I have no idea how I missed this community for so long, but yay for finally finding it!
I've got three tattoos at the moment, the only literary of them is the Eld Sigul on the top of my right foot. There is at least one other member of this community whom I've met that has it as well. *waves*
It is my favourite of my three tattoos, but I still rate it as my single worst idea in life EVER. I'd be happy to discuss my personal experience with getting my foot tattooed with anyone who is thinking about it, so feel free to ask!
My feet on my wedding day.
Next tattoo will also be literary, a text only arm band from Le Petit Prince that I hope to get some time this year. I am an American who married a French speaking French-Canadian and we used a passage from it in our ceremony. "Tu deviens responsable pour toujours de ce que tu as apprivoisé" just means the world to me.
Nice to meet y'all!
I know it isn't the same for everyone, but it was excrutiatingly painful to get done. I held my leg down, and the tattooist held my foot down because I kept kicking him in the face(Not on purpose!) when he certain spots.
Once it was done it took MONTHS to heal fully. For almost two months I didn't wear shoes that touched it (imagine me in shoe store after shoe store looking at flip flops that worked), and couldn't sleep with even a thin cotton sheet over it without pain. It woke me up at night with how bad it burned and was swollen almost a 1/4 inch higher than the rest of my skin as it healed.
Like I said, my favourite and also stupidest.
- Be prepared for serious serious pain. It made my spine tattoo seem like a joke.
- Arrange your life so that you do NOT have to wear shoes that touch it for at least a month. I went two months with flip flops that didn't touch it, and another month with shoes that I could take off for most of the day at work. I didn't manage socks for almost 4 months. This is just me, you may have a far easier time of it!
- Have someone else drive you to your touch up appointments. Your body has no time to begin producing endorphins when the touch up is being done, and it is excruciating.
- Did I mention don't wear shoes that cover it? I timed my tattoo in late summer so that I was able to get away with flip flops and/or sandals for months after.
- Be stubborn. Just be sure because you are going to invest more in the pain and care of this tattoo that probably any other you'll ever get.
- post pictures when you get it! I wanna see :D
Eek, I hope that doesn't put you off too much! My foot tattoo barely hurt at all and healed perfectly normally and quickly. Everyone's different.
But I agree about wearing shoes that don't rub it for as long as possible so it has the best chance of healing cleanly.
I just got mine done on Saturday and I had a completely different experience than most others who get foot tattoos.
1. It did not hurt at all for me, though it wasn't nearly as big or detailed as others, but I can compare it being scratched lightly by a safety pin.
2. My feet did not swell at all and I've had no problems walking afterward.
3. It's only been four days and it's already beginning to heal a bit.
Now the shoe thing is important. It's really really difficult to find shoes that don't touch my tattoo. Plus, you're not supposed to expose your tattoo to direct sunlight, so have fun going outside and accomplishing those two tasks.
When mine quit hurting quite so bad I sacrificed an old t-shirt and cut it into foot wide strips then tied it around my foot like a bandanna and attached it to my no-touchy flip flops. It guarded it against the sun without actually touching it.
See if that helps with the going outside AND not having shoes that touch the tattoo.
i'll throw in my two cents:
~ my tattoo's on the top of my foot and about the size of my fist. it's four or five colors almost totally filled in, with a black outline.
~ it hurt like you wouldn't belive. particularly down near my toes. and when i say it hurt, i mean that i very nearly stopped him in the middle of it. i seriously considered leaving it half done. i have one other tattoo, a small one that's just a simple line drawing, on my upper arm. it hurt maybe 10% as much.
~ it healed up in no time. it didn't swell at all. i wore shoes the next day, briefly, and it was okay, if a bit uncomfortable. it scabbed up some for about a week and then was fine.
I'm glad I'm not the only one that had serious thoughts about leaving it half done!
I have one down my spine starting almost at the base of my neck, and that was no joke to tattoo so I really figured I was prepared for the pain...Not so much.
I think as far as swelling and healing go I am the worst case scenario, it's all black and pretty darn big. I figure I'd have wanted to know my own story before getting it done, so I always throw it out there for folks who are getting a foot tattoo.
All the care and pain aside, it is my favourite.
Normally they are pretty snarly from doing taekwon do, but they got all beautified during the worlds longest pedicure a couple of days before so they were looking alright.
It's nice to hear they didn't look scary though :)
Wow. Sorry you had such a rough time with your foot tattoo! Just goes to show how different each experience can be. I had no problems wih mine at all. Healed as quickly as the rest of mine. Was the most painful to be sure but still not unbearable by any means. Biggest difference was that it swelled up pretty good initially which mine usually don't do. I am trying to decide what I want to get on my other foot. lol
Glad to hear that at least it turned out to be your favorite!
yeah, like I said, I think I'm the worst case scenario for a foot tattoo that goes well in the end, no allergic reactions or infections due to wearing shoes or whatever.
And it healed up beautifully, it needed one touch up to make sure the coverage was even and that was it.
Yeah, my favourite without a doubt.