If you have been playing with the idea of getting your first tattoo, or getting a new tattoo, you may be thinking about something small. Micro Tattoos, also referred to as fine line tattoos, are small tattoos that take up a small amount of space on your skin. Many celebrities started to get micro tattoos, and as such, the trend was born. Learning about these types of tattoos can help you determine if one may be ideal for your new tattoo.
What Are Micro Tattoos?
Micro tattoos are small tattoos that can be either minimalist or intricate. These types of tattoos are created with fine, single needles, helping to create thin and delicate lines. In most cases, these tattoos are about an inch in length or width. You often see micro tattoos on small body parts, such as the fingers, the top of the hand, or between the breasts, but micro tattoos can be placed anywhere on the body. Some of the most popular micro tattoos include names, small guns, birds, hearts, or stars. While the designs are often small and minimal, they can also be intricate if you so desire. The small needle allows for a lot of detail in a small area.
Why Are Micro Tattoos Gaining in Popularity?
Selena Gomez, Miley Cyrus, Chrissy Teigen, Kendall Jenner, and Justin Bieber are just a few of the celebrities who have micro tattoos. Oftentimes, celebrities are photographed entering a tattoo shop and getting these micro tattoos, or there is even video of the micro tattoo being placed in live time. This has increased the popularity of these types of tattoos.
In addition to celebrity appeal, these types of tattoos are becoming more and more popular because they do not take up a lot of space and they are not as prominent as other tattoos. Not every industry allows you to have visible tattoos. Micro tattoos are a great way for someone who wants a tattoo but wants to ensure they stay hidden. Also, not everyone wants a huge sleeve tattoo. They may want something small and personal to memorialize a lost loved one or to signify the love they have for their spouse. Micro tattoos are small, so they won’t take up a lot of room on your body.
Do Micro Tattoos Fade?
One of the biggest criticisms of micro tattoos or fine line tattoos is that they fade quickly. All tattoos fade over time. Unfortunately, micro tattoos do fade faster than normal tattoos because they are so fine and delicate. If you do not want your micro tattoo to fade, there are a few things to consider. First, consider the placement of the tattoo. Tattoos fade faster on parts of the body that move and bend, such as fingers, knees, and elbows. Secondly, the more sun that a tattoo is exposed to, the faster it will fade. Lighter-colored tattoos, such as gray, will also fade faster than darker tattoos. Finally, consider the tattoo artists’ work and familiarity with micro tattoos. A great tattoo artist can use dark ink and proper technique to help your micro tattoo look prominent and less faded for up to 10 years.
Micro Tattoos can be perfect for those who want a small tattoo that is not prominent or noticeable or can be a great option for someone who wants something delicate and fine. While these types of tattoos are trendy, not every tattoo artist offers micro tattoos or fine line tattoos. Finding an artist who specializes in them may help to ensure that you are satisfied with the tattoo that you get.