Tattoos are perminate which means that alot of thought should be used into thought of content, design, artist to use, and placement. First off, you should never rush into a tattoo. Tattoos are always best and people are usually happier with their tattoos the longest when there was propper planning. Not to say that a spur of the momment tattoo can't have plenty of memories and not maintain appeal, it is just not as common.
Another important factor is the tattoo shop and artist in which you use. Not all shops and artist are created equally. Some shops are fancy and have art work everywhere, this could be good but doesn't mean their artist know anything. Do your research....look at their portfolio. All professionals have a portfolio of work they have done. Ask questions, don't be afraid. Artist love talking about their work, and it is art and takes alot of dedication and practice to be good at it. And most important, look at the work and see if they can preform the type of tattoo you are looking for. Not all tattooist are good at all art forms. Very few are good at portraits, the tiniest mistake will make the tattoo not look like the person. Some are good with color blends while others are strongest at gray wash. Some are good with scifi and fictional art and some are good with nature and animals. You get the picture. If they have no pictures of brightly colored flowers and butterflies, but instead dark and grimly colored monsters that artist may not be the ideal canidate. However there are a few well rounded artist out there. Just take your time to pick who you want to use. Word of mouth and reputation go along way as well. You also want to make sure that they have health permits if your state requires that and that they have a clean facility and use an autoclave to sterilize their equipment. If you don't see it, ask. They will show you, they want your buisness. As the buyer, you have the upper hand. And Never let them talk you into something you don't want or settle because they are unable to do what you want. There are other tattooist out there. There is nothing wrong with them helping you grow your idea and/or improving if that is what you want, but don't deviate if you don't want to. If you are easily influenced take a friend or family member who knows you well and can help.
Before you can decide where you want a tattoo (placement), you need to decide what it is you want (content). Some content looks better or will fit better on certain body parts then others. Knowing what you want will help the artist in the design and helping you decide best placement. If you know where you want it but it doesn't quit fit or lay right it may have to be modified to look its best. Knowing where you don't want tattoos is always useful as well.
Tattoos hurt, no matter where you get them. Of course some places hurt worse then others and it will hurt more for some people than others. Tattooist hand pressure also is a determining factor in pain. Some of the most common painful areas include the foot, inner arm and thigh, and boney areas such as collar bone.
Common placement of tattoos these days well, are every where.
When choosing placement, women need to consider many things. One is whether or not you want to be able to cover it up for either work, family, or certain events such as weddings or school events. Another is will your career or future career be affect by either the placement or content of your tattoo. And another consideration that men don't have to consider so much is what others may thing of placement. Women, whether we like it or not, are always being judge, looked up to, and viewed. Face tattoos are very forward and stand out no matter what you do. If you are the type of person who doesn't like lots of attention, you should never get one on your face for example. The lower back tattoo on a woman in today's day and age has a reputation of being a "tramp stamp." Arm tattoos are harder for women to conceal. And pelvis area tattoos, depending on content, can also be considered a "tramp stamp." If you have little care for what other people think or say, that is terrific...but most women whether they like to admit it or not, do. So just take your time and decide.