10 Least Painful Places to Get a Tattoo for Girls

By on September 17, 2014

The thought of a needle digging into your skin seems pretty darn painful, right? But what if I told you there’s actually some tattoo locations with very minimal pain? That’s right! There’s not only 1 or 2, but 10 different places where you can get a tattoo without even as much as a single tear. Think of it like this: it doesn’t really feel like a needle being drug through your skin, it really just feels like someone poking you with a pinprick in an annoying fashion. That being said, here’s 10 least painful tattoo locations that won’t make you shriek in pain, just be a little annoyed for a lengthy amount of time!


1. Outer Shoulder

Outer Shoulder

You have undoubtedly seen outer shoulder tattoos, whether they were small, stand alone tattoos or something much grander (better known as a half sleeve). There’s three reasons for this. One, these tattoos are visible 99% of the time. Secondly, there’s plenty of flesh space to draw a masterpiece. Thirdly, it’s the least painful place to get a tattoo. If you’re in the market for an adorable tattoo that will look great with minimal pain spent, I recommend an outer shoulder tat.

2. Thigh

thigh tattoos

You’ve probably seen a recent influx in the amount of thigh tattoos on women. This is because of the simple reason that thigh tattoos are becoming increasingly popular for a variety of reasons. Much like the outer shoulder, there is plenty of space to paint your canvas on. The pain amount is definitely tolerable with a thigh tattoo, and best of all: thigh tattoos look absolutely ADORABLE paired up with your favorite short shorts. Need I say more?

3. Wrist

Wrist tattoo


Were you thinking about getting a cute, little tattoo on your wrist? Well, you’ll be happy to know that wrist tattoos aren’t just feminine and cutesy, but they are also one of the least painful places to get tatted. So go ahead- rock that little heart you’ve been dreaming of or get that short quote you love- it won’t hurt a bit!

4. Upper Back

Upper Back tattoo

The back is another excellent area for tattoos because of the huge space available. Many people opt to get tattoos crossing the entire length of the upper half of their backs while others choose a smaller tattoo on one side of the back. Either way, back tattoos are fairly minimal when it comes to pain- as long as you stay away from the spine and armpit area. Then you might find yourself squinting and squirming in pain!

5. Shin

Shin tattoo

Below the knee and above the ankle is an excellent spot to get a tattoo- especially if you choose to place it on the outer area of your shin away from the bone. Whether you choose a large tattoo that covers half your leg or something small and cute, you can rest assured that you won’t be bothered by an intense amount of pain. Not to mention shin tattoos look really lovely with cropped jeans and shorts!

6. Neck

neck tattoos

Much like back tattoos, neck tattoos are really easy to handle- as long as you stay away from the spine. And no, you weren’t seeing things: neck tattoos are becoming incredibly popular in the female tattoo world, just like thigh tattoos. Many woman are breaking into the tattoo world and choosing this location for their first, the most common place being directly behind the ear. Don’t worry yourself thinking a tat that close to the head HAS to hurt- that mindset couldn’t be any further from the truth.


7. Ribs

rib tattoos

Now, I am not going to sit here and lie to you: the ribs are a bit more painful than the other 6 locations listed, but it’s definitely not an area that will lead to tears. You might be under the impression that rib tattoos HAVE to hurt- I mean, the ribs are a rather sensitive area, right? On the contrary! Ribs are thick and ready to rumble when it comes to pain. So I invite you to finally get that quote or flower blasted on your rib cage. It will look amazing and super hot when it comes time for bikini season!

8. Hips

hip tattoo

You know those adorable hip tattoos? The one with the matching set of artwork on both sides? Yeah, you know what I’m talking about. And I KNOW you love them- how could you not? Hip tattoos aren’t just sexy and trendy, they’re also pretty painless! Whether you’re opting for the matching set of tats on either side or want something across your lower abdomen, rest assured you won’t be in for the worst time of your life. And when it’s all over and done with, you’ll love how sexy the tattoo looks against your jeans and shorts.

9. Stomach

Stomach tattoo

Stomach tattoos are just plain cool. Plus they’re hidden out of sight 95% of the time, which is a major selling point for those who don’t want visible tattoos. Stomach tattoos are also pretty painless no matter where you put them-on your lower abdomen, on your side, even around your belly button!

10. Chest

Chest tattoo

You might see chest tattoos more commonly on men, but females are definitely breaking into the chest tattoo world. Chest tattoos are hot, plain and simple. You can come up with an amazing design that covers your entire chest and it will look amazing. Plus they’re easy to spot, look awesome with shirts and bathing suits, and you won’t have to deal with any crazy amount of pain. Just stay away from the armpit area!


Remember, everyone’s pain tolerance is different- what might be painless to some can be gut-wrenching to others. But these 10 locations have been reported as being the least painful by the majority of individuals who have been tattooed in those spots. So what are you waiting for? Don’t let the fear of pain keep you from getting the tattoo you have always wanted. Venture out and get that ink!


Ladies, have you ever had a tattoo in one of these particular locations? Would you agree that they are the least painful, or did you have a painful experience? Let us know!


  1. Lora snyder

    November 12, 2016 at 5:50 pm

    I wanted to get a semicolon on my wrist or forearm… what would u suggest? Wrist or forearm? i heard they both hurt but I’m just weighing out the idea of a wrist tat or a forearm tat… I need some help

    • web admin

      web admin

      November 13, 2016 at 11:08 am

      Choosing to place a tattoo on the wrist or forearm is a common concern. Pain is temporary, but tattoos are permanent. Don’t concern yourself with the pain that comes with a tattoo in regards to your placement. It all depends on how you want other people to see you. If you want your tattoo to be seen by everyone all of the time, then put it on your wrist. If you want the option to cover it up, then put it on your forearm. Look inward and determine how you want your tattoo to influence your lice. Best of luck, Lora!

  2. katt crossman

    November 10, 2016 at 9:55 am

    I have a tattoo on my upper wrist all the way to my elbow and barley any pain

    • web admin

      web admin

      November 10, 2016 at 2:28 pm

      Thank you for sharing your experience and insight. It is certain that you will help someone in the future when they decide to make a decision regarding a tattoo. Feel free to share your thoughts in the future. Enjoy life, Katt!

  3. Abigail

    October 28, 2016 at 7:33 pm

    Wow even though my parents wouldn’t let me get a tattoo,this is actually a great idea!Because me my second oldest sister ,Katie and the youngest,Noelle wr are planning to get a tattoo in the future and of course I’ll tell them this really awesome feedback onbwhere it is least painful tobget tatted on or id like to call it getting a masterpiece done on!I’ll definitely check thia site for a lot of feedback on different subjects!!??????

    • web admin

      web admin

      October 29, 2016 at 11:36 am

      Thank you for sharing your tattoo plans. If you all decide to do so, then please share your experience. This will allow our other community members to gather additional information and insights about tattoos and what to do. Remember, what is most important is to properly care for your tattoo afterward. Your artist will have many ideas about what to do to ensure the health of your skin and stability of your tattoo. Thank you, Abigail!

  4. Josh

    October 28, 2016 at 10:38 am

    I’m getting a quote tattooed on my shoulder it’s a quote from my best friend ” And black matches our souls ” or on my wrist maybe

    • web admin

      web admin

      October 28, 2016 at 3:12 pm

      Your tattoo idea sounds like an interesting idea. It is certain that it will bring the two of you together in a more permanent way. Feel free to share your positive ideas and thoughts with us in the future, John!

  5. Courtney

    October 21, 2016 at 11:18 am

    In my opinion, the ribs and hip are the most painful spots to get a tattoo. Most reputable shops will not commit to big tattoos on the ribs or hip on a first time client because they almost always tap out and don’t come back because they couldn’t handle the pain. I have 3 tattoos and my hip one was undoubtedly the worst. The skin on your stomach is sensitive and it felt like a white hot knife every time the needle went over that area. The boney part of my hip was sharp agony. And my ribs vibrated when the needle passed over them for the most unbearable pain. I could barely sit still for that one. My wrist hurt very bad but it was small and took less than 40 minutes. My shoulder wastrap the longest at 4 and a half hours but some spots honestly felt numb with no pain. The fleshiest parts of your body are where it hurts the least. I sincerely hope this article isn’t the reason some girls go into a shop and ask for a hip or stomach tattoo as their first tattoo.

    • web admin

      web admin

      October 21, 2016 at 6:40 pm

      Thank you for sharing your thoughts and insights with is. It is always beneficial for people to read other views and experiences. Feel free to continue to share your positive and insightful posts in the future. Thank you and enjoy life, Courtney!

  6. Arin

    October 21, 2016 at 9:25 am

    I’m getting my first tattoo tomorrow. I’m very skinny, mostly bone. I’d like to get it either on my chest or hip. My hip has a little bit more meat to it (althoug ticklish) but I was really hoping to get it on my chest. I have a low pain tolerance unless I am majorly distracted. Thoughts?

    The tattoo: http://www.polyvore.com/cgi/img-thing?.out=jpg&size=l&tid=51626068

    • web admin

      web admin

      October 21, 2016 at 6:28 pm

      Thank you for sharing your thoughts and feelings with us. You may find that areas over bone will be the most painful. However, the pain during your tattoo should not be your major concern. Pain will come regardless of where you get a tattoo. What is important is that you care for your tattoo after it is finished. Speak with your artist to get additional information about proper after care. Thank you for attempting to share your tattoo picture with us. Remain positive and enjoy, Arin!

  7. Elizabeth Drennon

    October 15, 2016 at 12:08 am

    I want to get a memorial tattoo for my dad but i dont know where to get it cause it will be a pretty big tattoo but i have a very low pain tolerance do you have any advice????

    • web admin

      web admin

      October 15, 2016 at 10:42 am

      You should talk to your tattoo artist first. As a rule, areas that are over more fat and less bone and nerves are generally less painful. All tattoos are going to be painful though, so you really have to buckle down and deal with the pain. You may also want to consider doing the tattoo in one-hour segments if your tattoo artist lets you so that you only have a short amount of pain to deal with each time. Good luck, Elizabeth Drennon!

  8. Azieqt3

    October 10, 2016 at 1:07 pm

    I wanna get a tattoo on my wrist when I’m older but I’m scared it will hurt to much or it won’t be professional in workplace, so i dont know

    • web admin

      web admin

      October 11, 2016 at 9:22 am

      The nice thing about wrist tattoos is that a large watch or bracelet can cover it when you are at work. As for the pain, it depends entirely on your personal pain tolerance. All tattoos are going to hurt a bit, so I think it is better to choose the spot that you want than a spot that you think is less painful. With that said, you should really think carefully about your personal pain tolerance beforehand because you do not want to have a tattoo that is just half-finished. Good luck, Azieqt3!

    • Savanah TheWriter

      October 13, 2016 at 8:43 am

      I have a very visible tattoo on my wrist, of an image from a video game.. I work in an office with a bunch of older women, and they don’t mind my tattoo. Neither does my boss. They think it’s kind of cool and artistic. So it just depends on where you work and what you’ll be doing. Tattoos are getting more and more popular so it will get harder to hire someone who doesn’t have at least one tattoo. If you’re going to get something on your wrist REMEMBER it will be visible all the time so keep it appropriate!

      • web admin

        web admin

        October 13, 2016 at 9:39 am

        Excellent advice, Savanah. Many workplaces are more open to tattoos now. Even at ones that are less open to tattoos, there are still ways around it. I have a tattoo behind my ear that I hide by just pulling a few strands out of my ponytail. A friend uses a bunch of extra bracelets on her wrist to hide a wrist tattoo. As long as the tattoo is small, it is generally fairly easy to find a way to hide it. Thanks for commenting!

  9. Georgie

    October 6, 2016 at 12:17 pm

    I really want a hip tattoo I heard that it really hurts?? Any opinions.

    • web admin

      web admin

      October 6, 2016 at 3:57 pm

      It can hurt, but all tattoos hurt. It will probably be a little less painful if you weigh more since it will occur less on the bone. If you are super thin, be prepared for a bit more pain. Good luck, Georgie!

  10. Sophie

    October 3, 2016 at 2:28 am

    I have a tattoo on back of my neck and it wasn’t that bad
    It was pain I could handle

    • web admin

      web admin

      October 3, 2016 at 2:00 pm

      Thank you for sharing your experience and insights. It is certain that you will help someone in the future with their questions. Feel free to continue to share your thoughts and ideas in the future to help support the development of our community.

  11. moonlite

    September 25, 2016 at 9:36 am

    I just got the side of my thigh tattooed and it hurt! Felt like someone was dragging a nail against my skin as hard as they could for over 2 hours. It wasn’t so bad that I wouldn’t get another one though. I’m actually already thinking about my next tattoo, on my thigh again xD

    • web admin

      web admin

      September 28, 2016 at 2:21 pm

      Thank you for sharing your experiences with our community. It is always helpful for people to have additional insights and thoughts regarding tattoos. If you have any advice or other thoughts, be sure to share them with us. It is certain that you will be helping other people with your words. Have a great day and thank you, Moonlite.

  12. No

    September 18, 2016 at 8:20 pm

    I want to get a tattoo on the back of my neck . Someone told me it would hurt but all I can’t find is that is a good place to get it .

    • web admin

      web admin

      September 19, 2016 at 1:22 pm

      All tattoos will hurt, and the back of the neck can be fairly painful. If you have a decent pain tolerance though, it will be manageable. If you are extremely averse to pain, I would pick a different area–or at least one that is less noticeable if you back out part way through the tattoo. Good luck, No!

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