Some parts of the body are more sensitive than others, and on some of them you really do not like needles, which is understandable. But which area is best for a tattoo? It depends. In addition to your sensitivity to pain, your choice of motif, your profession and other factors also play a role.

Body parts – tattoos: ideally, this is a symbiosis. Your tattoo should match the part of your body, and its motif and colours must be consistent with your skin and your shape in this area. Obviously, it is also important that it should match your lifestyle and circumstances. If you have a lot of customer contact in your job, you may not want to get a tattoo on a highly visible area such as your face or hands. Seek advice once you have found the tattoo artist of your dreams! Artists themselves have a lot of experience and can help you decide on body parts and tattoos.

Lower lip

It might sound unpleasant, and it really is, but it feels less painful than in other areas: The inside of the lower lip is easy to tattoo because the skin there is soft and constantly moist. However, the mucous membranes there are extremely well supplied with blood, which is why these tattoos fade quickly. An advantage is that you do not need to worry about tattoo care, as it is not necessary there.


The skin around the neck is thin and has many nerves running through it. That is why a tattoo on the neck is quite painful. The position during the engraving is also rather uncomfortable. As the neck is exposed to a lot of light, your tattoo will age quickly on this part of your body. However, you can counteract this a little with intensive care.

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The nape is less sensitive to pain than the throat, but getting a tattoo there feels uncomfortable. Notice that the further forward the tattoo slides towards the throat, the more painful it is. The neck is moderately affected by tattoo aging. On the one hand, the thick, hairy skin there prevents the lines from being clearly defined after healing. On the other hand, the skin hardly loses elasticity over the years. Therefore, the tattoo does not fade so quickly. How intensively you need to care for your tattoo on the back of your neck depends on the length of your hair and the clothes you wear.


You can put up with having a tattoo done on your back, but it is still very painful if it is close to the spine. You do not need to worry about tattoo aging here, since this part of the body is rarely exposed to UV radiation and the skin hardly loses elasticity. However, because clothing often rubs here, the skin still needs a lot of care.


The closer the breast tattoo is to the breastbone and nipples or décolleté, the more painful it will be. Ladies, you have to be particularly brave: your breasts are simply more sensitive than men’s breasts. Breast tattoos age faster than tattoos on other parts of the body, especially for women. This is because skin elasticity decreases here. Pregnancy and breastfeeding also change the skin. Proper tattoo care is particularly important for breasts, especially in summer, when sufficient sun protection should be considered.

Underboob and ribs

The skin over the breastbone and under the breast is extremely thin and has many nerves running through it. This is one of the most painful areas for a tattoo. Unfortunately, the lines often appear slightly blurred immediately after the tattoo has healed and change considerably over the next few years. Pregnancies cause major changes in designs for women. An underboob tattoo and also a rib tattoo should be creamed frequently, and special tattoo care really makes sense here. This is particularly true in summer.

With rib tattoos, aging depends on their exact location. On the back, the tattoo remains beautiful for longer, but closer to the stomach it quickly loses its charm due to weight fluctuations and muscle changes.


Basically, the same applies to belly tattoos as to rib and underboob tattoos: they are incredibly painful because there are so many nerves running through them. Rough rule of thumb: the more ticklish you are on your stomach, the more painful it will be. Tattoo aging here depends on weight changes and changes in the abdominal muscles, and in women also on pregnancies. This area is simply difficult if the tattoo needs to look good for many years. Skin care cannot completely tear it off, but you should not neglect tattoo care on your stomach under any circumstances.

Upper arm

Your upper arm is not so sensitive to pain, apart from the inside. Maybe that is why so many people have tattoos on their upper arm. However, you also have to bear in mind that this part of the body tends to get a lot of light and causes the tattoo to age quickly. The more your tattoo peeks out from under your T-shirt, the more important daily, intensive tattoo care is.

Forearm and wrist

Tattoos on the forearm are not so painful, at least on the outside. In addition, tattoos here blur and fade much more slowly than on other parts of the body. They are also easy to take care of.

The wrist is the inside of the forearm, so to speak. Tattoos are much more painful here, but still bearable. Due to the thin skin and constant movement in the joint, tattoo aging is a real problem here. Frequent hand washing and UV radiation cause tattoos to fade quickly. Proper care is extremely important on the wrist, and it can be intensive.

Hand and fingers

The skin is very thin on the back of the hand as well as on the fingers. There are no subcutaneous fatty tissues here. That is why these are some of the most painful areas of the body for tattoos. In addition, your hands are permanently exposed to UV radiation, suffer from cold, are constantly washed and are exposed to mechanical stimuli. These are the best conditions for tattoos to age quickly, so intensive and regular care with special products, which should always have a higher sun protection factor, is very important.


The thigh has a lot of subcutaneous fatty tissues, which is why tattooing here does not hurt so much, at least on the outside. It is a different story on the inside of the thigh, where only pain lovers should get a tattoo. How quickly your thigh tattoo ages depends on your connective tissues. Frequent weight fluctuations, pregnancies and weak connective tissues are bad for a tattoo in this area. Intensive care is important, as clothing often rubs here. Apart from that, care is also good for your connective tissues, as it keeps your skin elastic.


The calf is an area that is particularly suitable for beginners when it comes to tattoos. This is because the pain here is limited, apart from a few reflex points. There is also a very practical factor: anything below the knee is less affected by tattoo aging. The skin does not lose its elasticity so quickly and weight fluctuations do not play such a relevant role. Apart from sun protection, your calf tattoo hardly needs any care.


Your feet are extremely sensitive to pain. Foot tattoos are also a challenge for tattoo artists. This is because there are reflex points that cause the foot to twitch uncontrollably during tattooing. Tattoo aging is only an issue here in one respect: the colours in this area tend to run because your foot is under stress all day long. Socks and shoes rub, which damages the design. Please always take good care of them!