What You Need to Know About Collarbone Tattoos

Updated on February 14, 2019

What You Need to Know About Collarbone Tattoos

If you’re a huge tattoo enthusiast or just thinking about getting your first one, you’ve more than likely been contemplating where you’d like to get some ink. Many opt for their arms, backs and legs, or any space they have open still. However, many don’t really consider their collarbone as an idea spot for their tattoo unless it’s the only spot that’s still open for those who can’t seem to get enough ink. Whether you’re all tatted up or are a tattoo virgin, this article details three things you should know before getting a collarbone tattoo.

1. It’s Painful

Getting any tattoo will cause some pain (just how much depends on your pain threshold), but many say that a tattoo on your collarbone is more painful than other spots. It’s most likely painful because it’s on a bone, and any area where there is bone is painful. But it’s obviously a popular place, so the pain is tolerable. If it’s your first tattoo ever, know going in that you’ve opted for a painful area, and other tattoos that you get later on probably won’t hurt as much as this one.

2. There Are Various Styles

Collarbone tattoos range from dainty or word tattoos to bigger chest pieces. However, many who decide to get a collarbone tattoo want to make a statement since it’s at a very visible part of one’s body. The more popular collarbone tattoos seem to be wording and sayings, where people opt for delicate, cursive lettering to get their message across.

Although it sounds like a very feminine tattoo spot, it’s actually a spot that both genders like, with men opting for more "manly" lettering. These types of tattoos can be simple words or inspiring, detailed sayings that mean a lot to the person getting it. They can also be tiny symbols that have sentimental meaning. Some opt for one single image, while others want a group of small tattoos lined along their collarbone. Currently, flying birds and music notes are popular.

If you’re looking to get a collarbone tattoo with some sort of wording or saying on it, it’s important to find a tattoo artist that does impeccable line work. Even though it seems like it would be an easy tattoo to get done that won’t take a lot of time, it’s still a challenging tattoo, considering the precision needed to make the line work perfect.

3. There Are Numerous Placement Options

Another thing to consider when getting a collarbone tattoo is placement. You can opt to get them right on your collarbone, right under it, or right above it. Your tattoo artist will be able to help you determine the right spot for the tattoo you want so that it looks visually pleasing when it’s all done.


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Whichever type of tattoo you opt to get on your collarbone, make sure that you don’t mind wearing it for the rest of your life! But whatever you plan on getting, your collarbone is a standout place that will make a huge statement regardless of what you get!

And always think before you ink!


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