For those of you who are interested in hip tattoos, this is actually a very popular placement for many tattoo enthusiasts both males and female so as a result there are an abundance of designs to choose from. For biological purposes, this is the bony part of the femur that sticks out as it connects to inside of the hip bone and where the leg bone connects to the rest of the body in a ball and socket joint. This is actually considered to be a very sexy area to have a tattoo not only because it is close to more intimate body parts but because it will remain largely concealed until you choose to reveal it. For women tattoo enthusiasts this is ideal as it is a sensual area that evokes an allure of mystery particularly if they can display a tantalizing glimpse while wearing a bikini or clothing with a low-waist. However as this is a small area with very little fat or muscle to protect the bone, this can be more painful than other body parts as the skin is more likely to feel the pressure of the tattooist needle as it penetrates tissue to the bony area. On the plus side, unless you opt for a design that will extend from the hip down onto the leg or across onto the torso, tattoos in this location tend to be small and won’t take long to complete. Therefore, the pain will not last long so it may be worth tolerating for the end result.
Guys in general are more likely to get hip tattoos then have them extended onto other body parts so they tend to opt for larger more elaborate designs in this area. Popular images chosen by male tattoo fans for this area include oriental dragons, snakes and big cats such as panthers, jaguars and leopards although tribal patterns are another masculine favourite too. Their female counterparts are more likely to go for smaller, single images such as a dolphin, flower, butterfly, fairy, heart or other feminine images of a similar nature. However there are some women who prefer to avoid these girly stereotypical designs and opt for more macho images such as a skull and crossbones, dagger or nautical star to give her tattoo a very sexy but slightly dangerous edge to it.
Regardless of whether you are male or female, the design you choose should be one that is fairly small and not overly large as the hip is a small area that is more suited to a smaller design that will fit the area perfectly. It is worth remembering that any image that is too small may look lost and anything that is larger, especially if it is intricately detailed, will look out of place if it takes up too much space on the canvas of skin available. Therefore something along the lines of zodiac tattoo would be perfect, perhaps the image that represents your particular zodiac sign on its own or even accompanied by the related glyph. Whatever your choice, the most important factor is to ensure that the scale of the design is appropriate for hip tattoos as some images can be more suitable for certain body parts than others.