Does it Hurt to Get a Tattoo?

This article highlights key concerns and helps you prepare for the full process of tattooing, both physically and mentally. Welcome to the tattoo life!

This is the first question in any person's mind that has decided to get tattooed. How bad does it hurt? To start with, it is worth noting that the pain tolerance of everyone is different and that there is no universal pain relief. This article however, will inform you of the variables that will make your tattooing experience more comfortable.

What are the factors affecting pain during a tattoo?

• Fatigue (To get tattooed in the evening or after a hard day's work is not advised for your best experience).

• Before the tattoo, it is best to have a snack, particularly if it will be a long session.

• Drink plenty of water and stay hydrated.

• Complexity of tattoos (simple and smaller tattoos are less time consuming and can be less painful).

What does getting a tattoo actually feel like?

The process of tattooing causes scratching and a niggling discomfort as the needle penetrates the top layer of the skin. When getting larger tattoos, it can be very difficult to deal with the pain as they involve a thorough rendering of each part of the image. The discomfort during the tattooing process can be said to mimic the pain of a graze. But while a graze may only hurt for a few minutes, the skin can be worked on for several hours during the tattooing process. You could say a tattoo is like a wound.

WHAT ARE The most painful body parts to tattoo?

The most painful places to get tattooed are places on the body where the skin is very close to the bone, as well as parts of the body with sensitive skin or significant amounts of nerve endings.


These areas include:

• the inside of the elbow

• the skin around the nipples

• armpits

• the area under the chest muscles on the ribs

• the skin behind the knees

• the pelvic area.


The bigger a tattoo is, the more painful it is, regardless of the location. Most tattoo artists carefully consider the tattoo region, often offering to take a break during the process or to split it into multiple sessions.


Women's unpleasant areas: the armpits, the neck and face, the zone around the breasts, the elbows, the pelvic area, the ankles, the region above the shins and the ankle joint. Among women surveyed, the least painful tattoo areas included: shoulders and forearms, blades of the neck, breasts, muscles of the calf and thighs.


Men’s unpleasent areas: the head, armpits, elbows, the chest and ribs, the pelvic area, shins, knees and soles. Painless areas: the shoulders and forearms, top of the thighs, shoulder blades and calf muscles.

helpfull tips to aid in the tattooing process:

• Have a good nights sleep before your appointment.

• Have a decent meal earlier in the day.

• Speak to your friends who have already got a tattoo.

• Ask your tattoo artist any questions you might have.

• Choose the right clothes considering the area you are getting tattooed.

The most frequently asked questions about tattoo pain and feedback:

Is it painful to get a tattoo on your hand, shoulder, forearm, wrist?

The outer shoulder and forearm are the least painful tattoo areas. Because of the sensitive skin in it's region, the inner shoulder is more painful. The wrist is among the most painful area on an arm. Wrists have many ends of their nerves and they have no fat.


Is it painful to get a tattoo on your leg, thigh, sole, calf?

The outer thigh area and calves are the least painful area for tattoos. Yet note that tattoos on an area close to the bone, the inner thigh, and the foot sole cause a lot of pain. Tattoos on the pelvic area and behind the knee are known to be very painful.


Is it painful to get a tattoo on your back?

The back is not the tattoo area that is the most painful. Yet note that you won't escape pain if you choose a large full back tattoo. The longer a procedure takes, the more discomfort a person feels.


Is it painful to get a tattoo on your collarbone?

Any tattoo done on a body's bony area is regarded as painful. People worried about the pain usually choose tattoos on the collarbone that are small in size because they do not cause much discomfort.


Is it painful to get a tattoo on your breast?

The chest is a painful area for men, but less painful for women. For women, tattoos under the breasts are more painful.


At the end of the day tattoos hurt but in the best way possible possible. When you go through pain, your brain releases endorphins, and your body likes endorphins, so yeah, it hurts, but you'll be 100% cooler afterwards. Remember to stay calm and cool, you’re in good hands at Paragon Tattoo. There’s nothing to stress over—it’s just a tattoo!


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