If you’ve been thinking about getting a tattoo or taken the dive, chances are you’ve done some careful thinking about where you were inking.
When it comes to getting a tattoo, the most painful locations for ink are anywhere near the bone with thin skin, like feet or elbows, or areas with major nerve endings like the groin area or under your arms.
Some of the most painful tattoo spots?
- rib cage
- behind the ear
- the foot
If you’re worried about how long a tattoo takes to ink because the longer you’re there the more painful you think it might be, timeframes vary. A small tattoo could take an hour, while a larger sleeve or back tattoo with a lot of detail could take a dozen or more sessions to complete. Also, colored tattoos will always take a bit more time than black or gray ones.
If it’s your first time getting a tattoo, try to go for areas with the most “meat.” If you ever thought it was a bad thing to have some meat on your bones, this isn’t it! The more meat or muscle you have, the less sensitive the area will be. Talk to your tattoo artist about where to get inked, and hopefully he or she will help you choose a place on your body that makes sense with your anatomy and pain threshold.
But what about when you’re getting that ink removed?
It’s no shocker that the places that are most painful to get a tattoo are also the places that are most painful to get a tattoo removed. However, the tattoo removal process is significantly faster than getting a tattoo inked, so it’s a lot easier to stomach. Curious what the process looks or feels like? Let’s talk.
Remember: Your body is a work of art. Whether you’re getting inked or de-inked, treat it right.
Gotten a tattoo or a tattoo removed from one of these “most painful spots” and disagree with our assessment? Let us know in the comments.