Kendall Jenner, Hailey Baldwin, and Bella Hadid have one more thing in common, aside from their famous families and multimillion-dollar modeling deals: tiny, hidden tattoos. Mini-artwork has become increasingly popular in recent years, largely due to its concealability (and the fact that it’s actually a lot of fun to show off on Instagram). But with any tattoo – big, small, or in between – there are still some things you need to know before getting a small tattoo, no matter how easy it is to cover it up with makeup or a tattoo. bracelet.
Even if a tattoo is small, it remains a permanent mark on your body and it is extremely important to educate yourself about the process before going under a needle. Not all tattoos and tattoo inks, parlors and artists are created equal, which is something I learned the hard way after getting my own little tattoos – one that got went very well and another one that didn’t.
With smaller tattoos, there’s a whole different set of things to watch out for, especially because there’s less room for error. If an artist mess up a line on a small tattoo, it’s not like they can go over it and fix it the same way they could with a big one. Perfection is key in small lines, so you need to know in advance what you’re getting into.
Here are seven facts about small tattoos to consider before getting one, courtesy Brian Keith Thompson, famed piercer and owner of Body Electric Tattoo. And don’t worry, none of them involve getting permission from nobody to do it. It’s your body, after all!
1. Some artists won’t make them
When you go to get a tattoo it is important to remember that “body art” is a form of ART and each artist has their own strengths and weaknesses. For this reason, some specialize in micro tattoos while others don’t do them at all, which is why it’s important to do your research beforehand. “Check yelp, check their Google rating, and ask them questions,” says Thompson. “If you choose someone who is not competent at what he does, is it really his fault, or also your fault if you choose someone who is not competent?” Also, be sure to check their portfolio (or at the very least, their Instagram) to confirm that they have experience with the type of small tattoo you’re looking for.
2. Mistakes happen
There’s an old saying in the industry – “not all of them can be winners”, and with a small, tiny thin line tattoo, there isn’t much room for error, so mistakes will happen. produce. “It’s a handmade tattoo, and people make mistakes,” Thompson says. “When they’re small and micro, sometimes the line isn’t perfectly straight the way you want it to be. You know, it’s not Photoshop, it’s not a drawing, it’s your body – it’s the skin.” Be sure to find an artist who knows what they’re doing (and is used to doing fine line art) to minimize the chance of error.
3. No two tattoos will be the same
This is important to note for anyone who wants to get matching tattoos with their best friends or wants an exact replica of Bella Hadid’s tiny tattoo. “Sometimes your skin handles pigment differently than others,” Thompson says when asked why some people’s “identical” tattoos might look different, even though they were done at the same time by the same guy. artist. “Sometimes it’s your skin, or how you’ve taken care of it, or the soaps you use, or your water…it could be many different things.” There really is no way to solve this problem, but there is important to know before going under the needle.
4. Fine lines fade faster
As cute as they are when you get them, small tattoos unfortunately won’t last as long as traditional style tattoos. “If it’s a single needle tattoo, most artists cut the ink because they can’t just use pure black because it bleeds, so they cut it so it isn’t as strong as a black pigment, so the body is actively removing it more quickly,” says Thompson. Your immune system is actively work to get rid of a tattoo the minute the ink hits your body, and single-line styles are easier to wash out simply because there’s less ink.
5. They can easily be reworked
Although small tattoos fade faster than larger ones, they are easier to fix when that happens. “You can just have it reworked in 10 years and come back to it,” says Thompson. “Bigger parts of your body aren’t as feasible for some people with time and money, but tattoos can be brought back to life.” Moreover, with small tattoos you can always, still go bigger…which is much easier (and less painful) than trying to go smaller.
6. Delicate tattoos should be treated delicately
Believe it or not, micro tattoos really are as fragile as they look. “Because the lines are smaller, they’re finer and more delicate, they don’t take as much abuse as larger, thicker lines,” says Thompson. “It’s a more delicate tattoo, so just treat it more delicately.” Make sure not to pick any scabs, bump into anything, or soak the tattoo in water. And the better you treat your body after the tattoo – eat well and get enough sleep – the better it will heal.
7. Less care is better
Each studio may have a different approach to tracking, but Thompson lives by the “less is more” mantra, especially with delicate tattoos. “You want to wash it a few times a day and then leave it alone,” he says. “I let my tattoos dry, I don’t constantly take care of them for two weeks. I leave him alone and let him do his job. He suggests applying a thin layer of colorless, odorless lotion several times a day and keeping the tattooed skin out of the sun. No picking or scraping off scabs either.