“Location, location, location” the old adage that generally pertains to real estate, can also be applied to getting a tattoo. Deciding on the placement of your ink can be one of, if not the most important decisions of the entire tattoo process. Though tattoos are generally becoming more acceptable in the workplace and have become more mainstream, there are still many establishments that may frown upon visible tattoos and would prefer they remain hidden.
Many people avoid getting their hands, neck, face, or forearms tattooed, as they are generally the most visible parts of the body, and can possibly hinder employment opportunities. As a result, these same people choose to get tattooed on their chests, back, upper arms, legs, and even the inner lips. Lip tattoos, have become more and more common as they are easily hidden and very small.
Lip tattoos are a little more tricky than normal flesh tattoos, and there are a few things you should take into consideration before getting one. Firstly, lip tattoos, just as any tattoos, require careful maintenance in order to avoid any infections or complications. Though the inside of the mouth heals at a faster rate than the rest of the body, tattooing the lip will require constant sterilization with some sort of alcohol-free solution.
Because the lip isn’t flesh, the healing process is a bit different. Lip tattoos are known to fade quickly, since the plasma and tissue is always shedding, so it’s not uncommon for a lip tattoo to fade within the first year, so constant touch ups would be required if you want to keep the same design for an extended period of time.
The lip area is also a lot more sensitive and harder to tattoo. So while you may have a high pain tolerance, getting a lip tattoo might be more uncomfortable than you think. Once you get a lip tattoo, you’ll likely experience difficulty using utensils such as toothbrushes, floss, forks, and even your own teeth, so proceed with caution to avoid infection and keep swelling down.
Tattoo artists might also charge more for lip tattoos, as the surface area is much more malleable and hard area to keep dry. In terms of design, lip tattoos have limited options. Usually, lip tattoos are plain black script, or some simple star design or outline; the fact is that you’ll never have a detailed, color lip tattoo that looks as good as one on skin.