Tattoo Locations: Where Should My Next Tattoo Go?

When you have the perfect idea for your next tattoo but have no idea where on your body it should go, it may feel like the possibilities are endless. When your body is your canvas, how can you tell where you should paint next? When deciding where your next tattoo should go, use your priorities to narrow down the options. Different areas of the body have different pros and cons. Whether you’re prioritizing your tattoo’s visibility, the pain level when getting the tattoo, or your tattoo’s longevity, you and your tattoo artist can work to find the right spot that will showcase your next piece of art perfectly.

The location you choose determines how visible your tattoo is on a daily basis. If you want to show off your art as much as possible, consider picking a spot that is less often covered by your clothes, like your forearms. If you want the option to cover it up when you’d like, consider places that can be hidden by clothing when you so choose, like your back. Your wardrobe style will influence where those high-visibility spots are; think about what types of clothing your wear most often, and if you want your tattoo to be outside of that area for everyone to see, or in a spot where you can hide it when necessary.

Pain Level
Different parts of your body may also impact the level of pain you experience when getting your tattoo. Certain areas that possess more nerve endings or that are bonier than other spots, like the spine, ankles, and ribs, may lead to greater discomfort when getting your tattoo. Conversely, fleshy areas like the outer arm or thigh may be less painful as they provide a more cushioned experience. Keep in mind your pain tolerance when selecting your tattoo.

Your tattoo’s location will also influence how it ages over time. High traffic locations, like fingers and joints, may stretch the tattoo or expose it to friction more frequently, making them more prone to fading. There are also areas of the body that have more delicate skin than other spots, like your hands and neck; tattoos in these areas may also fade or bleed more quickly due to the lack of extra layers of skin that help lock the tattoo in. Additionally, areas that often face sun exposure can also fade or bleed more quickly without proper sun protection, so tattoos on areas like your arms or legs may require extra sun protection to keep it looking fresh and new for longer.

Regardless of where you choose to place your tattoo, proper tattoo care can help slow down the fading process; all tattoos in every location benefit from sun protection and moisturization. And while there is no “right” or “wrong” area for your tattoo, it’s important to keep in mind the long-term effects of each location you’re considering.