Mouth tattoos are generally lip tattoos. There is very little available real-estate in the mouth for tattoo work and the inner, lower lip can make a small billboard for your art work. A very unusual location for a tattoo, inner lip tattoos have been gaining popularity among young folks in the last couple of years. Outer lip tattoos also exist as a cosmetic choice for better looking lips – usually used by women.
The history of inner mouth or lip tattoos comes from horses believe it or not. Although very few horses have an arm sleeve tattoo, many are branded on the inside of their lower lip. These brands have been applied to represent the owner of the horse in a similar fashion to cows being branded on their flanks. Branding has crossed over not only with inner lip tattoos, but human branding as well. Some people are getting themselves branded as a form of body art these days. The most popular spot for a brand tattoo is the upper shoulder.
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There is very little space on the inner lip limiting the design choices. There is not enough room for a picture so words are the most common inner lip tattoo. Four letter words such as LOVE and HATE are popular. There is also a trend of four letter curse words making an inner lip tattoo. For the real go getter an upper lip, inner tattoo can be done as well, along with a lower one, reading some thing like DANGER (on the top) and ZONE (on the bottom).
Some claim inner lip tattoos do not heal properly because they can never dry out. It is also reported that inner lip tattoos will fade out in less than a year. Some folks in the medical industry claim inner mouth tattoos are a health risk because of the fact they cannot heal properly. It is also said that mouth or liner lip tattoos are some of the most painful in the business, so proceed at your own risk with this radical tattoo idea.
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Another use of the lip tattoo is by women to accentuate the shape of their lips. By adding brown and red pigments in certain ways, a woman’s lips can be made to look thicker or thinner than they really are, depending on the needs of the women. Women also can get their eyebrow’s tattoo as well as eye liner and eye shadow. It is a sub industry of tattooing.