What was once used as a religious symbol, and then transgressed into a symbol of rebellion, is now used as a popular body art for self expression, or as a fashion statement. People are getting tattoos on their shoulders, wrists, backs, necks, ankles, etc. It is estimated that about 20% of all the tattoos done, are on the neck. Neck tattoos are gaining a lot of popularity, probably because they are one of the most visible ones. The famous saying, "No pain, no gain", is applicable in almost all aspects of life, and tattoos are no exceptions. Many people who have got one on the neck believe that the pain is comparatively greater than that caused by getting any other area inked.
Neck tattoos are done on the region just below the chin to the collarbone, along with the nape. Most are made on the sides of the neck, or on the nape. Nape tattoos are very popular with women, as not only is it a sensual place, but if they don't want to show it, they can easily cover it with their hair. Those on the sides of the neck are not for the faint-hearted. You have to be daring, and not concerned with first impressions. Usually, these are seen on tattoo artists or rock stars. They are better done on both sides of the neck, for a symmetric look. The front of the neck is one of the most rare places to get inked. However, it is gaining popularity, especially in case of tattoos that originate from the chest. There are infinite choices, majority of which are feminine designs like stars, butterflies, dragonflies, tribal tattoos, floral patterns, and zodiacs.
Neck tattoos are notorious for the pain caused while getting them, as well as for the problems one has to face after getting them. Also called 'job blockers', as in most conservative jobs, any visible tattoos are not encouraged or allowed. Many tattoo artists are not keen to do neck tattoos, especially if a person is not heavily tattooed. Some also strongly advise not to get them done, warning you of the pain. However, if you are firm on your decision, ensure that the artist has experience in inking such a delicate place.
Why Does A Tattoo Hurt More On The Neck, Than In Other Areas?
The skin on the nape is thinner as compared to other parts, and it is closer to the bone with very little padding of fat and muscle in between. Hence, the pain involved in this case is much more. However, it totally depends on the individual, and his pain threshold.
This is another factor to be considered. Unlike other tattoos that usually heal in about three weeks, neck tattoos take a lot longer. The reason being the continuous motion of the head. It results in friction, thus delaying healing, and causing the tattoo to scab quickly. Hence, sometimes, it becomes necessary to re-ink the tattoo, for covering those areas. This, of course, adds to the pain.
You should always remember that tattoos are permanent, and therefore, you must be sure of your decision. Especially in case of those on the neck, you have to take into consideration a lot of factors like the pain, visibility for life, and aftercare. It is not easy to conceal neck tattoos, and hence, you have to take into account your job or career. After pondering over all these factors, if you still feel strongly about getting one, then it's definitely worth getting inked!