If you thought the helix tattoo — the delicate, little bit of body art that runs up and down the side of the ear — seemed like it was in a spot much too sensitive to get inked, wait until you hear about the latest trend: armpit tattoos.
Yup, people are raising their hands high and inviting tattoo artists to get all up in their pits. But the pain that comes along with inking this usually-left-untouched area ranks real high.
According to a pain scale on Tattoos Hurt, a website dedicated to body inking culture, armpit tattoos are the absolute most painful type to get along with ones on the back of the knees and ribs. Yikes.
“Had these guys 7 [years] and 5 [years] as Birthday gifts to myself!!” Ainsley V., a Paris-based tattoo artist who has a rose tattoo on each armpit, wrote on Instagram. “And Yes they hurt!!”
If you’re willing to grit your teeth for the sake of art and get a tat on that precious part of your flesh, there is one benefit: it’s pretty easy to conceal, depending on the size. Unless you find your groove on the dance floor at a wedding and throw your arms into the “Y.M.C.A.” when it comes on, you can probably keep it hidden by keeping your arms down.
Currently, over 7,100 photos have been uploaded to #armpittattoo on Instagram. Though, truth be told, there are also a dozen users who’ve been honest and uploaded pictures to #armpittattooshurt.
Here are some of the more interesting designs we’ve spotted so far… like this black and white sunflower:
These geometric shapes go on and on.
A colourful rose with SO much shading. How did this person not pass out?
Another classic flower.
A small poppy with a stem that runs through the armpit.
And this good sense of humour.