8 things you need to know about a neck tattoo before getting one!


I am sometimes approached by clients interested in getting a tattoo on the neck. I advise against this place as a choice for your first tattoo, in this article I will try to answer the most common questions about neck tattoos.

What answers you will find in this article about a neck tattoo?

  • What is the meaning of the tattoo on the neck?
  • How much does a tattoo on the neck cost?
  • Neck tattoo and work
  • Does the tattoo on the neck hurt a lot?
  • How long does a tattoo on the neck heal?
  • Is a neck tattoo a bad idea?
  • Do neck tattoos fade?
  • How to care for a tattoo on the neck?

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What is the meaning of the tattoo on the neck?

As with most places on your body, the design, not the location, will be important for the neck tattoo. When deciding on a particular design, think carefully as it will be a lifetime choice and neck tattoos are often visible and difficult to hide.

The design does not always have to matter, I often make tattoos that customers like – flower designs, animals, etc., but there are also people for whom symbolism matters. It can be the name of a loved one, an inscription that means something to you, or, for example, your zodiac sign.

flower for woman tattoo on the neck
Flower tattoo on neck made by me

How much does a tattoo on the neck cost?

The price of a tattoo on the neck may vary, so when asked about the price, each tattoo artist will answer you – it depends. Most often on the size, and thus the time needed to complete it. Prices depend on where you live, the experience of tattooers, and hourly rates. For a medium tattoo you can expect to pay between $150 – $450, but for something small, you pay between $30 to $100.

Neck tattoo and work

Sometimes, before having a tattoo on the neck, the question is whether it is really hard to find a serious job with a tattoo? In the case of the neck, especially if it is in its upper part and it is not possible to hide it under the hair, there will be professions in which finding a job may be difficult or impossible due to the visible tattoo.

It is worth considering the logic of getting a tattoo on the neck if you know that there will be a problem with it at work, and there is practically no way to hide it.

Does the tattoo on the neck hurt a lot?

Often, before the final decision is made, the question of pain with a tattoo on the neck is asked. As always, pain is a very individual matter, but most of my clients agree that the tattoo on the neck hurts more than on other parts of the body.

Remember, however, that tattoo pain is a very individual matter – you know your pain threshold best, so think about whether such a place will suit you. There is generally less fat around the neck and the skin is close to the bones, so the pain will be greater than, for example, on the forearm. Check locations which are less painful below:

pain chart for woman tattoo on the neck
Tattoo pain chart for woman from healthline.com
pain chart for man tattoo on the neck
Tattoo pain chart for man from healthline.com

How long does a tattoo on the neck heal?

Usually, neck tattoos take about 3-4 weeks to heal, but it takes up to three months for complete healing below the skin’s surface. Depending on where the tattoo is, the healing time may be slightly longer if it comes into direct contact with your clothes.

Is a neck tattoo a bad idea?

When it comes to visible tattoos, aside from the face, there’s nothing more visible than the neck and hand, for example, I’ve met tattooers that won’t do neck tattoos because it’s putting the person’s job and future at risk, especially if they are not already heavily tattooed. If you really want to have a tattoo on the neck consider all possible future costs of such a decision before getting one.

Do neck tattoos fade?

A neck tattoo may, of course, still fade, but all tattoos do fade with time, that is not the matter of location only. If it will be in a higher part of the neck it will last longer as there is limited contact with clothes there if, in the lower part, it might fade a bit faster, but as mentioned that is the case with all tattoos.

How to care for a tattoo on the neck?

First of all, follow the instructions for caring for your neck tattoo as received from the tattoo artist.

Avoid water and sun, and keep your new tattoo clean and give it fresh air frequently. Hear when the tattoo artist gives care tips, they are really important and help reduce pain after getting a tattoo.

Here are some ideas I have tested for taking care of your first neck tattoo:

  • Fresh tattoos on the neck are covered with a thin foil for the first 2-3 days, then it is good for them to have air access to speed up healing.
  • A new tattoo on the neck should be washed every day – but gently, do not scrub, just spray a little with water, preferably dry with a cotton pad.
  • During healing, which usually takes 3 to 4 weeks, you should avoid swimming, visiting a sauna, or bathing where the tattoo on the neck is completely submerged in water.
  • Be careful not to scratch it as you may accidentally remove some ink by scraping off the scabs.
  • The skin at the neck tattoo site often dries out more, so ointments such as Bepanthen or Alantan can be used on it.
  • The new neck tattoo should not be exposed to the sun. Even after it heals, make sure you protect it with adequate sunscreen at all times.

Some of my favourite designs, tattoo books and aftercare products, selected for you

working on tattoo at my studio
Working at the studio on one of my projects

Thank you for reading my article, I hope that you have found it helpful. If you would have trouble finding ideas for your tattoo, wonder what is meaning of design that you have found or what to buy for aftercare, to make sure that your tattoo will be healing quickly and easily, here are some of my favorite products in one place, hope that this will also help.

Deasign and tattoo ideas

For some ideas you can have a look at those 3 books with hundreds of designs that I use with my Clients, they are available on Amazon for Kindle or in classic, paper version (links below):

Tattoo meaning

If you would like to read more about the meaning of different tattoo styles and designs before you will decide what you would like to have, I can recommend a book that was really useful for me when I was starting my tattoo adventure – it’s “Conscious Ink: The Hidden Meaning of Tattoos” by Lisa Barretta (through the link you can find it on Amazon for around $10).

Tattoo aftercare

The skin at the tattoo site often dries out. To prevent it and speed up healing for my Clients, I usually recommend one of those tattoo aftercare balms (you can find them on Amazon):

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