Most Painful Places To Get Tattooed

Well, we already told you that it hurts to get tattooed. And one of the questions we get asked frequently is, “where does it hurt the most?” To which we often give you a smartass answer and say, “Texas.” However we are going to actually go over some of the most painful places to get tattooed so that you may more carefully think about the placement of your design before you decide to get it. No pain, no gain am I right?


Oh yeah, that nice center area of your chest between your neck and abdomen. Its a tender little sucker. While designs here are definitely cool to look at once they are done, they are not for the faint of heart. If you do not have a high pain tolerance, we would recommend you stay away from this area. Granted, this is a very cool spot and trendy for symmetrical designs, you might opt for something smaller here. You’ll experience less discomfort the less time it takes to do the tattoo.

Inner Bicep

This is another touchy spot. From personal experience I can tell you that it’s not the most painful place that I’ve been tattooed, but it is for sure top 10.


Yeah, hands don’t feel good. There is no muscle tissue and relatively little fat to help ease the pain. The skin on your hands is thinner than in other areas of your body which makes the process more delicate as well. On top of the pain, hand tattoos require special care. When you get around the fingers and edges, you may notice that you lose some of the design. This means coming back for touchups, and hurting all over again.


Anyone with a rib tattoo will let you know how much it hurt. Sitting for a long period of time getting a rib tattoo definitely earns you some bragging rights. If you can make it through this, you have the right to show it off to everyone as well like the true badass you are.


Remember what we said about hands? Well apply that to your feet. Now think about how much harder it is to hold still when that appendage is further away. Feet tattoos hurt. There is just no way around it.

Elbow/Knee Ditch

When we say “ditch” we are referring to the inside area of your elbow or the back of the knee. The skin here is thin and full of nerve endings. Tattooing here requires artists to be careful and take their time as blowouts are easier to come by the thinner the skin is. These areas also tend to swell and may bruise. You will want to apply ice packs and take ibuprofen. But you can learn about that in our aftercare instructions.


First of all, you just have to be a very artistic and interesting person to want to tattoo your head in the first place. Second, Ouch! Head, neck, ears, and face are all areas close to bone, full of nerves, and don’t feel good. But if you are sporting one of these killer head tattoos, congrats. You’re a bad sum’bitch.

Now don’t let this discourage you from getting tattoos all together. Beauty is pain. It is different for tattoo virgins than the rest of us. They don’t have a basis for comparison yet. But hey, if you wanna find out, come see us at Electric Eye Tattoo and we’ll give you the painful art you’re looking for.


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