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Inspiration, Tattoo Facts

Everything You Wanted to Know About Fingernail Tattoos (and Were Too Afraid to Ask)

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We like to bring you the latest in tattoo trends every week. This week, we’re shining a spotlight on something truly special: fingernail tattoos.

Most kinds of tattoos are easy to understand. However, these tattoos come in many different forms, and plenty of people get them for different reasons.

Ready to learn more? Keep reading to discover the secrets about fingernail tattoos!

The Basics

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How do fingernail tattoos work? The most basic ones work exactly the way you would think: the tattoo artist puts the ink on a person’s fingernails instead of their skin.

There are a few big benefits to this kind of tattoo. First of all, it’s pretty painless: most people compare the process to removing nail polish. So, if you’re skittish about tattoo pain, this can be a good tattoo to get.

And second, these tattoos are very eye-catching. People will notice your colorful fingernails right away. If you are someone who likes to move their hands a lot when you talk, then the effect can be absolutely dazzling.

There is one obvious downside (though to some, it’s more of a blessing). Your fingernails are constantly growing. Therefore, no fingernail tattoos will last all that long. Within a few months—maybe less—no one will ever know you had a tattoo there.

An Extreme Option

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Some people opt for a more extreme version of fingernail tattoos. These tattoos are actually underneath the fingernail instead of on top of it.

The biggest issue with this kind of tattoo is that your nail needs to be partially or fully removed first. While it’s possible to have a medical professional do this for you, most people who get tattoos in their fingernail bed do so after a damaged nail falls off.

Also, while a tattoo on top of your fingernail is pretty painless, a tattoo under your fingernail is extremely painful. In fact, this is one of the most painful areas to get ink done!

Finally, consider the obvious fact that the nail will eventually grow back. If you want to keep such a tattoo visible to other people, you’ll need to continue removing the nail.

All we can say to this? “Ouch!”

The Fake Fingernail Tattoos

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So far, we’ve focused on people getting tattoos over or under their fingernails. But these tattoos can be especially useful for those who don’t have fingernails at all!

Recently, Mark Bertram’s story (and his tattoos) went viral. Basically, he had two fingers that had been surgically shortened after an accident, and those shorter fingers lacked fingernails. He felt self-conscious about people looking at his hand.

That’s when inspiration struck. He had a local tattoo artist tattoo some fake fingernails directly to the ends of his fingers. And Bertram’s story has helped make the tattoo artist famous.

His ink was done by Eric Catalano. Previously, Catalano had used art to reconstruct nipples and areolas on cancer survivors. Thanks to the fingernail tattoos, he’s now got a rep as a body mod expert!

Final Thoughts

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Tattoo Facts

Tattooing Over Stretch Marks and Scar Tissue

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Most people think of tattoos as a way of showing off parts of your body. But did you know they also work to cover up things you don’t want people to see?

It’s true: many people are tattooing over stretch marks and scar tissue with their dream designs. The final result allows them to look awesome while feeling more comfortable in their own skin.

Want to learn more about the process? Keep reading to discover everything about it!

Size Matters

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Is tattooing over stretch marks and scars possible? The short answer is “yes.” The longer answer is, “you may be getting a bigger tattoo than you imagined.”

Basically, the size of what you are covering up determines the size of the tattoo. Someone who has really long stretch marks, for instance, might end up with a really long horizontal tattoo.

Once you’ve decided you definitely want the tattoo, you have a few options available to you.

Different Options

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An option that many people don’t consider is to have a tattoo artist use flesh-colored ink. In this way, the tattoo becomes a kind of permanent cosmetic cover up of the stretch marks or scar tissue.

Others use this as an opportunity to get the tattoo of their dreams. Having to get a larger tattoo then becomes an opportunity instead of an obstacle because it allows someone to get the kind of large and complex tattoo that will instantly get someone’s attention in a positive way.

Regardless of the tattoo option you choose, there are a few factors you should be aware of before you go to the tattoo artist.

A Few Things to Know

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First of all, you’ll need to make sure the stretch marks or scar tissue are healed before going to the tattoo artist. This helps protect your body while also making the tattoo work easier.

That’s because healed stretch marks tend to be more faded and easier to “hide” inside of a tattoo. Meanwhile, newer stretch marks tend to be purple or red: it’s harder to hide those colors, and you may not want the kind of vibrant tattoo it would take to incorporate bright red and purple into it.

In addition to color, you should note whether the stretch marks are raised up from the skin or not. When these marks are flat, it’s easier to disguise them with a tattoo. Raised stretch marks are harder to work with, though they may flatten out as they heal.

The Occasional Touch-up

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Ever had a tattoo touch-up? It’s a simple idea: instead of giving you a new tattoo, the artist can add color and depth to old tattoos that appear faded or damaged.

We’re bringing that up because tattoos over scars or stretch marks may become damaged over time, especially if more stretch marks should appear in the same area of the original tattoo.

There’s nothing wrong with getting tattoos touched up (we recommend doing it to keep ink looking fresh), but you should know this is a possibility.

Tattooing Over Stretch Marks: Final Thoughts

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Stories

The Complete Guide to Jason Momoa’s Tattoos

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Jason Momoa is famous for his tattoos. And the Jason Momoa tattoos aren’t limited to his fictional characters, either: in real life, the superstar is rocking some really cool ink all over his body.

Want to learn the scoop about all of his onscreen and offscreen tattoos? Then keeping going to discover our deep, Aquaman-esque dive into the world of Jason Momoa tattoos.

Khal Drogo

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Much of the world first discovered Jason Momoa when he played Khal Drogo on the hit TV show Game of Thrones. In addition to his muscled build, the first thing people notice about this character are his tattoos.

Within the show, the primary purpose of the tattoos were to make Momoa look even meaner and sleeker than he already did, especially when the character was fighting. And this character ended up being very inspirational in the tattoo community: plenty of people have tattoos of phrases and symbols from his onscreen people, the Dothraki!

Aquaman

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When we first saw onscreen Aquaman, a few fans were confused. This super-tattooed superhero didn’t look a lot like his comic counterpart.

There are a few reasons for this, though. First, both director Zack Snyder and Momoa himself wanted Aquaman to represent Polynesian culture, and the extreme amount of body tattoos helped to do so.

In addition to generally representing this culture, Momoa’s Aquaman tattoos show him to be a fearsome warrior. Some of the tats include spearheads all over his arms that help to highlight a simple fact: this guy is a living weapon!

Finally, on a practical level, all those Aquaman tattoos help to cover up Momoa’s real tattoos.

El Diablo?

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One of the simpler Jason Momoa tattoos is the one on his finger that reads “Diablo.” Don’t worry, though: it’s not as sinister as it sounds.

Momoa has said that this tattoo honors a friend who passed away. And he shows it off pretty often by flipping off the press!

Drinking Like a Fish

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In the DCEU movies, we see that Aquaman loves some hard liquor. It turns out that Momoa does as well.

Look on his right arm and you can see a tattoo in French that reads “etre toujours ivre.” What’s it mean? “To be always drunk,” of course.

Gypsy Pride

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The right arm is pretty busy for Jason Momoa tattoos. The other side reads “Pride of Gypsies.” Why this strange tattoo? It happens to be the name of Momoa’s creator-centric production company.

Family Ties

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Sorry, ladies and gentlemen: Jason Momoa is tied down pretty firmly as a family man. Not only does he have a lovely wife, but he’s used ink to memorialize his children.

They stay close to his heart, quite literally: their names are inked directly on his chest.

The Real Aquaman

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Arguably, the most noticeable Jason Momoa tattoo is on his left arm. It is a full sleeve of triangles that take up nine entire rows.

It’s a very striking look, and you’ll see it onscreen as well. Look closely, and you’ll notice this real tattoo has been integrated into his Aquaman look.

So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish

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Tattoo Facts

Everything You Need to Know About the Jagua Tattoo

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The hottest new trend in the world of tattoos is the jagua tattoo. In fact, this tattoo is so hot with so many people that you may be afraid to admit you don’t know much about it.

Don’t worry, though: we’re here to keep your street credit alive by telling you everything you need to know about the jagua tattoo!

What Is a Jagua Tattoo?

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First off, a jagua tattoo isn’t like a traditional tattoo. Instead of using standard ink, these tattoos are made from a special fruit extract known as “jagua.” And in many ways, this isn’t a new idea.

In fact, many cultures have used jagua to decorate their bodies for several centuries. It’s only recently become a big deal in North America and Europe, though, creating a trend that’s now sweeping the rest of the world.

Another thing you should know about jagua: it’s different from henna tattoos.

How Is It Different From a Henna Tattoo?

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The idea of temporary tattoos isn’t new, either. In fact, many people have enjoyed rocking some cool henna tattoos over the years. That brings us to an important question: just how is jagua different from henna?

It turns out these tats are different in several ways. On a basic level, jagua comes from a fruit whereas henna comes from a plant. Accordingly, they come from different climates: henna comes from a desert plant while jagua is more of a tropical thing (hence the areas where it was originally popular such as South America).

On a functional level, jagua can be a bit more convenient. After about two hours, it will stay on your skin for a good, long time. Although the jagua gel itself can take longer to dry than henna does.

Is the Jagua Tattoo Safe?

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Another big money question about jagua: are these kinds of tattoos safe? Generally speaking, the answer is “yes.”

One of the jagua selling points is that it is all-natural. In fact, in the cultures where it originated, it has even been used for many medicinal purposes.

Basically, the only way that jagua can be harmful is if you are already allergic to the fruit that it comes from. However, this is not a common allergy at all.

How Long Does It Last?

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Like henna, jagua tattoos are often referred to as “temporary” tattoos. Before you shell out cash for a cool gel tattoo, though, you may be wondering just how temporary these tattoos really are.

On average, these tattoos typically last between ten days and two weeks. However, some people can make them last as much as three weeks and as little as one week. If you really want it to last a while, try to avoid taking hot baths or swimming in pools filled with chlorine.

The Bottom Line

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Everything You Need to Know About Wrist Tattoos for Men

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It’s not always easy to be a dude. Take tattoos, for instance. Many guys want to get a cool tattoo, but they worry that they’ll get something weird and unfashionable. And then the worst part: you’re stuck with it forever!

To help the fellas out, we keep an eye on emerging tattoo trends. One of the biggest trends now is wrist tattoos for men. Wondering if this could be the right tattoo for you? Keep reading to discover our awesome guide!

Not Over the Top

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If you’re on the fence about getting a tattoo, you probably don’t want to get something huge and intimidating. And that’s part of what makes wrist tattoos for men such a great choice.

These tattoos can be as subtle as you want them to be. In fact, an inner wrist tattoo is about as discreet as ink can ever be.

However, the tattoo is still easy to show off to your friends. In this way, it’s the perfect combination of stealth and style.

Can Scale Up

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Sometimes, people see those awesome sleeve tattoos and think it all happened at once. However, the very best sleeves are built up over time, making someone’s arm a kind of living work of art.

Wrist tattoos can actually be a great foundation for bigger tattoos down the line. As an example, you might get a subtle wrist tattoo that you eventually turn into a more prominent forearm tattoo. That’s our favorite kind of tat: ink that can grow on you while you grow on it!

Great Icebreaker

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Some dudes are just naturally introverted. There’s nothing wrong with that—until you’re trying to make new friends. Many guys would kill just to have an easy way to start a conversation.

Well, good news: wrist tattoos for men make for a natural icebreaker! Like we said before, these are subtle enough that you can usually hide them from a picky employer. But they are also prominent enough that anyone you meet will see it pretty quickly.

From that point, you get to engage in a time-honored tattoo tradition: telling a new person the cool story behind your ink.

Good Size

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The final reason that we really dig wrist tattoos is that the wrist is a perfect size for a cool tattoo image. You might think the area is too small, but there’s room for anything you can dream up.

Some people get religious or cultural symbols on there. Others squeeze in a favorite quote. Heck, you’ve even got the perfect amount of room on there to get one of those trendy Soundwave tattoos.

At the same time, your wrist is a small enough area that it won’t take the tattoo artist too long to complete everything. If this is your first tat and you’re nervous about how long things might take, then a wrist tattoo is perfect for you.

Wrist Tattoos For Men: Final Thoughts

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4 Best Side Boob and Under Boob Tattoo Ideas

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Many people like to show off their tattoos. That’s why they get them in places like arms, shoulders, and feet: more people can see the tattoo that way.

However, it’s also fun to have more intimate tattoos. This is why side boob and underboob tattoos have become more and more popular: it makes for a fun discovery for your lover.

Curious about getting an intimate tattoo of your own? We’ve brought you the four best side boob and underboob tattoo ideas!

Floral Patterns

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When it comes to side boob tattoo ideas, it’s tough to go wrong with floral patterns. These flowers can be arranged in a nice arch to accentuate your existing curves, and they make your naked body look like it’s constantly blossoming.

As a bonus, floral tattoos come in all kinds of colors. That makes it very easy to find the perfect color to make your skin tone “pop,” which is especially important if you have paler skin.

Tasteful Text

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Flowers not really your thing? Don’t worry: you can always add some tasteful text to your growing list of side boob tattoo ideas!

Like the flowers, it’s easy to arrange text in a curve or other shape that accentuates your natural appearance. And while it’s not mandatory, making the text cursive makes it seem very classy and upscale.

Finally, a text tattoo gives you a lot of room to get creative. From lovers’ names to favorite quotes, there’s room for just about anything.

A Real “Centerpiece”

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You probably noticed that our side boob tattoo ideas were mostly profile pieces. This makes sense, as they are meant to be seen from the side. Underboob tattoo ideas, though, are all about the center.

Underboob tattoos tend to be bigger than side book tattoos, and they serve one main purpose: to draw someone’s attention to your breasts. Therefore, you should choose a design with an important central element in the middle.

Flowers can work for this purpose too, but some women prefer objects such as diamonds or crowns. For the truly edgy, a sword or dagger tattoo does the trick! Ultimately, any shape that draws a person’s eyes upward is great for an underboob tattoo.

Going in Circles

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If hard angles aren’t a good combo for your soft curves, then we’ve got more underboob tattoo ideas. Here’s one: embracing the art of circular design.

Designs like the sun and the moon make for good underboob tattoo ideas because the person looking at the tattoo will be drawn to the symmetry of the design. Plus, these tattoos are timeless, and there’s a lot of room to get really creative with the design.

There’s also room to meet in the middle (so to speak) with designs that do a bit of both. Things like mandalas or atoms are not perfect circles, but the approximate circle design still helps to show off your body in an exciting new way!

Final Thoughts

Done right, side boob and underboob tattoos can make you look and feel sexier than ever before. The trick is finding the design that’s just right for you.

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Tattoo Facts, Tattoo Instruction

Tattoo Numbing Creams: Are They Worth It?

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People ask us many questions about tattoos each week. The most popular question is nice and simple: “will it hurt?”

The potential for pain is a real turn-off for many people who want a tattoo. To help with the pain, some of these folks turn to tattoo numbing creams.

However, these creams are very controversial in the tattoo community. Before you use any of it, it’s important to know exactly what you’re getting into. That’s why we’ve prepared a solid guide to what these creams are, how they work, and whether they are actually worth it or not.

How Does Tattoo Numbing Cream Work?

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On the most basic level, tattoo numbing creams work by numbing the skin. Exactly how this works depends on the active ingredient inside the cream.

Despite the scary name, “nerve deadeners” are the mildest creams. They are pretty weak on their own (deadening the nerves can only block so much pain), so some people combine them with other options.

“Nerve blockers” are a bit more effective because they block pain signals from reaching your brain. Technically, the pain is still registering with the nerves, but your brain just isn’t aware of it.

“Vasoconstrictors” are even more straightforward: they force your blood vessels to constrict, which means you end up bleeding less. Less blood means less pain; easy peasy.

A Tale of Two Numbing Creams

Earlier, we mentioned three active ingredients for a tattoo numbing cream. However, all the creams fall into two camps: creams that you use while you are getting a tattoo and creams that you use as part of your tattoo aftercare.

Each kind of cream has its uses, but the practice is frowned upon by many tattoo artists (more on this later). Additionally, the effectiveness of these creams can vary quite a bit.

Is It Effective?

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Will a tattoo numbing cream dull the pain? Yes. Will it dull the pain enough? That’s the big question.

While your pain will be reduced, no numbing cream can perfectly deaden the pain directly at your tattoo area. So if you think this will make everything pain-free, then you’re in for a rude (and painful) awakening.

It’s also worth noting that the FDA frowns on these kinds of numbing creams. It’s their belief that such creams are only effective when administered by a medical professional; unfortunately, you and your favorite tattoo artist probably don’t qualify!

Know the Controversy

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As we said before, many tattoo artists don’t like tattoo numbing creams. Some refuse to use them altogether.

Why is this? In truth, there are several reasons. One is that certain numbing creams (especially water-based ones) may make your skin slippery and mess up the tattoo process.

For some artists, it’s more direct: they’ve tried creams and felt that they didn’t work. Therefore, they don’t want to stock what they see as defective products.

Finally, some old school tattoo artists and aficionados think that pain is an important part of getting a tattoo. To them, dodging the pain means missing out an a big part of the experience.

Tattoo Numbing Cream: The Bottom Line

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So, the big question: is a tattoo numbing cream right for you? The only real answer is that it depends. If your artist approves of them and you find it effective, then you’ve got nothing to lose but money. Just be aware that not all creams are similarly effective, and none of them can completely remove the pain!

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