Wrist tattoos, like all other tattoos go back thousands years ago. A few hundred years ago sailors were the first to have star wrist tattoos. Many sailors were superstitious and the nautical star on their wrist symbolized the North star which was meant to guide them on their journeys and to find the way home. Later on the star wrist tattoo symbolism evolved into a metaphor for finding your way in life. In the 50′s and 60′s of the previous century wrist tattoos were a way of expressing someone was gay or lesbian. Nowadays the wrist tattoo has become mainstream. There is no link any more to being gay or lesbian.
At present wrist tattoos come in all kinds of types. Stars, tribal bands, hearts, butterflies, letters or words in all kinds of languages like Sanskrit, Hebrew, Arabic and so on. The wrist is a cool place to get a tattoo on. Your tattoo will be more in sight than the average tattoo on an upper arm or leg. Because of the location it is important to be absolutely sure about your decision. Below are a few things to keep in mind when deciding to get your wrist inked.
Why the wrist is a cool place to get a tattoo on:
You can easily hide your tattoo by wearing a bracelet or watch. (or long sleeves)
They are in plain sight most of the time so you can show them very easy. This way your wrist tattoo is a means to express yourself with a particular design that fits your personality.
They usually are cheaper to get because they are smaller.
The wrist is an ideal area for a small tattoo. Most other locations on the body demand larger tattoos.
Your tattoo will give you much joy because you can look at it all the time. This is why words like a mantra or motto are great ideas for wrist tattoos. Your inked wrist will inspire you or remind you of something important in your life constantly.
Things to keep in mind when having a wrist tattoo:
They might fade away sooner because the wrist area is liable to influences like the weather. So after a period of time touch ups might be necessary.
It seems getting a tattoo on your wrist is a little more painful then on most other body parts. The skin is close to the bone on the inside of the arm and the wrist tissue isn’t very dense. So in theory getting tattooed on the wrist will be more painful. In fact many people say the pain was the same or even less so it’s just personal.
Because the wrist area is used and exposed a lot the healing of a wrist tattoo will probably take a little longer.
In some situations you’ll need to hide your tattoo, for example when applying for a job.