Read This BEFORE Tattooing Your Face and Hands

Hand and face tattoos are becoming more common, and you might be considering getting some yourself. Before you do that, it’s important to think about the potential consequences of putting tattoos in places that are so easily seen. 

In this article, we’ll cover the things you need to think about before tattooing your face and hands like:

  • Your job, and how visible tattoos can affect your career opportunities
  • The lifelong commitment of hand and face tattoos
  • How these tattoos change people’s opinion of you

3 Things To Consider Before Tattooing Your Face and Hands

Your Job

Jobs are becoming more relaxed about tattoos, but that doesn’t always extend to face and even hand tattoos. If you’re working a regular job and tattooing on the side, you should consider whether a hand or face tattoo will work for your other job.

Something else to think about is whether the work you do could hurt your tattoos. If you work with gross materials or wear gloves all the time, you might mess up tattoos on your hands. If you’re going to get a hand tattoo and work in a job where your tattoo might get destroyed before it heals, think about taking time off after you get the tattoo done.


Face and hand tattoos are often referred to as “job stoppers” because they can keep people from getting high-paying corporate jobs. This is one reason a lot of tattoo artists will refuse to give these tattoos to young people who do not yet have an established career.

Lifelong Commitment

Before you get a hand or face tattoo, decide if you actually want to have that for the rest of your life. You will change a lot as you get older, and a face tattoo you want when you’re 23 might not be what you want when you’re 32. 

Think about your tattoo ideas for longer than you might want to. What is important to you now will probably change as you interact with the world around you. 

As you get older and your tattoos fade or change, they might not be what you want ten years down the road. Make sure what you get is something you’ll want forever.

How People See You 

Whether they want to or not, people will instinctively look at you differently when you have face and hand tattoos. Even if you’re walking around innocently with your kids, people might see your face tattoos and think you’re somehow a threat. 

The people you are with, especially kids, will also notice that people around you are treating you differently because of your tattoos. Time might change these views, but it’s important to know that you will be looked at differently, or even pulled over more often by law enforcement because of your face tattoos.

While it’s still important to give a lot of thought to your tattoos, they are becoming more and more common. In 2022, it was reported that 40% of people age 18-34 have at least one tattoo. On top of that, 90% of managers say that workplaces are more relaxed about tattoos than they were 10 years ago.

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Learning how to draw tattoo designs is an important step in your journey, but it can also be pretty eye-opening to how difficult tattooing can be. Without the right knowledge, it’s impossible to level up your skills and become a professional tattoo artist. 

However, finding the straight-forward information you need to progress is difficult. And with so much out there online, it’s hard to avoid picking up bad habits from incorrect and outdated resources.

This is one of the biggest struggles new tattooers face, and too many talented artists have given up their goal of getting into tattooing because of the years it would take to unlearn their bad habits. 

That’s why aspiring artists are learning to tattoo with the Artist Accelerator Program’s structured course. As a student, you learn every step of the tattooing process from professional artists with the experience and advice you need to build your skills and create incredible tattoos. 

With the Artist Accelerator, you can stop wasting time searching through incorrect information. You just get the clear, easy-to-understand lessons you need to start improving fast… along with support and personalized feedback from professional artists in our online Mastermind group.

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Nathan Molenaar

Nathan is a licensed professional tattoo artist with over 8 years’ experience working at studios across the globe, including Celebrity Ink, the world's largest tattoo studio chain.

When he's not tattooing, he spends his free time sharing his experience and knowledge with aspiring artists who dream of pursuing a career in the tattooing industry.

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