Tattoo Placement

Article Highlight: Shoulder Tattoos

Shoulder tattoos are fast becoming some of the most popular pieces of skin art. This wide, flat area provides plenty of canvas for an intricate design that can be shown off or covered at will. Keep reading »

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The placement of a tattoo can in many cases be as important as the design itself. The size of the tat, the shape it takes and whether or not its visible are all effected by the tattoo placement. Choose the right site for your new ink before you even finalize the design to get the best results.

Placing Your Design

There are pros and cons to each area of the body you may consider getting a tattoo on. From increased pain to a larger canvas, there are numerous aspects to consider when placing your tattoo.

Back and Shoulders

The back and shoulder area is one of the biggest canvas stretches on the body. Perfect for large or intricate designs, as well as numerous small tats, the upper and lower back as well as the shoulder blades can sport nearly any type of design. Keep in mind, however, that while you may get some spectacular ink in this region, it may be harder to show it off.

Arms and Legs

Arms and legs are the perfect places to get tats you may want to show off or cover up at will. These smaller areas are also contoured, which means that the shape of your limb may affect the shape of the tattoo. This can be beneficial for tats that need an area to wrap, or it may be inconsequential to smaller tats. In any case, test drive a temporary tat in these areas before committing to the real thing.

Ankles and Wrists

Ankle and wrist tattoos can be delicate and feminine, or they can be extensions of a larger design that extends up the arm or leg. Some people report increased sensitivity in these areas when getting tattooed, and these areas are difficult to cover effectively at all times, so consider them carefully when making your decision.

Hands and Feet

For truly visible or unique tattoos, consider using your hands and feet, as well as your fingers and toes. Ink in these areas is extremely eye catching. Ink in these areas can also fade quickly, however, and may be more painful to get.

Neck and Face

Neck and facial tattoos are for those who want to show their true colors to the world at all times. While some women may choose to hide a tat beneath long hair, remember that updos or a move toward a shorter hairstyle mean this tattoo is permanently on display.

Chest and Stomach

The front of the body sometimes get less attention than the back and shoulders can. This may be because this area of the body is the most likely to undergo contour changes over the course of a lifetime. Pregnancy or weight gain can dramatically change the shape of a tat in this area, so weigh your options carefully before you decide.

Use a Stencil

One of the easiest ways to determine if a site on your body is right for your new tattoo is to use a stencil first. Tattoo stencils allow you to temporarily wear your new design on any part of the body. Check the tat for clarity, visibility and placement to determine if this spot is the right one for you.

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