What You Need to Know About Penis Tattoos

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While certainly not for every man, some guys are interested in a penis tattoo. This tattoo placement conjures up a variety of thoughts, images and a host of questions. Do you have to be erect during a penis tattoo? What are some design ideas? Never opt for a penis tattoo for your first tattoo, rather build up your pain tolerance and knowledge with the following facts and tips.

1. Why Men Tattoo Their Penis

Some guys tattoo their penis because it fits into their overall body modification theme. Others do it because it feels a little rebellious and they want to add that element to their body art. Choosing to tattoo the penis is highly individual. Some people may tattoo this area in part of a couples theme design, while others go it alone and just go crazy with a silly idea. The reason and design suggestions are endless, but the facts remain the same. Keep reading.

2. Finding an Artist

Finding a tattoo artist that will do a penis tattoo will be your first challenge. Due to the sensitive nature of this tattoo placement, not every artist will be willing to honor your request. Others may be glad to do it but will charge accordingly, meaning they may ask for more compensation than they would for a tattoo that's placed in a less intimate area. Remember, your artist has to feel comfortable performing the work and that burden may cost more than a tattoo placed on your bicep.

3. Pain Tolerance

Yes, a penis tattoo will hurt. Some men enjoy this part of the process and actually seek it out for this reason alone, as a form of a fetish. While others simply like to add an element of surprise to their manhood. As with all tattoos, pain is relative. Practicing breathing and relaxation techniques while focusing on something other than the needle is the best way to cope. You should never opt for a penis tattoo as your first tattoo, rather build up to this area once you know your personal level of pain tolerance.

4. Do I Need to be Erect?

There are no silly questions, especially when it comes to penis tattoos. Your artist will hold your penis taut, and it should not be erect, rather firmly held and stretched so that the artist has full control for proper needle placement. If you become aroused, worry not. Simply apologize and carry on and try to relax. Your tattoo artist should expect this occurrence due to the sensitive nature of the location.

5. Design Ideas

Tattoo designs should always be well thought out, particularly if placed on the genital area. Whimisical and funny penis tattoo ideas include a Hammerhead shark, a pencil, a mushroom, a wad of money to blow, colored flames, Pinnochio , or an arrow. More obvious animal tattoo choices for this area include fire-breathing and dangerous dragons, a sinful snake , or a grand elephant's trunk. Any sort of design that mimics the natural positioning of your anatomy will be fitting. If you have any genital body piercings, try to design an idea around your other modifications for added style. One of the most popular ideas is a lover's name tattoo. Whether to prove your commitment, or make right of a past wrong, think twice before you ink a name.

6. Full Disclosure

Finally, after you've scoured the facts, made the decision and had the work, what do you do? Show it off? Penis tattoos are not at all common, so you can expect anyone who sees it to have varied questions and reactions. Some partners may be sexually turned on, while others, not so much. If you're entering an intimate relationship and things have begun to head South, you may want to disclose your body art, or be prepared for anything. You may pleasantly find that a penis tattoo enhances your sex life as it unleashes the wild sides of both you, and your partner.
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