We thought we’d seen it all when it came to unexpected spots for tattoos after Kendall Jenner got her inner lip done and armpit tattoos began sweeping Instagram, but the latest ink placement trending on social media took us bye complete surprise. Ladies across the country (Rihanna and Miley Cyrus included!) are opting to get tattoos on their… cuticles!
The trend first made the rounds back in 2015 in a more temporary fashion, but has since become a thing of permanence. The tiny designs perfectly frame the nail and offer a gorgeous minimalist approach to body art. Check out some of the cutest designs we found below.
1. Lovely Lotus Petals: #cuticletattoos may be small, but there’s no denying that they pack a big punch, especially when they’re perfectly paired with a gorgeous mani like the pretty flower petal design above.
2. A-dot-able: While some are opting to just frame one cuticle, others are extending their subtle designs across several fingers, like this ink fan whose dots run all the way down to the knuckles.
3. Matchy-Matchy: @ruhjub went for a matching set of tats, choosing one design for all five cuticles. But as she points out in her hand selfie, these dainty tattoos do require regular maintenance. “Cuticle tattoos [are] holding up well, [but I] might come for a touch up in November if you’re about,” she wrote, tagging her artist.
4. Razor Sharp: Another factor to consider is, of course, the permanence, as well as the pain. As Dr. Avaliani told Teen Vogue, “the less fat, the less cushion,” which makes areas over bone some of the most painful to tattoo. Still — how cool does this teardrop piece look?
5. A Less Permanent Pick: If you love the look but aren’t ready for the commitment of a cuticle tat, simply pick up a pack of NPW Temporary Nail Cuticle Tattoos ($3) and go wild! Application is super easy (just press on and wet the tattoo from the back, like you did when you were a kid), and the sky’s the limit. Okay, we’re officially sold!
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