Chest tattoos, also known as a chest piece, should not be confused with tattoos placed on the female breast. Although chest pieces are more common for men, many women are now getting what would be considered a chest tattoo.
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Choose a design that will flow. Depending on the area you want tattooed, certain designs are going to work better with your natural curves and valleys. The design will also have to fit in the space you have available.
Place a chest tattoo. The area typically referred to as the chest for male tattoos is the area running between the bottom of their neck to the top of their stomach. On women, some only consider the area from the bottom of their neck to the top of the upper curve of their breasts as the chest piece area.
Contemplate color. Whether you do your chest piece in full color or in black and grey shading is mostly dependent upon what you like personally. Some designs may stand out better in color, but basically any design can be done either way.
Factor in price. Chest pieces tend to be quite large, especially if they're going to fill the entire chest area. Be prepared for a fairly high price tag, especially on really detailed pieces. Also, be prepared to have to complete the tattoo in multiple sessions if needed.
Consider pain tolerance. There are differing opinions on the pain level of chest tattoos, although there are typically agreed upon areas that are more painful than others. These areas include the breast bone where there's less fat and muscle to cushion the bone beneath the skin and for some, close to, around and over the nipples can also be more painful.
Find a tattoo artist. Each person's chest will differ on curves and valleys depending on their overall size and muscularity, but many tattoo artists enjoy doing chest tattoos because of the large amount of living canvas they have to work with.
Tips and warnings
- If you wear button up shirts that may not always be completely buttoned, and you need to keep the tattoo covered, you might want to consider leaving a gap in the middle of the top of the piece to make it easier to hide. This was a common practice in Japanese tattooing.
- For more information about tattoos placed on breasts, read the eHow article, "How to Get a Breast Tattoo."