I've only ever gotten inked on my arms, but apparently that's nothing compared to other places on the body.
I spoke with other tattooed friends and consulted an amazing resource by writer and tattoo enthusiast Josh Squires to rank the nine most painful places to get your next work of body art.
(FWIW, I think it's worth the pain!)
Pain scale: Hmmm...
I have one of these and I didn't think it hurt that much, but then again, mine's pretty small. The problem with bicep tattoos, though, is that it's hard to avoid rubbing it (against fabric, against the side of your body, etc.), and that can cause irritation, i.e., pain.
Pain scale: Ow.
Some people refer to this area of the body as the "swell"-bow. I'm sure you can guess why.
"Getting tattooed in an area where your bones are closer to the surface of your skin... could be more unpleasant than a meatier part of the body," Squires wrote. And what's bonier than your elbow?
Pain scale: Pass the GODDAMN ADVIL.
Ah, the feet. Notorious for their poor circulation, tiny mess of bones and ligaments, thin skin, and susceptibility to infection. All that combined is just pain waiting to happen.
Pain scale: ::passes out, wakes up with a tattoo::
The sternum is such a vulnerable place to get tattooed — it's right on top of most of your major organs, it's pretty bony, and it can rock your whole chest cavity.
But it's so pretty though, isn't it?