Does getting a tattoo hurt?

Getting a tattoo can hurt, but the level of pain can vary. Having needles pierce your skin does hurt. But what everyone wants is how much does it hurt and whether they can handle it or not?

It’s not as painful as one might imagine. The pain comes from the cluster of needles on the tattooing machine piercing the skin very rapidly. This pain however doesn’t feel like the poking pain of an injection. It’ more of a constant vibration. The body immediately releases endorphins (pain killers) which lessen the pain significantly.

The pain varies according the body part, how complex the design is and individual tolerance to pain. In addition, certain types of needles seem to hurt more than others. The needles used for outlining give more pain than the needles used for shading.

Areas of the body that have greater concentrations of nerves and skin right above bones like collarbone, anklebone, etc tends to be more painful than other areas. The ankle happens to be very painful due to the lack of fat and thick muscle tissue.The least sensitive areas, which are generally most popular for the purpose of tattooing are the upper arms or forearms, calves, shoulder blade, outer thigh and bottom.

Many people report an intense scratching feeling or describe tattooing as a burning feeling. After a few minutes the strong sensation subsides and the tattooed area often feels like it was sunburned. One can get used to the feeling and it’s not so bothersome.

If you really can not withstand physical pain, don’t get a tattoo, instead get henna body painting. If really want to be tattooed, ultimately you are volunteering for the experience. So the amount of pain also depends on your psychological attitude.

Things to remember before tattooing

  • Do keep in mind not to drink alcohol or take illegal drugs for pain relief prior to tattooing. Both aspirin and alcohol thin your blood and cause excessive bleeding. Aspirin also decreases the clotting of blood, which slows down the healing process.
  • Make sure you go to a reputable and experienced tattooist.

In the end, everyone who has ever gone for a tattoo seemed interested in once again than the fear. The beauty of the tattoo and the pride associated with it far outweighs a little pin-stick here and there.

If you really want a tattoo and you take enough  time to be educated about the process and how to choose the right artist. Then you can walk out of the studio with a smile on your face,