Like most things, what’s hot and what’s not in the world of body art goes through phases, some of which are great, and others…? Well, not so much. And who knows more about tattoos than the people who create them for a living? Here are five current tattoo trends that make tattoo artists facepalm. Hard. Expect some eyerolls.
1 Bae’s name
This is the most popular trend that has stood the test of time, but that most people, including tattoo artists, hate. Why? Well with many couples not lasting for the long term, and divorce rates that are on a steady incline, you stand a high chance of needing to have this declaration of love removed or covered up at some point in the future. You could just TELL your other half how much you care about them rather than plastering their name on your body. Just a thought.
2 Face tattoos
Unless you are already heavily tattooed or work in the tattoo industry (preferably both), this trend, which is becoming increasingly popular with young rappers (we’re looking at you, Lil Xan) needs to stop. This isn’t just because it can seriously hinder your chances of finding a job, but because if you don’t like it later in life, too bad because it’s ON YOUR FACE! It also looks a lot less badass than people think. Really.
3 White ink
Getting tattoos done in white ink is now popular, but something that most tattoo artists will refuse to do. While the tatt’ might look great just after it’s finished, this is because it is surrounded by a halo of red inflammation. Once that’s gone, not only will it be near impossible to see, but it will also fade incredibly quickly. And that is a liability that no self-respecting artist wants to deal with, and it’s a lot of pain for barely-there results.
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4 Finger and foot tattoos
This is another area of the body which is best avoided unless you are an avid tattoo collector… and there are a couple of reasons for this. The first one is that artists won’t be able to guarantee that the ink won’t fade quickly because of how thin the skin is in the area and how frequently they are washed or enclosed in shoes. Hand tattoos can also stop you from getting that dream job, and these tattoos also hurt. A LOT.
5 Copycat tattoos
They might say that copying is the sincerest form of flattery, but not when it comes to tattoos. And while there is plenty of ‘ink-spiration’ on social media, you can’t simply take that to a studio and expect them to replicate it, because that is plagiarism. Tattoo artists work hard to churn out unique designs for their clients and copying that would be an infringement of intellectual property. Don’t be that person, and don’t make your tattoo artist be that person either.
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