Because the pros told us so.
Figure out if balance means anything to you.
« Customers with tattoos focused on one side of the body will sometimes come into the shop wanting a tattoo on the other side to even it out, » Alex McWatt — tattoo artist of Three Kings Tattoo Parlor in Brooklyn — told BuzzFeed. If balance is a priority, that cuts your potential tat locations in half.
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If you’re thinking of getting a color tattoo, you may want to avoid exposed areas that get a lot of sun.
« Extended sun exposure fades color tattoos, » said McWatt. « If you're a sun bunny, I'd suggest sticking with a black tattoo. » If you want to go for color, consider placing it in an area that isn't always exposed to the elements.
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If you have a low pain tolerance, avoid tattooing areas of the body that are really ticklish to you.
« The most painful areas to get tattooed vary from person to person, » Jon Mesa of Sacred Tattoo in New York City told BuzzFeed. « In general, areas that have ticklish, sensitive skin (like the neck, ribs, and stomach) tend to be painful for everyone. » Why? Because those areas have more nerve endings.
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You also might want to avoid tattooing any joints.
« Knees, elbows, and at the base of the neck can be intense, » McWatt said.
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