Question: I'm Thinking Of Getting
Inked But Do Tattoos Hurt?
Answer: It's not
unusual for people having a tattoo to faint or pass out. So you could say
that getting a tattoo hurts and there's no two ways about it. At some stage you've even probably
thought to yourself, 'Do Tattoos Hurt'? and mentally prepared yourself for a little
pain, but what you really want to know is how bad it's gonna get!!
Now this is a
very difficult question to respond to because we all possess very
different pain thresholds and one person's experience getting inked can be very different to another's. If
you think about it tattooing consists of a number of needles rapidly penetrating your skin, so how
can that not hurt? That said, it is generally accepted that
tattooing above a bone or on any location where the skin is thin or there is very little body fat will cause some
level of discomfort or pain, so while one person getting a tattoo will describe the experience as
mild discomfort another will describe a much more painful experience.
So, the question is Do Tattoos Hurt? To give
you an example it's worth looking at the definitions of discomfort and
Discomfort: Mental or bodily distress. Something that disturbs one's comfort; an annoyance. An absence of comfort or ease; uneasiness, hardship, or mild pain.
unpleasant and distressing sensation occurring in varying degrees of severity to a particular part of the body. Mental or emotional suffering or torment.
It is clear that getting
inked is going to require you to experience some level of discomfort but there are many factors to take into
consideration that will determine how much and how long you will have to
Acute pain often results
from tissue damage but this form of pain normally goes away as the injury heals or the source of the pain is
eliminated. Another consideration should be your design and depending on
the size, color and the level of fine detail all these contribute to the time the tattoo artist works on you,
ultimately the larger the design the longer the discomfort. If you are really worried about how much it may hurt
then it may be worth considering asking your tattooist to do a test run without any ink, that way you will know the
level of discomfort to expect which will also relieve a lot of the stress and worry of the
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Then there is the quandary over pre and post pain relief, before
getting inked you will probably feel the need to take something to take the edge off the pain, but you
will find most, if not all tattoo artist's generally recommend having ZERO medication in your system before
You may have felt that by taking some pain
killers like Aspirin or Ibuprofen that it would relive the pain but these drugs have the ability to thin the blood
and cause an increase in bleeding. It is also best to avoid
alcohol or illegal drugs as they could cloud your judgement and
make the tattooing procedure a lot less secure for you and the tattooist..
Does it hurt?
We'll you'll find the answer here, along with a checklist for the day of your tattoo procedure that
should make it bearable and increase your powers of endurance. Surviving your first tattoo involves
preparation, confidence, and a little know-how, but really anyone should be able to endure a little
When choosing a design, don't opt for something smaller or less intricate than you'd like to wear. The pain
will only last during the process, but you will be wearing an image that isn't quite what you wanted for a
very, very long time. Choose something that speaks to you. The more you want to wear it, the more stamina
you'll have for the process. Finding something you really want will give you the motivation you need.
When choosing a placement, the same holds true especially if you want something done in a more painful place,
don't be afraid of the pain involved. Get it where you would like to look at it, where you want to wear it. The
pain is not going to be terrible enough to justify wearing something you don't like for decades.
Areas that are known to be painful include the ribs, armpits, underarms, sternum, elbows, feet, groin,
stomach, wrists, ankles and knees. Any area that is very bony or which has very thin skin will likely hurt
more. Areas such as the outer thigh, calf, inside forearm and bicep tend to hurt less. The skin in these
areas receive more wear-and-tear in general and has less dense nerve endings. The scalp is a less painful
area also, for the same reason.
Custom work that's larger takes longer, period! If you're going to need anything to help you through a long
session, then the artist can often tell you what to bring along. Any questions you have about medications,
acceptable ID, or money are better answered in advance. Don't be afraid to ask questions about the process
or how to make yourself more comfortable.
The night before:
1. Don't drink heavily. If it will make you hungover, it will thin your blood the next day.
2. Get to bed on time. It may feel like christmas eve and be hard to sleep, but the rest will make you less
fidgety the following day.
3. If you have an appointment, Check your appointment card to verify the time of your tattoo and the price.
4. Check your funds. Make sure you have enough to cover the cost and a tip. Make sure you'll have enough left
over to eat something or buy bottled water or any incidental snack you might want while you get tattooed.
5. Make sure you have any art reference you will need and your ID/driver's license!
The day of:
1. Pack a small bag with; bottled water, walkman or ipod, book to read, video game (if you want to play one),
snacks that are high in carbohydrates/protein/glucose (such as granola bars, peanuts, sun chips, crackers, or
fresh fruit), pillows or a small (clean) blanket. Make sure that you have a ride home if you need one, and that
you didn't forget any artwork or reference or your wallet or ID.
2. Shower or bathe. Unless you are getting an underarm tattoo, please wear some
deodorant. If you are getting a tattoo below your knee, wash your feet and wear clean socks. Wear clothes
that are clean and ones that you wouldn't mind getting ink stains on them. Even in summer, bring a
sweatshirt or something warm to wear. Getting tattooed can make you feel colder than usual.
3. Eat a full meal before you head for the studio. Eat heavy and filling foods. This will make your body less
likely to flinch, and will keep you calm.
4. Don't drink or take any pills. Reputable tattoo artists WILL NOT tattoo anyone that's under the influence.
If you feel you must take something, ask your artist, sometimes small doses of ibuprofen or Midol will help. If
you are on any regular medications, ask ahead of time. If you have a medical condition, tattooing can stimulate
endorphins and adrenalin and cause bad reactions in those who are on some medications or who have chronic
5. Show up on time and be aware that your artist might run late. This is possibly because the person ahead of
you wasn't fully prepared or was late, or passed out or wiggled! Use the extra time to get comfortable with the
atmosphere in the shop, find the restroom and smoking area, fill out paperwork, and introduce yourself to the
person behind the counter. Ask them for any assistance you might need while you are getting tattooed.
6. Getting a tattoo can make you hungry and tired, so plan to rest and eat after getting tattooed. Taking time
afterward to relax and clean up your new artwork can help a lot with the healing.
During the session:
1. Tattoos that are small and simple can take as little as ten minutes or less to apply. Your artists will most
likely not be patient or understanding if you cannot sit still for five minutes. If you think you aren't
capable of enduring any pain at all without complaining, crying, or moving around, wait until you have mastered
this before you decide to get work done. Don't be afraid to tell your artist that you are nervous. They see
many nervous and frightened people and can often help by explaining the process to you. Usually they can tell
you stories about many people who were worse!
2. Don't be afraid to ask for assistance if you feel queasy, dizzy, or confused. Some people feel faint during
the first few minutes of a tattoo (even when it's not their first time!), so there's no need to be embarrassed
or afraid. Let the artist know if you are feeling anything unusual besides the tattoo itself.
3. Yes, it will hurt. But it won't hurt very badly. Tattoos feel somewhat like an "electric cat scratch";
tingly and scratchy at the same time. Tattoo needles are NOT like the needle in a syringe; they are not hollow
and don't penetrate the skin entirely. They go in a few millimeters at most and look like small metal
paintbrushes or rakes. Ask your artist before they start if you can see what they are using. This may help you
feel less anxious.
4. Sit however the artist asks you to sit. It may seem hard, but artists are concerned with stretching out the
skin, so try to stay in the position they choose. If your leg or arm is falling asleep, or you can't maintain a
position, let them know before it becomes a struggle for you to stay still. When you strain to hold a position
you may begin to shake or twitch, and this doesn't help them. Hold still. If you must cough, change your
position, stretch your other leg, laugh or flinch, give the artist warning.
5. Artists all work as fast as is possible. Stopping them to check their progress slows them down, not to
mention, annoys them ("Are we there yet?" syndrome). During longer sessions, usually a tattooist will break
each hour or so to use the
bathroom or smoke a cigarette.
6. Your artist can hold a conversation while they are tattooing you, but if you feel you need to chat in order
to cope, bring a friend to talk to you. Wearing headphones and listening to your music be relaxing.
After your tattoo:
1. Get and follow your aftercare instructions. Pay attention to what your artist tells you about aftercare; even
though you are tired it is very important to listen.
2. Tip your artist as well as you can afford. Give a good tip and your artist will remember you as a good client.
This can lead to perks for you later if you become a repeat client.
3. Ask about aftercare products the studio has for sale.
4. Your artists offer a free touchup if it turns out to be necessary.
5. If you had a good experience, tell others about it. Word-of-mouth is most tattoo artists' main means of
Remember, you are getting permanent artwork applied. Don't take any shortcuts to
preparing for a tattoo, and don't be afraid to ask questions, get explanations, and interact with your artist.
While you may be apprehensive about the pain of getting tattooed, you should know that it is not excruciating. If
you have ever had an injury more serious than a broken nail, you have already felt worse pain. Plan your tattoo to
suit you for the rest of your life, not to be less painful.
Surviving your first tattoo is easy. It's deciding where to put the next one
which is hard!
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