DOES GETTING A TATTOO HURT?
While some tattooing may simply give an irritating sensation, others can leave you wanting to run for the hills.
Everyone handles pain differently. Some people are more tolerant of pain, others are more sensitive. Your overall physical, mental, and emotional health also play into the level of pain you feel. For instance some people need to mentally focus themselves or even meditate through the process, while others enjoy the distraction of a conversation or reading a book. One thing is for sure, the use of alcohol or drugs prior to getting tattooed do not help suppress the pain, they just intensify it. Eating prior to getting a tattoo is also advisable.
The placement of your tattoo is also a factor. Some areas of the body are more sensitive than others. For instance, people who have been tattooed will tell you that the most painful areas are the armpits, groan, both sides of the elbows and knees, hands, feet, head, neck, ribs and chest. From there the amount of intense pain decreases.
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