Tattoo Artists Toronto – Where Does It Hurt the Least to Get a Tattoo?

tattoo needle against skin of an arm

If you have never received a tattoo before or if you have a tattoo and are wondering where it would hurt the least to get one, here is the information you need. It’s hard to define the amount of pain that a person will experience when getting a tattoo since everyone reacts to pain differently. As well, getting tattooed in places that have more nerves will generally cause more pain than other places on the body.

You can expect that getting a tattoo will be painful to one degree or another. The top layer of the skin is pierced repeatedly by a sharp needle. Different pain levels are experienced by individuals but in general there are different areas of the body that can be described as being the least painful places to get a tattoo.

Tattoo Shop Toronto – Anecdotal Evidence

There has never been any scientific studies done to isolate the different parts of the body that would hurt the least or the most in terms of getting a tattoo. There is a lot of anecdotal evidence, however, which demonstrates the most painful and the least painful body areas. As a Toronto tattoo shop that has been operating for years, we can tell you the areas that you could expect to hurt more than others based on feedback from our customers and on our own experiences as professional tattoo artists Toronto.

In general, areas that often cause the least amount of pain during a tattoo are not located close to any bones or nerve endings and have some fat padding, muscles or tight skin.

Tattooing in Toronto – Areas That Hurt the Least

There are several areas that won’t generally cause as much pain as others and they include:

  • Lower and upper back
  • Calves
  • Outer bicep
  • Outer shoulders
  • Forearms
  • Outer upper thigh

 

Lower and upper back – You can expect to receive low to moderate pain when you get a tattoo on the lower or upper back since there aren’t a lot of nerve endings in these areas. The skin is thick and isn’t close to nerve endings or bones.

Calves – The calves have a lot of muscle and fat and don’t have many nerve endings. The pain level can range from low to moderately low.

Outer bicep – In this area you can also expect to receive a low to a moderately low amount of pain. There aren’t many nerve endings and there is a lot of muscle in the outer bicep area.

Outer shoulders – There are very few nerve endings found on the outer shoulders and it has very thick skin. This is one of the places where you could expect a lot less pain versus other areas on the body.

Forearms – With minimum nerve endings, the forearm has a lot of thick skin and muscles. As with the other areas listed above, the pain would usually be ranging from low to moderately low.

Outer upper thigh – There is a lot of padding and fat in the outer upper thighs and this is one of the best places to get a tattoo if you are afraid of the pain. Usually the pain threshold is between low and moderately low.

Tattoo Areas That Hurt the Most

Here is a list of the different areas that you should expect to hurt the most when receiving a tattoo:

  • Inner bicep
  • Stomach
  • Hands and feet
  • Fingers and toes
  • Lips and face
  • Spine and neck
  • Hips
  • Back of the knees
  • Kneecap/elbows
  • Groin area
  • Breasts and nipples
  • Ankles
  • Shins
  • Rib cage
  • Armpit

 

When you look at the list of areas that hurt the most, the armpits stand out as being the most painful. In fact, many tattoo artists will recommend not getting a tattoo done there due to the pain factor.

In second place is the rib cage for the majority of people. Getting a tattoo here can cause severe pain since the skin is very thin and there isn’t a lot of fat on the ribs. As well, while the tattoo is being done you will be breathing, which in turn moves the skin on the rib cage. This can cause intense pain and like the rib cage, a tattoo there is not recommended. The shin bones and the ankle bones also have thin skin layers and are just about as painful to get as one on the rib cage.

The groin area, the breasts and the nipples are all very sensitive areas and getting a tattoo in these places can be extremely painful. They are full of nerve endings as is the area located at the back of the knees. You can expect to receive pain that ranges from high up to severe. The same holds true with the spine and neck.

There are also a lot of nerve endings in your lips, face, ears and head and there is not a lot of fat content in these areas either. Getting a tattoo on your lips can lead to bruising, swelling and bleeding.

Other Determining Factors

There are other factors involved when it comes to pain tolerance and what you could reasonably expect. Age, weight, gender and other factors can play a role but it hasn’t been scientifically determined what type of role each one plays. In general though, loose skin and older skin may be more sensitive to pain than younger, tight skin.

All of the above painful body areas should be approached with care. If you have any questions, turn to a professional at Hon Tattoo, a tattoo shop in Toronto. The tattoo artist can give helpful suggestions regarding the placement of tattoos and the type of pain experience you could expect.

It’s important to remember, however, that there are people getting tattoos every day around the world and they are willing to experience some pain in order to get the benefits. Tattoos are wonderful artistry and when you want one it should just be a matter of determining how much pain you’d be willing to withstand to get one. After all, once a tattoo is done, the pain will be gone soon and you’ll have a beautiful piece of art to proudly display.

Feel free to call us with any questions you may have or book an appointment at 905-604-5102. You can also reach our Toronto tattoo studio directly through our website at www.hontattoo.com.

Anthony

What made you want to become a Tattoo Artist?
I wanted to become a tattoo artist because creating art that someone will wear for the rest of their life is a fulfilling experience.

Where or who do you turn to for inspiration?
I source my inspiration from life. I love to explore new places and learn new things. And James Jean.

Tell us about your experience training as a Tattoo Artist? Who made the largest impact on your artistic progress?
My mentor Master Shark has made the largest impact on my skills as a tattoo artist. He has shared knowledge and skills that would have taken years to discover on my own, if ever!! Transitioning from home studio to shop has been the most important aspect of my development as a tattoo artist. Hon tattoo shop allows artists to exchange and share ideas, thoughts, skills etc. It literally is the best place for growth.

How many Tattoos do you have & which is your favourite?
I have several, all but one were done myself for practice.

What advice would you give to an artist just starting out?
My advice is find an apprenticeship immediately. The time you’ll save learning is invaluable. And in my opinion, drawing is just as important, if not more, than tattooing itself.

CT

What made you want to become a Tattoo Artist?
After high school, I realized I wanted to be an artist when I was in college learning art. I met someone who was a tattoo artist already and he gave me more information on how to become a tattoo artist and decided to try to pursue it. I love making art and the artist lifestyle and that’s why I like being a tattoo artist.

Where or who do you turn to for inspiration?
Mostly nature or Asian themed paintings. Others people’s art and just practice in general

Tell us about your experience training as a Tattoo Artist? Who made the largest impact on your artistic progress?
It has been a long journey. It’s been stressful and fun, Shark has made a big impact since we have spent the last 6-7 years together, but as well as other artist who I have met on my journey.

How many tattoos do you have and which is your favourite?
I have about 8-9 but they are pretty large pieces, I like the sleeve on my left arm a lot since it is the most visible one, most of the time.

What do you find yourself doing after a long day at the studio?
I usually go work out, cook, eat then start drawing.

Do you have any mentors you look up to?
I look up to anyone with strong art ability and sense of design. Anyone I can learn from is a good mentor.

What advice would you give to an artist just starting out?
Work hard, study hard, learn from everyone and have fun.

Peter Weilharter

What made you want to become a Tattoo Artist?
During my BFA program at University, I always showcased an interest in tattooing. It wasn’t until I graduated that I began to consider creating artwork that focused on translating fine art to suitable tattoo designs. I wanted to transform this interest into a tangible reality and become a part of it.

Where or who do you turn to for inspiration?
Inspiration constantly changes as style and environment change, but in my current state of mind, I often seek inspiration from contemporary art and design. From my experience, I find that borrowing from alternative forms of art enables tattooing to be seen through a different lens and creates new possibilities.

Tell us about your experience training as a Tattoo Artist? Who made the largest impact on your artistic progress?
Training as a tattoo artist truly tests your strengths and weaknesses as an artist. I would be lying if I said it was an easy path, but it’s the hardship that enables yourself to achieve new heights.

I find it difficult to pinpoint a specific person when it comes to expressing who has made the most substantial impact. I’d instead emphasize the influence of being surrounded by others who have the same drive and motivation to create.

How many tattoos do you have & which is your favourite?
In total, I have three tattoos. The largest being a combination of two that consist of the lower half of my left leg and the third being on my right ankle. In terms of favorites, I like to consider each of them as being equal because they represent a landmark in my life being my apprenticeship.

What do you find yourself doing after a long day at the studio?
Often I prepare the rough draft for the next client to keep ahead of the game. But on the off occasion where I have free time, taking a moment to relax can be necessary to ensure I’m ready for the next day.

Do you have any mentors you look up to?
Currently, in terms of technical application, design, and presentation, I often pay respect to tattoo artists such as Alex Sorsa, Daniel Silva, and Koray Ozsoy.

Do you have a favourite Tattoo Piece you worked on? If so, why does it stand out to you?
My favorite piece is a lotus with geometric elements. This tattoo stands out to me because of the overall success in terms of technical application. Furthermore, elegance is an element that I aim towards showcasing in my designs, and I feel this tattoo is a step in the right direction.

What advice would you give to an artist just starting out?
Never stop drawing and keep pushing. Regardless of the size, complexity, or price of a tattoo, treat each with equal care. Everything you produce is a representation of yourself, and getting out of your comfort zone is merely a part of the process. Furthermore, your character is as important as the work you produce. Don’t forget to express and continuously improve your self-representation, as it exists simultaneously with your tattooing.

Shem

What made you want to become a Tattoo Artist?
For me it’s not necessarily tattooing that I wanted to get into. It was my love for drawing anime. I always drew anime characters my whole life. Then with a little help, I thought “Hey I think tattooing anime characters in my style would be amazing.”

Where or who do you turn to for inspiration?
I find inspiration from people mostly. What really gives me inspiration is seeing artist’s grow and the feeling of not being left behind or dragging them down.

Tell us about your experience training as a Tattoo Artist? Who made the largest impact on your artistic progress?
It. Was. Rough. With both time and skill. At the start of my apprenticeship my drawings itself needed work and at the same time I was working another job. Which soon after I quit to pursue tattooing full-time. With constructive criticism I was able to better my designs and find an anime style of my own. But at the same time no matter what level you are at. Continue trying to find ways to improve your art skills. I can say each tattoo artist from my shop made a huge impact in different ways of my progress. With all different insights of their own.

How many tattoos do you have & which is your favourite?
I have a full-sleeve done with a connecting left back shoulder piece in Asian style. Also a half sleeve and chest piece on the right side of anime characters. I love all my tattoos. But if I were to pick. It would be my half sleeve of anime characters because it represents me more on my personality than the others.

What do you find yourself doing after a long day at the studio?
My main thing would be just watching anime. But I also do love watching movies or just going out to eat with my girlfriend or friends.
As funny as it sounds. I just watch anime. Besides my love for anime story’s and sense of adventure. I just need to know also what’s the new hype with new anime’s or even what’s the new update with already trending anime’s.

Do you have any mentors you look up to?
My main mentor is Master Shark. He took me in and taught me so much with art and tattooing. But I also have to give credit to the other artists in the shop. They also showed me how I can improve not only my tattooing but my drawings and colour theory.

Do you have a favourite Tattoo Piece you worked on? If so, why does it stand out to you?
I have 2 favourites. One in colour and one in black and grey. The one in colour is my super saiyan red Vegeta because it was a huge turning point of me putting all my colour theory into this one tattoo. In which I love the result. And for the black and grey. It would be the Zoro from One Piece because I was still learning black and grey shading but at the same time it’s my first time doing a fully dot shading tattoo. I was super happy on how it turned out.

What advice would you give to an artist just starting out?
Don’t just tattoo thinking it’s an easy way out. It’s not. You need passion within tattooing in order to succeed. Don’t try to learn tattooing on your own. Seek out an apprenticeship from a reputable shop. There’s so many things you can’t learn from teaching yourself. And lastly don’t half-ass learning to tattoo. In this industry it’s either your fully in it or not.

Batbayar-Brian

What made you want to become a Tattoo Artist?
Because I like drawing everything, especially when I was child, this is why being a tattoo artist felt right to me.

Where or who do you turn to for inspiration?
My father as well as our studio artists.

Tell us about your experience training as a Tattoo Artist? Who made the largest impact of your artistic progress?
Our families made the largest impact and the tattoo artists on our team. I did a lot of online research when training to become an artist, followed by extensive training.

How many Tattoos do you have & which is your favourite?
At this time I don’t have any tattoos.

Do you have any mentors you look up to?
I see all our studio artists as mentors.

Do you have a favourite Tattoo Piece you worked on? If so, why does it stand out to you?
My monkey king back piece, Samurai riding horse full sleeve and monkey king and dragon piece.

What advice would you give to an artist just starting out?
9. Listen for artists’ advice seriously, trying to draw a lot, and do your online research as well.

Emily Zhan

What made you want to become a Tattoo Artist?
My overall passion around art inspired me to become a Tattoo Artist.

Where or who do you turn to for inspiration?
Lots of my favorite singers and artists have tattoos which show their attitudes towards life. This is a huge inspiration for me to explore more beauty in daily life through tattoos.

Tell us about your experience training as a Tattoo Artist? Who made the largest impact on your artistic progress?
It is not easy to be a tattoo artist. Hardworking and being patient are very important during this process. I have to believe that I could do it and keep practice every single day to make myself qualified enough to tattoo on my clients. All of my coworkers impact me a lot. Compared to those famous artists from the internet, my coworkers showed me in person about how to become a professional artist and how to keep moving during hard times.

How many Tattoo’s do you have & which is your favourite?
I have two tattoos on me so far. One is an eye on my calf, and the other is seven moon states in my arm. I love both of them. There is so much information on the news coming up every day, making us feel confused. The eye reminds me of focusing on what I really want in life. The different moons states stand for different situations in daily life. We should know everything is going to happen, no matter if it’s good or bad. We can’t change what life gives us, what we can do is handle it properly and keep positive.

What do you find yourself doing after a long day at the studio?
I am always educating myself as a professional Tattoo Artist. Tattoo is part of my life so a long day’s work is the normal lifestyle I chose. After understanding this, I could find comfort in myself and enjoy a bath or watch tv.

Do you have any mentors you look up to?
Yes. In the tattoo technique area, I look up to master shark, lousa and other professional coworkers. They show me everything in person to help me understand how to tattoo. However, tattoos are more than technique. We should have a healthy mind to keep moving on, so I find lots of mentors through reading.

How do you stay on top of new trends?
Keep watching. But nobody could stay on the top. When you catch it, the top trends change.

Do you have a favourite Tattoo Piece you worked on? If so, why does it stand out to you?
A watercolor style rose on the calf. This tattoo is more about imagination and inspiration.

What advice would you give to an artist just starting out?
Believe in yourself.

Debbie

What made you want to become a Tattoo Artist?
In the beginning I didn’t really start out by wanting to become a tattoo artist. I was in my 4th year in an art university and was so focused in school but at the same time I needed a part time job as well. So i was searching for a part time job and I found out that hontattoo was looking for an apprentice and i thought it would be a good part time job since it relates with art

Where or who do you turn to for inspiration?
For sure our boss Shark. I’m not saying this because he is my boss but i have worked in many places but working with Shark for 2 years together, he not only taught me about the Tattoo industry but also about social life and business.

Tell us about your experience training as a Tattoo Artist?
For sure it can be rough. I would say being a Tattoo Artist is one of the toughest careers that one can choose. I will be explaining more in depth in the last question but it is worth it. I would say all artist and managers have really impacted my artistic progress since they consistently encouraged me to improve and work harder.

How many Tattoos do you have & which is your favourite?
I have 10 tattoos in total. I would say my favorite tattoo is the tiger on my back shoulder. It is not complete yet but it was done by one of my favorite Artists.

What do you find yourself doing after a long day at the studio?
Relaxing and chilling with my friends. Even though at work, socializing takes a huge part but chilling and socializing with friends who have known me for a long time helps me relax mentally.

Which artists do you look up to?
Master Shark, Charles Saucier from Imperial tattoo and bran.d tattoo.

How do you stay on top of new trends?
I always look at the new posts with my favorite Artists on instagram.

Do you have a favourite Tattoo Piece you worked on? If so, why does it stand out to you?
Micro joker tattoo on a forearm. It required a lot more attention and focus to capture all the little details but also needed to focus on the skin – not to overwork the skin.

What advice would you give to an artist just starting out?
Advice that I would give is that in the Tattoo industry, you can’t really survive in this field without a huge passion for it. Tattooing requires many different skills. From the basic – drawing, understanding the skin, or understanding all the Tattoo related supplies. Then to the complication – understanding and communicating with the clients properly, always building up your skills, or how to sell your work using social media. Tattooing in general is very mentally and physically exhausting but if you have the passion for it, it will keep you going.

Chris Lee

What made you want to become a Tattoo Artist?
A coworker I used to work with recommended a tattoo, so I got pulled into this business without much knowledge of what it was.

Where or who do you turn to for inspiration?
I take daily feeds from instagram/pinterest posts for inspiration.

Tell us about your experience training as a Tattoo Artist? Who made the largest impact on your artistic progress?
It was very strange and new but it got better. Shark helps new artists to get better so he’s the one.

How many Tattoos do you have & which is your favourite?
I have a palm sized face of an eagle on my leg, that’s the only one so far, I will get more eventually to find out.

What do you find yourself doing after a long day at the studio?
I usually just go and work on the next project but I do watch/read informative content online whenever I have the chance.

Do you have any mentors you look up to?
I have Shark and coworkers as mentors.

How do you stay on top of new trends?
I take inspirations from popular instagram posts of artists/influencers.

Do you have a favourite Tattoo Piece you worked on? If so, why does it stand out to you?
I like the recent hand tattoo I did recently, it’s just very different compared to other stuff I did so it was a unique experience.

What advice would you give to an artist just starting out?
It’s not as fancy as what most people would expect these days, there’s tons of responsibility and efforts that you can’t just simply ignore. But sometimes it’s rewarding and feels like it’s worth having this experience

Isvy

What made you want to become a Tattoo Artist?
I always wanted to be a tattoo artist. I was always good at drawing and people around me said I should try out tattooing. Ever since then the idea of becoming a tattoo artist stuck with me.

Where or who do you turn to for inspiration?
I get my inspiration from other artists and friends.

Tell us about your experience training as a Tattoo Artist? Who made the largest impact on your artistic progress?
The training aspect of becoming a tattoo artist was definitely a journey. I had to go through a lot of apprenticeships and find the right place, before I could start tattooing. One person that made a large impact on my artistic progress would be Master Shark.

How many Tattoos do you have & which is your favourite?
I have 5 tattoos, my favourite one would be the script on my left arm “Familia”.Family is very important to me so that’s my favourite tattoo for now.

What do you find yourself doing after a long day at the studio?
After a long day at the studio, I find myself stretching and looking back at the tattoo I have done for the day.

Do you have any mentors you look up to?
I look up to Master Shark and the team at Hon as they are always trying to help me reach my best potential.

How do you stay on top of new trends?
To be honest I don’t know if I am always following new trends. I mainly just focus on my work and do my best to improve and create more.

Do you have a favourite Tattoo Piece you worked on? If so, why does it stand out to you?
My favourite tattoo I worked on would be a Poseidon with a rose on the outer arm. This tattoo stands out a lot to me because it’s very detailed and I always wanted to tattoo a Poseidon and this was my first.

What advice would you give to an artist just starting out?
My advice to an artist starting out now would be to always work hard and not take any shortcuts. Also to be humble and focus on your grind.