Help for a tattoo novice - PLEASE.

United States
March 2, 2007 4:06pm CST
I have been debated for several years whether or not to get a tattoo. I think that I have finally decided to get one. However, I don't know much about them. Where is the most painful place to get a tattoo? What inks fade the fastest? Is there anyting else I should be concerned about?
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@aweaver4 (138)
• United States
3 Mar 07
I've seen yellow fade the worst on people. I have yellow in mine (in 3 of my 7) and its doing fine. The most painful I've experienced was foot, and I really was in alot of pain. I have most of my calf done on my left leg, out of the 6 hours of work, it was fine, except for when he got to the ankle. I seriously had to clinch my teeth and eyes shut tight. Chest, back, legs, are fine that I've experienced. Back was probably the easiest, but I bled more. I would look into tattoo conventions if you dont already have an artist in mind. You'll be able to find people from all over the country, or come down to GA and www.allornothingtattoo.com has AMAZING work and they'll work out travel plans with you! I went there for my last one and I will probably be back for several more.
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• United States
3 Mar 07
Awesome! Thank you so much for all of the info. I had been considering my foot, the inside of my ankle or the inside of my forearm. I have to be more conservative in my field, but I don't want to hide my tats away completely, you know. Thanks for your response. I really appreciate it.
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@addysmum (1225)
• Canada
2 Mar 07
I tattooed my back over the shoulder blade. It only hurt when the artist hit a nerve, she made my foot twitch doing it. Filling in was a bit uncomfortable but it was all good after and I love my tat. My father-in-law has several from his navy days and said the worst ones for pain are the ones on his shin bones. I have to say that would not feel good at all. The pain is so fleeting, once the tat is done the pain is to.
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• United States
3 Mar 07
Yeah, my dad has several tats from being in the military. He told me the pain is pretty bad and suggested I not get any, however my mom and sister have tats and said the pain was not too bad. Thank you for sharing.
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@LadyLeene (584)
• United States
2 Mar 07
The places where the skin is thin (e.g. the wrist, the ankle, or your collarbone) are the ones that hurt the most; the areas with more fat will not hurt you so much. The trade-off is that the fattier places will do more stretching and sagging over the years, which will didtort any body art you might put in those places. I don't know what to tell you about inks other than blackwork is supposedly a little bit more painful than colored work, for some reason, because there is a different way that it has to be applied. (I've only had blackwork done, though, and it was fine.) You want to get the tat done by a licensed tat artist.....if you have friends who've had tat-work done, ask them if there are any places that they recommend. If finances are an issue, you might want to break the actual placement of the tattoo up into different sessions. Your main concerna should be that the place is clean, has a good reputation, and is licensed to actually do tattoo work. Have fun!
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• United States
3 Mar 07
Unfortunatley all of my friends with tattoos have not gotten them anywhere near where I live. I'll be flying blind on this one. I didn't know that any shops will let you work out a payment plan. That's interesting. However, all of the tats I want are super small and will be more inexpensive. Thank you!
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2 Mar 07
I have four tattoos and love them all as they are my own artwork. However, the most painful place is anywhere close to the bone, ankles, shoulderblades, etc. The inks are colourfast for years so don't worry about them fading. The main thing is to look after your new tattoo, keep it clean and make sure you put on some antiseptic cream while it is healing, and for goodness sake do not pick at the scabs. Good luck
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• United States
3 Mar 07
Thank you for sharing your experiences. I think I'm going to be in trouble because the only places I really want to have tattooed are near bones. Ouch!
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