Least Painful Place to Get a Tattoo
The least painful place you can get a tattoo is an area where there is enough fat and muscles underneath the skin. The more fat you have, the better.
The effect of a great tattoo is never complete unless its positioning is perfect. You may have the best design in mind, and it may mean a lot to you, but if you end up getting it inked in the wrong place, you will end up feeling disappointed. The place where you get your tattoo done is important not only because of its visibility and accessibility, but also because of the amount of pain it causes. And if you have a low threshold towards pain but are really keen on getting a tattoo, perhaps the following information can help you.
Here is a list of parts of your body that experience the most pain when getting tattooed. The list is in descending order of pain, and the last area of the body mentioned on the list is, according to many people, the least painful.
The tattoos on this area look fantastic and don’t necessarily hurt a lot. If you have good amount of muscles in this area and you wish to get a tattoo inked, your upper arm is the best bet. Not just a popular choice for guys, but even girls are getting inked on their upper arms. The choice of designs, size, and colors will definitely make your tattoo elaborate and attractive. The pain level will be close to a 7. The advantages of tattoos on your upper arms are many; you can choose to hide it while at work and can flaunt it while at the beach or anywhere else.
The forearm is an area that is ticklish for most people. Any area that is ticklish will hurt more than other areas. As a result, some people may feel extreme pain while getting their forearm tattooed whereas other people may experience moderate pain. Again, the whole ordeal depends more on the person’s pain tolerance levels. You can opt for intricate designs that have extensive detailing as this area gives you enough space to play around in as the pain level will be around 6. Just remember to pick a design that can easily overlap at the front or back of your arm.
Same as other spots, even your inner arm has enough thickness that can accommodate a tattoo quite easily. There’s not much to worry about with pain because there will be fat underneath and no bone will be directly beneath it. The pain level will be close to a 7. This way, you won’t experience a lot of pain and can easily get the tattoo you’ve always wanted. As for the choices in designs, you will have to be very careful because this area can stretch, increase in size, overtime. Since the muscles develop, due to exercise or weight gain/loss, the chances of your tattoo stretching is also a possibility.
Women are more prone to get tattoos inked on their hips. This is a sexy place to have a tattoo, especially colored tattoos and the pain level will be close to 7 or 8. Your hips have enough fat to cushion the blow or pain of getting the tattoo. The designs, again, will vary from individual to individual, and also the detailing. Although the skin here is sensitive to any kind of touch, the entire session(s) will be easier to handle. Now on the other hand, if an individual has a skinny buttock region, that’s a whole new ball game.
As we all know, our thighs have enough fat and muscles which helps in cushioning the pain of getting tattoos. However, this area will be an issue for those who have thinner thighs. Now the question will arise where to place the tattoo; inner or outer thigh. To answer this dilemma, your outer thigh area will give you a greater chance to take the pain. On the other hand, the inner thigh area will be more sensitive and can become an issue for some. The reason is the roots of your nerves. Although, if you workout and have toned thighs, this won’t be an issue for you. So for thigh tattoos, the pain level will be anywhere between 6 to 7.
Getting inked on your calf muscle doesn’t hurt a lot. Of course, there will be some amount of pain, but it doesn’t hurt as much. I’d say that the pain level will be anywhere around a 6. Men and women, both can get tattoos inked on their calves because it looks hot, sexy, and desirable. Since there can’t be much space to work around, you will need to find designs that will suit your calf, its built, and structure. Whether you want to make use of colors in your tattoo or wish to keep it black and white, the choice is yours. The point is, this is an ideal place to get a tattoo if you’re scared of pain.
It is also important to remember that sometimes excessive pain can be caused by the recklessness of the tattoo artist as well. If he/she applies excessive pressure or is heavy handed, you may experience unnecessary discomfort, even if the region getting tattooed is not that sensitive. This is one of the most common causes of pain while getting tattooed, and it will simultaneously affect the appearance of your tattoo eventually as well. Please note that tattoos will hurt to some extent, no matter where you get them. You may constantly hear people say that it does not hurt and it only stings mildly. The needles are piercing till the 3rd layer of your skin.
All in all, the level of pain experienced by a person will depend entirely on the pain threshold of that person. Some areas will hurt more for some individuals, and those same areas would not hurt at all for other individuals. The skill of the tattoo artist also plays a major role in the amount of pain experienced. The inner arm is hellish compared to the outer for example. Also the ribs are pretty bad but the hips, especially the rear closer to the kidneys may be covered in fat but is very painful.
Sara [October 16, 2012]
Wrists do hurt, however the outside wrist hurts less then inside portion. Best advice I can give is; the more ticklish you are in the area you want tattooed, the more painful it will be. I had my upper arm tattooed and it was painful, however when the tattooist tattooed my shoulder bone, it felt funny like a bone massage. Some parts of the back hurt more then others. Honestly if a tattoo means something to you, the pain is very temporary, the tattoo is forever (unless you have it removed, which hurts 10x worse)
tat gurl [May 20, 2012]
i want to get my daughters name tattooed on my wrist but i want to know the least painful spot to get a tattoo ? Please help
rickie lee [March 29, 2012]
You do realize that you have contradicted yourself in this article. On paragraphs says that the upper back hurts the most, then below it claims to be less painful due to nerve recepticals. Which one is it