A small tattoo? Pay attention to these things

Small tattoos? Why do tattoo artists always say, “make that bigger”?

Small tattoos have become increasingly popular in recent years. They can beautify the body without being obtrusive. They’re delicate, subtle and barely noticeable at first glance – perhaps that’s why they’re so popular.

While it can be tempting to go for a small tattoo, both size and placement are particularly important to the durability of a mini tattoo. In this article, we will look at what factors affect the durability of small tattoos and what to look out for when caring for them.

What are mini tattoos?

Mini tattoos are tattoos that are usually only a few centimeters in size. They are usually just a single word or symbol. Tattoos do not always have to be large and eye-catching, even small tattoos can have a special and personal meaning.

Many people choose mini tattoos because they are less noticeable and easier to hide in everyday life. Often people tend to get a smaller tattoo when they first get tattooed. Others simply prefer the design of the small artwork. Mini tattoos can also be a great addition to an existing tattoo.

Mini tattoos can be placed anywhere on the body. Some of the most popular placements are:

  • wrist
  • finger
  • neck
  • ear
  • ankle
  • the back
  • costal arch

What factors affect the durability of a mini tattoo?

There are many factors that affect the durability of a tattoo that should be taken into consideration to ensure that a tattoo lasts as long as possible:

  • Skin type
  • Age
  • Placement
  • Size of the tattoo
  • Sun exposure
  • Tattoo ink

It is inevitable that tattoos will change over time as the skin, as a living organ, ages and the tattoo changes with it. Basically, the aging process of the skin is different for each person, but the process can be slowed down with the right care.

Mini tattoos can look very nice at the time of inking, but often lose definition after 10-15 years. For very small designs, try to keep it simple and choose a part of the body that is not exposed to a lot of wear and tear. We recommend parts of the body such as the wrist, forearm or neck.

Experience has shown that fine details of a tattoo will fade first, while clear lines will last longer. Regular tattoo touch ups can have a positive effect on the appearance of the tattoo.

The quality of the ink also affects its durability. Not all colors are equally durable and resistant to fading. This is why we always recommend going to professional tattoo studios that focus on quality.

The tattoo artist should also have many years of experience with small tattoos and specialize in this type of tattoo. The skill of the tattoo artist plays a big role in mini tattoos and it is important that the work is clean and precise.

How should you take care of a mini tattoo?

Good care is important for a tattoo to last. After getting a tattoo, the first few days and weeks are most important. You must be careful not to touch the freshly inked tattoo with dirty fingers to avoid inflammation or infection. For the first few days you should wash your tattoo 2-3 times a day with pH neutral soap and rinse with clear water.

Your tattoo must not dry out during the healing process, so apply a thin layer of cream several times a day for 3 weeks. At Blade & Shade we recommend our own aftercare salve, which we have had great experience with over many years. Alternatively Bepanthen can be used.

It is important to always protect the tattoo from direct sunlight: Ultraviolet (UV) rays damage the color pigments and can cause the tattoo to fade. You should therefore either use sunscreen or protect your tattoo from direct sunlight by covering it with clothing.

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