A style of body art gaining popularity over the last few years is the “always visible” tattoo. These include neck and face tattoos which are difficult to hide with clothing. Most neck tattoos are placed on the side of the neck or the nape (the back of the neck). One New York tattoo parlor owner estimated that between 20 and 30 percent of the tattoos done are located on the hand, face, or neck.
One frequently asked question concerning neck tattoos is about the amount of pain. Pain is a very subjective measurement that varies greatly from person to person. Nonetheless, you should expect a little more pain because the skin on the back of the neck is thinner than other body parts, so the needle comes closer to the bone.
Every movement of the head pulls on the skin of the neck, which causes the tattoo to scab over quickly while it is being inked. A tattoo usually heals in 2-3 weeks but a neck tattoo often takes a little longer, and you may need to go back to the parlor to re-ink over some of the patches. Luckily, these re-ink sessions are usually considered less painful than the original session.
The neck doesn’t get as much contact as the hands or feet, and thus the neck tattoo has an advantage over the foot or hand tattoo in that it is less prone to infections. Because the neck is usually exposed to sunlight, there is a greater risk of fading; so remember to wear sun screen.