When you decide to get a tattoo, the first thing that comes to mind is pain and for some, pain is the major factor that stops them to get a tattoo. Tattoo pain is so important part of inking process that the search for this term on Google is on rising. This shows that pain is a major factor in making a decision whether to go ahead with a tattoo or not.
Although all the tattoos hurt at least a little since it's self-inflicted many people find the pain bearable once they know what to expect. Everyone handles the tattoo pain differently, so it is hard to explain how much a tattoo hurts. As per the experience of people, the pain that accompanies the tattoo is of following types:
- Scratching Pain
- Stinging Pain
- Burning Pain
- Vibrating Pain
The article shares few tips that can be followed for the painless tattooing journey.
- Be Sober
It’s the biggest misconception of many people that turning up to a tattoo salon drunk or under the influence of some other drugs will help them to get rid of the pain, but the reality is that intoxication from drugs and alcohol increases the sensitivity of your pain receptors, thereby making the whole tattoo experience worse.
Kevin also became the victim of this misconception and had a pretty bad experience with his first tattoo. According to him, “30 minutes prior to our tattoo process, we went to a bar and had 2 glasses of wine each. We were ready to tackle any pain and nervousness just went away.
He (Tattoo artist) went ahead with the process and the little discomfort from needle made me react in an awkward manner which hindered the artist. Alcohol leads to thinning of blood and hence too much blood oozed out while the artist was running his needles on my skin. The blood panicked me and made me go impulsively doing weird acts.
The bleeding of my skin created a difficulty for an artist to accurately place the tattoo. As soon as the process of inking finished after an hour, I was in confusion whether I should be happy or sad because the result was unsatisfying.”
Although tattoos and alcohol have a close relationship with everyone’s mindset it is obviously a bad idea to make a serious decision about permanent tattoo when you are drunk. It just seems like an easy way to lessen the pain; it will actually make your tattoo a lot more painful, so always go sober whenever you visit a tattoo artist.
- Have a thorough discussion with an expert about your tattoo
Never had a tattoo before? Getting nervous? The best solution to ease your nervousness is by mentally preparing yourself. To prepare yourself mentally, get rid of all the mystery surrounding the tattoo. Talk to your tattoo artist and clear all the queries floating in your mind. Sit with your tattoo artist for long when you visit the tattoo salon to book an appointment. Discuss your design and ask about the procedure- the more you are relaxed, the better will be the experience.
Also, resist yourself in talking with people or friends who have tattoos. They can share their experience with you and you can learn from their mistakes and this will help you to calm down. Most people you will talk to will confirm that the pain incurred during the tattooing is not as big as you are wondering.
- Application of numbing cream helps to get rid of the pain
Although the level of pain while getting a tattoo varied from person to person but it will be a lie if someone says that they went to the tattoo salon and came back with a beautiful tattoo without getting a little bit hurt. On the same side, it is also a truth that application of numbing cream prior to tattooing process helps to lower down the level of pain too much extent.
Numbing creams usually come in two types: one is applied prior to the inking process while other is a gel or spray, applied after the skin has been broken.
Dr.Numb® is such numbing cream which is applied while the skin is still intact, before initiating the tattooing. It is a local or topical lidocaine cream that can be applied to the skin to reduce the immediate feeling of pain, thereby producing numbness.
How to apply Dr.Numb®
- Wash the area which is about to be treated with soap and water. Dry the area completely.
- Apply a thick amount of numbing cream to the area and rub in thoroughly.
- Place an additional, thin layer of cream over the area.
- Cover the cream with plastic wrap.
- The heat under the plastic wrap helps activate the cream, keeping the cream form drying off.
- Leave the plastic wrap on until it is removed by the professional before the procedure.