Tattoos hurt but not as much as people are making them out to. Neck tattoos do tend to hurt more than tattoos in other parts of the body - with good reason. The skin of the neck is thin and close to the bone, with very little fat and muscle padding between these two. The needle comes much closer to the bone, which causes more pain. Neck tats also take longer to heal than tats in some other places. Clothing can tend to rub on this area of the body, and it is also a very mobile area. Your neck skin is constantly moving, and this creates friction, which makes it harder for the newly inked skin to heal. Tattoos in the neck area can take up to three weeks to heal properly.