Thigh tattoo and 10 things you need to know when deciding


When Clients interested in having a tattoo on the thigh come to me, I have no hesitation in recommending it – it is easy to hide it under clothes or to display it on the beach in summer. What else is there to know about a thigh tattoo?

frog tattoo on thigh for women
Tattoo on thigh made by me

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

  • What is the meaning of a thigh tattoo?
  • How much is a thigh tattoo?
  • Tattoo on the thigh – what to wear?
  • Pain during a thigh tattoo – do a thigh tattoo hurt a lot?
  • Tattoo on the thigh and the gym,
  • Tattoo on the thigh and cellulite or stretch marks,
  • Tattoo on the thigh and losing weight,
  • Tattoo on the thigh and pants,
  • How long does a tattoo on a thigh heal?
  • Tattoo care on the thigh – what to do after a tattoo?

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What is the meaning of a thigh tattoo?

As with most parts of your body, so is the tattoo on your thigh – the design will matter, not the location. When deciding on a particular 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 designs, birds, 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.

fishes tattoo on thigh for women
Tattoo on thigh made by me

How much is a thigh tattoo?

When asked about the price of a thigh tattoo, every tattoo artist will answer you – it depends. Most often on the size, and thus the time needed to complete it. A small tattoo design on the thigh can cost from $150 up, for a bigger one you would have to pay much more.

When calculating the price of making a tattoo on the thigh, I have to take into account that even with a small design, certain activities while preparing the body and the design itself are independent of its size.

flowers tattoo on thigh for women
Tattoo on thigh made by me

Tattoo on the thigh – what to wear?

When you go to a tattooing session to get a thigh tattoo, what should you wear? For the day of tattooing, you can think of something loose that can be easily rolled up, and preferably completely removed so that the ink doesn’t stain your clothes.

For the first 1-2 weeks, try to wear something looser than tight jeans, after that it won’t really matter, but once the thigh tattoo heals, try wearing something that doesn’t put too much pressure on where you have your design tattooed.

hedgehog tattoo on thigh for women
Tattoo on thigh made by me

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

Not at all, the thigh tattoo doesn’t hurt too much. There is a lot of fat and muscle on the thighs and few nerve endings, so thigh tattoos are usually not too painful. When getting a thigh tattoo, you can expect a low to moderate level of pain. The more painful areas for tattooing are the knees, ankles, and feet.

pain chart for women tattoo on thigh
Tattoo pain chart for women from healthline.com
pain chart for men tattoo on thigh
Tattoo pain chart for men from healthline.com

Tattoo on the thigh and the gym

With a freshly made tattoo on the thigh, we should limit the intensity of training in the gym. The thigh tattoo should not be exposed to irritation, we can limit ourselves to, for example, upper body exercises, but avoid running, squats, and similar exercises.

little piggy tattoo on thigh for women
Tattoo on thigh made by me

Tattoo on the thigh and cellulite or stretch marks

Certainly, many girls wonder if cellulite or stretch marks are important when tattoos on the thighs.

A lot depends on what design we choose, while with larger, for example, floral motifs, it usually does not matter that much, but with very precise patterns, the difference may be visible when our skin on the thighs changes.

You should also remember that you must not tattoo on fresh red stretch marks that are not yet formed. After reaching the final shape of stretch marks, the selected design will definitely change and will not be so effective.

rose tattoo on thigh for women
Tattoo on thigh made by me

Tattoo on the thigh and losing weight

When deciding on a tattoo on the thigh, it is worth considering possible fluctuations in body weight.

Everything depends, however, on how much the bodyweight changes.

With sudden and large fluctuations, the tattoo on the thigh may become slightly distorted. Sharp geometric designs are usually the most distorted, but this is especially true for very large growth or weight loss. A tattoo on the thigh can also become distorted by stretch marks, which often appear during pregnancy, for example.

small flower tattoo on thigh for women
Tattoo on thigh made by me

If we lose weight or gain weight in a controlled, rational way and exercise appropriately, the skin has a better chance of adjusting properly. Then the relevant tattoo, for example, a flower design, should not undergo any visible, unnatural deformation.

Tattoo on the thigh and pants

If possible, try to wear at the beginning, when the tattoo on the thigh is most sensitive, some loose pants, for example, sweatpants, avoid fabrics that stick to the body and rub against them, they will irritate a fresh tattoo and may prolong healing.

There is a risk of the pants sticking to the thigh tattoo, especially if you cremate it, but sticking is not a problem if you handle them carefully when peeling them – avoid sharp movements and abrupt tearing.

How long does a tattoo on a thigh heal?

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

Tattoo care on the thigh – 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 give it fresh air frequently. Hear when the tattoo artist gives some tips for caring for a thigh tattoo, they are really important and help reduce pain after getting a tattoo.

Here are some ideas I have tested for aftercare about your first thigh tattoo:

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