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Where to Put a Tattoo: Best Places for Tattoos

Updated on July 5, 2013

Choosing a good place for your tattoo is incredibly important, as they will probably be with you for the rest of your life- removing a tattoo is both painful and expensive. Many of the best spots for tattoos are those which are discreet can be covered up when necessary, so that they can become hidden tattoos for certain situations, such as when applying for a job (it's a sad fact that some people are prejudiced towards people with tattoos), or if having a visible tattoo violates a company dress code.


Upper Shoulders

This tattoo position is used by both men and women, and has the potential to look very good. It is easily covered when it needs to be by wearing a shirt with sleeves, however keep in mind any tattoo in this position will always be visible with tank tops, and for women it will also be visible in spaghetti strap tops and dresses.

Consider whether your tattoo will be appropriate for fancy dress occasions, when most of your clothing options will likely involve revealing your tattoo.


Back of the Neck

Generally thought of as a feminine tattoo position. Very popular with women, this tattoo spot is great because it can be made visible in all situations and outfits, but can also be hidden in all situations and outfits (as long as you either have long hair or are able to wear a scarf). Tattoos in this position are usually quite small.


The ankle is another popular tattoo spot for women, and a great choice because the tattoo can have visibility most of the time, such as when wearing sandals or shoes with low cut socks but can still be covered up with socks when necessary. This is a great place for a small tattoo.


Lower Back

The lower back is a sexy place for a tattoo and is especially popular with women. Popular tattoo designs for this spot include various swirling designs. A lower back tattoo can be covered in all professional environments, and can be seen in bikinis or backless tops. The only negative about this position for a tattoo is that it has the unfortunate nickname 'tramp stamp'.



Another position popular with both men and women, the back is a great place for a tattoo because it is easy to cover up when necessary, but also gives freedom in terms of the size of your tattoo- it can be relatively small, such as the one on the picture, or much larger, such as the tattoos that are huge and cover nearly the entire back.. The size of the back gives you options.


Stomach and Chest

Like with the back tattoo, a tattoo on your stomach gives you more freedom over the size of your tattoo. Tattoos can be small, cover the entire stomach, or even cover both the stomach and the chest area. Both men and women get tattoos here, but it seems to be a more popular tattoo spot for men.



Thighs are a practical place to put tattoos because they are instantly hidden in all professional outfits, yet can easily be shown off in shorts, and for women they can also be displayed whilst wearing dresses or skirts. However, before getting a tattoo on your thigh, consider the possibility of your thighs becoming bigger in the future, a reality for many people, and the impact this stretching may have on your tattoo.

Inner Wrist

This tattoo spot is a bit different because it will not be able to be hidden with most outfit choices. This is a great spot for a small tattoo that will look classy and discreet, and in the event of really needing to cover it up, it can be done with long sleeves or a bangle. The only con is that if you need to cover it up for work and long sleeved shirts aren't an option and bracelets are against the company dress code, the only other option is a bandage of some sort, which may give some people the idea that you may be self-harming.


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      Diane 3 years ago

      Hi! I was thinking about a tattoo under my left breast, is it too dangerous?

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      Kristy Callan 4 years ago from Australia

      Hi soconfident,

      You're the one who knows the answer to that question best.

      If you're still undecided, why not put on a temporary tattoo of approximately the same size as the one you're thinking of getting, and see how that goes?

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      Derrick Bennett 4 years ago

      Im thinking about getting one my forearm what do you think