Getting my Sternum Tattooed

 Yesterday I got my sternum tattooed, the bit under my breasts (and in between), basically my rib cage. Since getting it done I’ve had a surplus of messages, questions and comments so I thought I’d address them all in a blog post. 

Was it painful? This is the question I’ve been asked the most. In all honestly, it really depends on your pain threshold and how many other tattoos you’ve got. I’ve got roughly 13, all featuring on different areas around my body, so I’m used to the feeling of being tattooed. I will admit, I was slightly skittish about getting my sternum tattooed (for various reasons which I’ll discuss in this post), I wasn’t sure if I could hack the feeling of a needle piercing over my ribcage vigorously for hours but honestly it was fine.

I’ve been oohing and ahhing over sternum pieces for a while, lusting over them on Google images and searching the hashtag on Instagram,  I set myself a 2019 goal to just bite the bullet and get it done. Recent circumstances in my life have taught me that life is too damn short. 

I guess I was nervous mostly because my body has changed a lot. I’m a lot curvier than I used to be. I have stretch marks on my body that I felt ashamed to get out in public. The majority of girls I’ve seen with sternum tattoos tend not to have a full bust so I was embarrassed to get my big nunga-nungas out and lay on a table for 4 hours with them on display in a tattoo parlour but do you know what? It was absolutely fine. It really helped that my tattoo artist was female, wicked awesome, and extremely chatty and friendly. 

I actually have some tips on getting tattooed in a ‘personal area’ that I will share in a separate post at a later date.

My sternum piece took just under 4 hours, with a few breaks in-between to allow my tattoo artist to have a wee stretch and to give me a breather, I still have another hour or so to go until it’s fully finished. I’m booked in for a few weeks time once it’s healed. Personally the pain was bearable, it wasn’t as sore as it may look, but then everyone has a different pain threshold. I enjoy being tattooed. I find it cathartic. For me, there was only a slight sting for a minute or so whilst Misha tattooed the little design directly in between my boobs, but the rest was fine. If anything I found it slightly ticklish (I kept trying not to giggle/laugh so that my chest would’t rise and fall with laughter)!

Anyway, this was just a quick feature to document my new tattoo, you guys know how I love to use my blog as my online journal sometimes. Like I said earlier, I’ll have a post going live soon on how to prepare for a tattoo, particularly ones in personal/sensitive areas.

Let me know what you think of my new tat, I’ve had a bit of backlash on social media for sharing images due to the placement of the tattoo, but I honestly don’t care because I paid hundreds of £££ for this shit and sat under a needle for 4 hours so you’re darn tootin’ I’m sharing the hell out of it. 

Big shout out to Misha at The Sacramental Tattoo Family in Cumbernauld, Glasgow, for decorating my  body so beautifully. 




  1. January 10, 2019 / 10:10 am

    Wow, your tattoo looks beautiful! All my tattoos are under one hour so I can’t even imagine what it’s like to be tattooed for four hours! I love the idea of having a tattoo under the boobs though, it’s been a placement I’ve been flirting with for a while and seeing if I’d commit to it or not.

  2. January 10, 2019 / 4:06 pm

    Your tattoo is absolutely stunning Charlene! It really is. I really want to get my first tattoo this year and I’m so nervous but like you, I just want to bite the bullet and get it!
    Tabs xxx

  3. January 11, 2019 / 2:45 pm

    Very stuning tattoo! Having slightly low pain threshold, I’m too nervous to get one done, but well done you for biting the bullet! Thank you for sharing your experience–one day, I may gather the courage to do it!

  4. January 14, 2019 / 3:01 pm

    That is wicked!!! You mention having a bigger bust.. I think my smaller bust would not look half this good with that tattoo! I love it!! Fair play! 4 hours! Yikes I give up after 2 🙂 xx

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