The first question many people get when showing off their new tattoo is, “Was it painful?” Of course it is painful to have needles repeatedly punctured into your skin. But how painful is it? And what do most compare the pain of a tattoo to? Pain depends on a variety of things like placement, shading, details, and how easily you can handle pain.
The most important factor that depends on how painful a tattoo will be is your PAIN TOLERANCE. If you have broken bones before, and just shook it off, you have a high pain tolerance and getting a tattoo should be no problem. If you are someone who faints at the thought of getting a shot at the doctor’s office, you have a low pain tolerance. You should also reconsider your decision of getting a tattoo.
The second most important factor that goes into the pain of a tattoo is PLACEMENT. The place on your body you decide to get your tattoo will either ease the pain, or add more to the pain. The most painful places to get tattooed are spots on your body are the places where there isn’t much space between skin and bones. Places like your knees, elbows, hands, feet, hips, and ribs. Places that are also more painful, are the sensitive areas on your body like your neck and face. The least painful places to go are the squishy areas on your body, like your arms and calves.
More factors that go into the pain of a tattoo are how much OUTLINING your tattoo requires, and the DETAILS. The most painful part of a tattoo is the black outline. The shading portion of the tattoo is a lot easier to get through. This is because the artist uses more needles in their machine to shade, and less needles to outline. If your tattoo is more detailed, it will require more outlining and precision.
What do people respond with “WHAT DOES A TATTOO FEEL LIKE?”
“I would say that it feels more like a cat scratching repeatedly in one spot.”
“Its always the start that is th worst… ’cause you don’t know what to expect. But once they’ve started, I was like, oh I can handle this!
“The first sensation is like a little cat scratch, then it starts hurting more, kind of like a needle dragging across your skin, and then like a black fly bite. They stop every few seconds to refill the ink. So it’s not constant. Its bearable.”
When I got mine done, the outline felt like I was sunburned and someone was scratching my back. And getting it filled in felt like someone was running a hot needle across my skin. Its uncomfortable, but not unbearable.”