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Diagram of tattoo pain hotspots [chart]

Posted by / March 5, 2015

If you’re planning on getting a tattoo, before making a firm commitment, you want to check what kind of pain you’re in for.

While a clever design on the back of your knee might seem fun and quirky, the reality is that you could very well pass out from the pain before it’s even close to being complete.

Nipples? Also not a great idea.

So, do your homework with this pain diagram from Tattoos Hurt, along with some other helpful tips on when to plan for your appointment and how to get prepared.


Via Tattoos Hurt


(Yellow would be a rating of 1 on the tattoo pain scale.)   These include the upper arm, forearm, calf, Bum, and Thigh. For a 1st tattoo these are great points to begin your inked journey…

…(Purple has the highest rating of 4 on the tattoo pain chart.) Areas include hips, ribcage, stomach, back of knees, armpit, inside of elbow, nipples, lips, inside of thighs and genitals. Are you really sure you want to get that tattoo? As these areas can elicit crying, half finished tattoos or even the customer passing out. This could just be more than you may be able to handle. All of these purple areas are considered by most to be the most painful areas to be tattooed. The stretchy or thin skin over bone are slow to tattoo, some of these may require multiple sessions to achieve solid colour and smooth shading. Healing can be just as painful as receiving the tattoo and may require a few days off from your regular activities.

Full story at Tattoos Hurt via Lifehacker.

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