Foot tattoos themselves are quite rare, go to any tattoo parlour down your street and if you ask them for a tattoo below your ankles they will probably cringe. But why is this?
They can look stunningly beautiful done right but the truth is that they don't look good for very long. This is because of ink blurring on the edges due to the pure punishment that your feet take in everyday life. Putting your feet in and out of shoes all day takes it's toll on the tattoo and it will probably need touching up a lot quicker than a tattoo anywhere else on your body.
There is also the question of pain. A few years ago I had to go into hospital for a test which involved them inserting a needle through my hip bone, I can honestly say it was the worst pain I had ever felt. That for the most part, is why people tend to have tattoos on their fleshy parts. The closer to the bone you get, the more its going to hurt.
After-care is an issue too. Upon leaving the parlour with your cool new tattoo the last thing that you are going to want to do is squeeze you foot into your boot. This may not be a problem if you live in a nice warm place as you can go bare foot for a while but if you live in Alaska for instance this may be a problem. Infection is also a cause for concern, as feet are the hardest place on the body to keep clean so recovery time is going to be a lot longer compared to an arm tattoo.
Women tend to go for the foot tattoo more than men because you can place beautifully intricate designs on a foot and men tend to like the bigger designs. They are also very discreet and can for instance symbolize the love that you have for someone that you don't want other people to see.