How much worse does a back tattoo hurt than others?

I know that it hurts more in certain places of your body, but from a 1-10, how painful is it compared to others? If I can’t get one of my back, I was thinking about my forearm. *YES! I do know that it’s permanent and that it’ll get old and weird looking with age, but I don’t CARE. If you don’t know the answer to this question, and all you want to do is nag me on how I shouldn’t get one because I’ll regret it and blah blah, then…don’t answer. Thank you! (-;

I have a tattoo on my lower back, (i got it as a divorce gift LONG before the term "tramp stamp" was ever coined, so don’t hate *grin*) Any how, it took 2 hours to "work up" and nearly five hours to tat.
And i have my Chinese zodiac, (the Horse) in between my shoulders. That one took about 20 minutes to work up, and about an hour to tat.

Regardless of the amount of time it took to actually work on my skin, WITH OUT A DOUBT, the tat on my lower back, hurt nearly as bad as childbirth. (i should know. I gave birth three times,)
..The one In between the shoulders, not so much.

But regardless of the pain, i am SO NOT done.
It is therapeutic. Or dare i say, spiritual.
Now i know you don’t want to hear the blah blah part. I was 30+ when i got my first. I took the time to make sure, that the image(s) were something i could live with FOR THE REST OF MY LIFE. So far i am good with that. Just promise me,,, scratch that, promise yourself, not to put a girl/boy friends name. Or the logo of a current favorite TV/Movie/Recording artist. Because i promise you, 40 years from now, you will be looking for a good surgeon that can remove it.. *hug*

But to hopefully answer your question. The most painful tat places. Lower back, ankles and on the top of your toe’s. Or anywhere else, where there is thin skin, and nearly no space between skin and bone..

8 Responses to “How much worse does a back tattoo hurt than others?”

  1. MotherNature says:

    I have a tattoo on my lower back, (i got it as a divorce gift LONG before the term "tramp stamp" was ever coined, so don’t hate *grin*) Any how, it took 2 hours to "work up" and nearly five hours to tat.
    And i have my Chinese zodiac, (the Horse) in between my shoulders. That one took about 20 minutes to work up, and about an hour to tat.

    Regardless of the amount of time it took to actually work on my skin, WITH OUT A DOUBT, the tat on my lower back, hurt nearly as bad as childbirth. (i should know. I gave birth three times,)
    ..The one In between the shoulders, not so much.

    But regardless of the pain, i am SO NOT done.
    It is therapeutic. Or dare i say, spiritual.
    Now i know you don’t want to hear the blah blah part. I was 30+ when i got my first. I took the time to make sure, that the image(s) were something i could live with FOR THE REST OF MY LIFE. So far i am good with that. Just promise me,,, scratch that, promise yourself, not to put a girl/boy friends name. Or the logo of a current favorite TV/Movie/Recording artist. Because i promise you, 40 years from now, you will be looking for a good surgeon that can remove it.. *hug*

    But to hopefully answer your question. The most painful tat places. Lower back, ankles and on the top of your toe’s. Or anywhere else, where there is thin skin, and nearly no space between skin and bone..
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  2. kimberly says:

    i have one on my left shoulder and it did not hurt at all and my man has on on his back from his left shoulder to his right shoulder and he said it hurt like hell so i would not start there but if this your first tattoo i would start with the calf on your leg that’s were i started . and ya know what more power to you with getting a tattoo i have 5 and i love every one of them i got my first tattoo when i was 15 im 19 now and i have no regrets about non of them (good luck with your tattoo ) ps tattoos on your foot don’t hurt ether.
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  3. rko88 says:

    I have a pretty large back piece and it was the most painful tattoo that I got done. It’s not finished yet but it hurt pretty bad compared to my upper arm tattoos. I have a tattoo on my right arm and one on my left arm that are pretty big and detailed but the one on my back felt like a hot knife dragging across my skin. So on a scale of 1-10 I would say it was 9, it hurt but I toughed it out and it was well worth it. So if you do plan on getting a tattoo on your back it’s going to hurt but it’s tolerable so just try thinking about other things or talk to your artist to take your mind off the pain. I have a lot of shading done so maybe that’s why but the entire outline hurt especially at the top of my back. Good luck getting tattooed! Here is my back piece.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/61209876@N07/5575349726/
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    myself 3 tats

  4. Dee Hitcher says:

    I have 2 tattoos on my back. A Shakespear quote on bottom and a Celtic design at top between shoulders.
    My first was the writing and by god it hurt. I remember making lots of noise and the guy waiting out front wasstarting to change his mind.I also remember asking the artist what was taking so long. He said I’m just crossing the T’s. I said F u c k the T’s just finish =)
    But it waas worth it. I was back bout 2 years later for the Celtic one.
    Also got a Celtic spiral just below my wrist. And 2mrw I’m going back to back =) Here’s a link
    http://fashstyles.com/wing-tattoos-girls/

    the coloured wings is what I’m planning on just maybe not so big
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    A tattoo addict beginner

  5. seandd says:

    it all depends the bottom and the top of the back is less pain full than the middle and sides.
    all tats hurt my some numming cream and take a couple of strong pain killers you will be ok. when they start the tattoo you will know .
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    lots of tattoos

  6. fellbuddy says:

    It really depends on your pain theshold. I am having a whole back piece done ,so far 24 hours of work have gone into it ,it is a very detailed piece and except for two moments when I said ‘ouch’ there has been no pain at all.Those moments reall y did last only as long as it took for me to say ouch .
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  7. Amanda says:

    I have one on my lower back and one on my shoulder. The one on my shoulder was painful but I could cope with it, the lower back one nearly made me pass out – worse than childbirth, and I have had four! I chose those places as they are discrete and I am too old to care whether or not I have a ‘tramp stamp’! I love the colours in my lower back tattoo but remember the pain as if it was yesterday, and I thought I had a high pain threshold. I love them though despite the pain!!
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    I have two tattoos, one on my shoulder at the front and one on my lower back around my spine (ouch!)

  8. L. says:

    It really all depends on your own pain tolerance. I have the whole top of my back tattooed and a large lower back tattoo as well. I usually sit for 4 hours at a time when I’m working on my back piece, and it really doesn’t bother me at all. Pain level is about a 2. Now, i have large one on my right hip & that was my most painful. I’d rate that at about a 6.

    Some people hurt more in the "fattier" areas, such as stomach, top of arms, butts. Some in "sensitive" areas – lower stomach, inside of arms. Or "boney" areas – spine, hip bone, ribs.

    Regardless, if the art that you want is REALLY what you want any pain is worth it.
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