We have had many people emailing us and asking how much tattoo’s hurt, and which areas are the best for “beginners” who are worried about the potential pain caused by the process. In truth there is no definite answer to these questions, as everyone is different, and what is unbearably painful to one person may be a walk in the park for another. However, I am providing a few charts that are made based on the number of nerves in an area, along with anecdotal evidence of which areas are more/less painful.
There are exceptions to the rule of course, and I have heard of people who found the chest very irritating, but noted that they felt nearly nothing on the inner arm. These infographics are not meant to be hard-and-fast rules on what areas will be painful, but it hopefully will help give you a general idea of what you are most likely to experience.
Aside from tattoo location, another factor to take into consideration is the type of tattoo. Lettering or other “line-based” tattoos will typically be less painful than one that involves a lot of shading or thick blocks of colour. Black and white tattoos are also usually less painful (and less time consuming) than coloured pieces. This is because to get the colour right, many artists will have to take a multi-layered approach to it, which involves going over the same areas repeatedly.