How to Determine Placement of your Tattoos

September 26, 2018 2 min read

One of the most important considerations to make when getting a tattoo is where to place it. For some, this may seem like a fairly straightforward decision. However, it’s not one to be taken lightly. This goes for both permanent and semi-permanent tattoos. If you’re getting a real tattoo, you need to consider how your body will change over time. For temporary tattoos, the main consideration should be the visibility of the tattoo and whether it’s appropriate for your current lifestyle. Read on to learn more about the most important factors to consider when deciding on where to place your tattoos.

Visibility's Wishing Tattoo


Unfortunately, certain professions and work environments are not friendly toward tattoos. Even though tattoos have no impact on work performance, they can nevertheless impact your likelihood of getting hired (or fired!). If you work in an industry that is strict about appearances, you should definitely consider placing your tattoo somewhere discrete, such as your back, torso, or thighs. Arms and lower legs are risky but could work if you wear long sleeves and pants. Obvious locations to avoid are the hands, wrists, ankles, head and neck.

Don’t neglect the above considerations if you currently work in a more casual environment. Your career plans may change, and you don’t want a tattoo to prevent you from getting your dream job a few years down the line!

Surface area's Nucifera Tattoo

Tattoos, both permanent and temporary, work best on a flat surface. Rounded and bony areas add an unusual dimensionality that can warp the design. It is also best to avoid parts of the body that stretch significantly or crease, such as the elbows and knees. If you’re getting a real tattoo, you’ll need to consider how the surface area of your body might change over time due to weight gain or loss and the natural aging process. Individuals who work out frequently should also consider how muscular changes could affect the look of their tattoos.


Longevity's Valknut Tattoo

This consideration applies primarily to temporary tattoos, which naturally fade over the course of 1-2 weeks. If you want your tattoo to last longer, think strategically about where to place it. Your hands, for example, would not be ideal because they are washed frequently. Areas that sweat more could also negatively impact the longevity of your tattoo.


Comfort's Veni Vidi Vici Tattoo

The final consideration for tattoo placement applies mostly to permanent tattoos, which as we all know, are quite painful. Certain areas of the body are more sensitive to pain than others, so definitely consider how tolerant you are to pain before committing to a tattoo on, say, your throat. Generally, areas of the body with more fat cushioning will be less painful to tattoo. If you get a temporary tattoo, you may wish to apply it to an area of the body that is less hairy, if you’re concerned about pain. Alternatively, you could shave the location for the tattoo 2-3 days before application.



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