A First Timer's Guide to Tattoo Placement

When it comes to getting a first tattoo, there are good placement choices and ones that most artists would discourage (or outright) refuse for a client. For example, most tattoo artists give a first timer a design on their hand, neck or face—because these locations are extremely visible and they want people to understand the consequences that these types of tattoos can have on a person's life.

However, if you're in the majority and don't plan on getting a job stopper for your first tattoo, it's time to discuss some of the best and most common placements for a first tattoo. Whether you're selecting the placement for a tattoo because of the design, the pain or the ability to cover it up—we've narrowed down our top 9 tattoo locations for first timers. Take a look at the gallery below to see where we'd recommend you get a first tattoo and let us know where you got your first tattoo in the comments section on Facebook. 

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Hip

The hip is a great place to put a first tattoo because it's very easily hidden. Under most circumstances, besides the beach, a hip tattoo will not be seen in people. Therefore, it's a safe way to wade into collecting tattoos.

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Forearm

The forearm is an excellent place for a first tattoo because it's a clean canvas for the artist and one of the least painful spots on the body for a client. Whether you go big or go small, that's up to you but there's no going wrong with a tasteful forearm tattoo.

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Thigh

Over the past few years, thigh tattoos have become increasingly popular among first timers. It's a large, open space that can be easily hidden—and I personally can attest to the thigh being a prime location for a first tattoo.

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Wrist

While wrist tattoos are among the most visible tattoos a person can get, if done well, there's really no harm with a classy and well-done tattoo on the wrist.

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Ankle

Ankle tattoos are perhaps the most popular designs for first times and based on the many tasteful and subtle examples out there—we can tell why many tattoo virgins go for the ankle.

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Inner Bicep

Inner bicep tattoos are awesome because they still allow for the edge of having an arm tattoo, however, they allow the wearer to slide under the radar as a tattooed person.

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Outer Bicep

But if you're committed to being a tattoo collector and want to make a bold statement with your first tattoo—why not give an outer bicep tattoo a shot? This tattoo can still easily be hidden under clothes, but it's still totally badass.

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Shoulder Blade

Want a tattoo that even you can't see? Well, a shoulder blade piece may be for you. Shoulder tattoos are extremely elegant and you'll surprise everyone with your well hidden ink.

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Calf

Lastly, calf tattoos are a great choice for first time tattoo clients because they can be effortlessly disguised under pants. If you're someone who frequently wears pants to work but prefers to show off your legs on the weekend—you'll love having a tattoo on your calf.