Tattoo Pain Chart - Will It Hurt?

All tattoos are painful, but some areas hurt far more than others. Take a look at our tattoo pain chart below to see which places will make you shout "Ouch!".

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Tattoo Pain Scale

Where Do Tattoos Hurt The Most?

You may hear this saying repeated by me a few times throughout this articles, but it’s so true; everybody perceives pain differently!

While the areas above are generally where people feel the most pain when getting tattooed, that's not to say you’ll suffer the same painful fate when getting inked in these area.

You may find some of these body parts a doddle to get tattooed on, and alternatively, you may find some of the typically less painful areas a real struggle; it’s all down to how your body reacts to different types of pain in different areas.

Genitals
Lips
Nipples
Head/Face
Front Of Knees
Armpits
Fingers/Toes
Spine
Outer Elbows
Ribs
Tops Of Feet
Shins
Ankles
Neck
Back Of Knees
Inner Elbows
Inner Biceps
Stomach
Hips
Lower Chest

Where Do Tattoos Hurt The Least?

Below is a selection of places where tattoos generally hurt less when compared to the areas listed above.

Depending on each specific area, the below body parts tend to have either more fleshy tissue/fat shielding the bone, or less sensitive nerve endings branching out around the skin (or both).

Also, the below areas tend to cause less psychological fear (pumping yourself up for a lip or nipple tattoo is no mean feat). Feeling more relaxed and less on-edge/tense usually helps reduce how badly pain is perceived by the body.

Inner Wrists
Calves
Outer Thighs
Lower Back
Upper Back
Shoulders
Forearms
Outer Biceps
Front Of Thighs

Will My Tattoo Definitely Hurt?

Unfortunately, all tattoos hurt; there is no other way around that question. Your skin is being perforated many hundreds of times a minutes, and for 99% of people, this will sting at least slightly.

However, with that being said, not all tattoos are created equally. There are many various factors that are able to affect just how painful (or painless) a tattoo may be based on the circumstances surrounding your future inking.

Numbing creams/sprays are a great way to help ease tattoo pain. While they don't work all the time, they can definitely help when used correctly.​ Please not that numbing products may not take the pain away completely, but they do a great job at make the whole experience more enjoyable.


My Favorite Tattoo Numbing Product

Vasocaine Numbing Spray Painless Anesthetic Numb, 4 Ounce

​One of the most effective tattoo numbing products currently on the market is a spray called Vasocaine. The feedback left by hundreds of customers for this product is nothing short of sensational.

The fact that you can continue to 'top up' the numbing effect throughout your entire tattooing session without any negative effects to the outcome of the tattoo means that this spray is truly one of the most effective numbing products around today.

The 4oz bottle also ensures that you will have more than enough spray for a tattoo no-matter how big.

Give it a try, and I'm extremely confident that you will not be disappointed.​

Read more about Vasocaine Numbing Spray here. Have a quick look at some of the customer reviews and you'll see why it's so popular.​

Here's a selection of my other favorite tattoo numbing products.


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