Tattoos can be beautiful works of art you wear for a lifetime, but that ink does come with a price. It's going to hurt (or at least feel uncomfortable). If you're particularly pain averse, then consider avoiding the most painful places to get a tattoo. Some parts of the body are just less resilient to the needle than others.
Although there are definitely some places on the body that hurt more to get tattooed than others, keep in mind that the experience is different for everybody. So if your friend had no problem at all getting a giant tattoo across her rib cage, the experience may be different for you.
To make the tattooing experience as pleasant as possible, there are many ways to help deal with the pain. "Trying to remain calm is important, and breathing adequately through the tattoo. Yoga breathing seems to work like a charm. Laugh, but it’s true," says Selina Medina, a tattoo artist and spokesperson of the Alliance of Professional Tattooists. Medina also recommends getting plenty of rest in the days leading up to the tattoo, staying properly hydrated, and eating a light, nutritious meal beforehand. This will put your body and mind in the best state for tattooing. But if you're still scared of the needle (no judgement), consider avoiding the most painful parts of the body to get tattooed.