2019 is here and you have made a resolution to get a tattoo but what body part?
Bongo star Diamond Platnumz recently got some new ink work done on his arm, while many are speculating about what the tattoos mean, the question is why the arm? Or what other body part is good to get a tattoo on.
While you can obviously get a tattoo anywhere you like, it’s good to keep in mind that some areas of the body aren’t always the most ideal places for tattoos, especially if you’re worried about it fading or stretching as the years go by. For that reason, you might want to avoid areas that naturally change with age or ones that might be affected by pregnancy.
But most importantly, when it comes to a tattoo’s longevity, take into consideration how much sun exposure the area might receive. When going for a colorful tattoo, a location that doesn’t get a lot of sun exposure is best for the longevity of the color, as sun exposure causes colors to fade. The size and shape of the tattoo can also affect how great it’ll look in ten or twenty years.
With that said, here are seven best body parts to get tattoos on.
If you’ve been daydreaming about getting a tattoo on your upper chest, it may be a good idea to go for the outer collarbone. This is because the area tends to be least exposed to the sun since it’s easily covered up by shirts and scarves. It’s also an area where the skin is least likely to stretch as you get older, which is another factor that can affect how a tattoo holds up over time.
If you’re always out in the sun, you may want to avoid getting a tattoo on your outer arm, and instead, choose a more protected spot. Without the constant onslaught of UV rays which break down the ink tattoos in this location tend to stay looking fresh.
Again, thanks to the fact it’s often covered up by clothing, the back tends to be a prime spot for long-lasting tattoos. This area isn’t exposed to sunlight as much and it tends to hold up well as aging occurs.
Similarly, the upper thighs tend to be protected from the sun, so if you want ink that’ll stand the test of the time, this may be your best bet. Of course, that doesn’t mean you have to hide your tats under clothes all the time or worry 24/7 about how they might look in twenty years. All you have to do when you do decide to show them off is to apply a liberal amount of sunscreen to keep your skin safe and you’ll be good to go.
A tattoo right below your hairline on your neck will stay looking newer longer as it doesn’t have a lot of sun exposure and this is especially true if you have long hair that you tend to wear down, as that’ll help protect it even more.
A tattoo on your ribs that doesn’t extend too far out towards your abdomen is a good location, since it’s often covered up with clothing, and thus protected from the sun. But even more important, if you get pregnant, this is one spot on the abdomen that isn’t as likely to stretch. Of course, if that does happen, it’s not a big deal.
7.Shoulders & Calves
Since the skin on the shoulders and calves isn’t as affected by aging, tattoos in these areas tend to stay put. This is compared to areas that tend to see a lot of change over the course of your life, like your abdomen. While your stomach may stretch during pregnancy, for example, your calves and shoulders often won’t.
While you can obviously get a tattoo wherever you like and touch up any ink that starts to fade it’s still a good idea to consider location if you want your tattoo to look good forever.