How bad does a tattoo hurt?Individual pain varies greatly based on factors like location, size, sensitivity, age, weight, and more.
LocationGenerally, getting a tattoo on a part of your body with more muscle & skin will hurt less than one in a bony area. Bony areas have plenty of nerve endings but little fat or muscle, meaning the pain is greater in these areas. If you’re getting your first piece of ink, it is recommended to start in a less painful area like your outer arm, upper chest, calf, or front thigh. All of these places have plenty of muscle and are less sensitive than your inner arm, ribs, or top of your foot. Here’s a full breakdown of tattoo pain across the entire human body.