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. sarah

    June 25, 2017 at 3:44 pm

    My tattoo is on my lower shoulder area, and it didn’t hurt at all. The back/shoulder would definitely be a good starting area for a first-timer in my opinion.

    • web admin

      web admin

      June 26, 2017 at 1:26 pm

      Thank you for sharing your experiences. It is certain that you will help other people who are thinking about getting a tattoo. Have a great day, Sarah!

  2. Sheila

    June 22, 2017 at 4:38 pm

    I just got my first tattoo ever today on my forearm just above my wrist , I gotta say it barely hurt at all , I mean there were a few times that I could actually feel the needle , but otherwise it wasn’t as bad as I had heard it would be , I’m actually looking forward to getting another one as soon as I can come up with the money and find out how much it would cost :).sh

    • web admin

      web admin

      June 22, 2017 at 5:29 pm

      Thank you for sharing your positive and insightful comment. Keep in mind that it is important to care for your tattoo. Your tattoo artist likely gave you lotion for your tattoo. Be certain to use to according to their instructions. Have a great day, Sheila!

      • Sheila

        June 22, 2017 at 8:01 pm

        Actually all they gave me was a card on how to care for it , like washing it periodically and spritzing it with alcohol twice a day , what kind of lotion would be good to use on this?

        • web admin

          web admin

          June 23, 2017 at 3:23 pm

          Use non-scented lotion that is basic. You may want to speak with someone who makes lotions. They will have a good idea for what you should use. They may even have some options available that you can purchase. If no natural options are available, then use baby lotion. Have a great day, Sheila!

        • sarah

          June 25, 2017 at 3:38 pm

          Hey Sheila, congrats on the tattoo! I would recommend Aquaphor. Wash it in the morning and before bed with unscented soap, and put the Aquaphor on immediately after washing. 🙂

          • web admin

            web admin

            June 26, 2017 at 1:25 pm

            Thank you, Sarah! It is great to see that our community continues to share their helpful insights and experiences. Please continue to share your ideas in the future. Have a great day, Sarah!

  3. Latrica

    June 20, 2017 at 10:25 am

    I had my inside wrist on both sides done with no pain felt like an annoying bug. Lower back was good till they go up the spine crikey..thigh, shoulder upper chest area and back no pain at all. Have a total of 15 and wanting to do a full sleeve on my leg..

    • web admin

      web admin

      June 20, 2017 at 6:48 pm

      Thank you for sharing your insights and experiences. Please share any future tattoos with us as our community loves to hear about new tattoos. Have a great day, Latrica!

  4. DRea

    June 1, 2017 at 10:57 pm

    Foot was the worse I’ve ever gotten

    • web admin

      web admin

      June 2, 2017 at 2:31 pm

      Thanks for the insight, DRea!

  5. Cierra Wallace

    May 24, 2017 at 12:57 pm

    Im thinking about getting a lttle wolf tattoo somewhere. Im not sure where I want it though, but I want to be able to show it off in Bikini Season

    • web admin

      web admin

      May 25, 2017 at 9:11 am

      That leaves a lot of options available. Depending on your pain tolerance, there are a number of options that you could choose. Which ones are currently your favorites?

  6. Sevy

    May 16, 2017 at 8:41 pm

    I recently got a tattoo on my ribs and it was pretty intense. No tears or even eye watering but it felt like someone dragging a hot knife thru your skin.

    • web admin

      web admin

      May 17, 2017 at 2:21 pm

      I have heard that the ribs are rather painful. Thanks for sharing your story, Sevy–I am sure that our readers will appreciate getting the extra insight. Thanks for commenting!

  7. Heaven

    May 6, 2017 at 10:53 pm

    I Post To be getting a tattoo and I Wanna know do the wrist hurt

    • web admin

      web admin

      May 7, 2017 at 10:50 am

      It may hurt a bit. Since wrist tattoos tend to be smaller, the pain shouldn’t last for too terribly long though. Good luck, Heaven!

  8. Laura

    March 22, 2017 at 9:27 am

    Hip tattoos are least painful i had an elephant there and it didnt hurt the slighest even though its small it didnt hurt so i agree with the hip being least painful

    • web admin

      web admin

      March 22, 2017 at 9:42 am

      Thank you for commenting–it really helps our other readers to get personal insights from people who have had those exact tattoos. Thanks, Laura!

  9. elizabeth sharkey

    March 15, 2017 at 4:08 am

    Hi,I want to get a tattoo with meaning for my grandson who was killed aged 27 and my daughter his mum who passed 1995 I would like to get one in their memory I have thought about it for 2 years I was thinking inner wrist any suggestions ..it’s my first tattoo I’m 67 year lady…I would like something spiritual would be grateful if anyone can help…

    • web admin

      web admin

      March 15, 2017 at 3:47 pm

      There are many options. Spirituality can be very specific to each person. If you want to memorialize them with a quote, then you can always do that. Some people like dates, and some people like pictures. Another member of our community who has shared your experiences might have an idea for you. Have a great day, Elizabeth!

    • Cheyenne

      April 12, 2017 at 7:33 pm

      I would say wrist personally

      • web admin

        web admin

        April 13, 2017 at 8:55 am

        Thank you for sharing your thoughts! Have a great day, Cheyenne!

  10. Diana

    March 12, 2017 at 6:23 am

    I’m planning on getting a tattoo soon on collarbone and I was wondering if it hurts ?

    • web admin

      web admin

      March 12, 2017 at 2:27 pm

      All tattoos will come with unpleasant sensations. Bones may hurt more than other areas. That said, do not be concerned about the pain. Instead, speak with your artist about proper aftercare. Properly caring for your body after you get a tattoo is the most important thing for you to worry about. Have a great day, Diana!

  11. Taylor Goodson

    February 27, 2017 at 10:16 am

    i want to get my first tattoo soon, i have a low pain tolerance and im not sure where would be the best place

    • web admin

      web admin

      February 27, 2017 at 1:09 pm

      Tattoo pain can be difficult for many people to overcome. Many people have shared various places on the body that has hurt them and others where tattoos were barely noticeable. Allow the concerns regarding pain to slip your mind. Instead, focus on how to properly care for your tattoo after it is completed. This is the most important part of the experience. Have a great day, Taylor!

    • Ruth

      March 3, 2017 at 10:38 am

      I had my first tattoo on my breast and my 2nd one on my thigh. The breast tattoo hardly hurt at all. It was all black. The one of my thigh was quite painful especially as it got to the inner thigh.

      • web admin

        web admin

        March 3, 2017 at 3:16 pm

        Thanks for the advice–I am sure that Taylor Goodson will appreciate getting the extra insight. Thanks for commenting, Ruth!

  12. RJS

    February 27, 2017 at 5:56 am

    The chest tattoo is by far the least painful ! Definitely recommend !

    • web admin

      web admin

      February 27, 2017 at 12:56 pm

      Thank you for sharing your experiences and insights. Please feel free to contribute to our community in the future. Have a great day, RJS!

  13. Julie

    February 26, 2017 at 3:48 pm

    I have a couple tattoos in the locations listed above. It by far the worst tattoo I ever got was the one on my thigh, not directly on top but on the side…I have never been in more pain in my life. Screaming so loud the tattoo artist had to stop because it scared him. I had never screamed in a tattoo ever. Given birth several major surges but the thigh tattoo was so bad if rather give birth and have the surges again.

    • web admin

      web admin

      February 27, 2017 at 11:48 am

      Thank you for sharing your experiences and insights. If you have any advice that you want to share, then please do so. Feel free to share more of your thoughts and ideas as well. Have a great day, Julie!

  14. Emma

    February 26, 2017 at 8:12 am

    Im planning on getting a tattoo when I’m 17, I want to get behind my ear, will that hurt a lot or is it bearable?

    • web admin

      web admin

      February 26, 2017 at 2:40 pm

      You may experience pain, however you should not concern yourself with the pain. Bone tattoos are more painful than flesh tattoos. However, it is most important to speak with your artist about proper after care. This will prevent infections and additional future pains. Enjoy, Emma!

  15. Shannon

    February 24, 2017 at 4:15 pm

    I have 10 tattoos and I’m thinking about getting one on each of my thighs. The most painful place for me was my shoulder blades. The pain from a tattoo is a sort of a rite of passage. As long as you take care of it right you will have a beautiful piece of artwork that is done for you.

    • web admin

      web admin

      February 26, 2017 at 12:21 pm

      Thank you for sharing your experiencing and insights. If you have any other advice, the please feel free to share your thoughts and ideas. Have a great day, Shannon!

  16. Paige

    February 13, 2017 at 2:30 am

    Haha speaking from experience if you haven’t ever had a tattoo before then starting off on your ribs or hips will be a somewhat regrettable experience! There isn’t many body parts I have remained untouched with a needle but let me tell you the ribs suck! Especially if you are thin and haven’t got a lot of flesh on that area. I’ve sat a total of 7 hours on that area in split sittings and within those 7 hours only a small partial amount of that time was comfortable and I still stand to argue that’s the most painful area I’ve ever been touched with a machine.

    The Thighs, arms and the upper shoulder and back are no bother what so ever with the longest sitting on my thigh being 8 hours but it’s important to remember that everybody’s pain threshold is different and that whilst one area might suck for one person another may think ‘well what was all the fuss about?’

    That being said tattoo pain is only temporary and you have beautiful artwork in exchange! I have no regrets and would do it all again 🙂

    • web admin

      web admin

      February 13, 2017 at 10:01 am

      Thank you for sharing your experiences and insights. It is great to see such informative comments from our community. Please feel free to share more of your thoughts and feelings in the future. Have a great day, Paige!

  17. Ashley

    February 11, 2017 at 9:40 am

    I just turned 15 and i really wanna get a tatoo but i wanna know out of all these options which one is the least painful.

    • web admin

      web admin

      February 11, 2017 at 10:48 am

      All tattoos are painful in some way. However, the pain is temporary and is really not that bad. The places that will be the least painful are places where the needle can not hit bone or sensitive tissue (like under the arm). It is important to speak with your artist about proper after care. Best of luck, Ashley!

  18. Kirsty

    February 7, 2017 at 6:35 am

    hi, Im wanting my first ever tattoo in March, on the outer side of my right shin. I’m just wanting to know if it will hurt major or not? I have a low pain threshold 🙁

    • web admin

      web admin

      February 8, 2017 at 11:05 am

      You will experience pain with any tattoo. However, there is no reason to be concerned about it. It is not damaging and the pain is temporary. It is important to speak with your artist about after care. This is the most important part of getting a tattoo. This will help reduce pain and nourish your skin. Best of luck, Kirsty!

  19. Nisha

    February 5, 2017 at 11:00 pm

    I am planning to do my 1st tattoo in nape of the neck..is it pain more compair to other parts.i have a low pain tolerance…

    • web admin

      web admin

      February 6, 2017 at 11:45 am

      Any tattoos that you have that go over the bone, like a nape tattoo, may be more intense than other tattoos. However, if you are concerned about pain, then you probably should not get a tattoo. That said, the pain is temporary and not at all that bad. Most tattoo stories are exaggerated. Speak with your tattoo artist about proper aftercare. Best of luck, Nisha!

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