An intricately designed set of eagle’s wings that springs from your middle back, making it seem as if you could soar through the skies. A lush green strand of ivy leaves that snakes its way up your leg, giving you oneness with nature. Or perhaps the logo of your favorite sports team firmly placed on your bicep, showing off the results of your faithful workout routine.
These are just a few examples of the beauty that can come from tattoos. Each piece is a finely crafted representation of who you are, and what you stand for. But no pain, no gain. This old phrase may be cliché, but nowhere does it apply more than in tattooing. After all, a tattoo involves needles injecting ink into your skin. If you’re going to let your body become a canvas for a work of art, you’re going to have to suffer a little to reach masterpiece status.
So tattoos can be painful, both during the tattooing process and the healing period that comes after. But there are some places on your body where a tattoo can be more painful than other places. Generally, these are places where you tend to have less fatty tissue or muscle, and more bone right below the skin’s surface. So if you’re going to get some new ink, here are the body locations where you can expect to feel the most pain.
Hands – The skin on your hands is particularly thin, with lots of bones just below the surface and connective tissue everywhere. Be ready to come close to reaching your pain threshold, especially in the wrist and knuckle areas.
Feet – Your feet also have a lot of bones and connective tissue, so ink here is sure to present a challenge. Healing time with these tattoos can also be lengthy, since you usually need to wear shoes and walk on a daily basis.
Ribs – This area of your body has a lot of protruding bones and not too much fat. Sensitive crevices are also everywhere, so be prepared for a challenging time when tattooing the rib cage area.
Elbow – Be ready for some pain and swelling when getting your elbow tattooed. Bones and connective tissue make this area very sensitive, and the tattooing process also forces you to put your elbow in an awkward position for an extended period of time.
Knees – Knees are bony, so ink is going to hurt. The back of the knees, however, is particularly painful, due to its lack of muscle, thin skin and high sensitivity. Like the elbow, this area is also easily strained from being in an awkward position for long periods of time.
Arms – Much of the arm is actually not painful, but there are certain areas that can make you turn blue. The inner arm and armpit are the most sensitive areas, and the thin skin in this part of your body is sure to give you a burning sensation when the needle strikes.
Chest and Sternum – Your chest and sternum have a lot of bony areas, so unless you’re really building up those muscles, you’re going to pay for it with burning needle sensations. The vibrations from the needle will also cause discomfort, so be ready to withstand some suffering.
Head – There is not too much fatty tissue around your head, so the needle sensations will definitely catch your attention. The area behind the ear is especially painful, so be ready to grin and bear it.
In the end, getting a tattoo will usually cause some level of discomfort. While some areas of your body are more susceptible to pain than others, it may be worth it to have just the right artistic expression in just the right location, even if it hurts! The pain may be significant and the recovery time may be challenging, but you’ll be left with a unique masterpiece that is all your own. And that is a treasure that is priceless – even on the pain charts.