What To Wear When Getting a Chest Tattoo

  • Written By Dan Hunter on February 04, 2022
    Last Updated: February 4, 2022

There are lots of things to consider when you decide to get a tattoo. You need to think about the design, where you will have it on your body, and the pain. With many tattoos, you need to consider what you will wear when getting the tattoo, and also, how it will affect your future career.

Many people are choosing a chest tattoo, and this is now popular for both men and women. It used to be that you only saw men with a tattoo across their chest, but it’s now becoming an increasingly popular area for women to get a tattoo. 

A chest tattoo can be linked to a sleeve tattoo, or an under-boob tattoo, or kept simply as a solo piece of art.

You’ll need to know what to wear when you’re getting your chest tattoo completed, and we’ll let you know.

Men have been choosing the chest as an area for their tattoos for many years. It’s a large space, so you can’t tell a story with your chest body art. You’re also able to keep it covered for the most part if you’re wearing shirts for work, for example. 

Many people choose their tattoo design with significant meaning, and by having this inked on their chest, it’s close to their heart.

What to Wear at The Studio

As with all tattoos, we recommend that you wear loose clothing when getting your tattoo, and this is the same for a chest tattoo. 

A man can remove their t-shirt or sweatshirt in the tattoo studio with no issues. However, for a woman, it’s slightly more difficult to find clothing to wear when getting a chest tattoo. A tube top may be ideal for this or a low-cut top with spaghetti straps. It all depends on how low your tattoo will go. Speak to your tattoo artist to understand if there’s a private room you can use for your tattoo. This will save any embarrassment if you need to remove your top.

What to Wear While Your Chest Tattoo Heals

The healing process is almost as important as the tattoo process, and you don’t want to damage your new tattoo. 

You need to wear loose clothing that doesn’t rub against the tattoo for the first couple of weeks after getting your tattoo done. If your clothing rubs the tattoo, it may damage the skin and cause an infection. After the pain of the tattoo, you don’t want to ruin it straight after it’s completed.

Depending on the location, it may be difficult for a woman to wear a bra during this time, so you need to make sure that this is possible. You may have to take some time off work if you can’t wear a bra or a fitted shirt during the day.

Best Designs for a Chest Tattoo

The chest is one of the most painful areas to get a tattoo so you need to consider the size and design of your tattoo before going ahead with it. 

You should start small if you’re new to tattooing. However, many people choose a large design that encompasses their full chest, showing off the definition of their pectoral muscles.

Chest tattoos on women are generally completed above the chest or close to their heart. These can be a simple one-off tattoo or a tattoo that flows across the chest.

A chest tattoo can be completed as part of a sleeve, creating a storyboard across your body. If you’re doing this, you’ll need to make sure that whatever design you choose fits with the design of your sleeve.

The Tattoo Process

The tattoo process is painful and uncomfortable, but by preparing your body, you can make this process a little easier. Shave your chest area and keep it cleaned and moisturized before your tattoo appointment.

By finding a comfortable position during the tattoo process and not being embarrassed by showing off your body parts, you can relax, helping to ease the pain felt from the tattoo machine.

If you’re getting a large chest tattoo, it may take many hours or several lengthy tattoo sessions. Make sure that you’re prepared for this by speaking to your tattoo artist about the work required beforehand.


A tattoo takes a lot of commitment, and there are many things to consider before getting it done. Especially on your chest, as it’s a painful part of your body that can’t be hidden as easily as some areas. 

What you wear when getting your tattoo may play a big part in your tattoo placement decision. What you can wear after you get your chest tattoo may also play a big part in your future if it can’t be covered easily.

Give it lots of thought and then if it suits you, go for it!

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