THIS IS THE MOST FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTION IN OUR STUDIO (and everyone else's studio) AND THE ANSWER IS....
YES, IT HURTS!
But ask yourself this question.... "If it hurt's that bad then why are there so many people with Tattoos and/or Piercings?" The answer is simple... IT DOESN'T HURT THAT BAD! Everyone has a different level of pain tolerance. What might be unbearable to one person might be pleasurable to another. No matter who you are though, you can handle it.
WHAT IS THE MOST PAINFUL PLACE TO GET A TATTOO/PIERCING?
For a tattoo the bottom of the foot is the most sensitive followed closely by the Gluteus Maximus (buttocks). There are a lot of nerve clusters located in the foot and "butt" which accounts for the sensitivity of these areas. Likewise areas close to the bone are sensitive for the same reason. For a Piercing the nipple wins the sensitivity award.
WHAT IS THE LEAST PAINFUL PLACE TO GET A TATTOO/PIERCING?
For a Tattoo the outer bicep is the least sensitive.
For a Piercing the tongue is the least sensitive (if done correctly). The center of the tongue (where the piercing is done) is a muscle and has no nerve clusters. All the nerve clusters in the tongue are located in the outside edges.
DO YOU NUMB IT?
No! Why would you want too? A tattoo or piercing is not so uncomfortable that you cannot stand it. The sensation is part of the experience. Without it you have not earned your art! Besides the spiritual factor though there is a physical reason for not "numbing it." All topical or sub-dermal anesthetics work the same way, they swell the skin away from the nerve endings. For a tattoo this can mean that the pigment will run and bleed under the skin, missing the skin glands and making for a very ugly tattoo. For a piercing it can lead to misalignment thus making for a botched piercing. Avoid any studio that offers to "numb it" for you, they are ripping you off!
CAN I USE SOME KIND OF PAINKILLER BEFORE GETTING A TATTOO ?
There are products that people are tempted to try to get over the pain of the tattoo procedure. But these products are not advisable to take or apply these products before getting a tattoo. Numbing creams such as Emla takes about 30 minutes to take effect and wears off 30 to 45 minutes later, by that time your artist would have gotten halfway doing the design when you start to feel the sting, as an averaged sized tattoo normally takes 2 hours to complete. Plus some artists claim difficulty working on the area since it distorts or swells the skin, not to mention clients experiencing the returning sensation which increases the pain ten-fold. Painkillers such as Aleve or Tylenol can also cause excess bleeding since they can thin out your blood and affect the way the skin reacts to the tattoo.
HOW DO I KEEP MY TATTOO/PIERCING FROM GETTING INFECTED?
The best thing you can do to keep an infection from occurring is follow to the letter what your artist or piercer tells you to do for the aftercare procedures. In the event that you have gotten bad or no after care advice.... here are 2 sets of care instructions (one for tattoos and one for piercings) that may help you.
WHY DID LINES ON MY TATTOO GET FADED AND CRACKED?
People often make mistake by blaming tattoo artist for his lines being cracked and/or faded. Tattoo on your body is your responsibility for the rest of your life and every step you make in healing process and after is what will or will not make your tattoo damaged in time. If you PROPERLY take care for your tattoo, we can assure you it will stay beautiful like the first day you got it.
Read carefully our TATTOO AFTERCARE INSTRUCTIONS, and most important thing, DO NOT let your tattoo get dried in first 1 month. Daily use of cream after healing process is also really important!!
Colored tattoos requires even extra care (using factor 50 every time you are exposed to sun).
We are working with fine, thin lines on your body and that's reason why your tattoo is more sensitive. Some tattoo artists loves to put directly tick lines and go dipper in the skin layers to avoid need for fixing tattoo afterward (even if you don't take care for it). But common problem in working with thicker lines and going into deeper skin layers is there are high chances of greenish ink flood around the lines, and that unfortunately is not repairable.
We always offer you FREE TATTOO FIXING for our customers so you can be always satisfied!!
Again we must warn you, if you just don't properly take care for your tattoo, it will always fade and get cracked no matter how much time you get your tattoo fixed.
WHY ARE TATTOOS AND PIERCINGS SO EXPENSIVE?
There is a lot of work that goes on behind the scenes that you never see to give you what you want. Needle making, sterilizing, cleaning, book keeping, etc. Then there is the cost of maintaining a Professional Studio. License fees, training, continuing education, supplies, building lease/mortgage, utilities, taxes, etc. Last but certainly not least is the fact that you are paying the Artist for their Talent and expertise. Getting a Tattoo and/or Piercing is not a bargain shopping experience. If the price you are quoted seems to be too good to be true then there is something wrong.
A GOOD TATTOO IS NOT CHEAP AND A CHEAP TATTOO IS NOT GOOD.
CAN SCAR TISSUE BE COVERED WITH A TATTOO?
Yes, scars can be covered but it is a difficult and tedious process. Also, if the scar is raised there will be an indistinct area in the tattoo (where the scar is) that will be raised. Below is what is involved in covering a scar.
1. It is time consuming. Depending on the individual's skin or scar texture, a single line may require two or more passes with the needle before it takes.
2. It can be and often is more painful than the average tattoo. Scar tissue is very sensitive since the nerve endings are closer to the "new skin" (unless the nerve ends were destroyed when the damage occurred).
3. Once set within the scar or graft tissue black will stay. Color can be set within the tissue however, may bleed or fade from the skin and this possibility should anticipated but not expected. There is always a slight possibility that the black may blot or run beneath the tissue, but if a very fine line is used this problem can be virtually eliminated.
4. I often recommend to my clients who wish to have their scar or graft tissue tattooed that they get a very small tattoo within the area first, as a test to determine if their skin will accept the pigment. Then, if all is well, the small tattoo can be covered or incorporated when the major artwork is applied.
5. Last but certainly not least, it is very important that the scar and/or graft tissue be at least one year old before tattooing is attempted (the older the scar, the better). Destroyed tissue takes a long time to heal, so the older the scar, the better it will take the pigment.
However if you cannot find your answer here, please do not hesitate to CONTACT us or leave the comment below!
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Niels & Ana