! good luck!


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RE:question for those with foot tattoos

Posted by ashley_8604@yahoo.com from IP: 74.134.106.32 on 06/27/06

i got a tat on the top of my foot it's a star with some initals and a date around it for a friend who passed away...while i was getting the tat it didn't hurt any worse than others i have, and it took about the same amount of time to heal...the only thing is that if you wear flip flops or whatever alot, the sun fades it out really fast.....you'll be just fine though GO FOR IT!


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RE:question for those with foot tattoos

Posted by vballstar1803@yahoo.com from IP: 70.39.48.163 on 07/02/06
Lorain,Ohio

The tattoo I want on my foot is just 4 little stars. Do you think the color in those will fade?


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RE:question for those with foot tattoos

Posted by Sir J-Werk, Bastard son of Dr. Scholls from IP: 168.166.22.14 on 07/02/06
CIA Headquarters

Yes, the skin on your feet exfoliate (sp?) faster than any other part of your body (save the hands). It is inevitable but doesn't mean you shouldn't do it.... I'm not saying that it will fade completely but the color will never be "brilliant.".... J


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RE:question for those with foot tattoos

Posted by tcephoto@msn.com from IP: 65.147.95.155 on 07/02/06

vballstar,

The problem with the skin on some areas of the foot is that it's just unstable in the way it regenerates after being tattooed. The skin on the sides closer to the sole tends to dissolve and mis-align fresh lines, and because it's purpose is to eject foreign materials, it does it fairly effectively. I'm finding out through personal experience that this is going to be a high maintainence area in terms of trying to keep the art intact.

The skin on the top of the foot is very much like skin on most of the rest of the body, and seems to take and hold ink well. Keep in mind though, that small star tattoos ANYWHERE on the body tend not to look like stars for very long before evolving into gross looking colored spots. Try to go as big as you can live with and still achieve your goal so that the work has a better chance of retaining it's definition over the long haul.

One day recently while getting my hair cut, I found myself gawking at this cute girl in the salon getting a pedicure. She would have had gorgeous feet, if it hadn't been for the unidentifiable bluish-black blob on her big toe, which I can only presume used to be a dainty tattoo.

TCE


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RE:question for those with foot tattoos

Posted by taz@paintedangel.com from IP: 207.192.207.158 on 07/03/06
Painted Angel Studios

Foot tattoos?...

Yes the skin below the ankles and wrists tends to shed moer often in comparison with other areas...If you MUST have a tattoo on your foot I highly suggest keeping it on the top of the foot and avoid the sides, toes and bottom....Everyone heals differently ...Most and I emphasize MOST people who have their feet tattooed are not satisfied with the results.....severe fading USUALLY occurs causing the tattoo to look washed out and the skin on the sides and toes for some reason likes to play the "blob up " game where the lines swell and you can easily end up with a BLOB... Also its VERY important that you care for a foot tattoo even more carefully than tattoos on other areas of the body...if at all possible you should wear shoes that do not touch the tattoo...I have found a perfect solution...there is a company that makes "topless sandals",...These sandals actually adhere to the soles of your feet and do not touch the top at all...at only $10 a pop they are GREAT!!

In general tattoos on the feet SUCK!...T


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RE:question for those with foot tattoos

Posted by taz@paintedangel.com from IP: 207.192.207.158 on 07/03/06
Painted Angel Studios

Jeezly crap I guess I could at least tell ya the name of the topless sandals huh?

www.down-unders.com


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RE:question for those with foot tattoos

Posted by gemini_21_88@yahoo.com from IP: 65.169.142.136 on 07/10/06
IL

I am seriously considering getting a tattoo on my foot. It would be on some of my big toe and over a small portion of the top of my foot. I am extremely nervous about it though because I work where I have to dress up. I won't be able to wear topless shoes, I will have to be wearing dress shoes of some kind. I am also nervous about the pain. If someone had any advice or anything that they could tell me to make me feel ok about all of this, it would be very much appreciated. Thanks!

gem


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RE:question for those with foot tattoos

Posted by TCE from IP: 65.54.98.110 on 07/10/06
Nutville

TAz, I thought it was www.topless-sandals.com...................

And I have about 800 pairs of these things; don't ask me how that happened.............

TCE


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RE:question for those with foot tattoos

Posted by taz@paintedangel.com from IP: 207.192.199.146 on 07/10/06
Painted Angel Studios

Both work Timmy ol pal!!....I think you have enough tho!


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RE:question for those with foot tattoos

Posted by Sir Timothy Charles Ellis I from IP: 65.54.98.29 on 07/10/06
The Royal Flush

If anyone needs any, I got em'! Let me know your size.

I work on tips, so help a brutha' out!

TCE


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RE:question for those with foot tattoos

Posted by tcephoto@msn.com from IP: 65.54.98.29 on 07/10/06
The Reagle Beagle

Gem,

Read the backposts......................a tattoo on the toe is extremely risky in terms of how it's going to look in a year. It'll probably look great for a few months, but like TAz said, they blob up. I haven't seen one yet that didn't, and then it just looks horrible!! Like a really ugly birthmark, only more difficult to remove. Stick to the top of your foot.

TCE


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RE:question for those with foot tattoos

Posted by squitters from IP: 64.229.95.144 on 07/13/06
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

I have pretty much decided that my next tattoo will be on my foot. I noticed one person talked about running. Wraping it in Saran wrap and such for the duration of the run.

Does anyone else with a foot tattoo run regularly? Any other tips on care of a foot tatto with respect to running and sports in general?

TIA


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RE:question for those with foot tattoos

Posted by sofa108 from IP: 64.106.95.254 on 07/16/06
NM

I got my first tattoo about a week ago and it is amazing. I love it soo much. it is on the side of my foot and it is very sharp and clear. It is only black so if it fades a bit wont look as bad as color. It hurt like hell let me tell you what. it is not too hard to keep clean and as long as you wear sandals it should be fine. but in the end it is completely worth it.


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RE:question for those with foot tattoos

Posted by tcephoto@msn.com from IP: 65.54.154.44 on 07/16/06
Straight No Chaser

Let us know how it's looking in a few months..................I'm always curious to see how individual tats on the side of the foot hold up.

Thanks
TCE


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RE:question for those with foot tattoos

Posted by robertadeehan53@msn.com from IP: 62.254.32.23 on 07/17/06
Ireland

i am thinking of getting 3 stars with black outline and red in the middle, on the side of my foot just above the 4 little toes!!
and on the other foot skull and cross bones in the same spot above the little toes, my question is does anyone have a similar tattoo that i could see a picture of? : )


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RE:question for those with foot tattoos

Posted by Crissy from IP: 4.224.252.208 on 07/20/06
Lagrange In usa

I find my foot tatoo not that hard to take care of. I have had it for two years and i think it was my easiest one i have so far.Pain wasn't all that bad,tatoo aren't made to tickle. Mine is right on top of foot, It was less Pain full i think than my lower back. Each person has a differnt ways to deal with there pain. As far as healing well it get alot of air. and can see it and loation pretty easy. I love my foot tatoo and plan on getting on on the other.


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Posted by lmaz55@aol.com from IP: 207.200.116.5 on 07/23/06
san francisco bay area

I got a foot tattoo in June, I took a week off of work so I didn't have to wear shoes for a week and it healed fine. The artist did a great job, and said touch ups will be on him after a month of healing. It's been a month and I can not see any need for a touch up. I kept it clean and moisturized.


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RE:question for those with foot tattoos

Posted by Shorty from IP: 63.252.31.86 on 07/26/06
Omaha, NE

I got a tattoo on the top of my foot 4 days ago (an ankh with the eye of ra). I already had 3 tattoos before this one so I knew what to expect. But I was extremely nervous because everyone and I mean EVERYONE I know (and I even read through these forums) who has one said it hurts sooooo bad. So I had never been this nervous (stomach hurt & I was shaky) that I made the artist nervous. *Side note... I went to Iron Brush in Lincoln, NE and my tattoo artist was AMAZING! I was extremely comfortable and his work made me speechless!* So here is my experience with my foot tattoo...
1. PAIN - The tattoo that says Shorty on my bikini line hurt worse than this. But pain is different for a lot of people - and I actually enjoy the pain that comes along with tattooing. I had goosebumps almost the whole time! So the pain is going to differ for everyone.

2. HEALING & CARE - Since I have only had it 4 days I can't talk too much about healing. I know that my foot was pretty swollen until today and it is starting to flake off. 99% of tattoo artists tell you to use A&D Ointment which is fine for the first couple of days. The ointments don't soak in very well in the foot. Also, I saw that people say to keep it on there constantly. You need to keep it moist but if you put too much on the color will start to bleed a bit. If you use Lubriderm - it will soak in and it doesn't clog the pores... your tattoo can breathe! Also - I saw that people said well if you can't take a week off of work and whatnot, rebandage it while you wear shoes. Wear open shoes like flip flops or for women, heels. Mine is only a few days away from being healed.
My tattoo artist sat down with me and explained all of this to me and I was skeptical at first because this was my first tattoo using Lubriderm. I completely trust him and his advice is working tremendously! I will definitely go back to see him!
Thanks for letting me blab!
Shorty


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RE:question for those with foot tattoos

Posted by Shorty from IP: 63.252.31.86 on 07/26/06
Omaha, NE

I got a tattoo on the top of my foot 4 days ago (an ankh with the eye of ra). I already had 3 tattoos before this one so I knew what to expect. But I was extremely nervous because everyone and I mean EVERYONE I know (and I even read through these forums) who has one said it hurts sooooo bad. So I had never been this nervous (stomach hurt & I was shaky) that I made the artist nervous. *Side note... I went to Iron Brush in Lincoln, NE and my tattoo artist was AMAZING! I was extremely comfortable and his work made me speechless!* So here is my experience with my foot tattoo...
1. PAIN - The tattoo that says Shorty on my bikini line hurt worse than this. But pain is different for a lot of people - and I actually enjoy the pain that comes along with tattooing. I had goosebumps almost the whole time! So the pain is going to differ for everyone.

2. HEALING & CARE - Since I have only had it 4 days I can't talk too much about healing. I know that my foot was pretty swollen until today and it is starting to flake off. 99% of tattoo artists tell you to use A&D Ointment which is fine for the first couple of days. The ointments don't soak in very well in the foot. Also, I saw that people say to keep it on there constantly. You need to keep it moist but if you put too much on the color will start to bleed a bit. If you use Lubriderm - it will soak in and it doesn't clog the pores... your tattoo can breathe! Also - I saw that people said well if you can't take a week off of work and whatnot, rebandage it while you wear shoes. Wear open shoes like flip flops or for women, heels. Mine is only a few days away from being healed.
My tattoo artist sat down with me and explained all of this to me and I was skeptical at first because this was my first tattoo using Lubriderm. I completely trust him and his advice is working tremendously! I will definitely go back to see him!
Thanks for letting me blab!
Shorty


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Posted by behindtheseeyes@kiwibox.com from IP: 71.201.216.106 on 07/28/06
chicago

i decided to write bc i found this page useful before i got my foot tattoo. first-yes. it hurt...a lot. but it wasn't unbareable. my guy told me before he even did it that there is a chance it may fade. i couldn't go swimming, be in the sun, wear socks or shoes for 3 weeks. luckily i had a job where i could wear flip flops and my tattoo was high enough that the straps didn't rub it. i put curel on it constantly for a week and wash it about 4 times a day. after a week, i washed it once in the morning and at night and put the curel lotion on about 3 times. the worst part was waiting for it to heal. u just naturally want to do things with ur foot that u really can't do anymore or it hurts to do and so it gets frustrating. but it was worth it. it's so cool and everyone compliments it. about 2 days after my foot felt weird, like pins and needles, but it passed. the redness stayed for a little over a week. i would say that if u really want a tattoo here, go for it. the end result will make up for the pain. but it's sooooo important to take care of it for the first couple weeks because that truly determines how it will look in the long run.


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Posted by manderz1784@aol.com from IP: 204.58.30.2 on 07/28/06

I got a foot tattoo last week. It hurt more than the tat on my back and hip, but I have a high tolerance for pain and I love the way it looks. Only problem I've had is about 5 days after I got it I had socks and sneakers on for only 2 hours. Pulled the socks off to find that some of the ink got pulled up right along with it. It's gorgeous but definitely will need to be touched up once it's healed. Since then, I've work shoes that don't cover the tattoo at all and flip flops. The first few days I used A&D like I normally do then switched to Lubriderm. I notice that it's hardly peeled at all...maybe just a tad. I just advise that whatever anyone tells you, don't wear shoes and socks for at least 2-3 weeks after. Learn from my mistakes!


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Posted by besta from IP: 203.206.51.250 on 08/07/06

Hey all, Interesting to read about everyone's tats. i got one on my right foot and yes it hurt pretty bad. I had to wear topless thongs/shoes for a week or so. It bled quite a bit.
I got my topless thongs/shoes from here and they worked a treat!
www.adeptgear.com
cheers


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Posted by taz@paintedangel.com from IP: 207.192.207.158 on 08/08/06
Painted Angel

Besta ...we recommend the same type of shoe..the self ashesive ones but the ones we recommend are onlt TEN BUCKS!!!

www.down-unders.com


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Posted by TheGreenFairy64 from IP: 152.163.101.5 on 08/08/06
ohio, usa

hey, came across this. Ya, the color doesn't stay as well on a foot tattoo, but if you get a great artist, they can make anything look amazing. You do have to be a little more careful with how you move your foot and stuff. I think feet are so pretty to tattoo though, I'd recommend it! I didn't think it hurt very much.


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Posted by zelda_2032003 from IP: 198.133.178.17 on 09/02/06
Albuquerque, NM, USA

I got a foot tattoo this summer too (about three weeks ago actually), for all of you worried about the pain...this was my first tattoo and I didn't think it hurt at all (and mine is pretty close to my toes). Don't worry! Luckily I went to a respectable tattoo shop and it didn't bleed..I like my tat, but I would like it darker.(:-)


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RE:question for those with foot tattoos

Posted by Crista from IP: 141.150.126.216 on 12/02/06

I have both of my feet done. It was about a month apart. the first one didn't hurt alot but the other one hurt really bad. It took about 3 hours to get done. I had no trouble with it healing. If you do have to wear socks and shoes, i just suggest just to wrap it up in plastic wrap with alot lotion on it. That way it won't dry out, won't wear off on your sock and it'll keep it moist. Mine are almost 5 years old and they look like they were just done. GOTTA keep up on keeping it clean good luck


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RE:question for those with foot tattoos

Posted by jolenesings from IP: 71.9.6.155 on 12/16/06
Anaheim, California

I just retouched a 2 week old foot tattoo today. It a beautiful realistic colored design of a Dove over my left foot, just above the pinkie toe area.

I ignorantly wore boots and socks for most of my first week of healing time. I used to have a blue background around the whole bird, but it COMPLETELY faded! I felt really stupid, because I didn't do my homework before I went through the healing process. Today, I just had him fill in the Dove with white, which I know is hard to keep vivid, but I do like the outcome and he told me to come back in 2 - 3 weeks if I want to re-do the blue.

The first time, I was surprised how little it hurt. My ankle and bikini line hurt worse. But this time, maybe my skin wasn't fully healed, I was SHOCKED how much it stung. I never flinched or complained. Just zone out or watch T.V. and you can get through it.

I found when I watched the needles going in and out it hurt a lot more than if I tuned out.


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Posted by bloodyaftertaste from IP: 75.68.187.29 on 12/21/06

I was thinking about getting a foot tattoo and I found this place and you guys are really helpful. I know people have different pain tollerances and I don't have a tattoo right now so I'm not sure even how it feels. But my question was if one foot hurts more then the other. I've heard that the left side of your body hurts worse with anything, i heard that about piercings. So I was wondering if anyone knows or if anyone has both their feet done, if one hurts more then the other? Also I wanted to get a dragon on my foot, not like a tribal one but i realistic looking one, but my feet are kinda small and was wondering it that was possible?


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Posted by mia from IP: 125.60.185.147 on 12/25/06
U.S.

i just got a foot a tattoo exactly 6 days ago its started to scab and peel already but i rubbed off some of the scabs (hella itchy) and actual tattoo is BRIGHT PINK! the original color of the ink is actually RED..im not sure if i did i great job of taking care of it ..is this normal?


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Posted by RowdyChick06@aim.com from IP: 72.68.115.188 on 01/17/07
New Jersey

I got my foot tattooed 11 days ago and it hurted like hell. It's peeling now, and it's still kind of sore. I like some of you did not do my homework and I had NO idea about the tattoo possibly migrating or how poorly (in some cases) the foot can hold ink. I got two cherries on the top of my left foot and I'm going to admit right now that the foot was the most painful spot (in my opinion) to get tattooed. I had three other tattoos done before my foot. (The outside of my right calf, the top of my left thigh and the inside of my left wrist. These are all listed from the least pain to the most severe BESIDES the foot.) I can already tell that my cherries will need some touching up done and they aren't no where near being healed. Even after 11 days the tattooed area is still slightly sensitive and it still tender. The artist who tattooed my foot did not warn me that the ink may fade or anything, so for the last couple of days I had been really bummed about it, but I'm coming to better terms with it now I guess. I was really hoping that I would not have to EVER have a needle go back on my foot ever again, because the pain was too excruciating for me. I think that the artist also went too deep on my foot. I'm just trying to be patient and I'm hoping that the outcome is better than I'm anticipating it to be. I just wish that I was more informed before getting tattooed on my foot. All of my other tattoos I was content and happy with. I guess it's worth it in the long run to get it done. Initally I was very happy and sore. I couldn't walk normally for 5 days. I have only worn a sock and a very loose sneaker twice since I've had it done. I reccomend washing, putting ointment on and covering the tattoo if you have to wear a sock - it helped me out tremendously! Sorry if I'm all over the place with this, but this has been my experience thus far.


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Posted by Halfbreed from IP: 80.47.188.65 on 01/19/07
UK

Hey, man.
Well i got a tattoo on each foot, the first time I only got the outline done so it was okay, still hurt but you know okay. However I got my newest one on wednesday of this week, and I had the whole shabang, mate, colour and everything. Bloody hell, it hurts but its worth it. I love my tattoos. Itotally recommend them on your feet. there discreet and can cover them up if you want. my second one has swelled a tiny bit, but that expected. ^_^


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RE:question for those with foot tattoos

Posted by tim@paintedangel.com from IP: 24.121.203.95 on 01/19/07

Just a hint people, If you are DIABETIC do NOT get any tattoo below your ankle!!


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Posted by cutelilangelml@yahoo.com from IP: 206.255.2.5 on 01/30/07

I have a foot tattoo the pain is something depending on were you put it on the foot but really its not to bad once it heals its just like any other place you could put it but you do have to be careful with the whole shoe thing me personally wear flipflops all the time so its not a big deal!


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Posted by Judillia from IP: 75.109.60.157 on 01/30/07
Virginia, USA

I have a foot tattoo and I absolutely friggin love it. I've had it for about a year and 1/2 and I've never had issues with it. The ink is still as bright as ever and it didn't even hurt as much as I anticipated (it was my first tat) I would definitely recommend it....Kudos to the foot tats!!


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Posted by tim@paintedangel.com from IP: 24.121.203.95 on 01/31/07

For those getting foot tattoos there is a stick on shoe you can buy for just $10 that doesn't touch the upper foot at all, they stay on the soles with an adhesive that is built right in. We give a pair to anyone getting foot tattoos at our shop, they are GREAT!!

google them...Down Unders, self adhesive thongs!


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Posted by zelda_2032003 from IP: 198.133.178.17 on 02/10/07
Albuquerque, NM, USA

Hello again to all my friends...hee, hee. I got a foot tattoo in the summer--it healed up nice, I think if you get a good artist the pain is minimal and you have better chances that your tat will look nice and heal better too. I talked to several people about tat references, another thing is to look at tattoos done by the artist--you can tell a lot about the quality. Another thing, depending on the size of the tattoo--it shouldn't bleed; the ink only goes as far as the second layer of skin & and more than likely if you get a tattoo on your foot you will have to do a touch-up. Luckily I only had to do one, and my artist did it for free.
Peace and happy inking


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Posted by zelda_2032003 from IP: 198.133.178.17 on 02/10/07
Albuquerque, NM, USA

I forgot! If you're ever in Albuquerque---I recommend Ron Romero at Happy Timez (http://www.happytimez.com/)
Good luck


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RE:question for those with foot tattoos

Posted by Crazy_chick_2007 from IP: 65.255.68.52 on 02/11/07
Oklahoma,United States

I'm a 14 year old girl who has had many piercings,now I only have my navel,nose,and 3 ear places anyways I'm thinking of getting a medium sized tribal tattoo on my left foot but my mother thinks I can't handle the pain so my question is,is there anything I can do to "test" how much the pain will be?? And I would like to know if it will stretch alot since I'm so young. People tell me that your foot is done growing by the time your 14/15...help?!?!


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RE:question for those with foot tattoos

Posted by elucia10 from IP: 64.106.58.240 on 02/15/07
Roswell, NM, U.S.

I don't think that there is any way you can actually test your pain threshold (sp?); when I got my tattoo on my foot--to me, it felt like a cat scratch, only there was no blood.


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Posted by falon from IP: 216.221.81.98 on 02/16/07
canada

I have had my foot tatttoo for almost a year now, they dont heal any slower than any other tattoo, just be prepared they are a quite bit more painful to get done. Alittle more swelling. But fading wise. Mine hasnt faded anymore than my otherones.


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Posted by tattoo lover from IP: 74.140.7.99 on 02/16/07
indiana

Got a nice tattoo on my right foot last may. I had it touched up once and it still looks great. I got comments on it all summer long while in my flip-flops. It took a little while longer to heal than that tat on my back, but didn't hurt at all. I thought it tickled. The touch up was the only part that was actually for painful for me:)


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Posted by elucia10 from IP: 129.24.204.64 on 02/20/07
Roswell, NM, U.S.

Just out of curiosity, what do you guys put on your tat (to keep it looking nice) during the time that you can't wear sandals? I heard that anti-aging cream helps, is that true? I just use a good moisturizing lotion.


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Posted by Barbii* from IP: 70.245.24.105 on 02/20/07
Choctaw, oklahoma

I got my tattoo on my foot about 8 months ago and it healed very fast, about 6 days.Everyone says the fade really quickly too but mine is perfect and hasnt faded at all but I think it depends on the artist!! But it is the perfect girly location and for a tattoo and I Love mie!*!


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Posted by suitelady31@msn.com from IP: 66.160.89.15 on 02/20/07
Virginia

I got a beautiful flower tattoo on my foot (2/16/07) and yes, it hurt like hell. I'm so glad I found this site cuz I was worried about wearing a sock since I like to go to the gym but I got great advice on previous post about using saran wrap since it's only 45 minutes worth of exercise. I've worn my socks/tennis shoes twice (without the wrap) so hopeful there's no harm done. It's still a little sore but it was worth it. I'm just hoping the color won't fade too much on my dark skin since some of the colors in my other tattoos have faded.
Thanks for all the great advice!


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Posted by newtongirl@hotmail.com from IP: 71.221.107.1 on 02/22/07

I got my top-of-the-foot tattoo and it took about 4 weeks before I was comfortable scheduling a re-color. The pain wasn't any worse than my other 2 tats. It was about 2 - 2 1/2 weeks before I was comfortable wearing shoes. Not because of the pain but because I was very concerned about keeping as much color as possible. I live in Colorado, so wearing flip-flops and rolled-up jeans during one of the worst winters we've had wasn't much fun, so I guess I could've timed it better, but still, all I'm saying is I did it, so can you! Now I'm healed and am ready to wear socks and shoes again to go to the gym. So I don't have any questions about how to get it healed, but my question is after being completely healed, does running for an hour a day hurt the ink as far as blurring/migration?


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Posted by gnomes from IP: 88.107.252.134 on 03/29/07
England

Hi , I've been reading these posts cos I'm thinking of getting a tattoo on my foot and I'm worried about it getting ruined. I can't really get it done for about a month cos I will have to wear shoes after that but I'm going travelling for a year about a month after I will have had it done. This will mean I'll be pretty much living in hiking boots. Will my tattoo be alright for a year in hiking boots if its had sbout a month of healing of should I wait until I come back from travelling?


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RE:question for those with foot tattoos

Posted by davey from IP: 71.2.40.190 on 03/30/07
nj

I say wait. Having a tattoo take 4 weeks to heal is not unheard of, especially on a area like the foot. Granted its not likely to take that long, but it can. A problem with the healing could put your whole trip on hold. I say dont chance it. Were still gonna be tattooing when you get back. Your gonna have it forever, you can settle for forever less one year.


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Posted by BECCA from IP: 206.213.251.31 on 04/06/07
BALTIMORE

HEY, I JSUT RECENTLY GOT A FOOT TATTOO OF A FLOWER. THIS WAS MY FIRST TATTOO AND I FIGURED IF I WANTED ANOTHER ONE I KNEW THAT IT WOULD NOT HURT AS BAD AS THE ONE ON MY FOOT. WOW DID IT HURT HE DID ONE LITTLE LINE AND I WAS TWISTEN AND TURNEN AND GRINDING MY TEETH, THEY GAVE ME A POP AND I SUCKED ON THAT TILL THEY WERE DONE I HAD TO HAVE GONE THROUGH LIKE 3-4 POPS. IT HELPED ALOT. WELL THE FILL IN WAS NOT AS BAD BUT AS I READ THESE MESSAGES B4 I WENT TO GET IT DONE IT HELPED READING THESE BUT WHEN PPL ARE SAYING THAT IT DIDN'T HURT THEY DIDN'T REALLY TELL ME THEIR GIRTH. LIKE I AM A SMALL GIRL AND I DON'T REALY HAVE MUCH SKIN ON MY FOOT THAT'S WHY IT HURT BUT WITH GIRLS WHO HAVE THICKNESS TO THIER FEET THEN YEAH IT MIGHT NOT HURT AS MUCH BUT EVERYONE IS DIFFERNT. AFTER I GOT IT DONE IT WAS WORTH IT BUT I PERSONALLY WOULD NOT GET IT DONE AGAIN, I THINK ONE IS ENOUGH, I TOOK GOOD CARE OF IT AND YEAH THERE WERE SOMETIMES WHEN I WOULD WASH IT BUT BLOTTING IT WITH A TISSUE OR TP WAS NOT GOOD TO GET IT DRY B/C IT WOULD TAKE OFF SOME OF THE COLOR BUT IT STILL LOOKS GREAT I WOULD RECOMENT IT BUT IF YOUR HEART IS NOT SET ON IT THEN MOVE TO ANOTHER PART OF YOUR BODY.THANKX


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RE:question for those with foot tattoos

Posted by J-Rat from IP: 68.6.107.14 on 04/06/07
Santa Barbara, Ca

Hey all,

I'm thinking about getting my first tattoo ever in the next month or two. I'm a state beach lifeguard, so i'd have to have it healed by June so that I can work at the beach pretty much everyday. I really want to get it on the inside of my right foot. I want black latin script that would flow along the top of the arch down to my heel that translates to "Connected to the Sea" in English. There then would be a color picture above that in the heal/ankle region. Is this specific spot going to cause me problems? I can deal with pain. Going barefoot during the healing process isn't a problem. The weather is warm and i can skateboard to class barefoot easily. I can probably take up to a month out of the water. I could also be good about applyin lotion/ointment whenever. One concern is that since i do work at the beach i will be walking on sand a lot. Should I be worried about sand rubbing out the tattoo? Does anybody think having the script on the outside my right foot and the color picture on top would be significan'ty better? Personally i'd prefer the inside if it wouldn't be a major problem. Thanks for anyhelp! I'm only 20 and its going to be there for awhile so I want it to look good! Feel free to email me as well!

-First Timer


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RE:question for those with foot tattoos

Posted by taz@paintedangel.com from IP: 24.121.169.74 on 04/07/07

Just make sure that you give your tattoo a minimun of 4 weeks to heal bfore hitting the beach and try to get it done when you will have 3-4 days to stay home barefoot and avoid all the nasty germs out there....as silly as it sounds give the floors in your home a deep cleaning before the tattoo and use fresh sheets on the bed...if you have animals inside STAY AWAY FROM THEM till your tattoo has healed! #-4 days.No Sand won't bother your tattoo after its healed howvevr sunlight WILL...use a sunblock with an spf factor of at least 30...always!!


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RE:question for those with foot tattoos

Posted by TempestBled from IP: 65.215.162.63 on 04/13/07
Portland, OR, US

I got two birds inked on the top of each of my feet ten days ago.(these were my 6th and 7th tats) If I had any idea of how bad it would be after the tattoo I would not have gotten them, and would not recomend them just based on my experience. The tattoo itself was not bad at all, and neither were the first 12 hours. When I woke up the next AM my feet were so swollen I could not walk... I could not walk for 2 days and when I finally could stand the pain that came with each stepm, I also had the sensation that my skin was ripping open. After the 4th day when they were still very red, swollen, and weeping I called the artist to ask if I was doing anything wrong (cleaning w/dial soap 2x a day and using luberderm lotion) and he advised I should let them dry out for a day or so. Well after the day "or so" of allowing them to dry out the right foot had lost all its swelling, redness, and most of the pain and weeping, the left one on the other hand had literally "ripped apart" in several areas... Yep I have 3 "tears" in the skin in the middle of my tat... Extreamely painful! I have not worn shoes or socks, and my Dr has put me on prophilactic antibiotics because of the tears in my skin, the fact that feet are hard to keep clean, and i have had a low grade fever. The right foot is still swollen and OMG SOOOOO painful. There has not been any puss (fingers crossed) yet, and I am 3 days into antibiotics and the pain seems to be a little better... Doc also gave me some mild narcotic painkillers, and I have been taking OTC anti-inflamatorys since I had the ink done.


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RE:question for those with foot tattoos

Posted by stizashell@hotmail.com from IP: 68.63.5.63 on 04/17/07

I think the bottom line is keep it covered if you are wearing socks and shoes, and keep it clean. My girlfriend got a bright blue star on the top of her foot, just abover her toes a few years ago. it was winter, and the tattoo was low enough that flip-flops would have rubbed it. also, it is in the spot on the outside top of your foot where shoes flex and rub with every step. so although there wasn't a pain problem, she ended up not wearing a shoe at all on that foot for about a week and a half; when she did have to go out (which was a lot because she was in college), she would cover with ointment and saran wrap and wear just a sock over it. It didn't rub at all that way, as long as she was careful putting it on, and the sock probably helped keep it clean, too. She may have looked a little funny wearing socks and one shoe, but it was comfortable enough, and the tattoo healed immaculately. almost 2 years later, it is still as bright and perfect as the first day.


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Posted by Shiya from IP: 207.96.37.198 on 04/17/07
Washington, DC

I have 5 tattoos and was thinking about getting my next one on my foot. I was thinking when it warms up so I can wear flip flops. Thinking I had it all planned out. But after reading some of the comments Im a lil scared. I don't know if it's really worth it to go through all that.


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RE:question for those with foot tattoos

Posted by should_i_do_it? from IP: 82.2.120.245 on 04/22/07
Beverley, uk

i was thinking of getting 'left' and 'right' tattooed on the SOLES of the wrong feet for a bit of a giggle, was thinking it would have to be in multiple sessions 'cos of the obvious pain factor,
has anyone else got anything on the soles of their feet?
and just how much pain is involved?


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RE:question for those with foot tattoos

Posted by shed from IP: 82.37.20.150 on 04/30/07
england

I have a tattoo on my foot and the pain was about the same as the rest of my tattoos, My taattoo healed in about 1 week hope this helps and good luck with the tattoo.


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RE:question for those with foot tattoos

Posted by tim@paintedangle.com from IP: 68.93.11.72 on 04/30/07

On the soles of the feet?????

Hurts like a BASTARD!!!!

Never let anyone tell ya different, and it won't stay!!!!!


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RE:question for those with foot tattoos

Posted by Lele from IP: 69.220.67.134 on 05/03/07

I got a tattoo on my foot on Monday of this week and getting it done was like a piece of cake but the after affect is what is killing me. My whole left foot is swollen and it is very hard for me to walk. If I was you please think through it carefully before doing I love it alot but the pain after is worse than what it was getting it. I wonder how long before the swellen goes down it has been 3 days now and my foot is still swollen?


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RE:question for those with foot tattoos

Posted by PRETTYREGALADO@SBCGLOBAL.NET from IP: 69.235.253.159 on 05/03/07
LOS ANGELES, CA USA

Hey Lele,
I got my tattoo on my foot and ankle. It is a pretty big piece, and I totally feel you!! It is painful. I got it this Sunday and it got really painfully swollen, tender and red. Just for precausion I went to my doc the next day, and he recommended antibiotics for the prevention of skin infection "tattoo infection". The foot and ankle are very susceptable to this because it is in the lower extremities of the body where there is not much circulation and also where the most pressure is applied because of the walking and standing. Keep an eye on it, if the pain and swelling gets worse I suggest you go get you some "Keflex" antibiotics, to prevent an infection. You may want to check out the tattoo infection forum because it has a lot of foot tattoo feedback. :)


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RE:question for those with foot tattoos

Posted by alw0911 from IP: 75.110.78.251 on 05/07/07
Greenville, NC USA

I got a tattoo on the top of my foot on Saturday and as far as pain goes, it hurt less than the tattoo on my lower back. But then again, I went in knowing what to expect. It's small, and I'm not going back to the gym until it heals. I'm trying to keep it moisturized and luckily I dress up at work so I can wear heels that don't bother it.


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RE:question for those with foot tattoos

Posted by nygrl022@aol.com from IP: 69.205.167.210 on 05/10/07

i just got a tattoo on my foot a couple days ago and i love it... it definitely was worth the pain... for those who have gotten them done, i was curious what ur artist told u to do for after care. the guy who did mine told me not to put anything on it except for lotion only if it gets dry.. but he told someone else a week before to put A&D ointment on it... so what did u guys put on urs??
thanks


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RE:question for those with foot tattoos

Posted by Brtt from IP: 62.108.11.45 on 05/23/07
The Netherlands

So I got my tat a week ago and it ROCKS, if I may say so myself. It should btw, since it hurt like hell getting it done. It's on top of my left foot, and reads 'Invictus' which means unconquerable, and also is the title of my favorite poem. The cherry blossom for me bears the Chinese meaning of feminine beauty and dominance. Picture's of me getting it done: http://brtt.blogdrive.com/images/tattoo1.JPG

The healing process does indeed take a long time. One line has shifted a bit, and the colours of the flower faded a little as far as I can tell right now. Let's just wait and see how it works out, and how it looks after my touch up. I do recomment wearing flipflops all the time (I even had to cut up a pair to make them fit around my tattoo)

I get a rediculous amount of compliments on it as well. It's all totally worth it in the end and it came out prettier than I expected it to. Good luck!


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RE:question for those with foot tattoos

Posted by star from IP: 76.20.194.128 on 05/30/07
Douglasville, Ga

I got a pink and black Nautical Star tattoo 11 days ago over the whole top of my left foot. The pain was tolerable, I would do it again, and after reading some of these blogs, seems like I probably will have to for touch ups in the future. I had NO bleeding at all, just felt like a mild sunburn for the first few days after. I put a thin layer of A&D ointment on it for the first 3 days, then switched to Curel lotion (fragrance free) applied every couple of hours. My tat started to peel sooner than my other tat on my ankle (sun/moon eclipse). It started to mildly flake and peel on day 6. I'm keeping it moisturized and have been wearing flip flops or barefoot everyday. I have noticed that with the foot, you do have to "baby" the tat a little more than others. But overall, I am a very happy girl and LOVE IT! I also love the attention and the new found friends I have made due to random strangers stopping me to look at my foot! Its great! Just thinking now what and where my next one will be!?! Just wanted to leave my thoughts here, I found this blog space to be helpful and informative! Good Luck!


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RE:question for those with foot tattoos

Posted by mizzwhit2107@hotmail.com from IP: 74.221.105.133 on 06/04/07

I just got a new tattoo on the top of my foot about 3-4 weeks ago... That was my 2nd tattoo and it's already went through the whole healing process which was alot quicker than my tattoo on my ankle. It did fade alittle after it was completely healed, but not too bad. I absolutely love it and it didn't hurt near as bad as the one on my leg and ankle.


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RE:question for those with foot tattoos

Posted by atlchic from IP: 70.174.74.23 on 06/09/07
VIRGINA BEACH

its not hard at all and it didn't hurt


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RE:question for those with foot tattoos

Posted by tinibaby25 from IP: 68.189.184.214 on 06/18/07
South Carolina

Ok, so I got my second tat on my right foot. A very nice butterfly. I was only thinking like 1 1/2 inches in size, but after it was drawn out, it was like 6. Gorgeous. I got it done 6 days ago!!! It has been peeling for about a day now, and before that, I really couldn't stay on my feet very long because it felt like my foot was about to explode by way of the new ink!! The actual process of having it done really didn't hurt, in fact I had goosebumps a couple times. The worst pain was if he went back over a spot for any reason. I love it, and when I go back to get it touched up, I am going to have him add a couple little things around it, just because, now I want to go all out!!! Really make it stand out!! Hope this helps, the pain afterward was pretty severe, but not enough for me to stay away or regret it!!


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RE:question for those with foot tattoos

Posted by ms_icee08@yahoo.com from IP: 65.117.156.5 on 07/05/07
dallas,tx,u.s.

WELL I HAVE A TATTOO OF A FLOWER ON MY FOOT...I'VE HAD IT FOR OVER A YEAR AND SOO FAR NO PROBLEMS...JUST ON THE DAY YOU GET YOUR FOOT TATTOO YOU CAN'T REALLY BE ON IT THE REST OF THE DAY...MY FOOT SWELLED UP TO BE PRETTY BIG ANDON THE FIRST DAY WHEN I TRIED TO WALK IT FELT LIKE MY FOOT WAS SPLITTING APART WHERE THE TATTOO WAS...LOL...BUT IT DIDN'T...BUT ITS NOT A BAD THING YOUR FOOT SHOULD BE TOTALLY BAK TO NORMAL IN ABOUT A WEEK DEPENDING ON HOW MUCH YOU STAND ON IT.


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RE:question for those with foot tattoos

Posted by emkiss81@hotmail.com from IP: 192.249.47.11 on 07/13/07
CT

I just got my first tattoo the other day. My sisters and I all got the same rose for my grandmother and we all got it done on our right foot. They both have been inked before so I was a virgin and I took it like a champ! The artist is my brother-in-law and he said I did awesome for never being inked before and especially for getting it done on my foot. I think my adrenaline kicked in so the pain was tolerable. It only hurt at first because I was focused on it and I didn't know what to expect or what kind of pain would come next. I just put my Hoobastank CD in and sang to track 12 & 13 over and over again until he was done. The singing helped me focus on something other than the pain and it also controlled my breathing. I've seen others get ink before and I noticed that some don't control their breathing. When something is painful, just controlling your breathing can ease it a bit. Just like when you are lifting weights and it's really tough....just exhale and you can do it.

So far I am healing fine. My foot is swollen but I think it's because I have been on my feet a bit...walking around at work and stuff. At night, especially the first night, put ointment on it and cover it with saran wrap so you don't ruin your sheets! I have been wearing shoes that don't rub my tat and have been cleaning it about 5 times a day and applying a little bit of A&D ointment on it. My artist told me to wash it about 5-6 times a day with warm water and mild soap. Make sure you get all the soap off but don't rub it. I was applying more ointment at first and the color starting leaking. Not too much leaked but it hasn't been doing it as much since I started using less ointment. Still swollen though. I love the design and can't wait for it to heal! I'm so happy I got it on my foot! I love it!


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RE:question for those with foot tattoos

Posted by depeche gurl from IP: 64.59.144.87 on 07/13/07
Canada

This is my first posting after hours upon hours of reading the incredibly helpful information provided here ~ so THANK YOU!

I'm going to be getting my 7th tattoo on my right foot in just over 3 weeks. After reading some experiences and starting to understand the risks involved with healing, fading, migrating etc., and the instances of people that say how much worse it hurts than other places ~ I am getting a wee bit nervous (OK maybe more than a wee bit). I have talked to my artist who seems to think that my plan will work out just fine... however... after reading other posters experiences, it's makin' me go hmmmmmm...

I will be getting it at noon on a Monday. He said it'll take about 2 hours give or take. It will run from under the outside of my ankle, across the top of my foot to up to but not on my big toe. After that I have Tue - Sat off during which time I plan to basically stay home (minus a quick trip to the store a block away when necessary) take care of it per my guy's instructions and have my foot elevated and open to air as much as possible.

The following Sunday, 6 days later, I will have to be back at work and this will require wearing full shoes (close toe / heel) for a period of at least 8 hrs a day (I can take/wear flip flops to and from work). I'm starting to be concerned that this will ruin the integrity of the tattoo and possibly cause problems as it seems a bit early to be wearing shoes and socks that long based on what I've been reading here.

Has anyone had to deal with this? Any recommendations out there about how to work around it? I will try and shop for a pair of shoes that just cover the sides and toes in the meantime, but barring finding something like that ~ I would really love to hear suggestions. I want to heal it properly and I thought 5 full days off to laze around and baby it would be enough... but it seems it might not be ~ so how can I deal with it after that?

Thanks in advance!


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RE:question for those with foot tattoos

Posted by Traycee from IP: 74.106.3.57 on 07/15/07
Moncton,NB Canada

Mine is MEGA SWOLLEN and SORE! It was done 4 days ago and I am due back to work tomorrow, but I cant walk on it!!!! Everyones different I guess, mine is beautiful but is a definate PAIN in the butt!


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RE:question for those with foot tattoos

Posted by ggg@gmail.com from IP: 69.255.132.204 on 07/22/07

I just got stars going up my foot yesterday... the pain sorta felt like a burning rip sensation. It hurt but it is tolerable if you know that its only going to be for that short time and produce awesome results after it's done. This was my first tat and just going on the pain factor, I would totally do it again. It looks nice. I was walking, rode my bike, did all the regulars yesterday night and didnt really even notice it. No pain so far... it looks bright and colorful. People like to exagerate so don't listen to horror stories unless they involve a medical emergency


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RE:question for those with foot tattoos

Posted by Amyn3 from IP: 71.104.199.191 on 07/23/07
CA

People may exaggerate about the pain but the healing process is very important if you want to maintain your tattoo. I will say that yes mine was painful but it did not stop me from wanting my other foot done. My firat was on my left foot about 1 yr ago and I didn't know what to expect. I got the tat on a Fri night and still ended up taking Mon, Tues, and Wed off. Not due to the pain but due to the swelling, bruising and not being able to even fit any of my 5 pairs if flip flops on and the fear of messing the healing process up if I put on a full shoe. Keep in mind though my tat covers the whole top of my foot.

Saturday I just got my other foot done, sorta in the style u suggested from my big toe across my foot to under my ankle. Very bruised and swollen. This time I made sure it was on my vacation, I have about 3 weeks on. I am able to where a flip flop with this one. the tat is still in a place where the flip flop goes but, Shannon who did it had some I guess what I would say covers for tats in all different sizes. It is a breathable material that I can put lotion and slip it on over my foot (this can be over anything, short, full sleeve, wrist and it is washable and stretches) and then put my flip flop on. I did this yesterday and it did not sweet, stick, or irritate my tat. It is the best thing I have seen, I wish I had new about it before. Her main concern for selling them is to keep your tat out of the sun for the 1st 3 weeks, they say that sunblock does not really cut it. I hope I have answered some of your questions.


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RE:question for those with foot tattoos

Posted by diat from IP: 68.222.176.230 on 07/23/07
NC

I have both my feet done, from the base of my toes, the full top of my foot side to side, and up the front and inside of my ankle. The pain is pretty bad, certainly the most painful place I've been tattooed and I have one on and behind my ear. Of course, I did get both my feet done so it couldn't have been too bad. I even video taped part of the second session and put it up on youtube.

Both my feet swelled a great deal and I got cankles. The swelling made was all over my whole foot and was bad enough that my ankles didn't want to bend fully. I'd guess the swelling lasted about 2 days for the really bad stuff and another 2-3 days before it went away completely. I could walk just fine and put all my weight on my feet. I did keep my feet elevated as much as possible to reduce swelling.

I wore open topped shoes, you know the ones that are really popular right now. Kept anything from rubbing and allowed my feet to swell without restriction. I've had no problem with healing and the time wasn't any longer than any other sensative part I've had tattooed. And no real fading either. I do keep sunscreen on them though.


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RE:question for those with foot tattoos

Posted by chelle from IP: 76.204.29.216 on 07/25/07
san jose,ca usa

i just got the top of my foot done of a crown two days ago. the shading hurt the most. and i walked around for a little bit the next day with shoes and the ink leaked on my sock. the guy that did my tattoo said not to wear sandals or flats(the open topped shoes) for about a week. i thought the sock made the ink fade, but when i moisturized it, it looked fine. its a little sore when i walk. my question is... how come everyone here is wearing sandals and everything but my artist said that i am not allowed... and how long does it take for it to heal?


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RE:question for those with foot tattoos

Posted by diat from IP: 68.222.176.230 on 07/26/07
NC

This is the first time I've heard of NOT wearing open shoes. Everything I've heard and read said that wearing anything that rubs against the tattoo is bad. My artist said that if I had to wear socks or full shoes, I should cover my tattoo with plastic wrap even 2 weeks after having it done. What reason did your artist give you for wearing full shoes and socks?


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RE:question for those with foot tattoos

Posted by ashleys@student.luzerne.edu from IP: 74.212.7.111 on 07/28/07

i had the whole top of my foot tattooed and out of all of my tattoos this 1 healed the fastest. i dont believe it really even scabbed at all. i wouldnt put anything over it if i were you, at least that is what i was told. i wore sandals. if u constantly cover it up it wont heal....u have to let it hit the air and for it to be able to breathe.

ashley


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RE:question for those with foot tattoos

Posted by BoardingBetty from IP: 66.180.112.67 on 08/02/07
Dallas, Tx

Does anyone have a tattoo on the bottom of the foot?? Or does everyone get the top done?? Im going to get one on the bottom and Im wondering what the healing will be like for that. Thanks


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RE:question for those with foot tattoos

Posted by BoardingBetty from IP: 66.180.112.67 on 08/02/07
Dallas, Tx

Does anyone have a tattoo on the bottom of the foot?? Or does everyone get the top done?? Im going to get one on the bottom and Im wondering what the healing will be like for that. Thanks


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RE:question for those with foot tattoos

Posted by Diat from IP: 68.222.176.230 on 08/02/07
NC

Hey BB, the tattoo on the bottom of your foot won't last. The skin on the bottom of your foot renews too quickely and will shed the tattoo out in short order. It is like getting a tattoo on the palm of your hand except the worse. I can't imagine any reputable tattoo artist actually doing it because of the fading issue.


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RE:question for those with foot tattoos

Posted by sqrd_circle@hotmail.com from IP: 70.21.177.59 on 08/02/07

Hi all!

I'm very very seriously considering getting a tattoo on my foot.

It'll be a series of pawprints running along the outer side of my right foot in honor of a pet we very recently had put to sleep.

The prints go from large (by my heel) to small (just before my pinky toe).

Since I haven't seen many people discuss tats on the side of the foot, I'm wondering if that is also an area prone to fading like the bottom of the foot is. It's almost the same kind of skin so is that something I should be worried about?

Also, how bad will the pain be? I always thought your foot had the thickest skin... :P It depends on a person's pain threshold, right?

I'll be trying to get it soon so I still have time to wear flip-flops before the freezing cold rolls in.

Feel free to email me any advice~


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RE:question for those with foot tattoos

Posted by depeche gurl from IP: 64.59.144.87 on 08/09/07
Canada

I got my foot tattoo done on Monday. It took about an hour and 15 mins and runs from the outside of my ankle across the top of my foot and ends at the base of my big toe. I have to say the pain wasn't that much worse than getting my wristband done and I didn't think that hurt at all. Just by my toes it started to feel a tad sensitive. Having said that, they told me prior that I should have a good breakfast, bring some gatorade (or something similar) and that I could take non-blood thinning painkillers before, which I did all of.

It's day three today ~ it's tender and has a little bit of bruising by my big toe. There's a bit of swelling but not much cause I've been taking arnica. I wrapped it up to go to the store yesterday with flip flops and was limping and it was slow going. Otherwise, I've been at home keeping it clean and open to air. I have to say at this point... if you do it, make sure you have the time after to not have to wear shoes or socks. I can't imagine putting a full shoe on!

I absolutely love it! I'm babying it like crazy cause I want it to heal well and stay nice. I have to admit, getting the tattoo was the easy part. Aftercare is definitely more demanding than any other tattoo I have gotten to this point. It's totally worth doing if you're willing to commit to taking time off to care for it after. I would do it again... in fact I'm already thinking of a design for my other foot!


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RE:question for those with foot tattoos

Posted by biddha420 from IP: 192.251.125.85 on 08/09/07
La Quinta, CA

i have a pretty large foot tattoo and they are a little bit harder to maintain during the healing process. the ink can rub off easily if you have shoes that rub against that part of your foot. Not to mention tattoos on your feet hurt alot. i wasnt in tears but it was painful. but in the end, i love it! and it takes about 2-3 weeks for it to heal depending in the size of the tattoo.


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RE:question for those with foot tattoos

Posted by kilotango from IP: 86.31.247.164 on 08/11/07
London, UK

I had a tattoo done on the side of my foot 3 weeks ago (My first one). I had read loads of horror stories about foot tattoos, so was slightly nervous, but it really didn't hurt at all, stung a little but other than that it didn't bother me at all! It hasn't fully healed yet, still a bit scabby in places but it looks so pretty! I was told that it may take longer than a normal tattoo to heal properly. Have been wearing flipflops for the past 3 weeks, no socks or full shoes, and the colour still looks great so hopefull I won't have to have it touched up for a while. Anyone thinking of getting a tattoo on their foot - just go for it! You'll be glad you did, I'm really happy with mine! :o)


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RE:question for those with foot tattoos

Posted by KIMBERLEYLOUISE from IP: 62.30.225.39 on 08/12/07
Brizzle

I am wantin to get a tat...
it will be my first one and i am really worried afta readin this thta it tends to hurt i can expect a bit of pain cuz obviosly they cant b pain free if they were veryone wuld get them...but i want on around my ankle and it to carry on to the top of my foot but one i cant seem to find a nice desigh or any designs anywhere and i am a bit weiry of juts how much it is goin to hurt...can any1 help really quickly please...........?


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RE:question for those with foot tattoos

Posted by phaedre from IP: 75.69.163.174 on 08/14/07
cape cod MA USA

I got my fourth Tat done a week ago, its on across the top of my left foot. Its a good size.It swelled and I had a cankle for a few days and its still red.It looks like its healing well doing all the stuff the other ones did but the redness scares me did anyone elses stay red for long?I have had to have one removed before so I baby this one (no shoes, socks and I keep it real clean)About the pain it hurt real bad but it was worth it it looks pisser. thanx josh for the greqat job!!


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RE:question for those with foot tattoos

Posted by nikk - h from IP: 194.106.141.194 on 08/16/07
dublin

i got a tattoo of a small celtic design on the top side of my left foot four days ago. i have one on my neck and my back but was really nervous about my foot as i heard it hurt like crazy!! i was suprised at how little it hurt! the one on my back 10 times worse, my foot was just uncomfortable. however when he was doing near my toes it was really uncomfortable, but bareable. it hasnt scabbed or anything yet and its not too hard to clean, tho im wearing open shoes and dirt tends to stick to the cream so i have to keep washing it. i'd recommend to anyone who is thinking about getting it done to go for it, its not as bad as youv heard! if i can go thru wit it so can u! good luck!!


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RE:question for those with foot tattoos

Posted by badchik08@aol.com from IP: 67.131.49.228 on 08/19/07
Kentucky

heyyy I got my foot tattoo'd yesterday and so far so good i keep it clean and stuff im just ready for it to heal cause i wanna see what the colors will look like =] it didnt hurt at all esp as i hought it would i guess everyone is dif.


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RE:question for those with foot tattoos

Posted by Andrew from IP: 121.45.187.112 on 08/20/07
Australia

Hey, I got my left foot tattooed 3 days ago and am a little unsure as to weather the healing process is going well or not. My main concern is that all the green in my tattoo has really puffed up and continuously weeps out ointment, moisturizer and ink. When this happens I just wash my foot off in a bucket of warm water and pat dry with a clean towel.

Is this supposed to happen?

If so, am I dealing with it correctly?

If not, what can I do to get my healing process back on track?

Thanks,

Andrew


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RE:question for those with foot tattoos

Posted by cablexs@hotmail.com from IP: 74.194.153.41 on 08/22/07

I just recently got a tattoo on my foot. I have other tattoos and this one was by far the most painful. The artist doing the tattoo told me that foot tattoos were the most difficult to heal and maintain. My experience with it is that is is not healing as quickly as I am used to but it isn't too terrible. I have had it for a week now and it is still scabed over a bit and my foot swells when I walk on it for a while. that hardest part of the experince is finding shoes that don't rub the area. I don't regret it at all but it is difficult. Also, my cousin got a tattoo on her foot 4 years ago and it is not even there anymore. She said that it just eventually was rubbed off from her shoes and exfoliating her feet. So be careful!


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RE:question for those with foot tattoos

Posted by i_hate_u203 from IP: 71.228.123.21 on 08/31/07
NM, USA

My experience with my tattoo was that it didn't hurt that much...it was my first and favorite. I had to get it done twice because it was a lighter than i wanted it when it healed, the guy that did my tattoo was kind enough to do a free touch up. I wore Crocks the whole time my foot was healing...cuz i was afraid that my tattoo would rub up against my shoes and I think that helped. Another thing that may have helped was that when I showered, I used to put extra ointment (preferably the greasy kind)...in this way no water would penetrate the healing skin, and afterwards I would clean the ointment off. I may be wrong but I think that this extra measure prevented the skin from dying out and peeling off the tattoo.

Hope this helps :)


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RE:question for those with foot tattoos

Posted by nmorlan3@yahoo.com from IP: 12.216.142.178 on 10/05/07
USA

I have a tattoo on my foot and it looks just about as good as the first day I got it. I have had it for 3 years now and would recommend it to anyone!!


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RE:question for those with foot tattoos

Posted by vagurl from IP: 66.16.125.221 on 10/16/07
virginia beach ,va usa

i wrote earlier about my foot tattoo experience i have a green and yellow snake wrap around my leg with the snake face and tounge in the middle of my foot it huted like hell i have two other tattos one on my right shoulder and one on my chest i just left the er because all day i been havinga tingling sensation my my foot and leg it makes me jump and it very uncomfortable have anyone else had this problem my leg is healing well however my foot is still wet looking it is itching realling bad way worse than my others but i love the foot tattoo even thou it gave me much hell i now have to take pain medicine and muscle relaxers


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RE:question for those with foot tattoos

Posted by chooga77@aim.com from IP: 64.129.244.191 on 12/28/07

Just like any tattoo you have to take proper care of it. I got a tattoo on the top of my right foot and so far so good. it looks great. but i didnt wear socks or shoes over my tatoo for 3 weeks. i was taking no chances of having to get that tattoo touched up it hurts im not gonna lie!


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RE:question for those with foot tattoos

Posted by M from IP: 62.57.2.208 on 01/07/08
spain

Just got a new tattoo three days ago, and my foot it really swollen and hurts bad, but the ink is healing quite well, anybody hos got any tips? I'm tired of staying at home :/


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RE:question for those with foot tattoos

Posted by Joelle from IP: 12.145.168.100 on 01/10/08
Milwaukee, WI

I have just gottena foot tatto three weeks ago this Saturday and I was wearing a pair of fuzy clogs and the color completely rubbed off on one of my stars. I got three stars outlined in dark blue and faded from the dark blue to the light blue on the inside of my right arch. I dont know what to do, also it never really scabed and I didnt bleed when he did it? Could they have done the tatto incorrectly?


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RE:question for those with foot tattoos

Posted by KellyBelly421 from IP: 199.102.9.67 on 01/24/08
Somewhere

Yeah, I just got a tattoo on the top of my left foot like a week and a half ago, and Yeah It hurt sooooo bad. lol I passed out in the beginning. Well first of all I didnt eat before and he didnt ask me if I did. He just went to work. and Now I think my foot could possibly be infected. But I also hear that it takes a while to heal all the way. It itches and hurts constantly and I might have to go get it re-toughed. It sucks. I dont want to go through all that pain again. But hey that life.lol


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RE:question for those with foot tattoos

Posted by dodgestef@yahoo.com from IP: 64.12.116.65 on 01/24/08

I just got the tattoo on my foot 6 days ago. it's so sweet. I love it. I'd never had a tattoo before so I can't really compare the pain to anything, plus I have a pretty low pain tolerance. but for me it hurt pretty bad. it's on top of my left foot, starts at my ankle and ends right before my big toe. once he got up to my ankle I almost had to ask him to stop but I knew if I asked I wouldn't be able to start again. unbearable? probably not. but quoting almost every other person on here "it hurt like hell." after I wore flip flops and went out to dinner with two of my friends and at first I was fine but then it started to get a little sore, walking on it was a little painful but not horrendous. that night I had quite a bit of alcohol with said friends and the next day my foot was wicked swollen and walking was painful but I probably shouldn't have drank the night before either. I've been using aquaphor healing ointment by eucerin and it's healed great in only 6 days. I haven't peeled or scabbed at all. the swelling lasted only 2 days and the pain only about 1. I don't forsee any problems as far as touching it up at all. I've been religiously wearing nothing but flip flops, and I keep it moistened every second and I think it's paying off. I've gotten so many compliments on it, and it's gorgeous. I would do it all over again. it definitely hurt like a son of a bitch but if I knew that before hand I still would have done it. it's so worth it!


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RE:question for those with foot tattoos

Posted by genny from IP: 74.56.164.96 on 01/26/08
Canada

I got mine done a week ago and it looks absolutely great. The healing went really well and I have a little scabbing. But I didn't bleed at all....
Pain was pretty bad and I had two kids.... I would put it on a scale of 10 at 7... But I would love to get one on the other side. Really it is on the bones that it hurts the most... When the tattoo got toward my ankle, I felt release!
But it is a very sexy area to have a tattoo.
My boyfriend would like me to get one on my back.... But this one I feel it would hurt pretty bad.... Anyway, everyone is different for pain.
But if you really really want one... get it. Its all worth it!


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Posted by shiggityhorse from IP: 66.55.201.186 on 02/01/08
Saco, ME USA

I got both feet tattooed five days ago. (They make tattoo number 8 & 9) They are simple vines with a little green in the leaves and some purple for the buds. I can say that while it hurt, my lower back was still the worst. I have been using A & D ointment on it and wearing flip flops when I go out (its not pleasant since its only about 27 degrees here) It seems to be healing well, have not started to itch yet. I have noticed some people have been using lotions like Lubridurm and Curel on them. Does these work better than the A & D and what about the fragrances in them? Overall I don't regret getting my feet done. I would say to anyone thinking of it just do your research.


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Foot tattoo

Posted by mustang_angel from IP: 66.67.31.234 on 02/12/08
New York

So I got the top of my right foot done yesterday!!!! I was extremly nerves after reading some of these postings.....But everyone is diffrent and I can say mine did not hurt!!!!!! I have my lower back done to and that didnt bother me....So my word of advice is yea research it but if u reallly want it done GO FOR IT....It looks HOTT as HELL......I only have had it done for a day now and it didnt swell it dont hurt......I suggest if u start to swell sleep with ur foot elavated on a pillow...It really helps keep the swelling done!!!!!!! but Go FOR it I would deff do it again I plan on gettin my left foot done now TOO!!!!! GOOD LUCK


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RE:question for those with foot tattoos

Posted by wlo779@hotmail.com from IP: 60.231.196.198 on 02/14/08

I had a tattoo on my right foot 3 days ago. It starts just below my big toe and goes across to under my ankle bone. It was very painful. This is my 5th tattoo plus I have had my eyeliner and lip liner cosmeticly tattooed. Lips most painful but foot a close second. The after pain was something I was not expecting, my foot was very swolen for 2 days and it was hard to walk. So far it is healing well but I guess I won't know for sure for a few more weeks. I do plan to have more added to go up the ankle and side of my leg when my foot has heeled. I am very happy with my tattoo and no regrets.


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Posted by Hype1424@yahoo.com from IP: 72.54.93.54 on 02/15/08
Texas

I have both of my feet inked and I have to admit that out of all 6 tattoo's that I have the feet by far hurt the worst. I have an extreme tolerance for pain, so it was tolerable, yet still very painful! I have had my right foot done for 4 years now and after three touch ups it looks good and I love it! I just got my left foot done last week and it isnt healing as well. I have been cleaning it several times a day, using non scented baby lotion, and wearing shoes that dont touch it. Still my foot is swollen and hurting,I can hardly walk, and it isnt looking too great. Overall I would say be very carefull with feet tattoo's, as my artist told me they can be very shady and hard to maintain. The color fades, they hurt, and remember most people are on their feet most of the day. Unless you have the time to take 100% perfect care of your foot tatt I would probably not reccomend getting one.


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Posted by xxlittle_missyxx@hotmail.com from IP: 91.109.161.57 on 02/16/08
England

Hey, I had a tattoo of a tiger butterfly & flower just above my little toe spanning to my 4th toe and practically covering the left top side of my foot on 13/2/08. Just wanted to say the outline reallly really hurt (they had to use a tiny needle to get the detail) and i was thinking about stopping half way through, but when the artist put all the different colours in they were no where near as bad as the outline...i didnt really feel it (it took about 1hr 15mins & watching what the artist is doing really helps..that way you know when he is starting and continuing and it wont be such a shock)
Afterwards was a completly different story...my foot swelled up like a pumpkin about 3 hours after having it done and i found it impossible to walk..it really hurt but that is because i was wearing a loose sock to cover it up so my dad didn't see which irritated it right from the word go...but that was my mistake not to be repeated and not the artists fault (he did a brilliant job & was very reassuring). Today is the 16/2/08 & the difference with giving it air and time to breathe and heal has done it wonders. I have been putting a thin layer of sudocrem on it everyday and it has dramatically taken the swelling down. The tattoo is absolutly stunning and all the pain was well worth it (i couldnt have asked for a better tattoo)...as for closed shoes..i couldn't put boots on because it rubbed so much and caused me alot of unnecesary pain. I would deffintly reccommend having one done if you can cope with the healing period..if not maybe try somewhere else...they all look gorgeous no matter what the design or place!!


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Posted by audnav from IP: 198.199.186.78 on 02/25/08
warner robins,ga usa

Yeaaaaaaa!!! My beautiful foot tattoo!!! I have a swirly vine with three flowers that wraps around my ankle and goes down the side of my foot to just below the third toe. Pain....heck yeah it hurt like crazy, my lower back was nothing compared to this!! I had it done three days ago. It is still swollen (I have a cankle) and it is red but it is so beautiful. I hope it doesn't fade or run I will be devastated. I am a nurse and had to go back to work today but I am wearing a surgical shoe cover only so that I don't have to contend with shoe and sock rub. I am still keeping it moist with the aquaphor that my artist insisted I use and keeping my foot up as much as possible. In some of the previous posts I saw that they said to put the ointment on and then wrap in saran wrap at night.....however my artist said to wash the ointment off then wrap it up for bed. I am confused should I have ointment on or off with the saran wrap??? Anyway I am hoping for the best and am trying to take good care of it. The pain was worth it and easily forgotten I just wish the swelling would go down!!


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RE:question for those with foot tattoos

Posted by 1A from IP: 82.10.187.209 on 02/26/08
London England

Hey All!

I read these posts before I went ot get my foot tattoo done and almost didnt because of some of the comments left. This is my ninth tattoo now so i knew wot to expect pain wise but was still really worried about the healing. In terms of pain I have a high pain threshold anyway but it was slightly uncomfortable. As for the healin, Im a nurse and work 12.5 hr shifts and Im on my feet constantly. I was really worried because i thought u needed to have no shoes on and let the air in etc. The tat didnt scab as such. I wear trainers to work with socks (lots of bacteria! lol) but it didnt affect the healing at all. I washed it once a day at first then didnt really bother afterwards. the colour is fab. it hasnt faded thus far and ive had it for almost 4 months. My foot did swell tho as i went to work the next day and out that evenin and had no time to rest it. I wud suggest taking regualr ibuprofen to help with the swelling tho.

Hope this is helpful!!!

x x x x x


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Posted by mermaidlisa from IP: 69.246.242.13 on 03/07/08
Indiana

I had the top of my left foot tattooed and it didn't hurt in fact it tickled. As with all my tattoo's I had no bleeding or scarring. It's been over 4 years and the image is still clear, the lighter colors (i.e. white and yellow) are not as crisp but the image is still defined. IMy tattoo artist informed me that it is a painful area but this was my third tattoo and based on the fact that my back tattoo didn't hurt he decided I probably could take it. Out of my back, top of foot, and ankle, I think that the ankle hurt the worse. The closer he got to my anle bone the worse it hurt. I do plan on getting another tattoo on my right foot. I did this in the summer so that I would be able to wear flip flops. Everybody is different but I think the foot is a great canvas space to express yourself.


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First foot tattoo

Posted by Rgangelgirl@verizon.net from IP: 71.119.189.202 on 03/07/08

I just got my first tattoo and it was my left foot. I was nervous I was reading what some people said on this post and I didnt know if i was going throught with it. However i did and let me tell you it was worth it. The pain feels like a bee sting for me, Yes it hurts but it is not as bad as you think it will be. Some spots on the top of my foot hurt more than others. It is worth the pain becuase the outcome is just so great. After the tattoo was over it feels like a bad sun burn. I hope my experince helps anyone out there thinking of getting a foot tattoo is it so worth it.


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RE:question for those with foot tattoos

Posted by kcee from IP: 217.33.109.165 on 03/12/08

I had a large tribal piece done on the top of my right foot 6 days ago. I have three other tattoos and this hurt the most. It is still painful to walk on and is swollen. The swelling is going down from the top of my foot near my toes but now my ankle is swollen. I've left it uncovered when I can, but after a few days I started to wear socks and shoes again (couldn't avoid it with work commitments). I use a thin layer of bepanthen cream to keep it moist. I always have cold feet and my foot was very cold when it was tattooed, could this be why it is still painful and swollen? The colour looks great and the tattoo seems to be healing well, just the swelling.


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RE:question for those with foot tattoos

Posted by thedutchess423@aol.com from IP: 71.188.64.146 on 03/14/08
dirty jersey

ok so iv read almost this entire page and my question is; is there any feesable way to wear shoes ans socks after you get a tattoo on the top of your foot? i work in a bank and cannot wear flip flops. i was thinking about the person who said that they lotioned and wrapped it in saran wrap. would that be possible for a day of work?


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RE:question for those with foot tattoos

Posted by xbansheex from IP: 82.34.121.10 on 03/20/08
london

Ive got full coverage on both my feet. After each piece was completed I had to work waitressing shifts. Yeah, I creamed and wrapped up. Socks and shoes too. But, as soon as you get home, unwrap, clean up quick and elevate your foot.


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RE:question for those with foot tattoos

Posted by Andrelaxx from IP: 90.203.121.78 on 03/24/08
Uk

Hey, I had a tattoo done on my the top of my left foot. It was of three butterflies. It was great for the first day or so and then I noticed that my foot was swelling quite badly and the skin had begun to "bubble". I went to the hospital and the docter couldn't tell exactly what was wrong with it. It wasn't infected just wtice the size. I was given antiniotics and sent home where my foot continued to swell. Now almost 2 months later, it has gone down yes but it is still a shade darker than my other foot! From reading the many posts on here, it sounds like the tattooist simply went too deep. Its a shame as I love his work and have had a tattoo by him before.

If you are planning the same, just make sure that you ask the tatooist a whole bunch of questions, see if they know there stuff.


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Posted by jjslye@tmail.com from IP: 24.16.58.225 on 03/25/08

I'm all scheduled to get my foot tattoo in 2 weeks. And I'm so excited!! Readings these comments are very helpful!! I have a lower back tattoo, didn't hurt as much as I thought it would. It was more annoying than painful. Especially the last 15 minutes because I was sitting for too long, I was ready to get up and move around. ( I hate having to sit still) To describe the "pain" I'd say it felt like a cat was scratching a mild sunburn....not painful, just really annoying. The healing period for me was about 2 weeks...a lot of peeling. What was reallllly stupid of me was to get tattooed in the middle of a heat wave, I couldn't go swimming!!! (Well...I could've but I wanted to take good care of my tattoo.)

Here are some helpful tips to help ignore the pain:

Suck on lollipops
chew on sour candies
bring something to read
bring a friend to chat with to take your mind off the tattoo
bring something to do...cross word puzzles


Hope this helps! :-)


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Posted by shona2k4@hotmail.com from IP: 90.206.6.103 on 03/29/08

i have a tattoo on the top of my foot, they are hard to maintain, but if you dont pick they can turn out really well, my needs re inking, as i have a tendencie to pick mine. but if you can keep your fingers away from them, there really nice.


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RE:question for those with foot tattoos

Posted by sarahm924@hotmail.com from IP: 24.91.154.96 on 04/02/08
boston Ma

i want a tattoo on my foot! does anyone live close to boston/providence that knows a good place to get it done?! please email me! thaaanks (:


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RE:question for those with foot tattoos

Posted by seattlelezzy from IP: 165.254.210.4 on 04/21/08
Seattle, WA

I got a nautical star on my foot 2 days ago. It hurt like hell! I have my back done and that didn't hurt at all compared to my foot. I've been taking good care of the new tat - clean, lotion, keep it open. My foot is swollen today but the burning is gone. GOOD LUCK! =]


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RE:question for those with foot tattoos

Posted by kellydcooke@yahoo.com from IP: 24.158.48.233 on 05/25/08
NC

I had a ring of small flowers tattooed onto my big toe @ 11 years ago. Over the years it turned into little blobs of ink. Last week I had it covered up. I now how a toe/foot tattoo. The artist made the blobs into a closed rose and added a stem with three leaves. The rose is on my big toe and the stem runs the width of my foot starting at the base of my big toe and running over my foot, underneath my toes to the side of my foot. The pain was almost unbearable. Worst pain I have ever felt. My foot also jerked when the artist was working on the top of and the sides of my toe. Working on the top of my foot didn't make me jerk but the pain was so intense I had wished I had brought something to bite down on. I have 2 other tattoos; bikini line area, outside ankle and neither were this painful. The burning has not yet gone away and the area around it has started to itch. The pain still wakes me up at night. Today I noticed some bruising around the tattoo. I have been using Tattoo Goo. I only purchased the small container, should have gotten the larger one. I have to wear shoes 5 days a week for 4.5 hrs a day for work and then I take them off and go barefoot. I found this site while searching for reasons why my foot still hurts and is only now appearing to be bruised. On the postive side, I have received many comments on how sexy it looks. Oh yeah, I had to go to 3 tattoo shops before I found an artist willing to take on my project. The others said they didn't do toes or feet because they wouldn't be able to guarantee the results. The artist I found said for me to go back and tell the other tattoo artists tey were
-ussies. I haven't done that yet, lol.


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Posted by this.is.ryan@hotmail.com from IP: 202.173.201.6 on 06/15/08
australia

i got my right foot done 5 days ago. its only just started scabbing but it didnt bleed at all and i could wear socks and shoes last night when i was clubbing and it was fine. shoes were fine after like the 3rd day easily. as for pain it hurts alot but if its something you want u wont worry about it.
mine covers most of the top of my foot so its pretty big too..


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RE:question for those with foot tattoos

Posted by jessica from IP: 71.68.198.184 on 06/24/08
lake city sc

i got three stars on my foot about two weeks ago and i wish i had found this website first because i wouldnt have gotten it. as i read everyone elses it says how the just "blur" together and it is true. my three stars seem to be getting bigger and bigger. {crazy} the pain was alright, i mean its a tattoo ur not gonna get off. my foot stayed swollen for three days, it still itches like hell. and it is no were near being healed. i highly suggest not wearing shoes!!!! just think and re-think about getting it.xoxoxoxox


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RE:question for those with foot tattoos

Posted by katiemay from IP: 24.138.26.95 on 06/27/08
Canada

hey i got a star desgin on the top/ side of my foot.. and dont wear shoes or socks when it is healing because it will irrtate it and make it sore.. wear flip flops or something not touching ur tattoo.. luckly where i got it i can where i can wear flip flops and the straps wont touch it at all.. just keep it clean.. apply loatation on it when ur susposed to and try to keep your foot cleann and dont get it wet at all until it is healed.. the only time ur suposed to put water on it is at least 6 hours after you get it done to clean off all the blood and body fluied and touch rub it pat it. and always follow the healing instrustion or it wont turn out right and it will fade


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RE:question for those with foot tattoos

Posted by toya5301@yahoo.com from IP: 71.179.222.181 on 07/25/08
Baltimore, Maryland

I got a tattoo on my foot about two weeks ago. The pain was out of this world but when it was done it looked great! I love it but the healing is just as bad its peeling and very itchy i have follow all directions and it looks like it blurring, i wont know until its healed completely but the healing on my foot is completely different than the healing it took for my other two. I wear flip flop and have not worn a shoe dont intend to until its healed completely. Cant wait until it heals i want to see the final product!


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RE:question for those with foot tattoos

Posted by toya5301@yahoo.com from IP: 71.179.222.181 on 07/25/08
Baltimore, Maryland

I got a tattoo on my foot about two weeks ago. The pain was out of this world but when it was done it looked great! I love it but the healing is just as bad its peeling and very itchy i have follow all directions and it looks like it blurring, i wont know until its healed completely but the healing on my foot is completely different than the healing it took for my other two. I wear flip flop and have not worn a shoe dont intend to until its healed completely. Cant wait until it heals i want to see the final product!


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RE:question for those with foot tattoos

Posted by gabx17@cox.net from IP: 68.9.246.101 on 07/27/08
rhode island

I got a tattoo on the top of my right foot about 2 and a half weeks ago. It is the outline of 4 stars in black ink. The healing process was not bad at all. I barely peeled or scabbed. But I continue to wash and put ointment on it at least twice a day. It still looks very good, and I only lost small amounts of ink.


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RE:question for those with foot tattoos

Posted by chez from IP: 92.238.172.14 on 08/27/08
newcastle

hi, am no tatooist but do have 7 tatoos and out of all of them besides my thigh my footnwas probaly the quickest to heal and av had it 2 years and it hasnt faded at all but i would say very very pain ful am a bit of a tatoo freak a lke the feeling but not the foot i would go for it they look beautiful so its worth the pain cause its ya foot its not gonn take that long so go get it


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RE:question for those with foot tattoos

Posted by Christina from IP: 198.109.27.171 on 10/02/08
Michigan

I'm planning on getting a tattoo on my right foot. I want a fleur de lis (look it up on google images) in the right corner of the top of my foot (just before the ring & pinky toes). I'm not concerned about the pain, or about being able to take care of it for a few weeks while it heels. My big concern is, will a design that detailed (and only about 1 inch around) likely blur into a big, black circle?

Also, (and this may be a stupid question) should I have it done so the fleur de lis faces me, or faces outward?

Any advice would be very greatly appreciated! Thank you!

-Christina


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RE:question for those with foot tattoos

Posted by meggheadd@yahoo.com from IP: 65.2.123.90 on 10/03/08
broward county florida

have tattoos on both my feet and all have healed nicely and color kept good. Had them for about 4 years and still look good.It may just be that I hold ink good cause I had sneakers on at work the very next day ( which I would not recommend I had no choice). The main thing you will experience that is very irritating is that the swelling is terrible on all foot tats and most leg tats, but as long as you take good care of it and try to wear sandals it should be fine. But because of the swelling the healing will be a bit more pain full the usual. Just take some mortin and every thing will be good.


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RE:question for those with foot tattoos

Posted by PiercingsNTattoos from IP: 59.94.209.60 on 10/05/08
India

Foot tattoos are painful and difficult to maintain as per this article on Foot Tattoos. May be it is helpful to you too.

You have to be very selective about the choice of colors also for foot tattoos....


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RE:question for those with foot tattoos

Posted by PiercingsNTattoos from IP: 59.94.209.60 on 10/05/08
India

Foot tattoos are painful and difficult to maintain as per this article on Foot Tattoos. May be it is helpful to you too.

You have to be very selective about the choice of colors also for foot tattoos....


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RE:question for those with foot tattoos

Posted by PiercingsNTattoos from IP: 59.94.209.60 on 10/05/08
India

Foot tattoos are painful and difficult to maintain as per this article on Foot Tattoos. May be it is helpful to you too.

You have to be very selective about the choice of colors also for foot tattoos....


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RE:question for those with foot tattoos

Posted by tracei from IP: 203.214.127.111 on 10/31/08
australia

i just a tattoo on my right foot of the southern cross..it didnt hurt and it is healing really gud..i love it..


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RE:question for those with foot tattoos

Posted by 13rooke from IP: 69.161.70.66 on 11/09/08

Hey.. I was planning on getting a tattoo just above the arch of my right foot. I'm just getting two simple words in black, but I'm worried about the healing time. I dance ballet at school and I'm wondering how long it will take before it's okay for me to get back into it. I have 5 days off for thanksgiving break and had hoped to get it then, but I also have a month off for Christmas if I had to wait. Any thoughts?


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Posted by 13rooke from IP: 132.177.59.70 on 11/09/08

Hey I'm planning on getting a tattoo right above the arch of my foot on my right foot. It's only two words and just in plain black, but my concern is the healing time. I dance ballet at school and so I'm not sure how much healing time I have to factor in. I have 5 days off for thanksgiving, but then a month for Christmas. Is it important to wait until christmas??


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RE:question for those with foot tattoos

Posted by lharison from IP: 68.63.66.184 on 12/29/08
mobile al united states

I have several tattoos...my whole back is covered and that was a breeze...just 2 days ago i got a tattoo on the top of my foot. it is fairly large and hurt pretty bad while i was getting it done.. now it is extremely sore and bruising as it heals i also cant wear shoes at all not even my flip flops because my foot is so swolen...but it is not unbearale...i recommend that if you really want one on your foot to go for it but make sure that you can keep up with the maintance and it is something that you really want... i love mine and wouldnt change it for anything!


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RE:question for those with foot tattoos

Posted by Daria87 from IP: 209.50.138.253 on 02/13/09
Allentown,Pa

I have a small music note on the top of my left foot and I'm getting another one today and mine has maintained its color real well.It kinda sucks not being able to wear shoes but it's the price you have to pay pretty much.Next to getting my ribs tattooed though,the one on my foot hurt the most.Just for the simple fact that there's like no fat in my foot and it's all bone.Other than that though,I don't regret getting it done and I'm glad I did.


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RE:question for those with foot tattoos

Posted by ajrivera25@yahoo.es from IP: 193.153.74.110 on 02/14/09
Barcelona, Spain

I had my first tattoo done yesterday and i did it on the top of my left foot, i must say it didnt hurt that much, i was expecting something worst. mine its pretty big it covers the entire foot, dont get me wrong it did hurt but it wasnt unbareble pain, i recomend it big time.

saludos from Barcelona,
cheers


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Posted by Hosslyn from IP: 99.164.109.104 on 02/15/09
Akron,Ohio U.S.A

while i have to say the one on my foot hurt like sin- i have boney feet- if you go to a good tattoo artist you get quality work- go to a 2nd rate tattooer and you get a 2nd rate tattoo- you get what you pay for- best of luck to you............


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Posted by katie_t_@hotmail.com from IP: 129.12.200.49 on 03/24/09
UK

OK, so im kinda confused about the contrasting info on aftercare. 2 days ago I got 7 stars scattered accross my foot but my artist told me to keep it covered and wear a sock at all times. However, looking around on the internet, a lot of info says to wear open sandals to let air get to it. Im really confused! Can anyone help?!


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RE:question for those with foot tattoos

Posted by Chelle from IP: 66.76.210.45 on 03/27/09
OH

Me and my sister went and got our first tattoo a week and a half ago. It is a bengal tiger on the top of our right foot. Yeah, it hurt sooooo bad while getting it, but was well worth it. My foot was swelled for about 3 days and i kept the A&D ointment on till the peeling started then I switched to a lotion. It is healing very well and I have been wearing flip flops. I have no regrets and am so glad I did it.


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RE:question for those with foot tattoos

Posted by momma from IP: 98.223.253.46 on 04/05/09

After reading all through these posts I thought I would add my two cents worth!

I just got a pretty extensive flower design on the top/side of my right foot and ankle. I had it done in sephia tones. All browns and purples.

As far as pain goes, this was very tollerable. I was soooo nervous going in (just because EVERYBODY says the foot hurts like He**) It really wasn't that bad at all! I have two other tattoos, one on my lower back and one on my shoulder. I have to say that my lower back was soooo much worse! I am on day 3 of healing! It really hasn't been that bad, sore and swollen but nothing I can't live with. I have been on Spring Break and go back to work tomorrow, luckly I have a job where I can wear flip flops. I am also a aerobics instructor so I am a little nervous about teaching class tomorrow, after reading all the info on here I have some good ideas on how to take care of my tat and still teach an awesome class!
Anyway foot tats are sexy and everyone has a different tollerance for pain, but the pain is only temporary, the end results are beautiful!!!! I say if your thinking about it......go for it! You will make it through the pain and healing (take good care of it) and you will have something really awesome!


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Posted by leilanix1@yahoo.com from IP: 66.0.61.31 on 04/10/09
alabama

So, for my first tattoo, I decided to get this really cute heart on my foot. I heard that foot tattoo's hurt like hell, but I am a nurse, and the foot is easy to cover up so I decided that was the only place I wanted to get it. So, about a month ago, I went and got it! I was so so scared and he finally touched my foot with the needle and I was like "Oh! That doesn't hurt!" Anyways, I really wasn't sure what to do, so I wore yellowbox flip flops and while I was at work, I wore my sperrys. About a week later, I realized that my tattoo was kinda of sunk in and not healing right, so I took it to my tattoo artist. He said that microdermabrasion had happened from my flip flops rubbing up against my tattoo and from me wearing my sperrys, it had gotten infected.
I had to start putting neosporin on my tattoo to start pulling the color our and today, it was finally healed and I went to get it re-done.
My advice; if your getting a tattoo on the foot, GO FOR IT! They are super cute. But just make sure that your going to be able to wear THIN flip flops. Do not wear closed shoes and wide flip flops that could possibly rub your tattoo. I've found that old navy $5 flip flops are the best. Anyways, e-mail me if you have any questions! I plan on taking better care of my tattoo this time and hopefully it will heal pretty fast! :)
Good luck!


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RE:question for those with foot tattoos

Posted by Katie from IP: 81.144.199.140 on 04/27/09
UK

I dont seem to have taken the same advice as anyone with regards to healing, but my foot tatt is fine! I kept it covered for the first three weeks, wearing a sock all day (even in the shower) and it was covered by my closed in shoes almost all day every day. After 3 weeks, it finally started peeling, and only took a few days to heal completely!


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RE:question for those with foot tattoos

Posted by ChristineL from IP: 69.17.155.168 on 04/29/09
Aurora, Ontario, Canada

I just got the top of my left foot tattooed yesterday and it wasn't as painful as I first anticipated. There were some spots that hurt more, like the side of my foot and closer to my toes. Right after, it was stinging for about an hour and it's really swollen, and looks bruised too, which doesn't surprise me since I know I bruise easily and usually swell with injuries. I've been wearing really low cut flats which don't cover the tattoo in any way so it's all open, and I don't think I'd be able to put any other shoe on anyways because of the swelling! It's way more comfortable to keep my shoes on all the time rather than walking around the house with bare feet since my foot feels bruised with every step! Don't get me wrong....I love my foot tattoo!! Not sure if I'd get another one on my foot, just because of my own healing issues, but it looks great, and I do recommend this spot cuz it looks amazing!!!


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Posted by apeymail from IP: 98.207.141.24 on 05/03/09
Brentwood, CA, USA

I got a smaller tattoo on the top of my left foot almost 1 week ago - I also got one on my back at the same time. My back is almost healed, but my foot is definitely taking longer. It scabbed more than any tattoo I've gotten and it's red surrounding it. I've kept it uncovered for the most part or with a loose non-stick bandage. I'm sure it will heal but it is certainly taking longer. Nice to read that others have had the same question. As for the pain - I wimped out and used a prescription numbing cream before I went in. I didn't feel a thing!!! Don't get me wrong I have 4 other tattoos and I didn't use anything with those, but I just didn't want to feel the foot one :-)


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Posted by sdot11 from IP: 24.177.246.99 on 05/08/09

I got a tattoo on my foot last week. I've only had it for a week but it's amazing. It still hasn't healed quiet yet (it still needs to peel off) but after the 2 days of using A & D oitment and now the lotion (lubriderm) everything is fine. They told me tattoo's on the foot take longer to heal and that you probably shouldn't cover it (hence why i got it in nice weather so i can wear flip flops). Just take care of it and even thought it does take longer to heal...its al worth it!


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Posted by mnodwell@yahoo.com from IP: 216.183.136.2 on 05/12/09

I just had the entire top of my foot tattoo'd going up onto my leg....it was fairly hard to endure, but very worth it. by the 3rd hour it was almost mind numbing.....I am now going on day 5 and my entire foot is swollen and throbbing - which I am hoping is normal. I just wear flip flops, due to the fact that it is near impossible to get my foot into anything else. But I love the way it looks, and am pleased with the outcome dispite the fact I now have a cankle and trouble moving my toes :) I am not sure how long the swelling will last - but the tattoo itself is looking very good, and healing quite nicely! I very much recommend this location, its always worth it in the end!


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Posted by Poppy from IP: 86.40.171.207 on 06/05/09
Ireland

Hi, Iv read literally every message on this bored and am really confused.I plan on having my first tattoo done. Its a small desidn that will hopefully b on the inside of my right foot,running from the bone of my big toe to across my arch. However I plan on having it quite low down. I also plan on having it done abroad,the day before coming home. My questions are will it wear away or heal properly so low down? and with flying I know people have trouble with their legs and ankles,while I never have,would it affect the tattoo? and Finally, It would involve me spending the first night in a tent after reading about the need to have clean sheets, floors etc,is this wise? Iv spent ages designing and finding the perfect place for this tattoo, and there is alot of meaning to getting it done abroad, but im unsure if its best to move it higher up,or somewhere else, and if its best to wait till i'm home. I would really appreciate any advice!
Thank You.


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Posted by jumponittt@yahoo.com from IP: 68.116.50.108 on 06/17/09

I got my first tattoo done last Friday night. It took about 3 and a half hours. My brother is a tattoo artist and he brought all of his stuff down from Alaska to California to do my tat.
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I am completely in love with it. I work at a gym and work out daily, so not wearing shoes is hard, but sacrificing 2(ish) weeks for a lifetime of an awesome tattoo is totally worth it. I read all of these posts before I did it, because I wasn't sure if I wanted to deal with the pain. I decided to just go for it and I'm so glad I did.
I'm not a baby with pain at all, but mine took a long time so my endorphins only helped for a little while. On a scale of 1-10 I'd give the pain a 10. It literally felt like a knife cutting the design into my skin. My brother did an amazing job on it though. Everyone on this site made it sound like the healing was awful. I think it's different for everyone. My mom got one on her foot as well and neither of us had any problems. Walking was no problem but because of the size of the tattoo it was hard to find shoes that didn't rub. I swelled slightly around the tattoo the next couple days afterwards but you couldn't even notice. It just felt like a bad sunburn. I wash in two times a day and have been putting aquaphor on it 5-6 times a day.

As far as aftercare goes, listen to your artist. If you have a good artist that knows what they are doing, you won't scab over or have really bad swelling. Everyone has different ways of taking care of it, just use what they tell you to.

And if you want one, get it! It does hurt, but it's the best thing I ever did and I'd redo it in a second. If you don't really want it there, then don't even bother. It is high maintinence but if you really want it, you'll take care of it properly.


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Posted by EllaBella82 from IP: 74.143.64.82 on 06/29/09
Louisville, KY

This forum helped me SO much with deciding to get my foot tattoo. I just have to share my own experience with those who are interested! Hopefully someone will find this helpful! I just got a foot tattoo three days ago. It is a small OM symbol with colors eminating from the OM symbol. It is on my right foot towards the side of my foot, up by the toes. I had heard that a foot tattoo was very painful, but ALL tattoos are painful. This tattoo hurt less than the one I have on back, just behind my right shoulder, so I wouldn't describe my foot tattoo as the worst pain ever. It hurt the most when the artist was tattooing the areas closest to the toes, so that may be helpful. After the tattoo was done my foot was puffy and sore. The next day the puffiness and soreness was gone and the tattoo looked good! By day 2 it had scabbed up a tiny bit. And today, day 3, it still looks good! My care treatment: washing lightly once a day w/ Dial antibacterial soap, rinsing the tattoo twice a day with a sterile saline solution (you can find at any grocery/drugstore), and rubbing Aquaphor lotion twice a day on the tat. ALSO I don't know if this made a difference as to why my tat looks so good and seems to be healing quickly, but my tattoo artist used air powered equipment. He only tattooed to the epidermis. The old school style of tattooing (described to me by him) is using electronic equipment that pierces skin to the dermis. My shoulder tattoo is the old school method, it hurt like hell, and during healing it itched like crazy and looked ugly until after it healed. I definitely recommend finding an artist who tattoos with air powered equipment and who will not do a heavy handed tattoo. Anyhow, this is ONLY day 3 so I might be getting ahead of myself so I will post an update after about a week.


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Posted by Italiangautier@live.com from IP: 68.225.190.39 on 07/02/09
Newport News, VA, USA

Well, I just got my second tattoo on Monday on my foot. I must say it did hurt pretty bad and I handle pain very well usually. My palms were in a constant sweat because of the pain. If you get something smaller the pain wont go on forever. lol. I think my tat has healed very well. Although, I clean my three times a day and I follow all the rules, no sun, no water. My last tattoo healed very well I think because I got really great advice on how to take care of it. RULES: 1. NEVER touch your tat without washing your hands. 2. When in the shower DON'T let the mainstream of water beat down on your foot, try and keep it out of the water. 3. When drying yourself off NEVER wipe your tat dry always pat it dry. 4. Make sure to keep it nice and moist, I use Aquaphor for 3 days, then switch to an UNSCENTED lotion such as natural cocoa butter. 5. ALWAYS wash with a mild soap, NEVER bodywash. If you follow everything properly it should be beautiful. I highly recommend foot tats, they are sexy and very cute in the summer with your flops.


Hope this helps!


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Posted by jack from IP: 120.141.126.217 on 07/02/09

I'm a guy n thinkin about gettin a tat on my foot.is it ok for a guy to have a tattoo on the foot?or it looks gay?


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Posted by samf-08@hotmail.com from IP: 99.246.225.249 on 07/04/09

i got a tattoo on the top of my foot, my daughters name with some designs around it. it was pretty painful but as soon as i took the bandage off i let it sit for like an hour then i got it a little wet, used some babys own soap on it (very lightly) pat dried it and put the lubriderm on it and it was fine. i kept doing that a couple times a day and the lubriderm about five times a day and it was fine. hasnt faded any and didnt scab. i dont find it any harder to take care of then any other spot.


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Posted by beanie from IP: 70.31.83.228 on 07/30/09
canada

I had the outside of my left foot done 4 days ago.....trust me hurt like hell!! I must say I am very stressed after reading these notes about them turning into blobs! But the healing and pain is harsh!


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Posted by Stick from IP: 58.96.104.139 on 09/03/09
Australia

I got a tattoo on the top of my foot yesterday right on the bony part i got these cute stick figures,( My first tattoo) it didnt hurt too much doesnt hurt at all now, no swelling or redness or anything putting ointment on bout four times a day and just wear flats that dont go anywhere near my tattoo its fantastic i love it and its soo cute :P


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Posted by Babenbones from IP: 66.222.166.124 on 10/24/09
Canada

Just got my first foot tat 2 day's ago..Although it wasn't my first ,My ankle tat was a walk in the park compared to the foot ..All the same ,I LOVE IT !!! soooo glad I decided to do it and as reguard's to a foot tattoo being gender discriminative...There's no such thing.".ART IS ART"..It define's who we are..;)


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Posted by Jillian xo16 from IP: 209.166.118.134 on 10/26/09
RI

Hey everyone!
So i just got a tattoo of ballet shoes on my foot this past saturday. It just happened to be my first tattoo, so i am very new at this all. I have been taking very good care of it by making sure its clean and moist with an ointment but one thing that i NEED to know is if i am allowed to go running. I am a big time runner and was wondering if it would be okay for me to put my foot inside socks and sneakers to go running withouth messing up the tattoo?


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Posted by Jillian xo16 from IP: 209.166.118.134 on 10/26/09
RI

Hey everyone!
So i just got a tattoo of ballet shoes on my foot this past saturday. It just happened to be my first tattoo, so i am very new at this all. I have been taking very good care of it by making sure its clean and moist with an ointment but one thing that i NEED to know is if i am allowed to go running. I am a big time runner and was wondering if it would be okay for me to put my foot inside socks and sneakers to go running withouth messing up the tattoo?


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Posted by Jillian xo16 from IP: 209.166.118.134 on 10/26/09
RI

Hey everyone!
So i just got a tattoo of ballet shoes on my foot this past saturday. It just happened to be my first tattoo, so i am very new at this all. I have been taking very good care of it by making sure its clean and moist with an ointment but one thing that i NEED to know is if i am allowed to go running. I am a big time runner and was wondering if it would be okay for me to put my foot inside socks and sneakers to go running withouth messing up the tattoo?


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Posted by Froggie from IP: 70.157.186.212 on 10/29/09
South GA

I recently got a tattoo of a pink ribbon on top of my right foot. It has been 6 days now and my tattoo is still bleeding. Not ink, but blood. I am required to wear sneakers to work every day so I am putting a band-aid over it and some ointment. The tattoo seems to stay moist through the day until I get home, but it doesn't seem like it should still be bleeding. Any advise?


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Posted by BABENBONES from IP: 66.222.166.124 on 10/29/09
CANADA

In reguard's to your tat still bleeding, especially after 6 day's I would think it to be unusual!!! Mine is now a week old today and is already scabed over..I would talk to your tat artist and ask some question's..If your wearing tight fitting shoe's it probably is to blame or maybe over use of the ointment..I'm from canada and through the ice and snow I'm still wearing flip flop's..Cant help it, I love my tat and it come's first..Good luck..


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Posted by BAABAA from IP: 86.149.175.161 on 11/06/09
Reading, England

I got a pattern design on my foot a week ago. it goes from behind my ankle bone down and along the side of my foot and up onto the top of my foot.

it's scabbed over after a few days and has become quite dry and flakey. i think some of the ink may have blurred around my ankle bone, not sure why. i've been wearing ugg boots instead of small flat shoes so the tattoo doesn't get directly rubbed. it's very itchy but i'm trying my hardest not to scratch it because this may pull out some of the ink!

as for the pain, it was my first tattoo and yes it did hurt, a lot. but as for people saying 'if you're scared of the pain then don't get a tattoo on your foot' don't listen to them. if you want it then get it. maybe just not something massive to begin with. it hurts but it's not completely unbearable, and in the end it'll look nice.

i'm now waiting for mine to heal properly so i can see how it'll look, then i'll know whether i need to get it touched up in some places where it now appears blurred.


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Posted by Lara from IP: 71.224.182.168 on 11/12/09
PA

So I also did the same thing and read through every single post before I got my feet tattooed. Both in the same night in a mirror design. I mention this because I was so terrified about the pain that I was certain I wouldn't make it through one, let alone both. Each tattoo took about an hour and a half and though it hurt, it certainly wasn't what I would consider horrible pain. On a scale of 1-10, I would put it at a 4 with small sharp pangs of a level 7. Tops. And I'm a wimp. My design goes from just below my second toe and swoops over the arch and around my outer ankle, which is where the worst of the pain was. I didn't swell for more than an hour after they were done and I had no trouble walking at all. This was a week ago and the only real issue I've had is ITCHING. It can get pretty intense and as recent as last night I was ready to take a cheese grater to them to satiate it. Everyone experiences pain and the healing process differently I suppose. If you really want the tattoo- don't be afraid. It honestly really isn't that painful but be prepared to itch like crazy...


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Posted by catherine_madison@hotmail.com from IP: 210.15.192.44 on 11/12/09

i had my foot done 5 days ago.. i had my daughters name on the top of my right foot, and although it didnt tickle the pain was mostly from where he kept wiping over it! it didnt bleed and have had no swelling or any pain since the tattoo was finished! it looks fantastic so far and im very happy with the result! i say go 4 it:)


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Posted by pederaeble@hotmail.com from IP: 203.171.195.227 on 11/30/09

I had my foot tattooed 3 days ago. When setting up the appointment, the pain was the least of my worries, I was just soo excited about getting the tattoo. Then, I decided to read up on aftercare and such, seeing how the foot is an inconvenient place for healing of tattooes. Then I came across this page and read what each and everyone had written here. And I was scared, but at least I was prepared for the worst so to say. When I got to the tattoo shop and he started tattooing, he did a little line for about 5 sec, and asked how it felt. I was pleasently suprised, because it was not bad at all. Then he kept going, and it got bad. Really bad. But after an hour or so of being tattooed on my foot, I can conclude with this. Yes it hurts, but there is no point in going around worrying about the pain; if you want your tattoo, you cannot get around sitting through the pain, simple as that. Also, some areas hurt more than others. Close to the toes is a bitch. On the middle of the foot is not exactly pleasant either. But other than that, what I found most helpful, is to actually just relax. Just take a deep breath, and relax your muscles. I was not able to do this during the outline, but I was so convinced that the shading and colouring was going to be a piece of cake, compared to the outline, that it was so to say. As soon as he finished the outline, I stop clenching onto the chair, and just folded my hands and layed back. And just having this attitude actually was the biggest help. So bottom line: don't worry about the pain. The more you worry, the worste it gets. Actually, after getting my tattoo, the same day, I had flu-like symptoms and almost vomited. And after talking to a friend, this could apparently be prevented if I didn't worry so much, and prepare my body for "trauma", so to say. :)


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Posted by LostGirl71326@aol.com from IP: 68.229.110.7 on 01/12/10

I just got my tattoo done yesterday on the top of my right foot, it starts at my big toe, wraps around to the outside of my foot, goes up the top side, across again, and up the ankle a little. I have one tattoo on the back of my neck, as well as my lower back, the back of my ear, rib cage, as well as bikini line on the front of my hip. I have a high tolerance for pain, and I must say that this tattoo had me near tears. After the tattoo was done, my foot felt like it was on fire, it was swollen, red, and looked bruised. I was standing for about two (2) hours afterward, because this tattoo was a matching one for me and my sister to get together, only hers was on her side. It was almost impossible to fit my foot into the shoe I wore there, and painful to walk to the car, my boyfriend had to help me because it hurt to put weight on it. I went to bed, and woke up, and my foot is completely swollen and I could not put any weight on it at all. I am washing it every 3 hours, and I put on curel lotion once per hour to keep it hydrated. Hopefully swelling will go down in the next couple of days, I've had my foot elevated all afternoon, and it's still burning and feels like it's about to rip open whenever i try to walk. My artist told me the recovery should be just like the others, and this is nothing like anything I have experienced in the past. Hopefully it will be worth it after all this swelling is done with, and the pain has gone away. best wishes with your tattoo's, i don't recommend the feet though if you are small framed, and have bony feet at least. Good Luck!


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Posted by Flomotion from IP: 204.144.7.14 on 01/19/10
Sunshine State

I just got my foot tattoo and it is very hard to maintain. It was painful and the healing process does take a minute. It is week 3 for me and its still not healed. I have to go back for them to touch it up already.... I kind wish i didnt do it but once i get the touch up, i hope that it comes out okay. Good Luck!


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Posted by Carebear26 from IP: 65.25.10.239 on 01/29/10
Ohio

I got a tattoo on my right foot 13 days ago & it's healing fine (I got a snowflake design) Pain wise,I thought it was a good pain,didn't hurt anymore than my other tattoos. The only thing that sucks is wearing shoes that don't rub on it,& not being able to workout at the gym. Plus the shoes i wear i got them the day i went to get my tattoo so they hurt so bad on my feet....tattoo doesn't hurt at all :) If you can wait i'd say get a foot tattoo during the summer. Since i got Snowflakes i thought i'd get it during winter b/c good chance i wouldn't feel like getting them in the summer.


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Posted by kellyfromny from IP: 64.29.176.118 on 02/19/10
nyc, ny

hi! does anyone have full body photos of themselves with a foot tattoo? i see so many close ups but i'd like to see what the overall effect is. some of them are so small that they just look like strange marks from faraway, whereas I worry that if i get it too large it will overtake my foot and just look like a big blotch. just want to get an overall sense of how it looks on a person.

thanks!


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Posted by kellyfromny from IP: 64.29.176.118 on 02/19/10
nyc, ny

hi! does anyone have full body photos of themselves with a foot tattoo? i see so many close ups but i'd like to see what the overall effect is. some of them are so small that they just look like strange marks from faraway, whereas I worry that if i get it too large it will overtake my foot and just look like a big blotch. just want to get an overall sense of how it looks on a person.

thanks!


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RE:question for those with foot tattoos

Posted by kellyfromny from IP: 64.29.176.118 on 02/19/10
nyc, ny

hi! does anyone have full body photos of themselves with a foot tattoo? i see so many close ups but i'd like to see what the overall effect is. some of them are so small that they just look like strange marks from faraway, whereas I worry that if i get it too large it will overtake my foot and just look like a big blotch. just want to get an overall sense of how it looks on a person.

thanks!


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RE:question for those with foot tattoos

Posted by kellyfromny from IP: 64.29.176.118 on 02/19/10
nyc, ny

hi! does anyone have full body photos of themselves with a foot tattoo? i see so many close ups but i'd like to see what the overall effect is. some of them are so small that they just look like strange marks from faraway, whereas I worry that if i get it too large it will overtake my foot and just look like a big blotch. just want to get an overall sense of how it looks on a person.

thanks!


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Posted by frap_x@yahoo.com from IP: 76.95.133.75 on 02/20/10

I got a tattoo on the top of my right foot yesterday. It really wasn't bad as I thought it would be (as in the pain) -- but I mean, I was preparing myself for a LOT of pain. I guess I was overreacting because it just felt like they were scraping me with a vibrating pencil most of the time. Around the middle of my foot was when it started hurting. Other than that, it was DEFINITELY bearable (coming from someone who fainted getting her cartilage pierced). I don't know if I'd get another one, but it was worth it and I don't regret it at all.


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Posted by Nitocris from IP: 63.215.208.64 on 03/02/10
Tampa, FL

I had my foot tattoo done 3 days ago, is three Lotus flowers on top of my foot. I didn’t bleed at all the pain was bad in some places some was not that bad. I love it!!!!!!!!! Now the only question I have is, how long should your foot stay swollen for? It’s been3 days and I still have some swelling on top of the foot where the tattoo is at. I know it takes longer to heal but I just wanted to ask.

Thanks


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Posted by amandalasha from IP: 76.177.83.234 on 03/04/10
Kentucky

I got a tattoo about 5 days ago on my right foot-close to the right side. Its an orange tiger lily with my name beside it. I will say it hurt, but its bearable. I didn't have any swelling and after the first 24-48 hours it really hasn't bothered me. I was told to wash it with anti-bacterial soap and then apply lotion. I know your not suppose to really wear shoes with them, but my artist said if I did to take them off ever hour and clean and apply the lotion again. I have done this a few times and haven't had any problems what so ever. It is still healing nicely. I am hoping it hurries and heals.


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Posted by Kim from IP: 71.93.69.226 on 03/11/10
Reno, NV

I just got script written across the top of my foot.

It say "Pour Your heart out to him"

Where the word heart is, it's an actual heart that is filled in with red.

And I got it at the end of Feb and it's still healing. I don't know if this is okay or not. I must say, I wear flip flops as often as possible, but I'm a dancer and I have to wear dance shoes constantly. I haven't really been taking as much of it as I should. I mean, it gets washed in the shower daily and I put aquaphor on it and all that stuff, but I don't know if it should be healed by now or not.

It's flaked over, which I hear is normal and it itches, but I feel as though the color is being taken away and the lines are becoming thinner. I have free touch-ups for a year, but I'm not sure if it's just still healing or if it's going to need a touch-up. Kind of worried because I want it to look really nice.

Any comments or advice?


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Posted by EmilliElectra from IP: 81.23.48.119 on 03/13/10
Leeds/Birmingham, UK

I got a tattoo covering the whole of the top of my foot two and a half weeks ago.
Before i went for it I'd read up on all the different factors so I knew what i was letting myself in for but this didnt stop me wanting one.
The only thing worrying me was the pain, everywhere seemed to say that the top of the foot is the worst place to get tattooed and after the two i had done on my hips bordering excruciating on the pain scale i was more than a bit scared.
However, I personally and honestly didnt think it hurt that much?
It took an hour and 40 minutes, is really detailed and the colours havent bled or anything.
Mine stayed swollen for about a week, then started to scab up, ive had it for 18 days not and its STILL healing, but its just about there, ive been using bepanthen as advised by my tattoo artist and the only section the colour came out of is near my ankle bone where i have a really tough scar, i'll be getting it touched up but don't know if the ink will stick?
I was just wondering if anyone elses took this long to heal up properly?


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RE:question for those with foot tattoos

Posted by ashole from IP: 75.93.56.246 on 04/06/10
las vegas nv

I just got mine done and man it doesn't hurt to get it but it sucks having to walk, if you are getting it done make sure you have at least a week off so you don't have to walk anywhere right now my foot is like a ballon right now and it hurts to walk or even get up due to the blood rushing to my foot so yah


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Posted by Msnumyummy87 from IP: 108.2.20.13 on 04/08/10
Philadelphia, pa

I just got my first tattoo 2 days ago, and of course I put it on my foot. My foot is very swollen and is still red. Since some redness has gone away, I can see many places where he missed color! I'm really angry because I paid a good amount of money, delt with extreme pain, and I have to go back when it heals to have almost the whole tattoo recolored! I love the tattoo, just wish he would have done it correctly. I almost want to go to a different artist to have it touched up!


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Posted by Msnumyummy87 from IP: 108.2.20.13 on 04/08/10
Philadelphia, pa

I just got my first tattoo 2 days ago, and of course I put it on my foot. My foot is very swollen and is still red. Since some redness has gone away, I can see many places where he missed color! I'm really angry because I paid a good amount of money, delt with extreme pain, and I have to go back when it heals to have almost the whole tattoo recolored! I love the tattoo, just wish he would have done it correctly. I almost want to go to a different artist to have it touched up!


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Posted by Steftones from IP: 71.185.170.115 on 04/09/10
Philadelphia, PA

I just recently got my first foot tattoo!! I have ten other tattoos in various places and this along with my breast bone/stomach hurt by far the most, I love it soo much but I can say I won't be doing another foot tattoo anytime soon lol. It's been almost two weeks and it still swells up like a sausage by the end of the day, it's red, itchy and I have huge deep scabs.. But I'm glad to find out that I'm not alone! Where in Philly did you have your tattoo done?? ^^


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RE:question for those with foot tattoos

Posted by Kat from IP: 92.25.248.145 on 04/11/10
London UK

I had the top of my foot tattooed again 3 days ago, was a touch up to an extension of a much older tattoo and the first guy used the wrong colours despite me telling him NOT to use yellow! So 2 years on I plucked up the courage to go back and ask another tattoo artist if he could fix the colour problem. He has done a great job, but no way would I have had the top of my foot tattooed again for any other reason than getting the colour fixed. It hurts..... a lot.... and it does swell badly afterwards. Am hoping that it will heal faster than the first time, but it'll probably take longer. Worth it cos it does look great, but you have to put up with a lot of pain. Miles more than other places, and I have many other tatts!


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RE:question for those with foot tattoos

Posted by g.g.marcos from IP: 173.86.173.46 on 04/15/10
cali, usa

i wont tattoo anyones feet,because you never know if they will keep it clean enough to not get it infected and its just not worth the risk. and VERY IMPORTANT: DO NOT GET A FOOT TATTOO IF YOU HAVE DIABETES, YOU COULD END UP LOSING YOUR WHOLE LEG IF THE TATTOO GETS INFECTED!!!!!!!! trust me on this, iknow of a lady this happened to(not tattooed by me mind you!) Granted any little scratch on her foot would probably have had the same outcome but it sure doesn't make me want to tattoo anyones feet no matter how many times they come in and beg me to do it. Theres a reason why certain places on the body are more popular for tattoos than others. if you do want to risk it, get it ata time when you can stay off it and not go anywhere for like a week (like quarantine yourself!) and if you cant not jog for a week you probably aren't the kind of person who wouldn't mind a faded out blob on your foot!


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RE:question for those with foot tattoos

Posted by kris from IP: 72.194.213.88 on 05/02/10
usa

I have a tatoo on the top of my foot & it was the hardest of the 3 I have to heal & keep clean. It was also the most painful but not too bad. I would say plan the timing of your tatoo well because it's best to go without shoes (so warmer weather) & you'll need to wash it more often because it'll get dirtier than other tatoos being closer to the ground. Mine still looks really good. After 8 months people still ask me if it's new. I put lotion on it all the time & use a tatoo sunscreen to protcet it. Hope that helps.


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Posted by SueBee from IP: 68.193.245.89 on 05/15/10

Came across this thread getting ready for my foot tattoo. It's been three weeks today and the healing is coming along. I chose April because of the ability to wear flip flops. It was at the base of my pointer toe, where it is attached to my foot. This was my first tat (but won't be my last) so I have nothing to compare it to, but I can say that it hurt- a lot! My artist used a single needle technique, which I don't know if it hurts more or less, but it felt like a hot piece of sharp metal being dragged across my foot to my bone. I found a focal point and did a lot of deep breathing, just like being in labor. LOL I took one short break just to move my foot around and re-group. It took about 15 minutes needle time. My artist suggested keeping it bandaged overnight using a piece of his bandage and a band aid to keep it in place, for 3 nights, which I did along of course with ointment and then lotion. One tip I will give is to try on different flip flops first to check for tat placement. I didn't take that into consideration and some of my favorite flip flops cover the tat so I most likely won't be wearing them anymore. It looks great and I can't wait to get another, maybe on my other foot!


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Posted by Warui_chibi from IP: 75.75.53.149 on 05/24/10

I'm really surprised by some of the responses on here. I got my first tattoo on my foot about four days ago, some simple writing on the top of my foot. The pain was pretty low for me; it didn't hurt at all on the very top of my foot, moreso when he moved on to the sides but nothing unbearable. I haven't had any swelling at all; some people on here talking about how much their foot has puffed up and they can't walk, I don't know what's going on but I have no swelling whatsoever. I have been going barefoot (I got it done on vacation) and can wear flip flops to work. Been using Aquaphor to moisturize and cleaning it with soapy water twice a day. It itches like hell, but no swelling and no pain after the guy was finished. No ink migration and no fading (I got it in black).I love it and can't wait to get more.


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Posted by sara from IP: 92.16.239.210 on 06/03/10
UK

i had my foot tattoo done 2 days ago, and my foot is quite swollen and a bit hard to walk on now and again. It was pretty painful and i have a v.high pain threshold normaly.
Im not wearing shoes wen i dont have to and then its mainly sandals. im also trying to keep it elevated and clean. it seems to be healing pretty well tho and cant wait for wen its all healed completely :)
i love it


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RE:question for those with foot tattoos

Posted by Miss Q from IP: 24.219.132.59 on 06/04/10
NRH, TX

Hi, I actually have three tattoos all done by the same artist. My third tattoo was a lady bug on my big toe. Super cute but after a month it was fading pretty bad. I thought I had done something to it, so I had it retouched and wore only flip flops and open toed shoes that would not touch or rub the tat. It still faded, so I want my cute little lady bug to stay looking right so I get it touched up every so often. Yes it hurts, but it is quick. Good luck!


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Posted by Yummy Mummy from IP: 88.104.91.31 on 06/25/10
Wales

Hi, I had a foot tattoo done 3 days ago, it did hurt having it done but not too bad, I wrap mine in cling film if i am going out to stop it getting mucky, and wear dolly shoes so not to rub it, my foot did swell a bit the next day so i had an ice pack on it and kept it raised as much as possable. it looks really pretty already.


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RE:question for those with foot tattoos

Posted by Rachel:D from IP: 75.139.95.159 on 07/04/10
Black Mountain NC United States

Well i have a medium size Crimson ghost on my foot, It is now 3 days old and it is swollen and extremely painful. I am 18 i have 6 tattoos. I have a medium back piece that takes up my lower back and i would easily have chosen to have it redone in one sitting then having another foot tattoo. The hard thing is the fact you need to stay off your feet for a few days but if you are like me that's hard. So now i am enjoying a red swollen and sore foo but if you have a high pain tolerance go for it lol.


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RE:question for those with foot tattoos

Posted by Kelski from IP: 86.135.96.219 on 07/06/10
London, UK

I just got a tattoo yesterday covering the whole top and sides of my left foot. It is my sixth tattoo, and the first one where I have found the pain unbearable. After two and a half hours I chickened out cos the pain was so bad, so I am going back in a month to get the rest of the colour done. My artrist recommended a cream called Emla for me to buy for next time, so I can numb the area beforehand. I feel like a wimp, but the pain was so bad compared to my other tattoos! I'm getting another tattoo covering the whole of my other foot as well, so I'm not looking forward to the pain, but it will be worth it. Since getting my foot done yesterday I've been at home and have kept my foot elevated as much as possible to bring down the swelling. I clean it with mild antibacterial soap and warm water, then pat dry with a paper towel, leave to air for ten minutes, then apply a thin layer of Bepanthen nappy rash cream (which is brilliant for healing tattoos, I recommend it). Luckily I work from home so I don't have to wear shoes or socks and can let it air. It is sore to walk though, I think I'll be limping for a couple of days.


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Posted by s_weible@yahoo.com from IP: 24.131.20.21 on 12/14/10
Clarion, PA, USA

I just got my tattoo today. I got my son's name (Bentley) in script letters. It's about 3 1/2 inches long and an inch wide. It was pretty painful but nothing compared to what I thought it was going to feel like. I didn't cry or anything and I love it so it was definitely worth it.


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RE:question for those with foot tattoos

Posted by Owais from IP: 59.177.162.17 on 01/11/11

Yes, it's true that it's not easy to get a tattoo on your foot but after it will complete, the pain that you would have to endure will turn into happiness. Because your foot will look fantastic and beautiful. Even if you have ugly foot a right kind of tattoo design can make your foot beautiful.

Let's check out my views about foot tattoos here.


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Posted by Irish Girl from IP: 109.77.6.125 on 03/04/11
Ireland

Okay I know this was posted 5 years ago or so, but I think people still read it (well, I read it before I got my tattoo today lol)

So I got a tattoo on my foot today, it was my 3rd tattoo (I already had one on lower back and upper back, and to be honest they were virtually painless). After reading all these posts I was really scared that it was going to hurt like hell, but to be honest it was like the other tattoos I had and all it felt like was somebody lightly scracthing my skin, not sore in the slightest. My one takes up most the top of my foot and down to near the sole.

My advice, if you want a foot tattoo go for it, its really not as bad as you think it will be.


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RE:question for those with foot tattoos

Posted by crazy4u from IP: 65.13.102.36 on 03/31/11
mph., tn

It hurts and it depends on you. everybody heals differntly, so of course everybody may have diiferent advice. Mine took about 3 weeks ,. I guess because it was bigger than most


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RE:question for those with foot tattoos

Posted by crazy4u from IP: 65.13.102.36 on 03/31/11
mph., tn

It hurts and it depends on you. everybody heals differntly, so of course everybody may have diiferent advice. Mine took about 3 weeks ,. I guess because it was bigger than most


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RE:question for those with foot tattoos

Posted by jade6116@hotmail.com from IP: 203.79.106.85 on 05/21/11

I have always wanted a tattoo on my foot - and yesterday I finally went and did it. It was my first tattoo and I had read lots of horror stories about how much it hurts etc. Yes, it did hurt but it was nothing as bad as I expected. It is bearable and you forget the pain in about 2 mins after it is completed. If you can't stand a bit of pain then you shouldnt be getting a tattoo! It is healing well and just hoping it continues! I am just wearing open shoes for the next couple of weeks. One of the best things I have ever done


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RE:question for those with foot tattoos

Posted by Cohollywood from IP: 75.71.89.138 on 01/26/12
Aurora, CO

I know this topic is old, but it was really helpful to me when I was going to get my tattoo, so I thought I'd post a reply.

I got the Chinese symbol for Journey (2 characters) on the top of my right foot, just below where my flip flop strap would be 5 days ago.

I was really concerned about the pain - so concerned that I've been "putting off" this tattoo (my first) for years. We're going on a beach vacation in 3 months though, and I wanted it before than, and I wanted it to have a good chance to heal, so Saturday was my day.

The pain was very intense - I'm not going to sugar coat it. I don't have a great pain threshold, and I was a pretty big baby about. I didn't cry, but it hurt just as much as I was expecting it to. Luckily for me, my tatttoo only took about 10 minutes - I don't know what I would have done if it was longer. By the end, I was ready to die.

Once he finished though, the adrenaline took over and I was so excited and so happy that I did it. I love it so much.

My healing process has been non-exsistant. It looks just like it did right after I finished it. So far, no scabbing, swelling, pain, itching or anything else. I've been wearing ballet flats that don't touch it or going barefoot, and keeping my pants rolled up a little bit so they don't rub against it.

Right now, I'm cleaning it twice a day with antibacterial soft soap and put A&D on it twice a day and Curel lotion every few hours in between.

If you want a foot tattoo and you are scared like I was, I would go for it. I love it. The pain was awful, and I don't know that I will EVER do that again, but, I love my tattoo and I would do it again to get the tattoo I have now. I have mucho respect for those who have big elaborate pieces on their feet!


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RE:question for those with foot tattoos

Posted by Tander from IP: 101.160.153.14 on 03/19/12
Melbourne Victoria Australia

I had a foot tattoo done 2 days ago. My foot is now swollen and sore. The tattoo took about 1hr & 20 mins. It was so painful I couldn't breathe properly and afterwards was feeling weak. I guess I have very little pain threshold. I want to get a dragon on my upper arm but don't want to go through the pain again.


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RE:question for those with foot tattoos

Posted by orchid from IP: 67.60.252.246 on 04/16/12
jomo united states

My foot tattoo was my third tat. It covers the entire top of my foot and goes down on the sides a little. It doesn't go on my toes. It took a little over 4 hours. I need to go back to get a few touch ups on it. It looks great though. Some spots were tender, but the pain of getting a tattoo isn't bad at all. Look at it this way if you go to get a tat some places on your body are going to be tender, but you kinda asked for it. They are needles going into your body over and over again. Total I have only set through a total of 8 hrs of tattooing. But Im going back to finish my foot and get another one connecting my foot one to my ankle one. They are addictive. So no getting a foot tat isnt bad and mine is big. Just letting it heal, ice a&d ointment and antibacterial soap to clean it, No shoes or flip flops. Little pain when I walk on it goes away in few days but like I said mine is large and a long sitting.


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RE:question for those with foot tattoos

Posted by mom25gr8kdz from IP: 96.248.242.160 on 04/22/12
Lompoc, CA USA

I got my first tattoo 3 days ago on the top of my foot. Luckily it doesn't rub on my flip flops. I do have to say it was the most painful thing I have ever experienced and I've had 5 kids. It took about an hour but I stuck through it. I absolutely LOVE it. The healing is going well. I had some swelling and redness the first 2 days but today it is doing great. I had waited 25 years for a tattoo and I'm so glad I finally did it. The pain was more than worth the end result.


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RE:question for those with foot tattoos

Posted by Jenn from IP: 69.134.19.158 on 05/02/12
Raleigh, Nc

Very interesting forum about foot tattoos. I had wanted a tattoo for years but my ex forbade it. Well, we are divorced now (for other reasons, primarily, lol), and I got my tattoo five days ago. It is a very elaborate free-sketched piece. The artist and I came up with it that day. I knew I wanted it to go from the top of my foot to a few inches below the knee. It took six hours and hurt like HELL. I sang, talked to her (and myself), and pulled my hair the entire time to take my mind off the pain. She made three passes--the lines, the detailing, and then went back over to fill in with color. I am glad I finished it all in the same day because I would never have gone back for that torture. Which has been nothing compared to the torture I have endured afterward. Day 5 and I still cannot walk without a significant amount of pain. I keep it elevated and iced and moisturized as much as possible and am lucky to be able to work from home this week. It is a beautiful and unique piece but my advice is not to make something like this your first tattoo. I am expecting probably another week of this and I am ready to be done with the pain!


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RE:question for those with foot tattoos

Posted by Lili from IP: 142.129.241.60 on 11/23/12
California

I got my tattoo 4 days ago, this was my 5th tattoo. I got a purple and pink flower on my foot. It's pretty big and takes up most of my foot. I thought it was going to be incredibly painful but it was pretty bearable. I expected my foot to feel better by now but it's still very very painful to walk. I've been laying around doing nothing. I really hope I feel better in 2 days because I have to get up soon. I love my tattoo and I think the pain and torture is so worth it. If you really want something that means a lot to you I say go for it


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