Every person is different and we all have slightly different thresholds and experiences of pain. However, we all share some commonalities that determine the likelihood, sensitivity, and intensity to which we feel pain.
As a general rule there are three factors to be aware of: How thin (or thick/fat) the skin in the area of question is, how close to bone the area is, how close and how many nerve endings are in the area.
In general, nerve endings are greatest in the areas that are most sensitive to touch. Also, areas that are near joints tend to have more nerve endings. The more nerves, and/or proximity to bone, the more likely for increased pain. So keeping that in mind, here is what you have been waiting for… Our list of ten most painful places to get a tattoo:
- Down Under – nuff said.
- Spine – Thin skin, close bones, and nerves!
- Foot – Thin skin, close bones, and nerves!
- Behind the ear – Thin skin and close bone!
- Inside of Wrist
Since pain increases for areas that are thin skinned, near bone, or joints, the opposite holds true for the least painful areas to get a tattoo. The least painful areas are areas with thick skin, fat, or muscle away from bone and nerve endings. So here is our other top ten pain list. Top Ten least most painful places to get a tattoo:
- Upper Arm
- Lower Arm
- Upper Back
- Lower Back
At a more pesonal level, as far as tattoo pain goes, the foot is a painful place to get a tattoo. If your interested, here is detailed accounting from a person who has had multiple tattoos getting a tattoo on their foot for the first time: http://tattoo.about.com/od/tattoosgeneralinfo/a/foot_ink_pain.htm
How long does it take to get a tattoo? Something you should keep in mind when getting a tattoo is that while every tattoo design and artist is different, an average size tattoo takes about two hours as a rough estimate. Don’t take aspirin prior to or during the tattoo because it can increase bleeding. Regardless of where you think you would like to get a tattoo you should consult with a reputable professional tattoo artist that you trust before making any decisions.
The a good tattoo artist will take the time to talk to you about location as well as what to expect in pain. If an artist is not willing or does not have the time to discuss this with you, leave. If you feel uncomfortable in any way, talk to another professional with a good reputation or even a doctor. Don’t feel rushed to make a decision, because it’s a decision that will leave a mark on you for the rest of your life!