Choosing where to get your first or next tattoo is not as easy as, say, finding the right men’s cologne. Some people believe that you don’t have to think about what and where you’ll get it because, when the time is right, the idea will simply come to you and you’ll know it’s what you want right away.

However, there are some areas around the body that you should carefully think about when getting a tattoo. Maybe you haven’t considered it yet, but those parts that are under constant sun exposure or where the skin might stretch, are not necessarily ideal for tattoos.

To make things easier, we’ve compiled a short list below concerning this topic, for you to know what to avoid.

 

Abdomen

Well, it’s true that this applies mostly to women, as they might get pregnant, so the skin will definitely go through the necessary changes in order to make way for a new life. Of course, getting stretched skin is a small price to pay compared to the joy of having a baby, but it’s something to consider.

The skin does bounce back to some degree and you can apply constant moisturizing during this time, but it may still affect your tattoo’s appearance. If you have any concerns, you can always talk to a tattoo artist and get a second opinion.

Crease lines

As cool as it might look, getting a tattoo right on the crease lines is not such a great idea. The skin tends to stretch or bend, making it a lot more difficult for the drawing to heal in a proper way. This might mean that over the years it will lose its shape and look a lot different than what was initially intended.

The constant moving and pulling of the skin on crease lines, wrists, armpits, or other similar places can cause the cracking of the tattoo, this way damaging both shape, lines, and color.

 

Fingers and hands

As you can only imagine, direct sun exposure does have an impact in the case of tattoos as well, so it’s best to avoid those areas that are constantly under direct sun exposure. Moreover, as you are washing your hands multiple times per day, this sloughs off the skin and can cause tattoos to fade and blur faster.

The palms of the hands and the fingers wear out more quickly, as the skin’s texture is also different, making it more difficult for the ink to remain in place. Unfortunately, these won’t look good for too long after healing.

 

Feet and ankles

When it comes to feet or ankles, these are not particularly inspired places to get a tattoo, as they are prone to constant rubbing from shoes, pants, or socks. Moreover, this is a spot that is exposed to dirt and bacteria more than others, so that’s another thing to keep in mind.

You can always touch up the tattoo later if you really want it around this area, but if you can avoid it, it’s probably better to do so.

Inner ear

We know that it can look so cool and that it might seem like the best idea ever, but think twice before getting an inner ear tattoo, as they are not built to last. Unfortunately, the skin in this area cannot hold the ink very well, so you’ll need to constantly touch up your tattoo to keep it looking fresh and nice.

Given that our bodies have a lot of places that are ideal for tattoos, you might want to take a look at which ones those are and pick your favorite one that will also preserve your little piece of art for as long as possible.