Thread: Advice On Ear Tattoo
09-22-2010, 09:07 PM #1
Advice On Ear Tattoo
Okay, been a while since I posted here; it was probably some seven months ago when I was asking about lobe stretching.
(For anyone interested or who remembers, I did stretch it, successfully, but only to 4mm. 'Cause that's how I roll. And now people keep asking me how to stretch. Yay. But I digress.)
Anyway, I had my 18th birthday a few days back and so have been wondering about potentially getting a tattoo (me and all my other newly 18 friends!). I'm not one to do big, bold body mods; I prefer to keep things subtle and discrete. So, anyway, long story short, I thought of getting at ear tattoo (on the cartilege, kinda where a rook piercing goes, not the lobe).
So I've tried researching it on the internet but I can't find much. All the articles are about Miley Cyrus and her new ear tattoo; a fat lot of use that is to me.
Basically, I want to know more about ear tattoos in general. I'm not completely set about having it yet, although I have a rough design (the four card suits). I've spoken to several of my adult friends (and my mum) about tattoos in general, so there's not really any advice I need on that. Unfortunately I lost contact with my friend who DID have an ear tattoo (my inspiration!), so I can't ask her about it.
I guess some questiosn then, would be;
-Pain wise, what's it like? (Not that I have any others tats to compare it to.)
-Potential risks or complications?
-Am I likely to find a tattooist who will actually tattoo my ears?
-I've heard rumours that ear tattoos fade/go blotchy very, very quickly (due to ears contantly growing) Is this true? If so, how quickly and does it depend on where on the ear it is? (Ie, does the lobe smudge faster than the cartilege)
Thanks in advance. =) I'd really appreciate some answers.
09-22-2010, 09:23 PM #2
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Personally, I think ear tattoos are a bad idea for anybody who isn't already heavily modified. They are usually very visible and could therefore potentially affect your employability. I would hope that most tattooists would be reluctant to tattoo ears, and put them in the same category as facial, neck and hand tattoos.
From what I've seen, ear tattoos tend to fade and/or bleed out quite badly. I've actually never seen one in person that didn't look awful (smudgy, green)!
However, the best ones are very simple small designs (like Caz's tragus tattoo). The more detail you try to include, the worse it will age. There is a really impressive looking detailed one in the Ink Porn thread, but I have serious reservations about how it will look in 5 years...
09-22-2010, 09:35 PM #3
While I do appreciate your concern about the visibility of the ear tattoo, I successfully hid two helix piercings from my school (who had stricts rules on piercings) for over a year, and would have kept it up longer, had I not left.
Like I say, I DO appreciate what you're saying, so, thanks. =) But really, it's not the information I'm after. I can discuss the potential pros and cons of placement with my heavily tattooed friends. I'm just more concerned about how viable the tattoo is as a tattoo first and foremost; 'cause, let's face it, if it won't last I won't get it regardless of how noticible it is or not. =P
I've only ever seen one (or two if you count both ears) in person; that was when tey were fresh, still pink and sore. I haven't seen her since she's had then (as I mentioned before) so I can't really gauge wear from her. Thanks for the info though.
As for design all I wanted was a row of card suits in my inner ear (cheesy I know, but, bizarrely, it has some serious personal connotations with it that I would never regret.) Nothing fancy about them, just solid spade, heart, club, diamond, in their respective colours.
Thanks for the input; I really appreciate it. After all, you're potentially saving me from a hideous, smudgy tattoo. So, yeah. Thanks. =) I'll continue to look into it for a while longer.
09-22-2010, 09:45 PM #4
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Well, I was trying to answer the last two questions.
As for risks and complications, ear tattoos aren't really any more risky than any other tattoo. However, it would be advisable to keep your hair clean and try to keep it away from the tattoo whilst it's fresh. Consider using sunblock after it's healed to try and minimise sun damage.
I don't have any ear tattoos, so I can't comment specifically on the pain... I found the tattoo on the back of my head to be most painful around the ears. However, everyone reacts differently to the pain and experiences can differ dramatically from person to person.
09-22-2010, 09:55 PM #5
Nah, it's cool. ^^ I wasn't complaining, just stating. =)
I can understand why you say some tattooists may not be willing to do such a tattoo. However, clearly they do. =/ Guess that one is just forme to find out via direct asking. Thanks though.
Okay; I did wonder as I came across some rumours that it can potentially damage the ear (cartilege wise, not hearing wise) But then, I guess there's that chance with regular ear piercings too. So, yeah... Other than general tattoo health care nothing to worry about? That's cool. Thanks. =)
Hmm, true. I've had several ear piercings, but I can imagine it is a very different kind of pain to that. SO I don't know how much I can really gauge myself from previous experiences. I have heard it does hurt but, eh, I do a lot of painful things unecessarily.
Thanks for the inofrmation though! ^^ It's great to actually GET some, rather than just what the tattoo is itself. =)
Thanks a bunch.
09-23-2010, 11:19 AM #6
i have / had both ears tattooed and both tragus's, in my professional opinion i would only suggest an ear tattoo if it was done with 1-3 needle cluster and if you only intend to keep it for a year or two, after that due to the natural exfoliation of your skin the tatt will fade out reasonable quickly, all i have left from mine ( redone 3 times ) is a shadow of what used to be there...i hope i have shed some light for you.
for the record i have had mine done for around 7 years
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09-23-2010, 05:29 PM #7
Funnily enough the girl who cuts my hair has a tattoo of a star on her helix/outer conch and it actually looks very healthy and really good! It's 6 months old I think and it's perfect. It's a thin outline of a standard star in black ink and it's quite subtle. Rihanna has the same one, haha.
09-26-2010, 09:41 AM #8
My tattooist has a very successful ear tattoo that he must have had for about a year and it looks fresh and clean. However, it is a very hard area tattoo so you will need to find someone who has done it before and has the skills. Unfortunately most people think you can do the with a machine, but it tends to lead to a really ugly and blown out result. My personal opinion is that the only chance of a strong result is to have it tattooed by hand.
My tragus tattoos aren't where you want yours, but the skin where i have mine is thicker but it was still done by hand. I personally think the result i got is very good, but i know how tricky it was for Jack to do.
01-22-2012, 02:44 PM #9
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I have had my ear tattoo on 27/01/2012
And it is a skull which takes all my cartilage
Pain rating out of ten 10/10
It hurt more then when broke both my arms lol it could just be me but that's how I rate it lol
As for cleaning use bepanthen everytime it starts to go dry
But because it is a small area it's over quick so I would go again lol
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12-28-2012, 10:31 AM #10
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The tatgoo I got starts on the front of my ear below my eye and goes up from there to where it goes behind my ear and down to my collar bone. And I will say, Matt told me that it would hurt but according to him, he had to drip a little water onto my nose to pull me out of a peaceful slumber. He said he was shocked that that happened. So, in my experience, it didn't hurt a bit.Selma Sworzen- Former Lead vocals for Earthbound Angel
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