In much of the world, tattoos aren’t a cultural taboo anymore. However, getting your face inked is less common and not as accepted everywhere. That’s why we decided to write about face tattoos: what you need to know before getting one. Let’s start with common questions about facial tattoos.
How do you prepare for a face tattoo?
Prepare for a face tattoo the same way you would any other part of your body.
Find a good artist and choose a design that means something important to you. Remember, this is one tattoo that’s going to be hard to hide.
Get plenty of rest the night before, have a good meal, and stay hydrated. If you’re worried about the pain, discuss numbing cream with the artist. (Some artists prefer that you don’t use it because it can interfere).
Also, make sure you have what you need for tattoo aftercare, like bandages and fragrance-free moisturizer. Stock up ahead of time.
How painful is a face tattoo?
Yes, face tattoos hurt unless you’re impervious to pain. The skin is thin and there are lots of nerve endings that are going to notice the needles. The more saturation and shading that needs to be done, the more you’re going to feel it.
But there are ways to manage the pain of getting a tattoo. If you’re not a Zen master at meditation, consult with the artist about using numbing cream and taking breaks.
On the bright side, once you get past the first couple of days, the skin won’t be as sensitive. It may itch as it heals, which is one good reason why you need to keep it moisturized or bandaged.
Do face tattoos make it hard to get a job?
Let’s be honest – a face tattoo could hurt your employment. A lot depends on the culture where you work.
For example, performers like Post Malone, Cardi B, and Aaron Carter all have face tattoos and the ink just gives them more street cred. But an attorney might come off as untrustworthy if they’ve tattooed their face.
On the flip side, once it’s healed, it may be possible to hide the ink with makeup.
How long do face tattoos take to heal?
Facial tattoos take about as long to heal as anywhere else. A small, simple tattoo done in black ink will heal faster than one that’s colorful with lots of shading.
Remember, you’ll have to avoid makeup and sunscreen for at least two weeks. You won’t be able to use exfoliating skincare products or astringents, either.
Be careful about not getting the tattoo wet even with sweat. If you have very oily skin, you may need to wash more often than twice a day.
Should you go to an artist that specializes in face tattoos?
Make sure the artist inking you has lots of experience doing face tattoos. They will have to go lighter because generally, the skin is thinner and more sensitive.
Where is the best placement for a face tattoo?
Tattoos near the ear and just below the eye are popular. However, it’s really up to you and the message you want to convey.
History of face tattoos
Facial tattooing has been done for thousands of years among many different peoples around the world.
For example, the Ainu women of northern Japan wore tattooed smiles to protect against spirits entering the body through the mouth. Meanwhile, the Derung women in China were tattooed to make them ugly so that they wouldn’t be kidnapped.
Adults among the Atayal people of Taiwan wore tattoos to demonstrate various qualifications and abilities. And warriors in the Philippines had facial tattoos to show rank.
Most folks have seen the Māori men with tattoos across the entire face and women inked on their lips and chin. The markings indicate status and are considered beautiful.
How do you know if you’re ready for a face tattoo?
Any tattoo is a commitment. If you’re not sure that a permanent face tattoo is right for you, get a temporary tattoo as a test drive. Find a place that does henna tattoos that last for a couple of weeks. Not only will you see how you feel about the tattoo, but you can also gauge others’ reactions, too.
Different types of face tattoos
It’s time to get inspired. Which type of face tattoo do you want?
Word Face Tattoo
What word defines you? Is it “blessed”? How about “courage”? Every time you look in the mirror, it will be there to remind you.
Heart Face Tattoo
Heart tattoos are worn by people of all genders. Maybe it’s a tribute to someone you’ve lost. Or perhaps it’s a statement that you’re a romantic at heart.
Cross Face Tattoo
Is it a supreme statement of faith? A cross on your face could mean that God has opened your eyes.
Anchor Face Tattoo
Anchor tattoos can mean a lot of things. It’s a nautical symbol, but it’s not just for sailors anymore. It could have a religious significance like you’re grounded in faith or put your trust in the rock of salvation. Also, an anchor can serve as a protection for travelers.
Moon face tattoo
If you get the moon tattooed on your face, are you a Wiccan? Could it also have a religious meaning? Whatever the case, remember that the moon has different phases and each phase may have a different meaning.
Floral face tattoo
What kind of flower would you ink on your face? Would be a lotus for enlightenment or a rose for love? Various flowers have varying meanings.
Sideburns are a good place for tattoos because there’s a lot of canvas to ink there. (It might also be easier to hide a tat with your hair).
Razor face tattoo
If you think that a straight-edged razor might be a gang tattoo, you’d be right. Someone with this image might be an enforcer. However, a barber razor tattoo can also mean a person has dealt with self-mutilation, depression, and addiction.
Vegvisir or Viking compass tattoo
If you are inked with the Viking compass, it’s supposed to help you keep your path no matter what obstacles you face. Traditionally, it guards against bad weather.
Did you find out what you wanted to know about face tattoos today? We’re happy you stopped by!
As you plan for your next session in the chair, feel free to browse our other tattoo ideas articles.