The rib cage offers a beautiful spread of canvas perfect for cherry blossom tattoos and other scrolling designs, however the thin skin across the ribs can cause quite a bit of a challenge for those being tattooed. You may find starting small and then gradually adding to a side rib cage design is the best way to test the waters first.
2. Behind the Ear
Thanks to the thin and delicate skin around the ear this area is obviously going to be a more sensitive choice. However, don’t let that stop you from inking an easy to conceal design. Whether it be a single feather or an insect tattoo your tattoo artist can help numb the anticipated pain with a specialized cream, not that it will numb everything.
Nevermind the fact that many tattoo artists will not even work on the foot due to uneven and poor healing results, the pain of this placement should also be noted. The foot has a small distribution of body fat so you’ll feel much more of the process. But that doesn’t mean cameo and rosaries won’t always look gorgeous, so have at it if you must.
Chest tattoos are a popular choice for both men and women. They can take years to complete or be artfully inked within a session. Either way, most chest piece tattoos are going to be painful unless you have lots of body fat or muscle. If you’re skinny or of small frame, be prepared to endure a little more for your Old School swallow tattoo.
Be it a small and concealable anklet or a piece that travels up the leg, ankle tattoos can be painful since there’s really nothing there but bone. Delicate as they may seem ankles pull their weight as one of the hurtful spots to ink regardless of their size.