It's going to hurt. You know it's going to hurt, right? Your skin is loaded with nerve endings but some spots are definitely more sensitive than others. What are the most painful spots for tattoos and laser removal? Here are my top five in order of pain - least to most.
1.Inner Thigh - Outer thigh is a breeze but that tender, inner thigh skin is a different story. Here is a fun exercise - run your fingernails across your outer thigh then your inner thigh - feel the difference? Now multiply that by 1000 for tattooing and laser removal.
- Ribs - people always complain about work being done on their ribs - and with good reason. This is a tough spot to be sure. Here is where having a little more cushioning helps. The less body fat you have the more it's going to hurt.
- Elbows and Knee Caps. Mainly for tattooing as this really feels like it is on the bone - and it mostly is. With no fat to speak of once the joint is bent getting your knee or elbow covered is no picnic.
- Neck - you knew that was going to be on the list, right? Try that fingernail trick again - tender. If you have a farmer's tan your neck skin will be tougher but then you should probably pass on getting it tattooed as heavily sun damaged skin doesn't tattoo very well. Tender necks are best and tender skin hurts. A lot.
- Knee and Elbow Ditch. The back part - the squishy, sun deprived fragile area. Lordy it hurts. There are other places that hurt a lot - top of feet and hands, palms, face, stomach, armpits. Hell - all of it hurts to one degree or another - but the back of the knee and inner elbow are seventh circle of Hell level - consider yourself warned, and go get those pain relief products cause your gonna need em!
Before you settle in for a tattoo on one of these extra sensitive spots make sure you have your favorite Face and Body products on hand to help you power through. These tough areas are notorious for causing people to tap out and no one wants to tap out if it can be avoided! I like to start with Super Trio on the skin before it's broken to numb the area and then use Swipe and Sustaine throughout to help deal with the shading. Helps me stay out of the red zone and in the chair were I belong!