2) Get a professional lip tattoo artist. They will have all the necessary equipment to make sure everything is done right.
3) If you don’t feel comfortable with having a professional perform the procedure, then you can try out some DIY methods yourself.
However, these procedures might cause more harm than good and they are definitely not recommended if you’re looking for perfect results.
4) Don’t forget to take care of your new lips afterwards!
How to Get a Lip Tattoo?
There are several ways to get a lip tattoo. Some of them include:
1) Getting one at home using alcohol and other chemicals.
This method isn’t really safe and could lead to infection. Also, it takes time which means you won’t see results immediately.
2) Getting one at a tattoo parlor.
This method is definitely more expensive and can be really painful depending on how deep you want your lip tattoo to be.
3) Using medical lip tattoos.
These are synthetic and can be injected into the body easily. The effects last longer, but they’re usually really expensive and not everyone can afford them.
4) Having Allogenic Dermal Filler Instilled in your Lips.
This is definitely the most ideal method for anyone with thin lips. The results are immediate and can last a lifetime.
Lip tattoos are fun and they can definitely make a bold statement. If you do decide to get one though, just remember to take good care of it afterwards!
Lip Tattoo In The Middle East
A lip tattoo is a small design on the upper or lower lip area. It may be a symbol or a letter.
This is an old practice in the middle east, especially in tribal areas. Mostly women get these tattoos done, but men also get them on occasion.
The tattoo artist may be traditional or use modern techniques. The traditional way involves using a hand drill to make small holes in the upper and lower lip area.
Then, he inserts india ink into these holes. After that, he cauterizes the holes to stop the bleeding.
The modern way involves using a basic needle to “draw” on the lip area. Then, he uses an electric tattoo gun to inject the ink into the upper or lower lip area.
This all is very quick and relatively painless.
Lip tattoos are not common in most parts of the world because many people think they are unsightly and inappropriate. However, in the middle east they are quite common.
If a woman does not have a lip tattoo, then she may be viewed as “stupid” or “not fun to be around.”
Lip tattoos have been around for quite some time. They originated many years ago in africa and then spread to middle eastern countries.
Most people associate these with the traditional sun design, but that is not always the case. A person can get any design they want.
These may be temporary or permanent. If a person wants a temporary lip tattoo, they use henna instead of india ink.
Henna is naturally orange and becomes darker as the days go by. A person can get a temporary design for a special occasion or a way to see if they want to make it permanent.
If a person wants a permanent lip tattoo, they use india ink. This is just like any other tattoo that you have seen elsewhere on the body.
It is permanent and cannot be removed. However, some people have success removing it with laser surgery, but that is an expensive procedure.
Some people say that tattooing the lips may cause complications later in life. This is not true in most cases.
However, lip tattoos are placed in a part of the body that moves a lot. This means that the design may shift over time causing it to look distorted or wrong. Also, some designs do not look good or “fit” with the lip area.
Lip tattoos and other types of tattooing have been around for thousands of years. However, they are not suitable for everyone.
If you get a lip tattoo, make sure it is something you want for the rest of your life because it is difficult to remove!
Lip Tattoo Inks
When it comes to getting a lip tattoo there are two things that you need to consider. Those are the tattoo designs and the inks.
Tattoo inks come in a wide variety of colors and shades. However, when it comes to your lips most of these inks will have an adverse effect. That’s because the skin on your lips is much different than the skin on the rest of your body.
The skin on your lips is much thinner and doesn’t heal as well when damaged. That means that certain tattoo inks may have a negative reaction with your skin and can cause your lips to become discolored or even result in permanent scarring.
It’s best to use tattoo inks that are made specifically for the lips when getting a lip tattoo. These inks are thinner and applied in a way that reduces the risk of damaging your skin.
They also heal well without causing any adverse effects.
Make sure you speak to your tattoo artist and ask them what inks they are going to be using for your lip tattoo. If they are not using professional lip inks then you may want to go to a different artist.
Lip Tattoo Placement
Lip tattoos can be placed in a few different areas on or around the lips. These include the top or bottom lip, outside or inside of the lip, and even on the lip skin itself or on the tissue underneath.
It just depends on the design that you want and where you think it will look best.
For example, a lot of flower tattoo designs look better on the bottom lip rather than the top lip. It just depends on the look that you are trying to achieve and what you think will look good on you.
Lip Tattoo Healing
The healing time for a lip tattoo is going to be much different than the rest of your tattoos. Since your lips are naturally more sensitive than the rest of your body, you are going to feel pain and soreness more quickly and strongly.
Your artist will probably give you some special lip care products to help you, however these don’t always work magic. The best way to heal your brand new tattoo is simply to avoid eating any foods that might sting or irritate the wound.
This means no spicy foods, salty foods, overly sweet foods and especially nothing rough such as chips or crackers. Basically, stick to soft and creamy textures that won’t bother your wound.
You should also keep the area clean. Apply a layer of lip balm or petroleum jelly on your tattoo twice a day to keep the area moisturized.
By following this method your tattoo should be fully healed in about two weeks, provided you don’t pick or scratch at it of course.
Lip Tattoo Care After Healing
Just because your tattoo is fully healed does not mean you can slack off on caring for it. If you do this then your tattoo will fade much quicker than it should and you’ll probably wind up with undesirable results.
Moisturize your tattoo once or twice a day with quality lip balm or petroleum jelly. This will help to keep the color from fading and also prevent scabs from flaking off prematurely.
If you’ve had your lip pierced then you should also keep this area clean and moisturized as well. Failure to do so could result in an infection which could become serious if it’s not taken care of.
The skin on your lips is also much thinner than the skin on the rest of your body. As a result, you can suffer from things like dermatitis, sores and cold sores.
These are all things you’ll want to watch out for and get treated by a medical professional right away.
Lip Tattoo Ideas
As we’ve already discussed, the lips are very sensual and sexual in nature. This is why the majority of lip tattoos that people get are either innuendo related or a symbol of someone they love.
However, this doesn’t mean that you have to follow suit.
If you want to get a lip tattoo but you don’t necessarily want one of those two things then here are some ideas to help get your imagination going.
A meaningful quote: Maybe you have a favorite quote that has changed your life or that you live by. Get it tattooed on your lips to remind you of its importance every time you see it.
A musical lyric: This one is kind of obvious, but what about those lyrics that just resonate with you?
Maybe it’s the lyrics of your favorite song or maybe it’s a poem that hits you right in the feels. Either way, it could make an excellent tattoo. An ancient saying: There are many ancient languages still in existence.
Why not get a phrase in one of these and have it translated?
It could end up meaning something different than what you had in mind, but sometimes this results in an even more powerful tattoo. A symbol of hope: Maybe you have battled depression or a hopeless situation in the past. Getting a tattoo of a symbol that represents hope to you can be a great source of motivation and reminder that things will get better. An inside joke with family or friends: Family is forever, even if you aren’t biologically related to someone they can still become your kin through strong ties of friendship.
Why not get a symbol of your unity tattooed on your lips?
Lip Tattoo Designs
There are so many different types of lip tattoos that it would be impossible to list them all. Instead we’ll just show you some of the most popular ones and let you take it from there.
Lotus Flower: This is one of the more common tattoo designs for lips. As a symbol, the lotus stands for purity and life rising triumphantly from the mud.
The incense from the flower’s cup symbolizes the perseverance of spirit, while the tattoo as a whole can symbolize inner beauty.
Heart with Descending Arrows: This is one of the classic tattoo concepts. It’s fairly easy to recognize and immediately gets the point across that you are in love.
This is perhaps one of the most common tattoos for lips of all time.
Spiders Web: Another common tattoo design is a spider web wrapped around the lips. This one is fairly easy to interpret as well.
It typically means you’re trapped in a situation you can’t escape from and your love life is suffering because of it.
Quotes: Quotes make excellent lip tattoos especially ones that have special meaning to you. They are easily recognizable and draw attention to your lips which is the whole point anyway.
Inner Lip Tattoos: These are becoming more and more common place. Typically, they are small symbols, cute designs, initials and the like.
Where to Put It:
As long as you don’t have any medical conditions that would be aggravated by getting a lip tattoo then you can put it anywhere on your upper lip.
The most common places to get lip tattoos are on the top portion of the lip (either just above or just below the nose) or on the bottom lip (center or slightly to the right or left).
Ideally, you want to pick a spot that is easy to draw attention to. That way when people are looking at your lips they can see the tattoo right away.
This is why the very top of the lip is a popular place. The Tattoo can simply be seen by someone looking you square in the face.
The bottom lip isn’t mentioned as much, but it’s a great place for a subtle tattoo. Normally the lower lip is bigger than the upper lip so you can easily get a small tattoo there and it’ll still be visible if someone looks you in the face.
Finally, the inner lip (the bottom layer if your lip sticks out when you open your mouth) is another place where people sometimes get lip tattoos. This is not common because most of the time the tattoo isn’t easily visible unless the person is looking down at your mouth.
Risks and Side Effects:
Lip tattoos are pretty safe as far as tattoo risks go. As long as you go to a professional who uses a new sterile needle and fresh ink for each customer there is virtually no possibility of catching an infectious disease from a lip tattoo.
The worst thing that’s going to happen is you’ll have some temporary redness, swelling, and/or bruising. This is especially likely if you have dark skin or thin lips.
In those cases, it might take a little longer for the ink to settle in and you may have some of the side effects listed above.
However, as with any tattoo you can have a severe allergic reaction to the tattoo ink. This will cause you to have serious difficulty breathing and you’ll need medical attention right away.
If you know you’re allergic to certain dyes (even if you haven’t had a reaction before) you might want to inform your artist and they can do a small test patch first.
Also, the sensitive skin around your lips can lead to irritation, dryness, and infection long after you’ve gotten your tattoo. Be sure to use an SPF 45 lip balm daily (unless you plan on never going outside) and drink lots of water.
Finally, the upper lip is very close to your nose and if the artist doesn’t take this into account when he’s creating your tattoo it might accidentally extend past the edges of your lip. This means that whenever you stretch your lips the tattoo will pull at your skin and might hurt a bit.
Additionally, your upper lip will be a slightly different shape than it would otherwise be which might be noticeable to others.
If you plan on getting a lip tattoo you should tell your artist so that he can make these alterations beforehand.
There are no official size requirements for a lip tattoo because there is no such thing as an official “lip tattoo artist.” Since this type of tattooing isn’t very popular (at least not on the lips), artists who do it usually know exactly what they’re doing and don’t need any formal training.
They have their own methods for doing it and only do it on people they know really well.
Where it is placed:
As already mentioned, lip tattoos are usually placed on the top layers of your upper lip. This is because the bottom layer of the lip (the one closest to your gums) never moves and a tattoo there wouldn’t be visible very often.
The only other place that lip tattoos are occasionally placed is along the bottom lip. This is becoming slightly more common as people begin to see that it really doesn’t matter where on the lip the tattoo is placed.
Most artists will only tattoo the top lip because it’s where they feel the design will look the best, but if you already know an artist who will do your tattoo then you should feel free to ask him/her about placing it elsewhere on your lip.
Finding an artist who is willing to do a lip tattoo may be more difficult than you think. Many artists are unwilling to take on a new, unfamiliar style unless they have done a few already.
This means that the few artists out there who are willing to do one may be booked up for months in advance. If you’re lucky enough to get an appointment, be sure to ask them all the questions you have so that you’ll feel comfortable going under the needle.
How much it hurts:
Most of the time the top lip isn’t a very sensitive area, so you shouldn’t feel pain throughout the entire tattooing process. However, some people report feeling “pins and needles” for the first few minutes which gradually go away as the area becomes numb.
Others don’t feel much of anything at all until right before they’re done. The whole process might take less than an hour or it could take up to 4 hours, depending on the size and intricacy of your tattoo.
The healing process:
Fortunately a lip tattoo is one of the easiest to heal. There isn’t a lot of swelling or oozing like there can be with other tattoos.
There is also very little bleeding involved although as with any tattoo you run the risk of infection if you don’t take proper care of it. (See below)
What to expect:
As was mentioned above, a lip tattoo will be one of the easier ones to heal mainly because there isn’t much bleeding or oozing. The area may look swollen for the first day or two but that’s about it.
There may be some minor pain when eating or drinking hot things but that will usually go away after a few weeks.
Taking care of your lip tattoo:
You’ll need to keep the area clean while the tattoo is healing. This means washing it with antibacterial soap (such as Dial) and water 2-3 times per day.
Pat drying is just fine, you don’t want to rub it because that could lead to swelling and scarring. Using a Q-tip or paper towel, remove all traces of dirt and blood from the tattoo as well as any run off. Try not to touch the area with your hands too much because the oils in your hands can cause infection.
Also be sure to drink a lot of liquids because you will be losing a lot of fluids as your body begins to heal itself. Don’t worry if you find yourself going to the bathroom more than usual, its all part of the healing process.
Aspirin or Ibuprofen can help to control any swelling and pain that may occur in the area. However, it would be best to consult your doctor before taking any medication just incase there is something else that would work better for you.
Applying a cool object to the area for a little while can help to alleviate swelling and pain as well. You can use something as simple as a popsicle or an ice pack.
Wrap it in a washcloth or paper towel first to prevent skin freeze. (Putting ice directly on your lip can cause frostbite if left on long enough.) Applying “short stitch” techniques can also help the tattoo heal faster and reduce the appearance of scars.
When you go to bed, don’t forget to apply a layer of lip balm or Vaseline before you hit the hay. This will keep your lips from cracking and keep them moist which will help the healing process.
If you follow these steps, your tattoo should be healed and looking good by the time summer rolls around. Just remember to keep it protected from the sun with plenty of sunscreen or a lip balm with an SPF rating.
As with any tattoo, a lip tattoo is a permanent one. While it may be possible to remove it completely, it would be very costly and painful to have it done.
The only surefire way is to have plastic surgery done on your lips. The surgeon would have to cut the inner tissue layers all the way to the skin, remove the blacked area, and then stitch everything back up. This is not only incredibly painful but very expensive as well. It is only recommended if you have a serious case of tattoo remorse.
Lip Tattoo Gallery
Here are some images of lip tattoos. The first one is a simple tribal style tattoo, the second is a word tattoo, and the last one is a simple heart design.
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