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The Most Painful Zones of the Body for a Tattoo

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If you're thinking about getting a tattoo in one of these spots, you might first want to know how painful it will be. Why? It could be due to the sensitivity of the skin, the lack of flesh in the area, or additional nerve endings there, but one thing is certain: you will feel the sting.

Dragon tattoos on this man's head caused many painful moments!

Dragon tattoos on this man's head caused many painful moments!

Head Tattoos

Do you think migraines hurt? Try needles poking you continuously while scraping along the skin of your head. This will definitely give anyone a headache for a while after the artwork is freshly completed.

These tattoos have one great benefit though, if you want to cover it up for a while it's as easy as letting your hair grow over. See the dragon tattoos on this man's head, surely in a month or so of hair growing you won't be able to see it.

Hands and Fingers

For those of you who think your hands or fingers are a good place to tattoo, it's a very painful spot. You might have trouble doing daily chores depending on the size of the piece and the exact location.

For example, do you want a tribal design or perhaps an entire rose with stem and petals to cover the back of your hand? That's probably going to make your job as a painter or drummer of your band somewhat difficult. At least during the healing process.

Plan ahead to schedule free time depending on the work being done, and discuss with your favorite artist before having it started.


The thin layers of skin and the boniness of the feet have absolutely no defense against a tattoo gun sticking into you repeatedly! However, if you've got the courage to stick your foot out, these pieces look great with sandals, flip flops, and high heels. They really bring out a freshly painted pedicure too!

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Flat Fees and Hourly Rates

Some artists will choose to charge a flat fee for the work they do, others will charge you by the hour. Therefore leading to various fluctuations in price ranges depending on the artist and the work to be completed. Some artists have been known to charge as little as $20 an hr, some as much as $200–$300!

Pros and cons of the flat fee: You can get hours of work done for much less than if you pay by the hour, but you may also be charged double or triple for a piece that takes 40 minutes to complete.

Pros and cons of paying by the hour: You may have an artist take his time to stretch out the clock, thus paying more in the end. However, you can be sure he took his time on every detail.

Watch as he gets his eyelids tattooed and doesn't even flinch!

Stick a needle in your eye . . . lid?

This has become popular over the last few years, especially in the media, but I really don't think I could ever feel comfortable knowing someone is sticking a needle right into my eyes. One bad move and a little thrust too deep could be the last of your vision.

Just as a preview of the pain, try poking your eye lightly with your own nail and see how it feels, now imagine that times 100!

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Lips, Mouth, Gums

Can you imagine needles ripping into the inside of your lips? No way! Consider this area the most sensitive due to the tens of thousands of nerve endings combined making it an erogenous zone.

This may also be the toughest tattoo to ever show off, nobody ever really sees your inner lips except the dentist. Even when you're naked, you can pretty much see a tattoo on any part of the body. This particular tattoo, though, will stay tucked away.

This is also the only place you will actually get to taste the tattoo . . . What flavor of ink would you like today??


Ouch . . . Ouch . . . Ouch!! Who? But why? This is a painful choice for obvious reasons; if you can handle that pressure in the privates, your pain receptors are just not functioning correctly!!!

It would be foolish to tamper with the area and risk any nerve damage, as this could cause trouble urinating or make it so things are just not working the way they should!

Nevertheless, it is a very popular body spot to tattoo, mostly for women. Men have also taken the daring act of a wild crazy tattoo ink up in this area. Of course, these works of art are mainly hidden from most people.

Some artists may be uncomfortable with some areas which are a bit more personal, so be sure you know who you are dealing with for the best tattoo experience.


This area is a difficult one. There are very important arteries in the throat that can be harmed if a professional makes a mistake.

Some people have been known to have trouble swallowing and speaking immediately after having a throat tattoo done. Hopefully, you aren't planning on shaving during the healing process, either; that will surely cause trouble.

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luisj305 (author) from Florida on January 07, 2020:

@johnny p- these prices may vary depending on the area and shop, skill of artist etc. It is best to shop around before committing.

Johnny P on October 31, 2019:

Hahahahaha those prices are wayyy too low

Danatats on July 31, 2018:

What about above the eyebrow

rescuedwho on January 06, 2015:

I live in Richmond, VA and it's known for its tattooed population. Still, I think I'll abandon that inside-the-mouth tattoo idea.

Very entertaining and informative piece!

luisj305 (author) from Florida on January 03, 2015:

Thanks Sachin001, many of the artists have great artwork. I just don't know how the customers handle the pain!

Sachin from India on January 02, 2015:

Good hub ...

Never realized that people are so mad about tattooing. I just love watching these pictures. But cannot ever think about trying on my body.

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