Where's the best place on your body to get a tattoo?

Thinking of getting another tattoo, or maybe already have a design for it, but just don't know where to get it done? This guide is for you!

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Ink Public Team
September 12 2021

You might have a design already in mind but have some doubt on it, or maybe just unsure where to even begin placing a tattoo on your body. That’s perfectly normal, as there is a lot to consider when choosing a forever home for art on your body. 


Symmetrical or asymmetrical tattoo design?


When considering the placement of your tattoo, you must take into account the structure of the design. That way, art can not only look good but also compliment your body. For example, if the design is symmetrical, you can try putting it in a place that also follows that harmonious and beautiful proportion. Places like that may include your back, chest, and neck. In a different case, which is asymmetry, you ought to look for areas lacking balance (when only talking about that body part in particular). An excellent example of that would be thighs, shoulders, and, most cases, calves. Your tattoo design can then be either turned it a way that its axis would complement the body parts. Or it can be a different way scenario, where the tattoo design beautifully hugs the body part. There are some brilliant examples of floral tattoos, where the flower buds and the whole assortment made it look like a beautiful decoration of the skin. 

symmetrical tattoo ladies



What are your plans for your tattoos?


Another criterion is the future, which diminishes the number of possibilities. This is somewhat an umbrella criterion since it accommodates a lot of points to consider. First and foremost, your plans for tattooing can influence your tattoo placement tremendously. If you’re hoping for a sleeve in the future, it would be wise not to do a small piece of art tattooed on your arm, as it may be difficult to incorporate or cover. The logic behind this is big artwork on a big canvas and vice versa. However, this can be entirely disregarded if you are sure that you will not want to expand on that canvas later on. Secondly, a not so popular point to consider, but a valid one, is to ponder how the skin you’ve had tattooed will change over time. As we age, the skin begins to sag little by little, and the aesthetic value of the design may fall. To avoid this, you may choose a place for your tattoo where it is unlikely to happen. Areas like that include shoulders, thighs, and calves. However, if you do not care about that, it’s entirely understandable for you to disregard it. An inked skin always looks cool, no matter what. Finally, a very underlooked but essential part of choosing a placement is the body part’s durability. Places like inner palms, thighs, or elbows, often can experience wear and tear. With years, a tattoo placed there might lose its colouration and bold lines. All in all, time is a crucial point to take into consideration when choosing a tattoo placement. 


How visible you want the tattoo to be?


Last but not least, there is visibility. There is no denying that with tattoos comes attention. Whether it be curiousity, judgment, or appreciation, it is up to you to decide if you want to embrace it all or choose a more modest approach. If you choose the first one - congratulations, your whole body is a canvas! For the latter one, it may narrow the possibilities a bit. Do not fret, though. There are ample areas where to ink! For small tattoos, you can choose the inner part of your finger, wrist, or forearm. For larger designs, there are ribs (be careful, it is quite painful to ink that area), upper and inner thighs, and buttocks. 


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