Do you remember what your Barbie doll used to look like? We all remember the hair that we all used to cut, we remember the classic blue eyeshadow, pink lip makeup, we remember the dresses, and of course the high-heels. But you know what other little detail was a part of every Barbie back in the day? Most Barbies back in the 60s and even later had the words “made in Japan” or just the name of the country stamped on their foot. And who knew that would be the detail that will get a super popular comeback?
The Barbie tattoo trend is taking over the internet, and by that, we mean that a lot of people are choosing to get foot tattoos with the words “made in *insert country here*” on their foot. Most people choose to tattoo the name of the country they’re born in or the country of their nationality. It’s an interesting way to take ownership of one’s roots and embrace their heritage.
In a multicultural world where everything is kind of Americentric, it’s almost brave to give yourself a permanent tattoo that states where you’re from. But it’s also a nice reminder that no matter where life takes you, no matter what place you move to, you’ll always remember where you come from and have that sense of belonging.
It’s also a great tattoo for those who aren’t ready for visible tattoos and like the idea of having one just for themselves, one that’s easy to hide, one that won’t bring in a lot of unwanted attention when you’re out and about.
A foot tattoo won’t be visible for most of the time unless you walk around barefoot and even then you’d have to pick up your foot and point at it to make it visible. 99,9% of the time this tattoo will be hidden in socks or shoes you wear.
However, one drawback of a foot tattoo is that it’s extremely painful. Most tattoo artists will tell you that foot tattoos are very sensitive and healing time with those can be longer because it’s an area you use a lot.
If you’ve never had any tattoos before, or only had them on fleshier parts of your body, you might be surprised with just how much this can sting.
Feet have a lot of nerve endings on them so the pain level is only amplified by that, and then on top of it, you have to take into consideration the fact that feet are quite bony and don’t really have a layer of fat to protect them. But then again, it’s quite a small tattoo and you might just be able to clench your teeth and power through it.
One of the most famous people who have this Barbie tattoo on their foot is Kara Delevingne, who has “Made In Britain” tattooed on her foot. Then again, you don’t have to make it about a country, many people are choosing to tattoo their hometowns, their birth year, inspirational quotes, symbols of their favourite bands and even just little minimalist designs that have a personal meaning to them.
All in all, tattoo trends come and go, so it’s always important to get a tattoo that you like and that you’ll enjoy having even after the trend is gone and forgotten, because the tattoo will most likely stay with you for the rest of your life, unless you choose to remove it with laser.
But considering how much it hurts to get foot tattoos, you probably won’t want to go through the painful laser treatments to get rid of it.