The ditch is the area behind bending joints, such as behind the knees or the inner elbow. These areas are extremely painful to tattoo and difficult to heal properly. Due to constant movement, the folds in the skin can distort the tattoo. Additionally, tattoos in the area can leave people in a lot of pain.

After a tattoo in the ditch, you can expect:

  • Extreme soreness
  • Difficulty bending joints without pain
  • Scabbing

How to prevent permanent scarring:

  • Don’t pick scabs. Take a cool shower to soften them
  • Try not to bend the joint often during the healing process

Laser tattoo removal in the ditch often results in the same side effects and will heal slower than other areas.