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How to survive a chest tattoo

How to survive a chest tattoo

Imagine an array of colors splashed across a canvas, swirling and spinning, forming a beautiful piece of art in the shape of butterflies and vines and tribal swirls. Now, imagine that canvas is skin and that skin is stretched across your chest. One word pops into mind: ouch. Its true that beauty has a cost but is that beauty worth the effort it’s going to take to get to the finished product? That is a question that only you can answer in the end but I can help you make an informed decision! Here are some pros and cons to chest tattoos:

1) If this is your first tattoo, I recommend either starting very small or maybe even putting off your massive chest piece dream until you’ve done something small somewhere it will hurt less so you get a taste of the tattoo experience. Speaking from experience as a tattooed female, the chest is one of the most painful areas to get a tattoo (after the foot) especially the closer you get to your breast bone. Allow plenty of time for it to heal (at least 5 days and up to 2 weeks) because you might not realize just how much you move the skin over your chest in day to day functions until it hurts every time you move your arms!

2) Make sure you know exactly what you want in a design and go to an artist you trust because it is very hard to hide chest tattoos if something goes wrong. People will see pieces of it revealed by the neckline of a shirt or just plain see it through a shirt if it’s a thin material.

3) Do yourself a favor and plan ahead. If you are thinking about getting a sleeve or even another smaller piece anywhere near your planned chest piece, make sure it will look good together. Remember, most people will see the tattoos on the front of your body before they see other areas (duh, right?) and nobody wants to look like they have a few missing puzzle pieces.

4) If you can, take a permanent marker and play with the design or placement of a tattoo and see if it works where you want it relevant to your profession/hobbies. If you have to look professional at work, are you willing to always wear high necked shirts because the company has a no tattoo policy? Or do you want all of the guys at the country club to see your tattoo of a heart with the kick butt barbed wire with “Mom” in the middle? You are the only one who should be able to judge yourself but we all know that isn’t the case in todays world, so take a few minutes to think about the backlash of a prospective tattoo.

5) Find a tattoo artist that is exactly what you want! If you just want someone to ink your skin, then settle for the first Joe Shmoe that gives you a price on a tattoo. But if you are looking for a true artist, go to every shop you have to until you find the perfect artist for you. I promise you there is someone out there that knows exactly what you are trying to describe and is willing to help you, in either an original piece or a replica of something else. Also, don’t rely on websites (although I do recommend reading reviews posted by others about prospective shops and artists) for your final judgement. Check the places out in person and talk to the artists if possible. Most will give you a quote on the spot plus you can check out the shop (don’t ever trust a dirty tattoo shop. EVER!!!) Just remember, this piece of art is going to be with you for the rest of your life. Don’t trust it to just anyone!

6) Have fun!! Tattoos are an artistic expression with no creative bounds! Express yourself however you want!

Don’t let any of these scare you away from a tattoo! Use these tips to make an informed decision. I love my tattoos but I do wish I had known then what I know now so take them or leave them, these are tried and true! Don’t be afraid to take a friend, or an entire entourage, along for your tattoo experience. Who knows, you might even start a trend! Best wishes!!

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Springboard 3 years ago from Wisconsin Level 1 Commenter

Tattoos seem to me to be a fairly painful undertaking, but there are some very interesting tattoos out there to be sure. My wife has a couple of small ones. One on her ankle and the other on her arm. Not sure if I’d want her to have one on her chest.

But that’s just me. Informative article. Besides, as an artist, I love the idea of being a walking canvas!!

AlaskaInspired 3 years ago from Alaska

i have to agree with this because yet i love my tattoo (the big dipper on my ribs) It was a home tat. I am not discrimgrating(sp?) against home tattoo artists, but i happen to be a jumper. tattoo artists know what that means, it means i may feel like i am laying completely still but my body is reacting with uncontrollable spasms, some i happen to be completely unaware of. this condition is the worst for tattoo artists. they avoid jumpers, regardless how much your willing to pay and how sentimental your tat may be. they will most likely reject a uncontrollable jumper. i love tattoos. i would paint my whole body with the most respected artists independent creations if my body would allow it. but im still so proud of the one i have! i didn’t cry and its on my state flag. not to mention, we see it all year round here in AK! plus the northern lights, which will be eventually my next, in a less sensitive place.

Thundermama 19 months ago from Canada Level 1 Commenter

This was a very well done hub with some really insightful tips. I have a lot of tattoos, but have shied away from the chest area for some of the considerations you mention above. A worthwhile red for anyone considering getting work done in this area.

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