If you are thinking about joining the inking community but wondering where to get your first tattoo, we have compiled a helpful guide to the top 5 locations to help you decide. Do you want to stand out from the crowd or just roll with the body art movement? Although tattoo removal is now big business, having a good think before you decide what and where, can save you a lot of hassle down the line.
The lower back has ranked as the number one choice for location for many years. It is favoured by women, yet with male and female figures included it is still right up there in the top spot. Famously nicked named the ‘tramp stamp’ because it is can be visible when someone bends forward and badly fitting clothes part company, this location has common written all over it. If you are looking to be a little different, you may want to avoid it. In terms of pain levels, any work directly over the spine, or branching out to the very edges of the back can cause a sharp intake of breath.
Again a location favoured by the girls, the inner or outer wrist is a good choice for a first timer. It tends to be a tougher area, and there isn’t a huge amount of space, so anything that goes there will have to be smaller. Perfect for a name or symbol, this can also be easily hidden for work by a long sleeved top. Pain levels are pretty low, and you can flash your art whenever you want to show it off.
Feet have become a popular location for tattoos and rocketed up the list over the last few years. Still considered a largely feminine area, the foot can be rather sensitive and make you squirm in the chair. Possibly not the best location for the first time victim. Consider how often you will get to see your artwork if you are largely in shoes or boots for work. This is an area that is prone to fade and damage more easily than other sites.
Finally, one for the lads. Tribal armbands are massively popular amongst the younger lads, however this does make them rather common and less of statement. Tribal tattoos are considered the tramp stamp of the male tattoo world. If it has to be an armband aim for original design. This is a low pain area though, so a good choice for a first time in the chair.
Hands and Fingers
We are always surprised that this still makes the charts. Ok, hand and finger tattoos tend to be pretty pain free, but they are also the most susceptible to damage. Washing of hands and constant exposure to the elements makes this a poor area for tattoo longevity. It was made popular by various celebs but expect to have to return to the chair for touch ups much more often than any other location.