If you are planning on getting your first tattoo, you may be wondering if it will hurt. The simple answer is yes, a tattoo will hurt to some extent because the skin is being punctured. The more complicated answer is that there are several factors which will ultimately determine how painful a tattoo will be. Here are some of the things that you should know about how much pain to expect when getting a tattoo.
Location of the Tattoo
The main factor that will determine how painful your tattoo will be is where you get it on your body. There are certain locations which are known to be more painful than others. Ankle and foot tattoos, rib tattoos, tattoos behind the ears, eyeball tattoos, hip tattoos and tattoos which are done over the spine are known to be more painful than others. Tattoos which are located on areas of the body where there is less body fat are known to be more painful.
Pain Tolerance to Tattoos
Everyone’s pain tolerance is different. While one person may find a tattoo on the wrist excruciatingly painful, another person may not think that it hurts at all. Even though you may be told that a certain tattoo may hurt, you may find that it doesn’t cause you any pain. On the other hand, you may find that a tattoo which everyone says is not painful hurts a lot.
What Does Tattoo Pain Feel Like?
Everyone has their own description of what tattoo pain feels like. Some people say that it feels like your skin is being burnt, poked with needles or scratched by a cat. My own description is that it feels like something sharp is being dragged across your skin. Some claim that they feel more pain when black ink is used for their outline, but I found that the swirling sensation of the colored ink was actually more painful to me.
Most tattoo pain is very easy to cope with. The best thing that you can do is make sure that you bring a friend or family member who can talk to you to help keep your mind off the pain. It may also be ideal to bring something that you can grip. If you have a low tolerance to pain and are opting for a larger tattoo, you may want to think about scheduling more than one session with your tattoo artist. Speaking of tattoo artists, it’s also important to choose one who makes you feel very comfortable.