These Are the Most (and Least) Painful Places on Your Body to Tattoo

Pain is subjective—what hurts more for one person doesn’t for another. But, there’s some consensus about which spots hurt more than others.


It’s not the same for everyone

While spots like the ribs and the throat are generally very painful, in reality, every person you meet with ink will likely give you a different answer as to what hurts most. After all, pain level and pain tolerance are subjective, and what’s killer for one person might be a blip on the radar for another. That said, there is some consensus about what areas hurt more than others. Read this before you get a tattoo.

Most Painful: Inner wrist

Sean Dowdell, who founded Club Tattoo alongside the late Linkin Park vocalist Chester Bennington, says the most painful body part he’s ever had done was his wrist. “I’m fully sleeved,” Dowdell says. “I have full back pieces…but for me it was the inside portion of my wrist, right where the flex point is.” Since he has owned and operated Club Tattoo, from 1995 to the present, he says he has come across people who feel the same way. Here are some questions you should ask before getting a tattoo.


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