If you thinking about getting a tattoo for the first time you will most likely be worried about many things and one of them will be the pain. This is something that you cannot avoid unfortunately it comes with the territory at this point the only way to get the ink under your skin is to use a hyper fast needle. Getting a tattoo does hurt and there is no way to get one pain free, but there are some things you can do to help reduce the pain.
Check out the image below for a chart of the worst and best places to get a tattoo, pain wise.
How much a tattoo hurts will depend on many different things, if you are getting long in the tooth and have had plenty of experiences with pain like pregnancy, broken limbs e.t.c then getting a tattoo may not be as painful as someone younger with less life experiences. Some people can handle pain more than others and can switch off to mild pain. Some people even like the pain of getting a tattoo and say it makes them feel alive. If you have a very small pain threshold maybe getting a tattoo is not for you, I think a little pain for a lifetime of some great artwork on your body is worth it, providing you have carefully selected your perfect tattoo.
How much a tattoo will hurt will also depend on where you are getting it on your body, the chest, neck and sides will be a lot more painful than your upper arm or upper leg. Generally if there are lots of tendons and bony areas where you are getting your tattoo, it will hurt more.
The size of the tattoo will also make a difference on whether your tattoo will be more uncomfortable or not. The larger the tattoo the more time it will take to complete and chances are you will get longer sessions. Most people can handle 30-45 minutes of tattooing, but when you get into the hours it can start to get really painful. The tattoo artist will go over bits already done, which are sore and this just adds to the overall pain.
There are a few things that can make tattoo pain even worse, never I repeat NEVER get a tattoo when you are hungover or have a cold. When you are in these delicate states your nerves are a lot more sensitive and you will feel every needle prick and you will find it a lot more difficult to switch off to it. You may be OK for the first 30 minutes or so, but it will quickly become sore and you will suffer more.
Try and preoccupy your mind, some people take a book with them and others mp3 players, as some larger tattoos can take several hours and keeping your mind off the pain can be very hard. Listening to music or reading a book can help you detach yourself from what’s going on. You will still feel pain, but it will less intense. There are numbing gels on the market that some say help a lot and some say don’t help at all, these gels are usually cheap, so if your getting your first tattoo give it a shot.