Inside: What is a Dermis?

The Dermis is the thick layer of living tissue below the epidermis which forms the true skin, containing blood capillaries, nerve endings, sweat glands, hair follicles, and other structures.

Dermis Tattoo Definition

What is found in the dermis?

The dermis contains nerve endings, sweat glands and oil glands (sebaceous glands), hair follicles, and blood vessels. The nerve endings sense pain, touch, pressure, and temperature. Some areas of the skin contain more nerve endings than others.

Why is it Important for Tattoos?

The dermis, a connective tissue made up of collagen and networks of elastic fibers which give skin its resiliency, is the layer in which tattoo ink is deposited. The dermis (papillary layer) immediately below the epidermis is made of loose connective tissue and contains small blood vessels and nerve endings.

Dermis Tattoo

Do tattoos reach the dermis?

In order for a tattoo to be permanent, ink has to get into the dermis, the tissue just underneath the outer layer of your skin called the epidermis. This is done by making thousands of tiny pricks in the skin. To do that, a tattoo artist uses a handheld machine that has a needle affixed to it.

Learn More About Tattoos

  • Tattoo Peeling Tips – Tattoo peeling is one of the least fun parts about getting a new tattoo. Don’t worry though, it is a natural part of the healing process and will not have a negative effect on your tattoo long term. While uncomfortable and at times a bit alarming, peeling is no big deal. Read our expert advice on what to do with tattoo peel.
  • Tattoo Blowout – Tattoo blowouts are not super common, but when they do occur it is generally because of the tattoo artist applying too much pressure. The ink is placed below the surface of the skin and in turn is injected into the next layer of fat. This can cause a number of issue both with the tattoo clarify, longevity, and even some health concerns. Read more about how this happens and what to do.
  • Hand Poke Tattoos – If you are interested in getting inked but aren’t too sure about the lifelong commitment, a hand poke tattoo might be the right answer for you. They are pretty cool looking when done professionally and last up to 10 years if done correctly. There typically isn’t as much pain involved if you have someone with experience. Take a peek at these hand poke tattoo designs.