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If you like the idea of a tattoo, but you’re discreet and delicate, then a wrist tattoo might be ideal. Wrist tattoos have the unique combination of being highly visible but still somehow unobtrusive. It makes them a safe choice for first-timers, as well as seasoned veterans of the tattoo culture.

Whether it’s a nod of respect to your favourite artist or an understated show of affection for a special furry friend, the wrist offers a small canvas to ink out some inspiring ideas. Unlike other tattoos, a wrist tattoo is as visible to the owner as to their audience, which is why wrist tattoo designs are often symbolic. They can often serve as discreet visual reminders to the owner of something inherently special and unique to them.

Smart designs, such as the moon phases or an intricately detailed travel compass, can remind the wearer, and the world, of what their style and experiences.

Sometimes, the simplest designs are the most powerful. The semi-colon is increasing in popularity as the worldwide symbol for mental health. The tattoo design lets you discreetly tell the world your priorities. Likewise, ideas like the Cancer Awareness Ribbon are translating to tattoo designs with increasing popularity.

The discreet nature of a wrist tattoo also means you can afford to have a bit more fun with the design. Emojis, cartoon characters, horoscopes, symbology, or customized designs can turn a plain wrist into an exquisite canvas.

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If you’re feeling smitten, matching wrist tattoos or a heart lock-and-key design with your loved one can express your commitment more permanently than jewellery. Take your time to think about this one, though. You don’t want to end up walking around someday with no key for your lock.

Perhaps, a picture of your pet might be better.

Wrist tattoo ideas are limited only by your imagination, and possibly the size of the canvas.
Ranging from monochrome to full-colour, classic designs can include a heart tattoo and simple star tattoos. Something more seasonal might appeal to you like summer vines draped around your wrist, a burst of spring colour with flower tattoos, or some fiery fall leaves tumbling down your arm.

If you’d prefer something more decorative, why not invest in some theft-proof jewellery? A tattooed bracelet can be the ultimate in fashion expression. Whether you’re a classic, vintage or modern, a tailored and personalized bracelet design will be your forever jewellery.

Why not match both wrists with complementing jewellery designs and make sure you never leave the house unadorned again?

Is a Wrist Tattoo Painful?

We’ve mentioned all the amazing reasons to get a wrist tattoo, but the next question is, “How much does it hurt?” Whether it’s your back, your rib cage, or your little finger, tattoo pain is inevitable when committing to your forever body art.

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For a wrist tattoo, the thinner skin of the wrist area will offer less cushioning for the needle than other fleshier areas of the body. It may increase the sensations felt for some people. There’s no bone near the surface, however, so this may ease the pain in comparison to having a bonier area tattooed, such as an ankle or a rib cage.

Another aspect to consider is that the size of the canvas dictates the size of the tattoo. A wrist tattoo is only ever going to be small and, usually, they are simply designed. It means a shorter timeframe for the procedure and all things considered would make this experience less traumatic overall when you remember it a few years down the line.

A person’s pain threshold depends greatly on their level of physical and mental comfort at the time. It’s worth noting, too, that you’ll more than likely be sitting in a comfortable, relaxed position with a full view of proceedings during a sitting for a wrist tattoo. It doesn’t change the procedure itself, but it may make you feel relaxed and less susceptible to sharp needle sensations.

Sitting comfortably and being able to track progress may keep your mind occupied and away from thinking about any pain. It has to be better than lying in sideways in an awkward position for hours having an armpit tattooed.

Ready to Explore Your Own Wrist Tattoo?

At Chronic Ink Tattoo, our talented artists are ready to help you explore Wrist and other tattoos to make sure you find something you’ll want to show off for decades to come. If you’re in the Toronto, Markham, Mississauga, Kitsilano Vancouver area drop by our shop and check us out for yourself.

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Downtown Toronto

378 Yonge Street,
2nd Floor,
Toronto, Ontario
M5B 1S6
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Midtown Toronto

252 Eglinton Ave East,
2nd Floor,
Toronto, Ontario
M4P 1K2
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Markham

7381 Kennedy Road,
Unit #105,
Markham, Ontario
L3R 5B5
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Mississauga

100 City Centre Dr.,
Unit #2-311,
Mississauga, Ontario
L5N 2C9
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Vancouver

1804 W 4th Ave,
Vancouver, British Columbia
V6J 1M3
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