Dealing With The Pain of Getting A Tattoo
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Tattoo pain is described in many ways. Men and women understandably describe pain differently as each sex has
a different view and attitude about pain in general. Depending on the person you talk to, tattooing pain has been
described like a cat scratching your skin, a hot needle being dragged across your skin, a sunburn and some even
say it's like having your skin cut. On the other side some will tell you that it's more like a minor scrape or scratch
or doesn't hurt at all.
While attitude and mental state play a major role of pain tolerence, there are additional factors that influence
how much pain may be involved when getting a tattoo:
Like sugar and sweet, or fire and heat, tattooing and pain go hand in hand. Pain is part of
getting the tattoo experience. For some the pain is moderate while others experience
intense discomfort. The pain you feel is directly related to your attitude and emotional
state. Some people relish tattoo pain as it is considered their red badge of courage and
for them is what makes the tattoo experience memorable. Others won't even consider a
getting a tattoo for fear of the pain.
With proper planning, you can reduce the level of pain you'll endure
when getting a tattoo. First and foremost is the pain attitude you
bring to the tattoo shop. If you're relaxed and void of fear, the pain
you experience won't be much more than temporary discomfort. If
you are committed to getting a tattoo, then you should accept the pain
as a part of the process. Remember, the pain is just one small element
of the experience of getting a tattoo. Millions of people have easily
survived getting a tattoo, you will too.
Pain is subjective and varies from one person to another. This means
that people feel pain differently based on their attitude or emotional
state. For example, if you have an elevated level of anxiety about the
pain causing event then you will most likely experience more
discomfort than someone that is relaxed.
Much of your pain tolerance is driven by your mental preparation for
the experience and your acceptance that getting a tattoo will hurt. Just
how much does a tattoo hurt? If the worst possible pain like
childbirth, kidney stones, compound fractures, severed limbs, 3rd
degree burns, etc. were ranked at the top of the 1 to 10 scale then
tattoo pain would range from 1 - 5 for most people.
Location of the tattoo - Certain locations on the body are more sensitive than others. Areas
that are less fleshy like the ankles, feet or rib cage are often more painful when getting a
Size of the tattoo - Large tattoos are not necessarily more painful, rather the pain is spread
to a larger portion of the body giving the perception that it is more painful. Additionally
large tattoos take longer to appy, so consequently the pain has to be endured for a longer
period of time.
Tattoo complexity - Even small or medium
tattoos can seem more painful. If the tattoo design
is detailed with multiple colors, the time required
to complete the tat is increased. Once again this
will require you to tolerate the pain for a longer
period of time giving the perception that it is more