Thigh Tattoos Hurt is one of the main things that keep people indecisive when it comes to getting ink is the pain issue. It is well known that getting a tattoo isn’t the most pleasant experience. Having a tattoo needle puncture your skin up to 3000 times per minute over a course of an approximately hour-long tattoo session surely explains the source of the pain, partially.
Probably the main cause of increased pain and discomfort during tattooing stems from the very location of the inking process on the body. Some body parts hurt more than others thanks to the difference in skin thickness, nerve endings, bone proximity, etc.
So, if you’re looking to get a tattoo but you’re not sure which body part to choose, you’re in the right place. In the following paragraphs we’re going to take an in-depth look at thigh tattoos, whether they hurt, and if they do, then how exactly much. Thigh tattoos are getting increasingly popular, so it is only right to see whether they hurt less or more than the other tattoo locations.
Thigh Tattoos and Pain: Do Thigh Tattoos Hurt?
Tattoo Pain – Explained
Before we get into thigh tattoos specifically, it is important to understand why tattoos hurt in the first place.
Let’s be frank right away – people experience tattoo pain differently. What is painful to one person is a small discomfort sensation for the other. The way we perceive pain is different, but we can all agree that some things hurt, a lot, for everyone. But, bearing in mind that one’s pain tolerance differs from other people’s can help us understand why some people get head tattoos, and others don’t.
Tattooing is done using a tattoo machine that pushes the tattoo needle into the skin at an approximate rate of up to 3000 times per minute. This allows the needle to penetrate the skin to reach the dermis layer where the needle creates a vacuum into which it places the tattoo ink.
All of this happens super quickly and the whole designated tattoo area needs to undergo the same process. In some cases, where clients want better and bolder pigmentation, the area can be repeatedly tattoo as well.
The pain during tattooing generally stems from the following factors;
- Location of the tattoo (some body parts hurt more than others)
- Thinness or thickness of the skin (skin on the ribs, for example, is super thin compared to buttocks skin)
- Amount of nerve endings in the tattooed area (thin skin generally means more nerve endings, and more pain)
- Bone proximity (the closer a bone is to the skin, the more painful the tattoo, i.e. tattoos on knees, elbows, ribs, etc.)
So, Do Thigh Tattoos Hurt?
Considering what we’ve learned about tattoos and pain in the previous paragraphs, it is safe to say that thigh tattoos aren’t up there with the most painful body areas to get ink.
Thighs are meaty and fleshy, without direct proximity to the bone or a lot of nerve endings. However, there are the front and the back (outer, inner, upper, lower, and back thigh areas, to be more specific) of the thigh which can react differently to the tattoo needle. The front part of the thigh is the fleshy, meaty part, where the muscles are dominant and the tattoo needle has little or no impact in terms of pain.
The lower the placement of the tattoo is on the thigh the more pain you can expect. The lower thigh connects to the knee (muscles and nerves), where the nerves are less protected and the bone proximity is higher.
So, if you want to get a thigh tattoo, but don’t want to really deal with the whole pain ordeal (especially in case of lower pain tolerance), we definitely recommend you go for the upper, and outer thigh tattoos.