Are tattoos on the sole of the foot a new trend?

Trying to catch a glimpse of new trends in the rapidly changing world of body modifications, we stumbled upon an interesting phenomenon that we had not seriously thought about before - a tattoo on the sole. Yes, the sole is the part of the foot that we lean on when walking.

Let's make a reservation right away that unfortunately at the moment we could not find an expert among the familiar tattoo masters who has done such work at least once and can give a professional assessment of this phenomenon. In this regard, armed with logic and common sense, we will try to independently speculate about this phenomenon.


The unconditional advantage of such tattoos is their unusualness. At absolutely any stop, such a decoration will make you the center of attention if people around you find out about it. But the question is: how to show it?

The first drawback is that in 99% of cases it is extremely problematic to show the world your soles. Even if the situation is conducive to walking without shoes, the standing position burdens the feet with the need to hold your mortal body, respectively, tattoos are simply not visible.

Nevertheless, in the age of modern technology, you do not need to walk around and shine your portacas to find out about them. It is enough to upload a photo to Instagram and other social media. nets, and millions will know about your tattooed soles, and Malakhov will make a special issue about you on the first channel.


The biggest complaint about undersheath tattoos is their practicality. Personally, when I first looked at the photographs, I had a picture of how a person with a fresh tattoo in this place gets home. In such a situation, even the path to the car can become a death path.


Of course, you can also fantasize about the emotions experienced by the subject in the process of tattooing. From the arrangement of nerve endings in the area of ​​the heel and sole, we can conclude that in the process you will have to experience an interesting assortment of sensations of ankles and pain. Probably very unusual!


Another argument against is the durability of such work. Photos really look very cool, but the question is - for how long?

Here you can start a fairly long and complex discussion regarding the anatomical and technical aspects of tattooing in this area. Here is a rough list of the problems you will have to face:

  • pigment migration;
  • erasure;
  • wear out.

All these aspects are essentially tied to the same reasons, namely, that the leather on the soles is thick and rough; it often peels off, falls off and is renewed; as a result of friction, the upper layers are constantly worn out.

On the Internet, we found another opinion. Its essence is that in order to achieve the desired effect, competent preparation must be carried out before applying a tattoo. It consists primarily in cleaning the sole of excess skin with the help of pumice and other devices. The goal is to make sure that the pigment penetrates as deep as possible and remains under the skin forever.

It sounds really logical, but one thing remains unclear - will the tattoo get lost under the new layers of skin that build up on top? Apparently, no matter what you do, it will be almost impossible to keep the original look without regular corrections.


Summing up, we admit that this time our investigation failed. In our attempts to get to the bottom of the truth, we had more questions than answers. We will be glad if there is a competent specialist who can share his experience in the field of tattoos on the soles, but for now we invite you to join the discussion and express your opinion in the comments!