Hip tattoo and 8 things worth knowing when deciding to get one


More and more often I am approached by clients interested in getting a hip tattoo. It is quite a safe place for your first tattoo – it is easy to hide it under your clothes or to display it on the beach in summer. The location seems perfect but does it have any downsides?

for women flowers tattoo on the hip
Tattoo on the hip and thigh made by me

What answers you will find in this article about a tattoo on your hip?

  • What is the meaning of a hip tattoo?
  • How expensive is a hip tattoo?
  • Tattoo on the hip – what to wear?
  • Hip tattoo and pregnancy,
  • Pain during a hip tattoo – do a hip tattoo hurt a lot?
  • How to reduce pain when getting a hip tattoo?
  • Hip tattoo care – what to do after a tattoo?
  • Hip tattoo and the gym.

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What is the meaning of a hip tattoo?

As with most parts of your body, the design, not the location, will be important in the case of a hip tattoo. When deciding on a specific tattoo design, think carefully as it will be a lifetime choice.

The design does not always have to matter, I often make tattoos that customers like – flower patterns, birds, etc., but there are also people for whom symbolism matters.

roses and gun tattoo on the hip for women
Tattoo on the hip, inspiration from tatuaze-wzory.com

How expensive is a hip tattoo?

How much should you expect to pay for a hip tattoo? Each tattoo artist will answer this question – it depends. Most often on the size, and thus the time needed to complete it. On average you can expect to be charged $100-150 for a small hip tattoo, up to $250 for a medium tattoo, and over $400 for a large tattoo.

When calculating the price of a tattoo on the hip, we must take into account that even with a small design, certain activities while preparing the body and the design itself are independent of its size.

rose tattoo on the hip for women
Tattoo on the hip, inspiration from zszywka.pl

Tattoo on the hip – what to wear?

When you go to a tattoo session to get a hip tattoo, what should you wear? For the day of tattooing, you might think of something loose that can be easily rolled up or removed altogether (it’s a better option) to keep the ink from staining your clothes.

Try to wear something looser for the first 1-2 weeks, later it won’t matter much, but once the hip tattoo heals, try wearing something that doesn’t rub directly against the area where you have your tattooed pattern.

lions tattoo on the hip for women
Tattoo on the hip, inspiration from wykop.pl

Hip tattoo and pregnancy

With sudden and large fluctuations in weight, such as during pregnancy and after childbirth, the tattoo on the thigh may become slightly distorted.

The sharpest geometric patterns are usually the most distorted, but this is especially true of very large growth or weight loss. The thigh tattoo can also become distorted by stretch marks, which often appear during pregnancy, for example.

flower design tattoo on the hip for women
Tattoo on the hip, inspiration from etatuator.pl

Pain during a hip tattoo – do a hip tattoo hurt a lot?

As always, pain is a very individual matter, but most of my clients agree that the tattoo on the hip hurts less than on other parts of the body.

However, I also had people on the table who did not complain about pain during tattooing on the hip, so this is a very individual matter – you know your pain threshold best, so think about whether such a place will suit you, there are locations where it hurts for sure more 🙂

pain chart for women tattoo on the hip
Tattoo pain body map for women from healthline.com
pain chart for men tattoo on the hip
Tattoo pain body map for men from healthline.com

How to reduce pain when getting a hip tattoo? 15 things you can do.

There are a few things you can do to reduce the pain of getting a hip tattoo, both before and during the session, here is a short list I have prepared for you:

  1. Make sure you get a good night’s sleep the day before your tattoo.
  2. Find an experienced tattoo artist. Artists with more experience tend to finish hip tattoos faster, meaning you’ll endure the pain for less time.
  3. Avoid painkillers, especially aspirin or ibuprofen. They should not be taken 24 hours before the tattoo, they thin the blood and the tattoo may take longer than normal.
  4. Make sure your body is well hydrated. When your skin is dry, the tattoo hurts more, both when tattooed and later when it heals.
  5. Make sure you come to the tattoo session after your meal. Low blood sugar makes you feel more painful, so eating before a tattoo is important. It will also help you avoid dizziness caused by nerves or hunger.
  6. Avoid drinking alcohol. Make sure you don’t drink for at least 24 hours before getting a tattoo as alcohol increases pain sensitivity and thin the blood.
  7. Try to relax while tattooing. It will only hurt for a while, try to breathe deeply and relax if you are sure you want a tattoo and you trust your tattoo artist you should be fine.
  8. Try to distract yourself somehow so you don’t just focus on the pain. Before the session, you can ask if there is a possibility to come with someone you know, you can talk to the tattoo artist, you can listen to music on the phone through headphones – find something that will distract you.
  9. Don’t be afraid to ask for a skin numbing cream. Your tattoo artist should have different types of creams and you can ask for them.
  10. Don’t get a tattoo if you are sick, then your sensitivity to pain will be greater and the tattoo will take longer to heal as your immune system will try to stop the infection at the same time.
  11. Don’t drink coffee or energy drinks before or during a tattoo session. Just like alcohol, caffeine and energy drinks thin your blood. So, skip your morning cup of coffee on the day you get the tattoo.
  12. Try to schedule your morning session if possible. In the morning, the adrenaline level is at its highest. Adrenaline is a pain masking hormone that can help increase your pain tolerance.
  13. Try not to move too much while the tattoo artist is working. Too much movement will distract tattooers from their work, thereby prolonging the session and increasing pain.
  14. Don’t be afraid to ask for breaks. If the pain becomes too unbearable, don’t hesitate to ask for respite. Any professional tattoo artist will understand and will give you a few minutes of break.
  15. You can also try squeezing or chewing something to ease the pain. Squeezing something in your hand or biting something can actually reduce pain significantly. For example, you can bring an anti-stress ball, a wrist training device, or chewing gum.

Hip tattoo care – what to do after a tattoo?

First of all, follow the care instructions given to you by your tattoo artist.

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

delicate flowers tattoo on the hip for women
Tattoo on the hip, inspiration from zszywka.pl

Here are some ideas I have tested for aftercare of your hip tattoo:

  • Fresh hip tattoos are covered with thin foil for the first 3-4 days, then it is good for them to have air access to speed up healing.
  • A new hip tattoo should be washed every day – but gently, do not scrub, just spray lightly 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 hip tattoo is completely submerged in water.
  • Choose your clothes so that they rub and irritate the fresh hip tattoo as little as possible, be careful not to scratch it as scratching off the scabs may accidentally remove some ink.
  • The skin at the hip tattoo site often dries out more, so you can use ointments such as Bepanthen or Alantan on it.
  • The new hip tattoo should not be exposed to the sun. Even after it has healed, make sure you protect it with adequate sunscreen at all times.

Hip tattoo and the gym

With a freshly made hip tattoo, we should limit the intensity of training in the gym. The tattoo on the hip should not be exposed to irritation.

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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