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Tasteful Tattoos on Your Face, Neck, Head, or Ears

I have thirteen tattoos. I think they're all pretty cool (and definitely don't qualify as "bad-quality").

Are Face Tattoos for Criminals?

Have you ever seen footage from a prison yard or a black and white mugshot photo of a man with a black tear tattooed just below his eye? This is a common gang- and prison-related marking. The number of tears you have represents the number of people you have killed. But facial tattoos aren't just for criminals anymore, although people who opt for neck, face, and head tattoos are more daring than those who only get them in places that are discreet or can be easily covered up or hidden.

Should Tattoos Always Be Socially Acceptable?

My father was quick to remind me when I got my tongue pierced at the age of seventeen, "Now you'll never get that high-power job in corporate America." But different people have different values, and not everyone cares whether or not their tattoos or body mods are socially acceptable. As I was quick to remind him, "Whoever said I wanted a job in corporate America?"

Tasteful, Beautiful, Delicate Face Tattoos

Face and neck tattoos are no longer just for the "hardest" of tattoo lovers—a girl I know has the signature of a friend of hers who died young inked in tiny print behind her ear, and it actually looks very tasteful, delicate, and perfectly placed.

I also see examples of small butterflies and stars tattooed on faces, necks, and ears that look equally appealing. Kat Von D, renowned portrait tattoo artist featured on the TLC reality series Miami Ink, has a series of thirteen small black stars lining her face alongside her brow.

Kat Von D of "Miami Ink" has not just one but thirteen face tattoos.

Kat Von D of "Miami Ink" has not just one but thirteen face tattoos.

Extreme Face Tattoos

Of course, there will always be someone willing to take it to the extreme, like the Lizard Man who covered his body with green scales up and down, including on his face, and had his tongue surgically split to appear more reptilian. Or the people who emblazon the names of loved ones in huge script on the sides of their necks, and the men and women who shave their heads and cover the scalp with words and images. Some people go the extra step and have metal nodes surgically implanted beneath their scalp to give the appearance of horns. For those of you with weaker stomachs, not to worry, the most extreme tattoo I'm including here is the black and white image of a skull inked atop a guy's bald head.


Danika on February 02, 2018:

okay I talk to you here and there at my house and I have someone that wants a tattoo on their face does anyone have any ideas you can share with me I'm a little concerned that there might be a certain way to do it thanks please help

Carole M. on June 10, 2015:

A few years ago I told here that I had my eyebrows and eye shadow and eyeliner all tattooed ! For those who don't remember me, I had a musical key put in the middle of my left eyebrow !

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My boyfriend was in Afghanistan at the time. I had my lips done red and outlined in dark red ! I have some terrific kissers now !

My boyfriend has come home again and was very enthousiatic about my looks. He simply loves it. He kicks on it !

We talked about how I felt with the new face and about getting more tattoos. I guess I am an addict now, because we went to a tattooist and had a long conversation with him.

Last year I had a forehead tattoo done in the form of a sweatband, with many colors ! I changed my hairdo, so now I have thick bangs to hide the tattoo under and can flaunt it when I (read: He !) want that !

Early this year we started on my arms. The idea is that I will have both arms with full sleeves. It is June now and both my upper arms are done, The elbows will be left free and then we will continue on from my elbows to my wrists, or even my hands. This last is not sure yet. He wants it, but I am not decided.

I like my new haircut.It is very short in the back almost like a man and from there it slopes down to level with my mouth, and straight cut bangs.

All blunt cut.

Many people I used to know don't recognize me !

I don't care. We got married last fall and I intend to do everything possible to please my husband !

He is nuts about me and I love that ! It he wants another tattoo on my face I'll certainly consider it !

Love to be loved !

Carole M.

Lizbeth on March 20, 2013:

Thank you for your kind words, Gene. ust yesterday, I had enough nerve to go out to the mall. I just pretended that I didn't notice the stares. It is obvious that I can't hide my face, so I will have to get used to people staring at me.

I must admit that deep inside me, I liked it. It is, at least for me, a sensual experience !

Gene on March 05, 2013:

Lizbeth, you are a girl after my own heart! Don't let anybody keep you from your dreams!

There are not many women with tattoos on theit faces, but I admire all of them!

You made a life decision and I admire you for that! I would love to see your tattoo, I bet it is smashing!

Lizbeth on January 14, 2013:

I DID it !!!

I made the appointment personally and told him I would have some drinks first.

He advised to make it private session, so I could have a drink when I wanted it !

I have now a great big self-made design on my forehead.

I admit that I had quite a headache the next day. I still have to check my face in the mirror all day !

It is a bit scary to go outside, but I'll get used to it!

I always wanted it and now I've got it for the rest of my life !

Lizbeth on January 14, 2013:

I DID it !!!

I made the appointment personally and told him I would have some drinks first.

He advised to make it private session, so I could have a drink when I wanted it !

I have now a great big self-made design on my forehead.

I admit that I had quite a headache the next day. I still have to check my face in the mirror all day !

It is a bit scary to go outside, but I'll get used to it!

I always wanted it and now I've got it for the rest of my life !

Lizbeth on August 29, 2012:

I have been dreaming about getting a tattoo on my face for years now. I like to see that there are more women with a face tattoo now. I am forty years old now and it is high time. It is either now or never...

I have never yet been tattooed, but have dreamed about it just about all my life!

I guess, finally I am getting enough guts !

I'm goingto make an appointments this week !

dreadhead on January 21, 2012:

does your hair grow after you get a tattoo on your head?

tatted up on January 11, 2012:

I'm tatted add me on fb

nuck on January 06, 2012:

And kat von d is sexy as hell she realy pulls off her tattoos very well

nuck on January 06, 2012:

If you hate tattoos don't look at thrm who are u to judge anyone cuz of there tats u tattoo haters need to boss up n get one..

Tabby on January 06, 2012:

omg!!!! these tattoos are pretty sweet and i would deffinetly get some of them. I love tattoos ever since i saw my oldest brother jarrods tattoos i've wanted to get tattoos!And kat i love watching miami ink when you were on there too.But now i love to watch your show L.A ink,i watch it all the time!I even got my grandma to watch it with me,i walked in the house one day and asked her why she was watching this and she was like because she thinks that the tattoos that you do are amazing,i agree haha i love watching the tattoos that you do for these people, and i like how you put so much heart into doing the peoples tattoos it's like they come to life with all of the details that you put into them i wish i could get a tatto done from you it would be amazing!oh and i seriously no joke love your stars tattoo on your face my favorite shape is a star!

WickedxWill on December 14, 2011:

Tattoos are one of the most passionate and permanent forms of self expression, as long as you get something for a reason. I don't recommend just jumping under the needle just for the sake of getting ink. Make sure it's really what you want. Tattoos should have a story behind them no matter what they are. They also aren't a dying fad. They are becoming more and more socially acceptable. I am heavily tattooed with a pierced septum, snakebites, and 1' gauges, and I can't count the times that random people have stopped me on the street and asked me about my work. Just keep it tasteful.

theOriginalidiot on December 06, 2011:

Tattoos are obviously not for everyone. As someone from the deep south, tattoos used to be linked in my mind with poor white trsh, and greasy guys with beer guts. Then I got out into the real world and realized that tattoos are one of the best ways to express you're personality. People in general are so focused on stupid shit half the time, that it's nice to be able to throw the truth in their faces.

irrb & ajnat on December 05, 2011:

write "follow your bliss"

it's a nice thing to say on a tattoo.

Blitzed on December 03, 2011:

Many years ago it was the privilege of a sailor who had rounded both the Cape of Good Hope and Cape Horn to have a red star and a blue star tattooed on his earlobe. It was, in a sense, the precursor to prison tattoos of today where a symbol has meaning of event in the outside world. Having sailed around both capes I would qualify but at my age, I believe I'll decline the honor.

vandana yadav on November 25, 2011:

i love to make tattoo

vandana yadav on November 25, 2011:

i love to make tattoo

METAL_MOUTH on November 22, 2011:

Im looking for a kickass skeleton/demon full body tattoo....anybody know a good place to find one? Email me a! P.S. attach pics if you have any. THANKS!

bosslady on November 18, 2011:

i just recently got stars on the right side of my face they will down to my neck where my dads nickname is and a huge star around his name so the meaning of that one will be "he is always a star on my mind" all my tatts mean something.i do wanna get 2 more on my face and more on my body just not sure of what...any ideas?

lowrider on October 25, 2011:

Why does the most peoples hate tattoo?

I have my entire upper body inked chest,neck,throat,back,abs+obliques,arms(hands,knuckles,fingers)

Matt on October 22, 2011:

I have a few face tattoos, some on my neck head, behind my ears, 2 sleeves, my hands, fingers, and even some on the palm of my hands. I have a normal job and live a normal life. I'm not a drug addict, criminal, or whatever else people think. I don't expect everyone to look at me the same but that's the nature of people, and it's also their choice. The thing is, I didn't get my tattoos for anyone but myself. They can say it's stupid or crazy or whatever they want, but at the end of the day I'll probably never see them again so who cares. It's my body and my choice to do it, just like it's your body and your choice not to. Some people might get tattoos for what most people consider to be stupid reasons, but it's their reason, not yours so respect them for being themselves.

kiara on October 19, 2011:

ithinqk thiss shidd iss dumb uu shouldn't be piercin or gettin tattoos all ovah yo bodyh thadds juss not cutee,imayh be wronq nudd thass juss my opinion !

dallas on October 09, 2011:

wats a good cover up for the name carrie on my neck 2in old english

kez on October 06, 2011:

I don't care if some people don't like tattoos, each 2 there own. but I don't take drugs, shoot people, or do any crime. I have my own business 2 children and a gorgeous husband. so if people don't like it why look or be on a tattoo site? its peoples personal choice to be an arsehole, we just choose 2 be creative and do our own thing.

Kez on October 06, 2011:

I have 7 tattoos and gettin an 8th in 2 weeks. I love every single one of them and I also have 8 piercings.

reece on October 02, 2011:

i think your tattoos are gay

Lady Darkwood on October 01, 2011:


You are a good girl for doing what your boyfriend told you to do. He is in charge and your place is at His feet doing His bidding. Continue to get tattooed to His liking.

Lady Darkwood.

Carole on September 28, 2011:

A while ago I helped design a neat eyebrow tattoo for my next door lady. It was so noce that I was sorry, I had not got it myself.

Last week I got up enough nerve to have my eyes done as I had always imagined them...

Rye liner, eye shadow and two new eyebrows with my right one interupted with a musical key !!!

It is all permanent and now, when my old eyebrows grow in again I will have them removed electronically.

I look wonderfull ! I love it !

Next on the program are my lips. WE discussed already how I want it.

I'm so thrilled!

It definitely is a sensual experience to know that your face is getting tattooed. Scary, yes, but something to never forget.

I feel so sexy now !

My boyfriend is in Afghanistan yet and it will be a great surprise for him when he gets home.

He always wanted me to get some tattoos, I pleased him with a big rose on my arm with his name under it.

He loved it, now I have a bigger surprise for him !

I can't stayaway from the mirror now !!


Erica on September 28, 2011:

Two years ago I got my first face tattoo. My boyfriend did it himself and did a great job.

He's been after me to do a choker on my neck. I resisted him until a month ago.

I have now my neck circled with a series of flowers of every imaginable color. It is very flashy and I am not sure I like it. But my boyfriend is nust about it.

It turns him on like crazy!


sam on September 13, 2011:

tattoos is great style for our today's youngster

Me on September 03, 2011:

Hey mark, screw who you're screwin! You'll never get anything but a dead-end job with visible tats (unless you have talent, which you clearly don't). To norma people, excessive tats say: Hey,look at me! I'm stupidand wnt you all to know it! Grow up.

mark on July 14, 2011:

love tattoos and i cant wait to grt the one on my face should have it by the end of augaust very excited.

Carole on July 03, 2011:

I helped design an eyebrow tattoo for my next door lady.

It is a musical key, right in the middle of her left eyebrow.

It looks terrific!

I am sorry now that I did not do that first !

Presently I am looking to design something similar for my eyebrow.

Carole M

Margaret on May 02, 2011:

I am a 26 year old mother with 2 boys and another baby on the way . . . And I have a tatoo on my face. Let me start out by saying that I do not and will never regret getting this tatoo. If I would have ended up regretting it wouldn't be on my face today. To those people who think if you have a tatoo like this you will never get a good job, it just goes to show you don't think much of yourself. I have a lot of great jobskills and if an employer can't look past a tatoo and see those skills they are obviously not people I want to work for anyways.

sabrina on April 14, 2011:

I wanna get a tattoo on my head. Curious to know how painful it will be. Yeah Don is right alot of those tattoos were poorly written

sherly on February 21, 2011:

does it hurt tattooin behind ur ears i really want it...but m scard too

beny on February 21, 2011:

does it hurt behind ears

kacie novison on February 14, 2011:

Wow, there are some really judgemental folks on here...sad really. I would just like to say that not everybody who is heavily tattooed is a degenerate drug addict or total loser. I have full sleeves, a chest piece and countless other body modifications. I'm a doctor. Yes, a doctor. And I paid my way through med school by working as an "alternative model" so I can't be that horribly repulsive. I figure if someone is so judgemental, negative & preoccupied w/ outside appearance that they can't see past my tats, then they are most definitly not worth my time & friendship!

steph on January 13, 2011:

hi everyone i have just got my whole head done it gets finishd in couple of weeks i havnt seen many females with whole head tatts great pics of what i have seen on here though

Lix on January 12, 2011:

Face tattoos can be covered up with make up cant they? If your worried about jobs and the like, throw on a bit of foundation, girl and guy alike, no one will notice!

Besides, as already said, they mean some different to each person, whos anyone else to judge, everybody enjoy life! still haters gonna hate though :(

steve on December 22, 2010:

my girlfriend has most of her face tattooed mainly to cover up previous badly done tattoos she got at a younger age i have to say its looking loads better now mainly because she found a good artist who was able to turn it around. she always says if she could turn back the clock she would never have done it in the first place! think before you ink!!

Timok on November 16, 2010:

Tattoos are a form of art. Some tattoos are really fantastic graphical concepts and enshrine great creativity and thought. Where I have a doudt is why thisart needs to be expressed in an unstable media like skin wherein the ink gradually diffuses, enters the blood stream and then causes cancers and reduces functional operation of human organs vital for life. Maybe I'm just too objective and "unspiritual". I cannot understand this craze for tattoos. It seems to appeal to some illogical primordial drive lying deep down in the human psychi. Would it not be more sensible to express this tattoo art on a more stable substrate than living skin ?

Best regards