Chest Tattoo: Tips, Placement, and Ideas

  • Chest tattoos can be placed on the upper, middle or lower part of the chest.
  • You can get creative with the placement of your tattoo and keep it hidden, like with a breastbone tattoo, or keep the design above the breastbone in plain sight.
  • A tattoo artist breaks down everything you need to know about chest tattoos, including cost, pain levels and aftercare, ahead of time.

When it comes to body parts, the chest is one of the biggest canvases you have (second only to your back, of course). That’s why it’s such a popular place for a new tattoo: there are so many more, smaller ones under locations you can choose. Now, some people are taking full advantage of this wide array of real estate — looking at you, Pete Davidson and Justin Bieber — and deciding to fill every inch of space with ink. Then there are others who prefer to keep their chest tattoos relegated to one or two sections, such as on the collarbone, along the sternum, or on the pec on either side of the breast.

While this body art placement can be easily hidden under a t-shirt, one of the benefits of a chest tattoo is that it can be a conversation piece if you choose to show it off. “A tattoo on the chest, depending on the season, is one of the first things you see on a person,” Jazmine Paulinotattoo artist at Black Flower Tattoo in Brooklyn, NY, says POPSUGAR. “So be ready for the attention.”

If you are considering getting a chest tattoo, there are a few things to consider. That’s why we asked Paulino to detail everything you’d need to know before your appointment, from the pain of chest tattoos to their cost (and everything in between). Keep scrolling to find out more.

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