Over the last week, cuticle tattoos have been all over the news and trending on Instagram. These little tattoos surround the base of a fingernail and seem like a great way to compliment fingernail art such as nail polish, nail jewels, and extensions. The earliest cuticle tattoo article I was able to find was written back in 2013; it didn’t really catch on back then, and for whatever reason, didn’t really become popular until now. People started writing about this tattoo idea when Rihanna got cuticle tattoos about four years ago, which helped the initial spread of this idea over the internet. She had little tribal tattoos inked over the space of skin that extends from the base of her fingernail to the first finger joint.
Hand tattoos are nothing new of course. People of Peruvian, Inuit, and Chilean cultures have been getting tattoos on their hands and fingers for hundreds of years now. These tattoos were used to represent beauty, similar to why people get them today. It adds an extra little something to give your look a unique, edgy touch, but they certainly draw attention to your fingers and will almost always be visible, unless you wear gloves all day. I'd be willing to bet you won’t see many bankers or business women rocking this look.
Reports I’ve read say that this type of tattoo is very painful. This is because artists are tattooing over bone, and many of you know how uncomfortable that can be, especially considering the high density of nerve endings in the hands and fingers. So, for those of you in search of a pain-free alternative, there are a few options. The most popular alternative seems to be Henna tattoos. They are not permanent, but they can last for one to four weeks, so be aware of that if you think it’s something your workplace won’t be tolerant of. Another alternative is a temporary tattoo. You can apply it and wash it off on the same day if you are worried about having a tattoo on your hands at work. Along the same lines, if you are looking for something that can easily be applied and removed, there are also stickers that you can apply to get the same kind of look.
If you're thinking of getting a cuticle tattoo, you should be aware that they might need some touching up through the years. The ink is in a place that tends to fade fast, though It’s hard to say how fast since everyone’s skin is different. Take a look at any current photos of Rihanna's hands. You can tell it’s almost time for her to get a touch up after just four years. It looks to me like they are starting to bleed and fade a bit, but who am I to judge Rihanna?
If you have a cuticle tattoo, feel free to leave a comment below and let us know what the experience was like and how they have held up over time.