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!


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    April 24, 2020 at 10:20 am

    I’m 72 years old and have finally decided I want small tat maybe on my wrist. Just wondering if because I’m on a blood thinner if there is a danger of bleeding or bruising higher than usual. Also, where would be the best spot on a senior body?

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      April 24, 2020 at 7:03 pm

      You may want to speak with your doctor and tattoo artist about your concerns. They will be able to provide you the appropriate medical advice, as they are experienced and knowledgeable in their field.

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    June 19, 2019 at 4:17 am

    I’m getting a tattoo next month. I really want it on my chest a really small one though because it will be my very first one. I am terrified of needles and I’m nineteen years old with a quite skinny body. 😞 What do you suggest I do?

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      June 20, 2019 at 1:41 pm

      If you want a tattoo, then you will have to have the needle. It seems like you need to make a decision about your future. There is no need to be afraid of the tattoo needle. It will hurt, but that pain is temporary. Take whatever action you feel is appropriate. Have a great day, Tracy!

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      January 28, 2020 at 4:00 pm

      I know this is real late, but im 18 in a week, i got my first tattoo when i was 15. It’s just a music note on my wrist but about 1 and a half inches in length, and the lines are decently thick. I dont have the best pain tolerance at all, especially back then, but i found that it only really felt like someone was scraping my skin a little bit, for me though, after getting that one tattoo, i just want to get more and more. I don’t like needles too much but after you experience it once, it’s so much more easier the next times. just be careful to not get addicted if that isnt what you’re aiming for aha

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        January 28, 2020 at 9:50 pm

        Thank you for sharing your experiences and insights. It is certain that your comment will support many members of our community.

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    February 14, 2019 at 6:04 pm

    I got a neck tattoo today. It was very painless. I was so scared literally waiting for the worst but it never came. I can’t wait to get more tattoos. I’ve always wanted a wrist tat but I’m scared. After reading this article I think i will get that next.

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      February 14, 2019 at 11:13 pm

      Thank you for sharing your insights and experiences. It is certainly beneficial when members of out community share their supportive comments. It is certain that others will appreciate your comments, as it will help them make a decision about their future tattoos. Please share more of your thoughts and feelings in the future. Have a great day, Jennifer!

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    Tamyra Love

    February 13, 2019 at 2:42 pm

    I want to get my kids name for my first tattoo, but I don’t know what will be the least pain to get it at ?

    Any suggestions

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      February 14, 2019 at 8:02 pm

      Members of our community will be able to share their insights and experiences with you. This article may give you advice as well. Please share your thoughts and feelings in the future. Have a great day, Tamyra!

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    Taylor Lowrey

    February 1, 2019 at 3:54 am

    I got one on my wrist. The “pain” was just annoying. Eventually it went numb and I was able to watch. It was also my VERY first tattoo. I’m getting another one very soon in memory of my child I lost in October due to a miscarriage. Can’t wait💜

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      February 2, 2019 at 2:51 pm

      Thank you for sharing your thoughts and feelings. We always appreciate when members of our community share their experiences and insights. Please share more of your supportive comments in the future. Have a great day, Taylor!

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    January 10, 2019 at 9:44 am

    I am getting a tattoo on my thigh and it is, HANDS DOWN, the most painful thing I have ever experienced. It is considerably more painful than even my rib cage and ankle, not to mention my hip and back. Those I could do easily. This, I find myself literally pulling my hair. It’s terrible, and I am not entirely sure why, since it’s very cushioned.

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      January 12, 2019 at 1:49 pm

      Thank you for sharing your experiences and insights. It is always beneficial when members of our community share their supportive comments. Please share more of your thoughts and feelings in the future. Have a great day, Ms!

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      May 15, 2019 at 12:24 pm

      Did you get the tattoo on the inside of your thigh or the outer? Because the outside isn’t supposed to hurt if you have some cushion, but I heard the inside is awful!

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        May 15, 2019 at 10:06 pm

        Thank you for sharing your experiences and insights. We always appreciate when members of our community share their thoughts and feelings. Please share more of your supportive comments in the future. Have a great day, HB!

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