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Before getting inked, learn everything you need to know about tattoos from the professional tattoo artists in these Howcast videos.
Hi, my name is Chris 51. I specialize in what I like to call "Hyper Realism Tattooing". And my name is Joshua South. I'm the head instructor here at Area 51 in Springfield, Oregon. To find out more information, visit a51tats.com. Let's talk tattoos. Hi. I'm Chris 51. I'm here to give you a little insight on foot, wrist, and hand tattoos. Those areas of the body that have a little bit thinner skin, a little more delicate. First of all be prepared, some of the shops you go into aren't even going to tattoo you in those areas. Different people have different opinions about it. I can personally tell you its an easy area to tattoo. The skin in those areas is much thinner, a little more delicate, very easy for an inexperienced tattoo artist to make mistakes. A little tiny dot could turn into a big blob very quickly because of the tissue in that area. Imagine holding a sharpie to a piece of white paper. As time goes on, that ink bleeds into the paper. Same thing happens when the ink goes under the skin. If you're not careful and have a delicate touch, it can cause a little, tiny line to turn into a big blurry blob. So be careful with the design selection on the hands, feet, and wrist. You want something not quite as detailed, color is fine. You just want to stay away from the little intricate patterns. Make sure your artist is experienced, he has been tattooing years and knows how to tattoo in those areas. Look for his portfolio. Look for pages with those areas being tattooed.