(Closed) Tattoo pain (NWR)

posted 6 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 3
3967 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@brandybelle:  I’ve never gotten a tattoo, but I hear along your ribs and hip (near the bones) it’s super sensitive. I would get the empty heart so there’s less inking in! And I would forgo names. It’s just TOO permanent for me for that sort of thing! To each their own.

Post # 4
561 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@brandybelle:  Hey I dont have any tattoos BUT, one of my friends is heavily tattooed and I know from speaking to her that pain depends on two things.


1)  How close the area is to bone.

2)  How “fleshy” that area is.


Softer areas like arms are less painful and “intense” than harder areas like wrists, pelvic bones, feet etc.  If you get that right on the pelvic bone its going to hurt more than if you just move it up a tiny bit and go for the fleshier area beneath the tummy.


Post # 5
3671 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

That’s pretty much exactly where two of my tattoos are (I have four).  I honestly didn’t think it was that bad.  You get to lay down which helped me and each time and I got used to the pain after a few minutes.  I do agree that the last name part is up to you but I’m not a fan of getting something like that because of how permanent it is. 

Post # 6
2863 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I have tattos in that area and yes it does hurt, but really they all do. It wasn’t anything unberable- just take some Advil beforehand and don’t feel bad if you need to stop for breaks. There is no medal given for those who never say ouch or who don’t cry 🙂 

Post # 7
1084 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

I have three tattoo’s and for all three I used Dr. Numb.

It worked amazing and really helped calm my nerves! Just search for it on google.

Post # 8
2214 posts
Buzzing bee

I always heard that boney parts hurt more and fleshy parts hurt less when you get a tattoo, but that wasn’t the case for me. The bone hurt much less, but I am also very ticklish where the fleshy part of my tattoo is, so I’m not sure if that played into at all. I describe getting tattooes like having a sunburn and getting slapped over and over again. Not extremely painful, but you definitely know it’s happening.

Post # 9
605 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2014 - Brazil Room

I have a full backpiece and a piece on my leg. Not in the area you’re asking about, but my artist can tell you that there are some people that can sit and be just fine and some that have to take it very slow (multiple sessions) because the pain is so intense.

You may even find that one side is worse than the other. Find an artist that is patient with pain tolerance and won’t be mean to you if you need to split up your sessions based on your tolerance. And of course find someone who does very good custom work (check their portfolio)… check for shaky line work or bad proportions. Often times you get what you pay for.

Anyway, pain going to be based on your body chemistry and genetics.

But generally, the most painful areas are: ribs, elbows, upper chest, underarm, and feet.



Post # 10
1715 posts
Bumble bee

Tattoos over bone hurt more than tattoos on the fattier body. But trust me, its not NEAR as scary as it (literally) sounds. And not near as painful as you think. Getting a booster shot is worse.

Post # 11
2024 posts
Buzzing bee

It’ll hurt a bit. When my tattoo artist tattooed that spot he pulled the skin tight, so some of it lay over my hip bone, and that’s when it was the most uncomfortable. It wasn’t unbearable though. It’s much more of a burning sensation than anything, since the needles move so fast. Just pop a couple of asprin/ibuprofen/advil whatever about an hour before you go, and that will also help with swelling and irritation 🙂 You’ll be fine!

Post # 12
431 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@brandybelle:  It’s a tattoo. It’s a needle scraping against your skin. Yes the hip area is bit sensitive but everyone has a different pain tolerance. 

The best way I can describe is, is like a cat scartching over and over again but after a couple minutes, you just become numb and you get used to it.

Post # 13
2418 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

I have a tattoo slightly higher than where you are looking at getting yours. It was painful, but no where as bad as the one on my ribs. Make sure you do your research on th artist you are going to use!

I would not, however, suggest taking any sort of pain reliever/ibuprofen before you go. It can thin your blood and then you could bleed more. My tattoo artist, who also happens to be my Future Sister-In-Law, strongly advises against it.

Post # 14
3077 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I have a tattoo on my ribs and it really didn’t hurt that bad.  For something that small yes it won’t feel great, but that will probably take 10 minutes.

Post # 15
6839 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Put this way I am deathly afraid of needles and have 2 tats.  One on my back (upper between shoulder blades and other one on the ankle.) The ankle one hurt worse because it is near the bone.  It felt like bunch of pricks constantly til he was done. 

Post # 16
2188 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2024

I have one there and it didn’t hurt horrible (I have many more tats) however it hit nerves and my leg twitched so the artist had to go slow. Like other bees I agree, a tat is permanent and I wouldn’t do a name.

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