Is the back of the arm a good place for a tattoo?


Many of my clients ask me if the back of the arm a good place for a tattoo. My response is usually – it depends 🙂 If you do not want to feel too much pain then the location for the tattoo on the back of your arm is perfect, but on the other hand, you may get less enjoyment from having a tattoo there since it is difficult to see it without a mirror.

on the back of the arm flower tattoo
Tattoo of a flower on the back of the arm made by me

What answers you will find in this article about a tattoo on the back of your arm?

  • Do back of arm tattoos hurt?
  • How much is a tattoo at the back of the arm? Is it expensive?
  • Tattoo on back of arm meaning,
  • Back of arm tattoo aging,
  • Back of arm tattoo healing,
  • 45 ideas for the back of arm tattoo designs.

If you are hesitant about getting a tattoo you can always have a t-shirt or a mug with a tattoo design, have a look at my gift shop offer:

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My Ink By Kate Gift shop

If you are looking for inspiration before your arm tattoo, check out my portfolio – you can find my works and projects here – on Instagram.

Do back of arm tattoos hurt?

Answer to the question does a tattoo on the back of the arm hurt is good – not so much as for example on the neck!

Because this part of the body has a little more muscle and a little more flesh pain on the back of the arm during tattooing is not so severe. 

If that will be your first tattoo, and you do not know how you’ll handle the pain, the back of the arm would be a good location to start your tattooing journey. 

pain chart for women tattoo on the back of arm
Tattoo pain chart for women from healthline.com
pain chart for men tattoo on the back of arm
Tattoo pain chart for men from healthline.com

How much is a tattoo at the back of the arm? Is it expensive?

You should talk to the artist and get a quote, without that you can’t know for sure how much you’ll end up paying for a tattoo on the back of your arm, but to make a rough estimation you can expect to pay $150-$200 for a small tattoo and up to $1100 for a full-color sleeve on your arm. 

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Examples of prices for the back of arm tattoos

Tattoo on back of arm meaning

I always say that it’s the design that carries meaning, not the location. It could be a flower or a zodiac sign, the name of a loved one, or anything else that is important to you. 

For example one of the more popular motifs for the back of the arm that I am being asked for is a butterfly. They symbolize freedom, beauty, and change, and are often chosen to represent a period of transformation in a woman’s life.

back of arm tattoo butterfly examples of
Butterfly on the back of the arm, inspiration from nextluxury.com

Back of arm tattoo aging

The back of the arm is a good location if you are concerned about how your tattoo will be aging. Tattoos that age well are mainly in body locations that don’t rub on clothes and other parts of the body, such as the back of the arm. 

Back of arm tattoo healing

The back of the arm is a part of the body that has contact with clothing, but not so extreme as for example the neck, so you should take care of tattoos there. Usually, tattoos on the back of the arm take about 3-4 weeks to heal, but it takes up to three months to complete healing beneath the skin’s surface. If you plan on tattooing both arms, consider having only one hand at a time.

Or maybe something less permanent than a tattoo?

Now you can also buy my drawings printed on T-shirts and many other articles in my store – if you like my designs 🙂

I work with Printful, a company that has print and shipment facilities all over the world, so you would not pay too much for your parcel:

location map print

I can also design something especially for you and create an individual t-shirt for you – write to contact@inkbykate.com if you are interested. Below you will find some samples for my artworks printed.

t-shirt Ink Art by Kate
T-shirt with my drawing printed
mug Ink Art by Kate
Mug with my design on it

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