The Ugly Truth

I promised updates on the finger tattoos; for the sake of showing people the full healing stages I present you with this ugly truth- peeling, cracking skin and blown out lines.
Consistent with my palm tattoo healing but no less ‘icky’. There are still a few more weeks until they’re fully healed.

I’ve been calling them my iguana fingers.

Not pretty, but a reality check for anyone who wants palm/finger tattoos done the ‘proper’ way.


  1. Nice!

    You gotta blow lines out on those types of tattoos for sure. It’s the only way they stay. My tattooer intentionally blew out the lines on the lettering on my lower finger tattoos for the same reason. I will still have to get them touched up in a year or so for the spots that actually didn’t blow out.

    I have heard stippling makes them last longer too, but I dunno if there is any truth to that.



  2. I’ve heard the same thing about stippling, would love to hear a tattoo artist weigh in on that. Here’s the bottom of my foot only a day or two after I had it done…blown out but also pretty worn-out. My artist said that in hindsight he wished he had blown out the rest of it, that it probably would have lasted longer.

    Check out the “website” link…


  3. If it makes you feel any better, the tattoos Thomas did on my friends palms are still in there five years later, and they look fantastic- so hopefully yours will be the same!
    Hope you don’t mind, but I put this up on Tattoosday UK! 🙂


  4. I had the same issue on my pointer finger (smiley face) glad to know that is a normal thing… I had to get a touch up because I spent that whole summer landscaping. My work gloves rubbed off the scab so I think I may need one more touch up – just for thicker lines.


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