What You Need To Know About Behind The Ear Tattoos

If you have been thinking about getting a new tattoo, or maybe even your very first tattoo, then you will need to think about both the design and the placement of the tattoo.

One of the places to get a tattoo that is becoming more and more popular is behind the ear, especially for smaller tattoos. 

Deciding to get a tattoo is one thing, but deciding where on your body you want to put it can be quite difficult. For example, a small tattoo might not look the best in one place, but the perfect place for this could be behind your ear.

In this article, we are going to tell you everything you need to know about getting a tattoo behind your ear.

This will help to prepare you for not only the process of getting the tattoo itself, but also what you might need to think about during the planning stages.

What You Need To Know About Behind The Ear Tattoos

What You Need To Know About Behind The Ear Tattoos

When it comes to tattoos behind the ear, it is usually a good idea to go for a smaller and simpler tattoo. We are going to leave a list of things that you should know about getting a tattoo behind your ear below. 

It Is Likely To Hurt

Due to the fact that this tattoo is basically going to be on your skull, it is highly likely that it is going to hurt. Getting a tattoo done so close to the bone is more painful than getting a tattoo on an area of your body where there is fat and muscle between the bone and the needle. This means that you can expect it to hurt quite a bit.

Usually, the muscle and fat would absorb some of the shock, but this isn’t the case for a behind the ear tattoo.

Getting a tattoo behind your ear is not only uncomfortable because of the pain, but also because of the loud noise being so close to your ear, so this is something  else that you should bear in mind.

As well as this, the vibrations from the tattoo gun can be quite unnerving for most people. The vibrating pain comes from the tattoo needles going over the mastoid bone that sits behind the ear.

This area is not fleshy, which makes the sensation very noticeable. The loud sound of the tattoo gun buzzing away next to your ear, as well as the various sensory nerves in and around your ears can add to the unpleasant experience.

Be Prepared

When you are getting any tattoo, it is really helpful to be as prepared as possible. Going straight into the tattoo studio without preparing yourself for the experience can make the appointment go not quite as you expected it to.

Interestingly, research actually suggests that negative emotions like anger, anxiety, and depression, can lead to you feeling more pain during the process. On the other hand, positive emotions can work to decrease the level of perceived pain.

Thankfully, there are lots of ways in which you can prepare yourself for your tattoo appointment, and one of the best ways to do this is through getting a good night’s sleep the day before.

Getting a good night of sleep will not only ensure that you are well rested before your appointment, but also that you reduce any feelings of anxiety. The Sleep Foundation says that when you are deprived of sleep, you can experience worsened anxiety. 

Your sleeping habits and environment are both key parts of sleep hygiene. Some things that you can do to help improve your sleep include making your bed more comfortable, getting rid of anything that could disrupt your sleep like noise or lights, and avoiding consuming any caffeine or alcohol in the late afternoon or evening.

Another reason why you might want to avoid consuming alcohol before your appointment is that it can thin your blood. Too much blood can lead to obscuring the vision of your tattoo artist. It can also have a negative impact on the ink.

Something that you don’t want when you are getting a tattoo, especially with smaller, complex tattoos is anything that is going to distract your tattoo artist. 

What You Need To Know About Behind The Ear Tattoos
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Fine Line Tattoos

Fine Line Tattoos

Interestingly, mistakes are much more likely to happen with fine line tattoos, and this is due to the fact that when a thinner need is used with a smaller amount of ink, it can be less forgiving than a larger tattoo with thicker lines.

A small bump is going to be more noticeable with thinner lines. As well as this, delicate tattoos are more likely to fade over time, and they can become blurry quicker than a traditional tattoo.

Small tattoos are likely to bleed or spread over time, just like any other tattoo, and they can fade out in places, meaning that they are not as legible as they were when they were first done.

This is why it is really important to do your research and choose a tattooer that is very familiar with fine line tattoos. It can also be helpful to look at the artist’s portfolio for work that is similar to what you want.

Shaving Hair

Something else that you should know about getting a tattoo behind your ear is that you may need to shave part of your head. This is something that will depend on the exact size, design, and location of your tattoo behind the ear.

Although, you will be able to talk to your tattoo artist about this, and they will be able to explain to you what will work best for your tattoo, and whether or not this will be the case.

Behind The Ear Tattoos Are Discreet

There are so many things to think about when you are getting a new tattoo, and one of these things might be how easy it is to hide your tattoo.

Not everyone wants to have all of their tattoos on display all the time, but if you have a job that doesn’t allow you to have visible tattoos, or you want to be able to cover them up at times, then a behind the ear tattoo is a great one to get as they can be easily concealed.

Behind the ear tattoos are typically discreet and really easy to hide if you have long hair. All you have to do is wear your hair down to cover up the tattoo. Another way that you could hide your tattoos would be by using makeup.

There are various different types of concealers of foundations that can make your skin appear as though there is no tattoo there at all. 

You can use makeup to cover up any tattoo, no matter the size or placement, but smaller tattoos are much easier to cover up.

So, if you might need to cover up your tattoo or a regular basis, a small tattoo may be a good idea. You will be able to cover it up quickly and easily when you need to.

It Doesn’t Get In The Way Of Future Tattoos

Another great thing about behind the ear tattoos is that there is probably not going to be room to add to the design later on. So, you won’t need to worry about the tattoo being in the way if you even want to get tattoos in other places.

If you were to get the same small tattoo on your arm, and later decide that you want to get a sleeve, this could be an issue.

Out Of Sight Out Of Mind

Something that you should remember is that because your tattoo is hidden away behind your ear, it can be easy to forget that it is even there because you never see it. Although, this can be problematic when it comes to looking after and cleaning your tattoo.

If you want your tattoo to remain in good condition for longer, then you will need to remember to protect it from the sun. UV rays from the sun can work to fade your tattoos if they are exposed to a lot of direct sunlight.

So, if your tattoo gets a lot of sun, it will absorb these UV rays and eventually start to break up the pigment within the design.

Fine line tattoos are much more likely to fade, even without the rays of the sun being an issue, so it is really important to try to remember to put sunscreen on your behind the ear tattoo if you want it to last for as long as possible. 

However, with that being said, it is not only fine line tattoos that are more likely to fade faster than traditional tattoos. As well as this, color tattoos will also find it difficult to stay vibrant over time.

Lighter colored inks will look nice and vibrant, and when they are paired with darker color ink, it can add a nice accent or highlight to the overall design.

More often than not, white ink will fade the fastest, and after this, yellow, light green, pink, and other light colors will begin to fade. This is something to keep in mind when you are choosing the colors in your tattoo.

However, one of the good things about getting a tattoo behind your ear is that there isn’t really anything that interferes with this part of the body.

It won’t really rub against anything, which makes it a great area to get a tattoo.Other parts of the body that are exposed to lots of friction or sweat will usually lead to faster fading tattoos.

How To Care For Your Behind The Ear Tattoo

As you now know, it is really important to prepare yourself for getting a behind the ear tattoo, but it is also just as important to prepare yourself for the healing and aftercare process.

The exact length of time that it will take for your tattoo to heal completely will be different for each person, but it will usually take between 2 and 4 weeks before you will be able to stop paying so much attention to aftercare.

There are 3 main stages of the healing process after getting a tattoo, and these are oozing, swelling, and redness stage, the itching and flaking stage, and the final stage, which is when the tattoo may appear to be fully healed, but the deeper layers of the skin are still repairing themselves.

Stage one will begin almost immediately when you leave the tattoo studio, and it essentially refers to having an open wound that is now susceptible to infections. It is essential to keep your new tattoo clean and moisturized to offer it the best chances of healing nicely.

Your tattoo artist will be able to advise you on the best methods of cleaning your tattoo, and they may even provide you with aftercare cream or balm. 

The first two stages will be when your tattoo is starting to scab over and flake off, and you will need to be really careful with a behind the ear tattoo when you are washing your hair, your will need to try to avoid getting shampoo into the open wound or accidentally scraping against the tattoo. 

It is also usually a good idea to avoid using a curling iron or straighteners when your tattoo is still healing, just in case an accident occurs. The last thing that you want to do is accidentally burn yourself over your new tattoo. Not only is this going to hurt, but it can also cause damage to the tattoo.

How To Tell When Your Tattoo Is Completely Healed

Something that you might be wondering is how you can tell when your tattoo is completely healed. The first sign to look out for is when your tattoo stops peeling. If you have gotten to the stage when your tattoo is no longer peeling, then it is likely that your tattoo is fully healed.

The shedding process is when the last of the damaged skin is being removed, and the ink will become sealed under the new epidermis, making your tattoo permanent.

This will also apply to any scabbing. If you can see any scabs on top of your skin where you have had your tattoo, then your tattoo is not yet completely healed.

Inspiration for Behind the Ear Tattoos

When you are trying to think about the best designs that will place well behind your ear, most of the tattoos that you can think of will be small. This could be a symbol that defines you as a person, which is what many people go for.

Some of the most common symbols for behind the ear tattoos include sun or moon symbols, but this might not be for everyone. Other people like to have flowers behind their ear, as they can be small and simple, yet still have meaning behind them.

Something that you might not have known is that each zodiac sign has its own specific flower associated with it. 

There are also certain animals or insects that could be tattooed small and behind the ear, like a butterfly or something similar. One reason why so many people have butterflies tattooed is that they are associated with transformation and growth.

The same thing can be said about dragonflies, as they are known to go through different stages of life before transforming into the stunning insect that they become.

Simple designs and images work really well as behind the ear tattoos, and they can still be impactful. Some ideas could be a crescent moon, an anchor, a sun, or even a star.

The most important thing to keep in mind when you are choosing the tattoo design that you want to get is that you choose a design that you love, and that you think you will still love in the years to come.

Try not to get too caught up in the latest tattoo trends, and do lots of research to find something that you really like or that means something to you.

If you want to get a small tattoo, or you are thinking about how you will be able to hide it, then a behind the ear tattoo could be the perfect placement for you.

Celebrities That Have Behind The Ear Tattoos

There are lots of celebrities that have tattoos behind their ears, and we will mention a few here for you to read about. Ariana Grande has a few designs behind her ears, including a lightning bolt behind her right ear, and a bumblebee behind her left.

Another singer that has tattoos behind her ears is Kelly Clarkson, who has both a snowflake tattoo and a crescent moon tattoo.

Ireland Baldwin has also paid a tribute to her own star sign, which is Scorpio, with a small tattoo of a scorpion behind her left ear. Small and simple tattoos can work really well behind the ear. Adele even has a cursive uppercase A behind one of hers.

This is thought to be in honor of her son, who is called Angelo.

Max Peters