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Bad Places to Get a Tattoo: Six Places on Your Body Never to Get Tattooed

Seriously? This spot just goes without saying.

Seriously? This spot just goes without saying.

Bad Places to Get a Tattoo

Tattoos rock! I love them and have a ton of them to prove it. That being said, there are places I won't ever get tattooed, six to be specific.The six places mentioned below are bad places to get a tattoo for any number of reasons. Some might surprise you and one spot will down right shock you!

The lovely Kat Von D, facial tattoos work for her, but not for most people.

The lovely Kat Von D, facial tattoos work for her, but not for most people.


This is absolutely at the top of my list of bad places to get a tattoo. It seems like it should go without saying and yet here I am saying it. Mike Tyson's crazy facial tattoo should be a lesson to us all. Whether you are willing to admit it to yourself or not, your taste will change. But without the use of lasers, a facial tattoo never will. Not to mention you're probably limiting your employment options. Bottom line: DO NOT TATTOO YOUR FACE!

I should admit that I even toyed with the idea of getting a small facial tattoo. It was during the days of my girl crush on tattoo artist Kat Von D and I was seriously thinking of getting a few stars on my temple like she has. It was a 24 hour crazy spell that I didn't follow through on. Again, unless you are are the super fabulousness that is Kat Von D, DO NOT TATTOO YOUR FACE!

I admire the artistry, but...

I admire the artistry, but...


Again not everyone agrees with me about this area being a bad place to get a tattoo, but my motto is "if you can't easily cover it, don't get it tattooed." The more diehard ink aficionados may balk at my desire to cover up, but I acknowledge that we live in a society that is not always as open and approving of people with tattoos as I'd like it to be. It's unfortunate , but we all judge each other on our appearance to some degree, for better or worse. So why not make choices that allow you to enjoy your ink, but cover it up when necessary. It should also be mentioned that getting a tattoo on your hand can be excruciating as the skin is not very thick on the top side and the palm is insanely sensitive. My advice is to avoid tattooing your hands unless you're willing to wear gloves to all of your future job interviews.

Super fun finger tattoo, but will it last?

Super fun finger tattoo, but will it last?


The jury is split on whether tattooing your fingers is a bad place to get tattooed or not for various reasons. One tattoo artist who has done work on me flat out refuses to tattoo people's fingers because the work never stands up. She can't guarantee the end results, so she won't do it as she doesn't want her name associated with sub-standard work. Structurally fingers are not the ideal place to tattoo, just not a great surface to work on.

A hot trend at the moment right now is getting the inside of your finger tattooed with a mustache or a word. Again, not a great idea because the skin on the inside of your finger is so thin it will not hold the ink very well and may end fading quickly and needing to be redone over and over. Worse yet the skin could split while you are being tattooed which is unbelievably painful.

Beautiful tattoo, but seriously limits your clothing options if you want to hide it.

Beautiful tattoo, but seriously limits your clothing options if you want to hide it.

Upper Chest

Some people will absolutely not agree with my inclusion of the upper chest in my bad places to get a tattoo list, but hear me out. I look at tattoos as a way of enhancing who I am, not taking me over. So I choose strategic places on my body that I can reveal when I want to. Once you tattoo your upper chest your tattoo takes front and center stage, not your face. People will no longer be looking at your face when you speak they will be distracted by the art on your chest. Who you are and what you have to say should still be the most important thing about you. And unless you plan on wearing turtle neck sweaters constantly, this one will be a hard one to hide.


Side of the Neck

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Side of the neck tattoos are becoming increasingly popular, but they pose the same issues that a high chest tattoo does. The main reason that I have included this spot in my list of bad places to get a tattoo are that they are very difficult to hide and distract people when they are speaking to you. Not long ago, I was watching one of my favourite TV shows that featured a guest star with a neck tattoo. I seriously could not concentrate on a word his character was saying because I was fascinated by the swallow tattoo on the side of his neck that was jiggling up and down every time he spoke. And once your neck is tattooed it is next to impossible to disguise yourself as an un-inked "normal."

Back Door

I'm sure that I don't need to spell out what area I am talking about here and why this is a bad place to get tatooed. And I am also sure that you are just as shocked as I am that people are actually willing to get this area tattooed or can even find someone to tattoo this spot. There are so many reasons not to do this, least of all the pain factor, which I can only guess would be excruciating. And how on earth would this area heal? The bacteria issue alone. I suppose on the plus side it would be well hidden and may not affect your employment chances, unless they heard you had one. Okay, enough, just don't do it.


So there you have it, six bad places to get a tattoo according to me. Of course these are just my six no-no zones, yours may differ. Although I'd be willing to bet most people would agree with the final one. Either way, let me know where you think a bad place to get a tattoo is. I love to hear from the inked and un-inked masses alike. Happy inking and remember to avoid the back door.

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Jackie on August 03, 2017:

I have an upper chest tattoo. When I was a toddler I had an accident that scolded and scared my chest. My tattoo covers this and has boosted my confidence so much. I have loads of am tattoos that covers old self harm scars again a huge confidence booster. And my next plan is hand tattoos. Why? Because I've wanted hand tattoo for years and now at nearly 30 old in full time employment as a support worker loving my job and knowing I'm already visably tattood and my job encourages individuality. I don't disagree with this article completely but I do think everyone is different and as long as people are willing to stick by the decisions they have made regarding getting visable tattoos that should not be judged

John Doe on June 12, 2014:

I do have one on my upper chest, it's a lettering below my left collarbone (not too big) and actually it's kind of annoying when you're talking to someone at the beach and you see they keep staring at your tattoo instead of looking at your face. But for a guy it's a good tattoo spot because it's easy to hide it with a regular t shirt, not too easy to show off though :(

Catherine Taylor (author) from Canada on January 13, 2014:

Hello Samibear, thank you for reading and commenting. I appreciate that not everyone shares the same opinion on tattoos and welcome your point of view. If we all agreed on things the world would be a very boring place.

Samibear on January 13, 2014:

I have an upper chest piece, therefore I do not agree with that being a nono tattoo, t shirts easily cover them. Also I think tattoos are how we show our story, and if getting it inked on these nono spots has a centimental reasoning then no one should make such assumptions and say it is wrong. For example I want til death on my finger, to represent my marrige. Who are you to tell me that is wrong?

Jayne on January 05, 2014:

Agree with you on some of these, but not all. People may get tattoos in particular places because it is culturally or spiritually significant to them- for example, in New Zealand Maori sometimes get ta moko on their face, and traditionally it's to do with the amount of mana (sort of like prestige or honour) they hold as an individual or within their iwi. I have seen ta moko that has been done extremely well, and is beautiful, and while some people may not like it or think it's scary, in the end all that matters is the reason why the person who has the tattoo has it in the first place- hopefully, because they want it, and it expresses a part of who they are.

Skyler DeCristoforo from Olympia, WA on May 20, 2013:

This is a well written hub, although i'm not sure that i agree with all of it. I personally believe that you should tattoo yourself freely wherever you feel like you want them. My whole torso and side of my neck are tattooed and i don't regret any of it. my tattoos and body modifications are for me and me only. You said that jobs and opportunities may close because of the appearance of tattoos, while this is an accurate statement i think you fail to see the flipped side. If you decorate and praise your body in your own light it doesn't matter what anyone says or does. I think you would find that being true to yourself in all forms of expression will open the greatest doors of all. Jobs arnt everything, neither is money. Opportunity is based on perception. It may be allot harder to find a job if you tattoo or pierce your whole body, but when you do find it, it will that much more worthwhile knowing that you were able to do it while being who you are. Everyone has a different threshold as to what they will do to their bodies. Some people will only cut their hair and paint their fingernails. Others get Implants, tattoos, piercings ect. Regardless of what your limit's are, remember to respect the limits of others. I personaly would never get my forehead tattooed, but at the same time there are many people that wouldn't tattoo their entire chest like i have. If some one told you that you shouldn't have gotten your tattoos where you did you'd look at them like they were crazy right? Well that's exactly what the people with tattooed hands, faces, necks and s0 on think, the difference is they don't feel the need to ever hide it. Hiding your tattoos is hiding a part of you, be proud of them. I don't believe that there is any "bad place" to get a tattoo as long as the tattoo is for you! Its not for anyone to say what tattoos work for what person. Respect their expression and your expressions will be more likely yo be respected!

MysticMoonlight on May 10, 2013:

Indeed, Thundermama! :)

Catherine Taylor (author) from Canada on May 10, 2013:

Thanks for reading MM, I do agree that the back of the neck can be a good spot to have a tattoo on, especially if you have long hair and can cover it if need be. The back door has me baffled too. When I first heard about this and saw a few I thought I was being pranked, but nope, they are for real. It takes all kinds to make the world go around I guess.

MysticMoonlight on May 09, 2013:

I agree with your choices. The one place that is a maybe for me is the neck, only if I did get one there, it'd be on the back of my neck not the side. I have a tattoo on my the lower part of my calf which is coverable and doesn't seem to distract anyone.

I just cannot imagine someone requesting the back door tattoo....all I can say is OUCH and EWW! No offense to anyone reading this if you have a back door tattoo, this is just my opinion, of course.

Nice Hub, voted, happy tattooing :)

Catherine Taylor (author) from Canada on April 30, 2013:

Excellent point KrisVandell. I had forgotten that as an option and it would work quite well in a variety of scenarios. I guess the dilemma becomes whether or not you are willing to wear that makeup on a continual basis if your employment required it. Thank you for reading and commenting and great point.

KrisVandell on April 30, 2013:

I would like to point out that there are concealers that can completely cover tattoos. So if you are going to an interview or event where having a tattoo isn't such a good idea you can cover it up with make-up instead of clothes. No need to wear gloves all the time with hand tattoos, which is good thing where I live, Texas, it gets way too hot for gloves.

Catherine Taylor (author) from Canada on April 29, 2013:

Seriously good for you, it certainly has left you with a pretty cool story to tell and a surprise for those lucky enough to see it. And I guess you now have a pretty good idea of what your pain threshold is.

Adrianna Joleigh from Europe on April 29, 2013:

Lol, Thundermama, I am not sure what I was thinking! I do know I cried through the entire experience. Lol. I wanted to stop soon after he started but then I didn't want it to be a small black line down there! lol. *sigh* Oh well. Its pretty and I'm alive. haha.

Catherine Taylor (author) from Canada on April 29, 2013:

adriannajoleigh, wow, that is a serious spot to get a tattoo. Can't say I would have the guts to go there, but good for you.

Adrianna Joleigh from Europe on April 29, 2013:

I have tattoo at the front door. LOL... and I've got to HURT when they did it. I can't get it done again. I don't want to cry. lol

Catherine Taylor (author) from Canada on April 28, 2013:

Hi Alicia, thanks for popping by and commenting. A tattoo is a hug commitment so I can appreciate why you haven't gotten one. I am continually shocked by the number of face tattoos I see. Why do people think this is a good idea? As a tattoo enthusiast I am thrilled that they are losing their stigma, but there are some places that should be left un-inked.

Alecia Murphy from Wilmington, North Carolina on April 26, 2013:

I don't have tattoos and that's more because I don't think there's anything I want to commit to having on my body for the rest of my life. Of course I have my birthmark but that wasn't a choice, I was born with that and it's on my face.

That being said face tattoos are just bad- especially if you are not going to have a long career in music or tattooing. The mouth? That just sounds bad and unsanitary. I think tattoos are going to be more socialy acceptable as long as people don't go too far with where they place them and what they get.

Catherine Taylor (author) from Canada on March 03, 2013:

Thanks for reading DIYmommy, and you are so right misspelled tattoos are a definite no no. It shocks me that this still happens.

Julie on March 02, 2013:

Not only are these bad places to get a tattoo, but I have seen cases where people have messed up the spelling of words, as well. Whether that be the person or the artist's fault, that definitely adds insult to industry. Great job with this hub!

Catherine Taylor (author) from Canada on February 11, 2013:

Hi Lea, thanks so much for reading and commenting. I agree with you, it does depend on how far up you go. In the end tattoos all come down to personal preference.

Lea from Texas on February 03, 2013:

I myself have a chest tattoo and while i don't agree with you, I also do not disagree with you. It really just depends on how far up you go with it and the shape you choose.

Catherine Taylor (author) from Canada on January 28, 2013:

Dana, thanks so much for the lovely compliment. I consider it high praise as I am quite a fan of your writing style. Maybe you'll be writing a tattoo hub soon.

SH, thanks so much for reading, and commenting. Tattoos definitely aren't for everyone, but I am glad you can appreciate the beauty of a well done one on someone who does like them.

Stephanie Henkel from USA on January 28, 2013:

I admit that I'm not a great fan of tattoos, but I have seen some that are attractively designed and placed. I thoroughly enjoyed your article and agree that there are some places that shouldn't be inked! Voted up and interesting!

Dana Strang from Ohio on January 28, 2013:

I love this! Awesome advic presented in a fun way! I am careful to keep my tats where they can be covered. I love tattoos, but even I feel that there are times it is not ok to be flashing ink. Even the one on my wrist can be covered by my watch....

I love your writing style. I am glad I came across this one. :)

Catherine Taylor (author) from Canada on January 28, 2013:

Thanks for popping in Sunshine625, your comments are much appreciated. I too have seen some lovely finger tattoos, but I have seen a a lot of bad ones too. I agree with your "each to their own," comment.

Linda Bilyeu from Orlando, FL on January 28, 2013:

I am tat free, mostly because I could never decide what kind of tat I'd want or where I'd place one. I have seen some finger tat's and they were nicely done. I guess placement is a "to each his own" decision. Either way I'll probably continue to stick with temporary tattoos my granddaughter uses. Excellent hub with some very valid points!

Catherine Taylor (author) from Canada on January 28, 2013:

Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting Sharkey11. I too hope that we move to a more accepting way of being regarding tattoos and creative self expression.

Jayme Kinsey from Oklahoma on January 28, 2013:

You make many good points about tattoos. Luckily in many areas, tattoos are becoming more acceptable, and less likely to limit career choices. In my area specifically, I see plenty of "respectable" professionals, such as doctors and lawyers with tattoos. My daughter was delivered by a doctor with a beautiful ankle tattoo and several of my sister's college professors sport visible ink. They used to tell us that health professionals could never get tattoos, but more and more nurses, aides, doctors and techs are seen not only with tattoos, but piercings as well.

Lets hope that acceptance of tattoos grows to become the norm rather than the exception. Until then, I do agree that some places are bad ideas...mouths and nether regions especially. Just too risky!

Voting and sharing! Thanks for an interesting read!

Catherine Taylor (author) from Canada on November 01, 2012:

@ Christy, thanks for reading and sharing, much appreciated!

@ Steel Engineer, thank you for reading and commenting, although I don't agree with you , everyone is entitled to their opinion and I am always open to lively discussion.

@pbsand I agree, many interesting people I know have tattoos

@Daughter of Maat, thank you for saying what I was thinking

@jellyagtor, first off, love the name, secondly, my Mom raised be to be my own person, but to be practical hence only ink what you can hide. Sounds like you're the same.

jellygator from USA on October 30, 2012:

I'm with you on only getting ink where it can be covered easily. There's no telling what the future will bring as far as jobs and opportunities, but it's VERY easy to predict that tats *will* close some doors.

Mel Flagg COA OSC from Rural Central Florida on October 30, 2012:

Wow, I'm sorry but that's just presumptuous. "Most men understand, when a woman gets a tattoo, she doesn't have much else going on in her life." So what does it mean when a man gets a tattoo?

This was a great read. I, unfortunately, do not have a tattoo yet (and I stress yet) but my sister has several. I see nothing wrong with tattoos. I think they are a wonderful way to adorn the body. The back door, ya, that's a bit much for me... OUCH!

Kathryn Lamoreux on October 30, 2012:

I disagree with your second point, Steel Engineer. While I don't have any tattoos, I accompanied my college roommate to get hers. She's one of the smartest people I know, bilingual, sings, plays the ukelele, and is currently enrolled in a Ph.D. program in anthropology. She loves to travel for research, particularly in Latin America, and her tattoo is based on a condor charm she bought in Bolivia, meant to grant the wearer good luck in travel. In short, she has a LOT going on in her life, and the tattoo she chose to get is just a reflection of that. Also, more to the point of this article, she got it on her shoulder blade, so she can show it off if she wants, but she can also cover it up very easily most of the time.

Steel Engineer from Kiev, Ukraine on October 30, 2012:

Personally, when I see a woman with a tattoo, I automatically detract several points from her hotness score. First, I find them very unattractive. So do most men, to be honest. They may be good conversation starters at a bar (as I once heard one woman explain to another) so you can drop your waistline and show you are interested (and loose).

The second thing a tattoo really says- and this is from the tattoo industry itself - is that the owner of the tattoo really has nothing else interesting about them to express who they are to other people. Most men understand, when a woman gets a tattoo, she doesn't have much else going on in her life.

Christy Birmingham from British Columbia, Canada on October 30, 2012:

I have a tattoo and like you write I enjoy being able to cover up the area when I need to. Relieved my own is not one of the places you include here! Good hub, voting up and sharing

Catherine Taylor (author) from Canada on October 15, 2012:

Thanks for reading and commenting, so glad it made you smile. It's hard not judge, I do try to say to each their own, but sometimes people's choices baffle me. BTW I think a ring on the nape of your neck will look lovely. Good spot!

Kitty K. Free on October 15, 2012:

I enjoyed reading this. I smiled all the way through. I try my hardest not to judge others. I know there are things that I just don't understand, and I accept that I don't have too. But the upper chest tat boggles my mind. Breasts are such a beautiful feature on a woman's body, no matter how big or small. They are their own decoration. Why oh, why would someone want to permanently adorn them with a tat is beyond me. But to each his own. I want a ring at the nape of my neck. I'm sure when I get it (after I do my extensive research:)) people will question my decision too.

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