Tattoo on the chest for male, pain, meaning, and ideas


From my experience and the number of requests I am getting, I can tell that chest tattoos are rapidly becoming one of the most popular tattoo ideas. A well-designed tattoo on the chest can boost confidence and inner strength and can be easily showed or covered.

sword tattoo on chest for men
Tattoo of a sword on the chest made by me

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

  • Tattoo on chest pain level – moderate to high,
  • Do male chest tattoos hurt more than arm?
  • Do chest tattoos take longer to heal?
  • Do chest tattoos hurt more if you’re skinny?
  • What is the meaning of a chest tattoo?
  • Are chest male tattoos attractive?
  • Does a chest tattoo hurt for guys?
  • How long do chest tattoos take?
  • Do tattoos on the chest grow with your muscle?
  • Can they numb you before a chest tattoo?

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

Tattoo on chest pain level – moderate to high

Does it hurt to get a tattoo on the chest? Chest tattoos tend to be more painful due to their proximity to the ribs and sternum bone. Areas where bones are closer to the skin, like the chest close to ribs, are more sensitive, needles are working closer to the bone and cause more pain. 

Depending on the part of the chest that would be tattoed you would feel a medium to a high level of pain. Check below the locations on your body that could be a better choice for a tattoo if you know that you have a low level of pain tolerance. 

pain chart for men tattoo on the chest
Tattoo pain chart for men from healthline.com

Do male chest tattoos hurt more than arm?

As you can see on the pain chart above the chest is for sure a place where tattoos will hurt more than on the arms. The most painful area will be the lower part of the rib cage, on the chest itself you should feel moderate levels of pain, of course, if you are not extremely skinny. 

tiger Tattoo on chest for men
My drawing of a tiger, idea for a male chest tattoo

Do chest tattoos take longer to heal?

The chest is the part of the body that comes into contact with clothes, so you should take care of tattoos there. Usually, chest tattoos take about 3-4 weeks to heal, but it takes up to three months for full healing under the skin.

snake Tattoo on chest for men
My drawing of a snake, idea for a male chest tattoo

Do chest tattoos hurt more if you’re skinny?

Yes, it is possible that you would feel more pain during a tattoo session if you are skinny. The reason is that the chest is a part of the body with many nerve endings, and without much fat needles will be working much closer to the bone, thus the pain in that area may be high to severe.

wolf tattoo on chest for men
Male tattoo on the chest inspiration from wzory-tatuazy.com

What is the meaning of a chest tattoo?

As with most parts of your body, so is the tattoo on your chest – the design will matter, not the location. When deciding on a particular design, think carefully as it will be a lifetime choice. In this article you will find some ideas of chest tattoos for men with meanings, have a look and maybe you would find inspiration there. 

tribal tattoo on chest for men
Male tattoo on the chest inspiration from wzory-tatuazy.com

Are chest male tattoos attractive?

From my experience, I can tell that chest tattoos are rapidly becoming one of the most popular tattoo ideas. They can be very attractive and can be a teaser when wearing a button-down or v-neck shirt. The only condition is that they have to be well designed and made by real artists, but the same can be told about any other location on your body. 

tiger idea tattoo on chest for men
Male tattoo on the chest inspiration from etatuator.pl

Does a chest tattoo hurt for guys?

Depending on your pain tolerance most chest pieces are going to be painful unless you have lots of body fat or muscle in the area. The pain level in that body area is similar for men and women. 

spartan tattoo on chest for men
Male tattoo on the chest inspiration from wzory-tatuazy.com

How long do chest tattoos take?

All will depend on the size of the tattoo and on the level of detail. Another factor will be whether you go for color or black ink. Small designs can take up to 2 hours, medium up to 4 hours and bigger designs can take a whole day to 2 days work. 

But bear in mind that this is my speed of work and each artist would have a different routine, speak with your tattooer about how long will the session last. 

religion tattoo on chest for men
Male tattoo on the chest inspiration from pl.designuspro.com

Do tattoos on the chest grow with your muscle?

Sudden or significant muscle growth may damage the design, which is a risk with a tattoo on your chest. If your muscle growth will be moderate it should not have any noticeable effect upon a tattoo. 

hand tattoo on chest for men
Male tattoo on the chest inspiration from zszywka.pl

Can they numb you before a chest tattoo?

For sure a numbing cream for the chest tattoo is an option for which you can ask your tattooer. It will not entirely eliminate the pain, but it can help reduce it and make your chest tattoo experience much more bearable. 

clock tattoo on chest for men
Male tattoo on the chest inspiration from tatuaz3d.pl

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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