Tattoos: Find out where it hurts the most

Tattoos and piercings are not a new trend in the world per se, but people still think of these ideas as a novelty. The centuries-old belief of criminals and people with ‘loose’ characters sporting tattoos or rings is still prevalent in the older generations but has been totally revamped among the youth. You can see at least half the students in a college having either a tattoo or a piercing in India. This is because this is when teenagers find out their true identities and roles in society, and what better way there is to express it to the public than getting a wrist tattoo or a conch piercing.

The concept of tattoos has been around for millenniums; the first example of this art is on Ötzi the Iceman's mummified body, who is said to have tattoos relative to the acupuncture points on the body linked to arthritis and other diseases. In India, this art was not brought along by westernization. Instead, it has always been here, as seen among the numerous tribes in the country. Indian tattoos were made to save the people from evil and darkness, which was a danger in many societies.

These two concepts of bodily self-expression are on many people’s bucket lists, but some don’t follow it due to the fear of pain and infections. The pain experienced can be subjective for many; hence one person’s excruciating pain during a wrist tattoo can be just a continuous pricking sensation for someone else. Regardless, some areas are painful for everyone due to the abundance of nerve endings, less fat and muscles to cushion the tattoo needle, and subjective pain felt by men and women.

Take a look at this chart of the most painful places to get a tattoo on your body in order: