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First Wrist Tattoo FAQ

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Question: First Wrist Tattoo FAQ
I've decided to get my first tattoo and I want it on my wrist. Is it more painful to get a tattoo on your wrist than anywhere else? And is it safe to get it on your wrist?

Answer: Wrist tattoos make an eye-catching statement. What better place for your first tattoo? This placement provides you the daily opportunity to actually see your design, something that is often missed when first tattoos are placed in less visible areas.

Because of this, it's so important that you choose a well thought tattoo, and really take your time finding the right artist for the work ahead.

Bear in mind that although this tattoo placement can easily be covered up, you are placing it in a rather prominent spot. From greetings and handshakes to future jewelry selection, your tattoo will play a hefty role in your appearance. A wrist tattoo can also be questionable in the workplace. Although most can be covered up with your cuffs, short sleeves will prohibit that option.

For women, jewelry tattoos make beautiful and likely choices for a wrist tattoo design. Cameos, lockets and even steampunk style watches make perfect sense on the wrist. For inner wrist tattoos, small designs such as insects, symbols and even short and sweet phrase tattoos also make wise choices.

For men , wrist tattoos can look pretty strong and work well into full sleeve designs down the road.

Crosses, anchors , nautical stars and name tattoos make good wrist designs for men.

On a pain level, you're not looking at the worst spot to tattoo. The bonier the area the more you'll feel a tattoo, so places such as the ribs, top of the feet and hip tend to be where most people feel moderate to intense pain, rather than on the wrist.

As far as safety goes, a wrist tattoo poses no more risk than any other placement location.

Be sure to go over the tattoo safety checklist located here to ensure your tattoo artist works in a clean, sterile environment.

An autoclave should be in use for implement sterilization and a new needle should be used for every tattoo. For tattoo artist recommendations in your local area, scout out the local shops, check out artist portfolios and rely on word of mouth, which is really always the best.

Follow your artist's aftercare instructions and don't pick at your tattoo as it heals. Further, be sure to wear an SPF liberally on your tattoo regardless of the time of year or temperature. Your wrists and hands will be in constant exposure to the elements for the rest of your life. Try to prevent as much fading and wear as possible by keeping this area covered and protected when you trek outdoors.

A wrist tattoo will always make a definitive statement. So long as you place proper consideration and time into the design process and ensure that your artist is up to par, you'll likely love a first tattoo placed in this area. Best of luck.

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