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The thrill of getting a tattoo is often dampened by the prickling pain experienced during the actual procedure. While we may all think it's super glamorous to get a fancy tattoo (I know I've been trying to convince myself since a year and a half now), we're all a little apprehensive about the pain that the 'glamor' comes with. So, what can be done to ensure that we not only get a gorgeous tattoo, but also minimize the pain as much as we can? Find out which are the most painful places to get a tattoo and simply NOT get them there! Impeccable logic, don't you think? Nevertheless, here's some useful information in this Buzzle article which will help you know the most painful places to get a tattoo. You can also check out the least painful places to get a tattoo. Go ahead, explore away!

Most Painful Spots to Get a Tattoo

Okay! Here's the deal. The logic behind the degree of pain associated with a tattoo is quite simple. The three things that define whether getting the tattoo will be a painful or less painful experience are:
  • Proximity to bone: The closer the area is to a bone, the more the tattoo will hurt.
  • Number of nerves: The areas that have a lot of nerve endings are generally extra sensitive. Hence it is painful to get tattoos in these areas.
  • Thickness of skin: This one's quite easy to understand. The thicker the skin, the lesser the tattoo will hurt and the thinner the skin, more the tattoo will hurt.
So, keep these points in mind when you go through this head to toe list of the most painful places to get a tattoo.

Behind the Ear: For obvious reasons, getting a tattoo behind your ear is bound to hurt like crazy! The ear is a very sensitive organ, especially the ending and the rear portion, because it is made up of very thin skin.

Eyebrow: Ouch! A lot of nerve endings. So getting a tattoo on your eyebrow won't exactly be a walk in the park.

Eyelid: Just run your finger over your eyelid right now to gauge how thin the skin on it is. Need we say more? You've just seen for yourself how painful it can be to get a tattoo on your eyelid.

Lips: Soft, supple lips are meant to smile and kiss. Not to be stained by gruesome tattoos. Getting a tattoo on your lips is something that will hurt a lot, because the skin is too soft and sensitive to handle the pricks of the needle.

Elbow: The elbow gives two reasons why you should think twice before getting a tattoo there. First, the proximity of the bone is a dicey situation. Plus, if you notice, the skin on your elbow is also extremely thin and loose. Both are unfavorable conditions to get a tattoo.

Chest: Getting a tattoo on your chest or ribs is another very painful experience. You can get it if you have a strong threshold for pain, an ever stronger will power and of course, a tattoo artist who's willing to take a lot of breaks because this one hurts like hell!

Spine: Spinal tattoos look extremely stylish. But be warned that getting one is terribly painful as well. The dangerously proximity to the spinal bone makes it really painful.

Inside of Wrist: The inside of the wrist is a perfect candidate to exhibit one of the most painful places to get a tattoo: thin skin, a lot of nerves and nerve proximity to the wrist bone. We rest our case!

Pubic Area: First of all, why would someone want to get a tattoo 'down there' is beyond most people, even if we follow the motto of 'to each his own'. The skin is extremely sensitive and also has a lot of nerve endings and that's why getting a tattoo there will hurt.

Ankle and Feet: The ankle and entire foot, for that matter, again, have very thin skin and hence are very close to the bones of the ankle and foot respectively. Hence, you might want to go over the plan of getting a tattoo there.

Well, there you go! A complete list of where you can safely not get a tattoo. Rest assured that it's not like you can't get tattoos at these places at all. You definitely can. It's just that these are the ones that will put your pain bearing abilities to test. And not going through this ordeal makes much more sense, doesn't it?