How to Survive a Chest Tattoo
Chest Tattoos: How Painful are They?
Imagine an array of colors splashed across a canvas, swirling and spinning, forming a beautiful piece of art in the shape of butterflies and vines and tribal swirls. Now, imagine that canvas is skin and that skin is stretched across your chest.
One word pops into mind: ouch.
Its true that beauty has a cost, but is the beauty worth the pain? That is a question that only you can answer, but this article will help you make an informed decision! Here are some pros and cons to chest tattoos.
Tips for Getting Inked on Your Chest
- Start small. Especially, if this is your first tattoo. You may even want to think about putting off your massive chest piece dream until you've done something small somewhere it will hurt less so you get a taste of the tattoo experience. Speaking from experience, the chest is one of the most painful areas to get a tattoo (after the foot), especially as you get closer to the breast bone.
- Allow plenty of time for it to heal. Plan on at least five days and up to two weeks. You might not realize just how much you move the skin over your chest in day-to-day functions until it hurts every time you move your arms!
- Know what you want. Find your design and go to an artist you trust, because it is very hard to hide chest tattoos if something goes wrong. People will see pieces of it revealed by the neckline of a shirt or just plain see it through a shirt if it's a thin material.
- Plan ahead. If you are thinking about getting a sleeve or even another smaller piece anywhere near your planned chest piece, make sure it will look good together. Remember, most people will see the tattoos on the front of your body before they see other areas (duh, right?) and nobody wants to look like they have a few missing puzzle pieces.
- Think carefully about how it will affect your daily life. If you have to look professional at work, are you willing to always wear high necked shirts because the company has a no-tattoo policy? Or do you want all of the guys at the country club to see your tattoo of a heart with the kick-butt barbed wire with "Mom" in the middle? You are the only one who should be able to judge yourself but we all know that isn't the case in today's world, so take a few minutes to think about the backlash of a prospective tattoo. If you can, take a permanent marker and play with the design or placement of a tattoo and see if it fits in a place that will make the tattoo less of a conflict with your professional life.
- Look carefully for the right tattoo artist. If you just want someone to ink your skin, then settle for the first Joe Shmoe that gives you a price on a tattoo. But if you are looking for a true artist, go to every shop you have to until you find the perfect artist for you. I promise you there is someone out there that knows exactly what you are trying to describe and is willing to help you.
- Visit the artist in person. Don't just rely on websites (although I do recommend reading reviews posted by others about prospective shops and artists) for your final judgement. Check the places out in person and talk to the artists if possible. Most will give you a quote on the spot plus you can check out the shop (don't ever trust a dirty tattoo shop. EVER!!!) Just remember, this piece of art is going to be with you for the rest of your life. Don't trust it to just anyone!
- Have fun!! Tattoos are an artistic expression with no creative bounds! Express yourself however you want!
Don't let any of these scare you away from a tattoo! Use these tips to make an informed decision. I love my tattoos but I do wish I had known then what I know now so take them or leave them, these are tried and true! Don't be afraid to take a friend, or an entire entourage, along for your tattoo experience. Who knows, you might even start a trend! Best wishes!!