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Tattoos are awesome. A perfect style statement, tattoos are considered to be symbolic of one’s beliefs and unique personality. And of course, the fact that they make you look so cool! 😛

Most people want to get inked at least once in their lifetime whereas there are some who get multiple tattoos on their bodies. Some people are so obsessed that they get their entire bodies inked from head to toe, which includes the most bizarre body parts like eyes, nose, hips, and even private parts!

And then there’s this last kind of tattoo lovers; those who want to get inked but aren’t able to convince themselves completely because of the pain associated with getting inked. And that’s fair.

It would be wrong to say that getting tattoos doesn’t hurt. It certainly does; after all a needle is piercing your body! However, the often-overlooked truth is that this pain is subjective and depends upon which body part you want to get your tattoo on. While there are some body parts where you will barely feel the needle, there are some areas that will at least make your eyes soggy. 😛

So, if the pain is something that’s stopping you from getting your dream tattoo, here’s a list of the most painful tattoo areas of your body, so that you can easily decide where you want to get inked, and with the least amount of pain!

10 Most Painful Areas to get a Tattoo

The areas of the body that are likely to cause pain while getting a tattoo can be those areas that have many nerve endings, areas that are close to bones with less fat, or areas where your skin is very thin. Pain in these areas may range from high to severe.


The armpit is one of the most painful places to get tattooed, with the pain while getting tattooed being quite severe. As a matter of fact, a lot of tattoo artists advise people against getting their armpits tattooed.

Rib cage

The skin around your ribs is quite thin, and there’s less fat in the rib cage area as compared to other parts of your body. That’s why getting a tattoo here can be extremely painful. Additionally, since your rib cage and the skin above it tends to move, every time you breathe, the feeling of being tattooed here is a lot more severe.

Shins & Ankles

Your ankle bones and shinbones lie just beneath thin layers of skin, making it very painful to be tattooed in these areas. Ankle and shin tattoos usually cause severe pain. It’s about the same level of pain caused by tattooing over your rib cage.

Nipples, Breasts and Groin area (private parts)

Since the breasts and nipple areas are extremely sensitive, being tattooed here can inflict severe pain. The groin area is filled with sensitive nerve endings, that can be easily irritated by tattoo needles. Hence the pain here can range from high to extreme.

Elbows or Kneecap

Your elbows and kneecaps are those parts where your bones lie right underneath your skin. The vibrations caused by tattooing over the bone can cause high to severe pain.

Behind the knees

The area behind the knees has loose & stretchy skin that has many nerve endings. That’s why this area can be quite sensitive to tattoo needles and hence the pain here can be quite severe.


Getting tattoos on your hips can cause severe pain as hip bones lie just below your skin. For people who are very thin and have less fat around their hips, the pain will be more due to a lack of area to cushion your hip bones.

Head, face, and ears

Like the neck, your head, face, and ears contain many nerve endings that can be irritated during a tattoo and may cause severe pain. There’s not a lot of fat on your head, face, and ears, so you don’t have much of a cushion for the tattoo needle here.


The skin on and around your lips is usually loose and has lots of nerve endings. That’s why a tattoo on the lips will almost certainly inflict severe pain and could lead to bleeding, swelling, and even bruising.


Ideally, getting a tattoo should be a critical decision and should be done after thorough research. While it’s true that a tattoo can enhance your overall personality, there are also chances that getting it done at the wrong place or from the wrong person can cause severe skin infections and can also expose you to other medical risks.

Before getting a permanent tattoo on your body, always choose a tattoo artist who has enough experience and does their work with the utmost precaution like using clean needles and following other hygiene protocols. Also, knowing which body parts will hurt you the most in advance is always better than getting a surprise pain while getting inked.

At DJ’z Ink, we understand the importance of maintaining all types of safety precautions and the critical aspects of designing tattoos. With a team of experienced & renowned tattoo artists, this is the best place to get your forever tattoo.

Ink wisely!