Although it’s a common misconception, fine line or single needle tattoos, when done right, do not fade any faster than other tattoo styles do. Just make sure you find the right artist, keep your tattoo protected, and you’ll have a beautiful, crisp tattoo for years to come. Here are some tips on how to have an amazing fine line tattoo:
Fine line tattoo style is relatively new, and a lot of people will tell you that fine line tattoos fade over time, but that is not really the truth. Like with any other style, the longevity of the tattoo will depend on the quality of work and how well you take care of it.
1. Find the right tattoo artist
Not all artist do all styles, even if they say they do. Make sure to check the artist’s portfolio, ask them to show their fine line work before you get a tattoo from them. If you have concerns, talk to your artist about them.
If you’re not sure where to go, we have a number of amazing fine line tattoo artists that would be happy to work with you and answer any questions you have.
2. Think about the placement
If you want your fine line tattoo to last, consider placing it somewhere on your body where it will be well protected from the daily ‘wear and tear’.
People think ankles or fingers are ideal placement for a fine line tattoo, but those places don’t hold ink that well at all, no matter what the tattoo style is. You wash your hands several times every day (probably), your finders rub against each other, shoes rub against the skin on your ankle… Washing and rubbing can damage the tattoo, especially while it’s healing.
3. Take good care of your fine line tattoo
Keep your tattoo away from the sun, or make sure to use a sunscreen. This is something you should go by no matter how delicate, or not, your tattoo is. Moisturize, use tattoo after-care products, take good care of your ink and you’ll have a beautiful, crisp tattoo for years to come!
4. Fading tattoos can easily be fixed
Even if your fine line tattoo fades after 10 years, the delicate lines will be easier and cheaper to fix, or re-work. Most artists will regularly re-work your tattoo for a fraction of the original price. Also, delicate tattoos are a lot easier to get covered up or removed.