Painful tattoo areas. Our latest Norwich tattooists blog

Norwich tattooists blog

What are the most painful tattoo areas.‘ our Norwich Tattooists tell all!

As a collective of busy artists, this burning question is at the top of list along with ‘How much does a tattoo cost?’ and ‘Do you do walk-ins?’

We all know that getting a tattoo hurts. Ink is basically injected into a person’s skin using a tattoo machine or tattoo gun as you may have heard it called, moving a solid needle that’s or group of needles formed in a cartridge up and down to puncture the skin between 50 and 3,000 times per minute, so experience tells us, there’s going to be an element of discomfort. We’ll talk  a lot more about the process of how a tattoo works in another blog, but for today, you’re here to find out more about the most painful tattoo areas, and you may not be surprised to know there’s actually quite a few. If you’re heading to see one the Norwich tattooist and perhaps it’s your first voyage into the world of ink, then you may want to consider easing your way in, with perhaps a smaller piece or placement on an area that is known to be less painful.

Tattoo pain is a wholly individual thing and levels depend on a combination of tolerance levels and where exactly on the body you’ve chosen to be inked. choose to get tattooed.  Fleshy, soft parts of the body are the better choices for ink if you want less uncomfortableness. Locations over boney body parts and where heavy nerve endings are located can be much more uncomfortable. Tolerance levels can vary dramatically. Our Norwich Tattooists see some people handling even the notorious places like warriors, while it’s not uncommon for customers to occasionally feel faint or extremely uncomfortable even on the best of locations.It’s very subjective and no two people have the same experience.

Even the most painful tattoo areas are are manageable and it’s something you soon get used to. Many people claim they are addicted to being tattooed or having body modification. It’s not strictly true, but the physical feelings linked to being inked can be a big driving force is a big part of what drives them to seek more. Getting a tattoo releases two substances in the body, adrenaline and endorphins. These help temporarily relieve pain and also cause positive emotional responses and for some people, it’s the start of a very progressive journey with clients returning many times to our Norwich Tattooists. ON the other side, So, if you’re looking forward to your first tattoo, don’t worry too much. You won;t come out of the studio with a habit and an unquenchable thirst to have every single part of your skin inked.

The Most Painful Tattoo Areas

Shin Tattoos

 Areas with less fat or skin cause a fair bit of pain and the more you work the area. Writing this blog does make my eyes water just a  little.  Working on shins Shin can be psychologically more painful than the pain itself. The area is close to bone so the mere thought of a needle hitting that bone makes us feel a bit funny, especially because of the rattle. When the needles pierce the skin around a shin, the lack of cushioning and body fat cause a rapid vibration movement of the needles causing the person getting tattooed to feel like the needle is thrashing around on the bone itself. This feelin radiates across the whole shin area making it one of the most painful tattoo areas

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With almost 28,000 #armpittattoo hashtags on instagram, it’s an on-trend design as strange as it sounds. Armpit tattoo may sound a but people are getting armpit inked. This is one of the painful tattoo locations as the axillary nerve and glands congregate around this area. There is a potential real risk associated with armpit related to lymph nodes. Tattoo pigments will travel through the lymphatic system. The whole lymph node system is huge in the armpit area are abundant in the armpit area. Ink could pigment those lymph nodes, which in turn can confuse diagnosis for some cancers, including people who have melanomas.

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Neck Tattoo

At Black Dagger Tattoo, our Norwich Tattooists have seen a big increase in neck tattoos in both male and female clients tend to be one of the more painful tattoo areas. Again, there’s lots of nerves band sensitive skin meaning it’s going to smart. Quite how much will rsst on the exact location of your ink. Having a tattoo on the front of the neck and throat is generally going to smart…. a lot. If the tattoo goes down the throat are towards the point of the clavicle, then the pain will in most cases, become even more painful, where as the side of the neck tends to be more tolerable, because the amount of nevers drop off considerably towards the side of the neck. The rise in celebrity tattoos and particularly international footballer neck tattoos, has caused a big surge in popularity, especially on the back of the neck. The skin has a tendency to be pretty thin in this location and there’s no forgetting that the spine and head have a shed load of nerves going into this area, so it’s great for the pain receptors to pass that all important information to the brain and let you know just how much it hurts. If you’re really worried about how much a neck tattoo is going to hurt, then a good suggestion is to get one in a less painful part of the body.

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Norwich tattooists blog

Norwich tattooists blog

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Black Dagger Tattoo Shop

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Foot Tattoos

Foot tattoos are super popular at the moment, especially during the warmer weather with lots of female clients wanting ink to show off with their beachwear and sandals. There is very limited  muscle on the foot. In fact, it’s pretty much just skin on bone, especially around the top of your foot. Feet are as you will know, at the extreme end of the body, so blood will flow to this area. When you’re tattooed, feet bleed so be prepared for more blood and possibly pain during tattooing as it is one of the painful tattoo areas. If you don’t keep the area clean throughout the healing process, there’s a high chance infection could occur and with that, an increased risk of  scarring. The sole of the foot is a seriously painful area to be atattooed and the chances of the body rejecting the tattoo on such a hard area of skin which has a lot of daily usage is extremely high. The sole of the foot isn’t recommended as a good place to have a tattoo.



On the top of the pain scale, we give you the rib tattoo. Our Norwich Tattooists often hear the murmurs of discontent and fidgety movement because it’s not easy to sit still on long rib sessions. The boney rib area skin isn’t thick and the needles working directly on the bone make for hard work and painful ink. Most people opt for large rib pieces,  meaning a high tolerance for pain is needed or run the risk of leaving with an unfinished piece. Our artists concur that for those clients entering the world of ink for the first time, should swerve the rib area as a place for a first tattoo.  If you really want a rib tattoo, go for it, but expect it to hurt.  Always keep in mind that the pain level of rib tattoos is entirely dependent on the person receiving it.

Elbow Ditch Tattoos

The ditch looks kind of easy to tattoo but in reality, it actually poses one of the toughest areas of the body to get right. It’s situated on the inner part of the arm, a kind of reverse elbow and the area of the arm that bends when you flex your biceps. It’s a potential big healing area areas take a longer time to heal because of the constant movement and bending, but when it’s complete, tattoos on the ditch look bangingly good. The ditch is one of those locations where the nerve endings cause the pain o feel like a whole different part of the arm is being tattooed. The body is and brain are very strange beasts.


It’s up there near if not at the top and likened to having your flesh eaten from the inside.  Elbow tattoos are bad for two-fold reasons. Firstly, it definitely rates on the most painful tattoo areas and secondly, the elbow is synonymous for fading based on most people rest on their elbows during the course of going about their everyday lives. There’s minimum protection here, so not much fat and muscle. When tattooing this area, the skin needs to be tight, so the bone is very close to the skin, hence, more pain.

We hope that the areas we’ve covered may help you decide on the location for your next tattoo. In =fact, it may just make you want to take the plunge and try something completely daring.

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Different tattoo styles 2021 at Black Dagger Tattoo Norwich

Different tattoo styles 2021 at Black Dagger Tattoo Norwich

Different tattoo styles that rock the world of ink at Black Dagger Tattoo Norwich

At Black Dagger, our artists are an open minded bunch of creatives who have taken the art of diversifying their work to suit the exact needs of their individual clients to the highest levels. The tattoo industry is thriving and as more and more people are choosing to be inked, client expectations have raised the bar to levels never seen. Poor tattoos simply aren’t acceptable anymore. Technological developments in ink pigment, needle production and professional tattoo machines, allow artists to produce stunning work that simply could not be produced only a few years ago. The passion for tattoos has become a way of life as men and women continue to pay homage to traditional tattoos, some for the sake of pure pleasure and many as a simple rite of passage into adulthood. It would be pretty difficult to come up with a definitive list of tattoo styles that are available in 2021 as previously unheard of genres surface, but hidden amongst the Glitches, Blast Overs, surrealism and Pointillism, sit 10 styles that have impacted hugely across the whole of the industry. Determining what style of tattoo you want can help you narrow down your potential options. We’ve put together a brief guide on the different styles of tattoo art. Let’s explore what you should know.

1. Realism

As it suggests, realism refers to photorealism and the creative ability to accurately present real-life imagery on the skin. The history of realism stems back to 1850’s France. Photorealism was actually not that popular simply because the best artists of the day did not want to be perceived as ‘just’ imitators of real life. The realism style focuses portraiture, animals and objects and is a precise style that takes a huge amount of experience to master. Realism requires extreme patience but the results of the best artist, such as Simon Blackdagger or Owen Peat of Black Dagger Tattoo Norwich are truly breathtaking. A realism tattoo produced by inexperienced tattooist has the potential to be catastrophic, so choose wisely! What are the basic types of realism tattoos? There are two main styles  of realism tattoos which are black & grey and colour, with colour images being much more complex to create, often requiring multiple detailed layers to achieve a satisfactory result. Pre much anything that can be seen or captured on film can be turned into the perfect tattoo by an experienced artist. One of the biggest trends of different tattoo styles 2021 are realism portraits.

We’ve selected just a few recent images created at the Black Dagger Tattoo Studio in Norwich.

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2. Cartoon

It is exactly what it is. Cartoon style tattooing is more popular than ever and has been around for ever. Cartoon tattoos are renowned for incorporating an abundance of vibrant colours and a specific breakaway under the banner of ‘Anime’ Cartoon based around Japanese Graphic Novels have an almost cult like following. Our resident artist at Black Dagger, Chris Martin is the master of Cartoon Tattoos and Cartoon mash-ups with images literally jumping off the skin with so much clarity and depth. Here’s a few designs based around famous celebrities and on-screen characters.

3. Sketchy

As tattoos become more and more acceptable in mainstream culture, the customers who visit Black Dagger Tattoo Norwich are becoming more diverse, requesting increasingly artistic and ingenious pieces. We strive to not only meet but exceed expectations with innovative, custom tattoo designs. Sketchy style tattoos resemble unfinished artwork that could have literally just been ripped from the pages of a sketchbook. There’s a very pleasing Raw quality about Sketchy work and the unpolished look is extremely appealing as Sketchy emerges as a big look for 2021. While it’s totally possible to use a have this style of artwork done using only black and grey, sketchy styled art often emphasis splashes of colour falling outside of the lines or paint splashes. Sketchy has a few sub genres including Graphic Sketchy that mixes abstract designs with geometric shapes and street styled art and Abstract sketchy that basically redefines how something likes to make it somewhat unrealistic. Our resident artist Iggy from Black Dagger Tattoo Norwich is a big fan of Sketchy and has been creating a huge mix of fabulous work lately.

Different Tattoo Designs

3. Old-School or Traditional. The choice of different tattoo styles is completely yours.

Whilst it originated back in the United States over 300 years ago, old school really struck gold back in the 1950’s. Old-school tattoos are part and parcel of American serviceman’s traditions. Tattoo ‘Flash’ derive from old school where every tattoo reflected individuals personal story but also held common meanings. A characteristic shared of old school is vibrant colour, combined with often oversized proportions and an almost cartoon feel. To find out more about the different tattoo styles of the Old school style, there’s a fantastic website that gives an awesome detailed description about every type of old school tattoo and their traditional meaning. You’ll find it here at Sailor Jerry but in the mean time, here’s a few awesome flash based Old school pierces created by Black Dagger co-owner Steven Gigli.

Different Tattoo Styles

Different Tattoo Styles

Different Tattoo Styles

5. Dotwork

Dotwork is a tattooing technique where the artist tattoo numerous dots to form  artwork.These dots will eventually create either the entire tattoo design or can be used as a background to traditional tattoo designs. Dotwork tattoos are extremely popular at our Norwich Black Dagger studio. Generally, dotwork artists create their artr with typically use black and grey inks. But, this doesn’t mean that colours can’t be incorporate into our bespoke designs but brighter colours are less common. Historically, dotwork tattoos have been commonplace for thousands of years influenced primarily across Asia and Europe, with mandalas and spiritual tattoos being commonplace in dotwork althpouh  animal designs and decorative patterns are also now extremely popular. We have a number of artrists who excel in dotwork including Owen Peat, one of



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