Pinterest is a seductive source of information for those of us who are easily beguiled by food porn, life hacks and “#stylegoals.” However, it’s important to occasionally remind ourselves that Pinterest trends aren’t always what they’re cracked up to be.
You’ve likely seen the delicate finger tattoos that have worked their way around Pinterest and Instagram as of late, after trickling down from the celebrity likes of Rihanna and Cara Delevingne.
They’re small and unobtrusive, so at first glance, a finger tattoo seems like a totally reasonable investment for those girls that don’t want to commit to a more ostentatious piece of ink.
However, there’s a major and glaring downside to these innocent little tattoos: they aren’t going to last.
Most of the finger tattoo photos you see out there feature somewhat freshly-inked designs — so they still look crisp and sharp.
However, this Pinterest trend isn’t long-lasting at all, and will apparently fade and bleed within five years, transforming what was once a cute design into an unsightly blob.
Tattoo artist Tyler Mate, of Flyrite Tattoo in Brooklyn, tells Racked, “The problem with Pinterest tattoos is that they’re not always real … They’re sometimes photoshopped or just freshly done, which isn’t representative of what the tattoo will ultimately look like.”
Los Angeles artist Paul Timman tells Racked that it’s unreasonably to expect the finger tattoo results you see on Pinterest to last for a significant amount of time. “Microscopic tattoos on the fingers will not work, they will not hold up, they will collapse and fall apart and look awful in two to three years time,” he says. “You will be stuck with a blob on your finger … If you still want to give us money, we’ll do it, because we have a mortgage to pay and kids to feed, but we sleep better at night knowing we’ve told you what’s going to happen.”
So, you’re free to invest in the trendy tattoos if you’re really in love with them — but just know you may get your heart broken in a few years.
Timman adds that this is why it’s usually best to stay away from tattoos that are overly trendy, or that hold very little meaning for you. Ultimately, even if the tattoo doesn’t bleed or fade, the trend itself will become passé before you know it.
“What do you think of a lower-back tattoo? It’s a sign of the times. The guys who are 40 to 45 years old, walking around with a band around their arm — you know they were frat boys in the 1990s. People with finger tattoos, side-boob/rib-cage tattoos, minimalist black tattoos — it’s going to date them, plain and simple.”