How to Minimize the Pain of Getting a Tattoo

How to minimize the pain of getting a tattoo

Getting a tattoo will never be a walk in the park but it can be less painful if you take a few simple precautions.

  • You will need a licensed tattoo artist
  • A morning appointment
  • Loose clothing
  • A full stomach
  • A non-aspirin pain reliever
  • Take deep breaths
  • And meticulous aftercare
  • Optional a topical anesthetic

The Deets

Step 1 Go to a licensed tattoo artist who sterilizes their equipment and uses disposable needles and wears gloves, the discomfort of getting tattooed is nothing compared to the pain of getting an infection from it.

Step 2 Schedule your tattoo for the morning; this is when your pain tolerance is the highest thanks to peak levels of adrenaline, a hormone that helps us endure pain.

Step 3 Wear loose clothing-especially if they’re going to be covering your new tattoo.

Step 4 Eat something before you go to reduce the chances of passing out from a combination of nerves and hunger.

Step 5 Take a non aspirin pain reliever like ibuprofen about 20 minutes before the procedure, don’t drink alcohol or take aspirin in 24 hours beforehand as it will thin your blood and proceed to bleeding.

Step 6 Choose an area of your body that has more flesh and less bone and nerve endings like biceps, calves and thighs rather than bony areas or nerve centers like the rib cage, the top of the foot and the abdomen

Step 7 Know what to expect about the pain. The pain is often described as a cat scratching your sunburned skin. Breathe deeply focus on your breath and try not to move. The post tattoo pain will feel about the same – the cat scratching.

Step 8 During the procedure if the pain is intense your tattoo artist can apply a topical anesthetic. Think carefully before you ask for one. Side effects include longer healing time and a loss of color in the finished product, applying excess amounts of high concentration topical anesthetic and covering up the tattoo afterward can result in seizures.

Step 9 Follow the tattoo artists instructions regarding aftercare. The tattoo should heal in about three weeks during which time you shouldn’t swim or expose it to the sun, after that go ahead and slosh away.

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