What To Wear When Getting a Hip Tattoo

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

When you decide to get a tattoo, one of the big decisions, along with what design to choose, is where to have the tattoo placed on your body.

There are several factors to consider. Do you want people to be able to see the tattoo easily? How painful will it be, and how will it heal? 

Another question many people ask is, what should they wear when getting a hip tattoo? It’s quite a private area on your body, so do you need to get undressed? 

We’ll let you know what the best clothing is when you’re getting your hip tattoo, and also during the aftercare process.

The hip is a popular choice for a tattoo as it’s hidden but can be shown off in the summer months when wearing a bikini or swimsuit on the beach. 

Many women choose a hip tattoo as it’s thought to be one of the sexiest areas on a woman, so a tattoo here is attractive and sensual. The natural curve of the hip lends itself well to tattoo designs.

Another factor that can play a part in the placement of your tattoo is pain. The hip area is less painful than other parts of your body when getting a tattoo.

What to Wear When Getting a Hip Tattoo

You’ve decided which design to get and the placement of your tattoo. The next question would be, what to wear when getting your hip tattoo?

The hip can be a difficult area to access for your tattoo artist, especially when you want to have your body covered. A long flowing skirt or dress will help with this, and if it has a split, that’s even better. You can lift it to give them access to your hip and wrap the fabric around the rest of your body, so you’re not showing your most intimate areas on the table. However, this can be difficult if you’re getting a tattoo that’s high on your hip.

Many people find that wearing bikini bottoms underneath your skirt rather than underwear helps when getting a hip tattoo. This is especially so if you have a pair of bikini bottoms with a side tie as you can undo these so that your tattoo artist can access the area without the worry of you being naked.

What to Wear While Your Hip Tattoo Heals

Once the tattoo process is over, this is where the aftercare begins. You don’t want to ruin your new tattoo as soon as you leave the tattoo studio. 

You will need to wear loose clothing while your hip tattoo heals, as you want as much air as possible to heal the tattooed skin. This could be a flowing skirt or dress that can be held away from the tattoo. You don’t want to wear anything that will stick to the tattoo or continuously rub the area. This will damage the tattoo and could cause an infection.

Best Designs for a Hip Tattoo

As the hip has a natural curve, the most popular designs for this area are larger flowing designs that curve around the hip and flow down to the top of the thigh. Flower arrangements are a perfect example of this or a dragon tattoo design.

If you’re looking for a smaller design, many people choose a simple tattoo with meaning. Your hip is a private area, and this tattoo can only be seen by those closest to you, so you can choose a personal, private design, or even a meaningful word that can be used as a personal reminder.

The Tattoo Process

Once you’ve decided to get a tattoo, and have chosen the design and the placement, you now need to get it over with. You need to start to prepare your skin beforehand, keeping it moisturized and clean. 

The length of the tattoo process will depend on the size of your tattoo. And also the details involved. If you’ve chosen an intricate design with lots of colors or a large tattoo that covers your hip area, this could take hours or even several lengthy tattoo sessions.

It’s important to be as comfortable as possible during the tattoo process. It will be painful as you’re having multiple needles inserted into your skin over and over again. However, if you can try to relax and feel comfortable in your surroundings, this will ease any stress or anxiety felt during the process.


Any tattoo requires a big decision and lots of commitment, and a hip tattoo is no different. As the area is hidden from sight this placement is ideal for those wanting a tattoo but who don’t want it to affect their daily lifestyle. 

If you wear clothing that’s loose and can be held away from the hip this will help your tattoo artist to complete the tattoo without you feeling self-conscious about showing off your most intimate area. Wrapping yourself in a skirt with a split could be the best option for both of you.

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