It is daunting to have a needle constantly pierce through your skin to create a permanent piece of art on your skin. And I won’t lie – it will create some pain. However, the good news is that the pain from tattoo needles isn’t the same. Some parts of our body experience more pain than other parts. So if you’re a first timer or simply someone who doesn’t like the thought of going through a lot of pain just to get a tattoo, don’t worry – there are tattoos that won’t cause you a lot of pain.

Places to Have the Least Painful Tattoo

Here is our list of the places for you to get tattoos that won’t make you cry out in pain. I mean sure, you will still be in some discomforts, but at least it won’t be unbearable pain, right?

Top of your finger

The closer the tattoo needle is to your bones, the more pain you are likely to experience, which is why tattoos on your knuckles can prove to be beyond painful. Also, this part of your finger has a comparatively lower number of nerve endings, which again translates into lesser pain. This is why the top of your finger is one of the best places for you to get a tattoo, not to mention how cute it’ll look after your artist is done with your design!



Your thighs house your quadriceps muscles. For those who didn’t know, these are literally the biggest group of muscles in your entire body. Alongside this, you have another advantage – women generally tend to store fat in their thighs, which means a tattoo on your thigh will not be as painful because your fat and muscles together will help lower the pain drastically. Not to mention how cute those tattoos would look when you’re wearing shorts!


Inner forearm

This again isn’t a highly sensitive area and is capable of taking in a lot of pain, thus making it one of the places to get the least painful tattoos on your entire body. Make sure you stay away from the bone especially your elbow because that is when you will get a glimpse of what hell is really like.


Outer aspect of the shoulder

It’s mostly women who opt for tattoos at this place and for good reasons. Just imagine how gorgeous your tattoo would look like when peeking from an off shoulder or oversized shirt! Plus, you can cover them and flaunt them at your will. Not to mention less pain when getting such a tattoo!


Upper back

The biggest advantage of getting a tattoo on your upper back is the sheer volume of canvas available to experiment with. It’s best for those who have already got tattoos before, because it really isn’t wise to get such a big tattoo on your first try. Second, just request your tattoo artist to stay away from the areas near your armpit and your spine, and then you’re good to go.


Back of the ear

For some reason, this part of the body doesn’t get as much fame as the rest of the body parts. But the fact remains that even though this area is small, it’s a perfect place to get tattoos for first timers or people who want a small tattoo, don’t want to show off their tattoos or want to cover up their tattoos easily whenever they want (with hair or scarf).


Inner wrist

Now this is another place to get a least painful tattoo that is the same for both men and women; in fact, people even go so far as to get entire sleeves of tattoos on their hands, sometimes extending to their shoulders and parts of the chest. It really depends on you, to be honest. And since you have a lot of space to work with, you can go crazy!


Your shin/calves

For those who don’t know, this is the area that lies on the backside of your leg – above your ankle and below the knee. Again, this is a great place for a big tattoo because of the amount of skin you have to work with. But be careful, as this is the type of place where tattoos can easily be visible. However, if you have a job that has a strict no-tattoo policy, you might have to think twice about getting a tattoo here.



Much like the thighs, the hip area has a lot of fat and cellulite, especially if you’re a woman. The nerve endings are less and there’s practically no bone there. Plus, if you’re the type of person who wants to get a tattoo that only your special someone can get a glimpse of, then the hip is an excellent place to get it at.


The abdomen

The only way you can rock a tattoo on your stomach is if you have the figure of a model or the confidence of a model for these tattoos are visible only when wearing revealing tops or bikinis. This is why even though the abdomen is counted one of the least painful tattoo places, most people don’t opt for it. However, if you think you’re cool with rocking a tattoo down there, then go for it!


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