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What Does Tattooing Feel Like?

Posted on May 11 2019


From the tattoo shop’s experience to pain, this blog will tell you everything about the process.)

Are you going to get a tattoo for the very first time?

If so, your mind must be going through a lot of concerns. You must be eager to know about the process of tattooing. How much does a tattoo hurt?

What Does Tattooing Feel Like?

Here we have covered you with this piece of information.

Feeling the Tattoo Studio Atmosphere:

Tattoo studios vary based on their settings. Generally, they are relaxed and inviting, and the artists do everything to help their clients feel calm and comfortable.

Some tattoo studios are small and accept one customer at a time. A larger studio works on several customers as it generally has 4-5 tattoo artists. As there are many customers getting a tattoo at the same time, it can help reduce your anxiety as you turn up to the shop. You can talk to them to feel more comfortable. Don’t hesitate to get your doubts cleared by asking your tattoo artist. A good tattoo artist will resolve your all queries and concerns.

Before getting started with your process, your artist or front office staff will give you a health form to make sure you don’t have any health conditions that cause adverse effects. Once the form is completed, a tattoo artist will measure out your skin and the size of tattoo stencil. If the tattoo is made on an area containing any hairs, the artist is likely to shave off them.

Sitting in the Chair:

If you are going to get a tattoo for the very first time, you must be feeling nervous as soon as you sit onto the chair. Many first timers think that tattoo will hurt them badly. But that’s not true.

The pain is determined by the area that is being tattooed. For example, fleshy parts like thighs are less painful than boney parts like shin or ankle. Generally, the pain is not sharp enough to make you scream or jump.

A professional tattoo artist won’t poke the needle into the skin. They do things precisely. If you are taken down by the pain, they will use a numbing cream or local anesthetic to dull the sensation.

Tattoo Pain:

As we have told you in the previous point the pain level is often determined by the body part being tattooed. The pain causes a tingling sensation for several minutes at the beginning of the session, but once the body starts to respond by producing certain pain-dulling hormones, the affected area generally get slightly numb and pain often goes away for a while. However, the pain remains in “on and off” mode.

The pain is generally worse with longer tattoo sessions. This is because you feel tired and get fed up which blunts the efficiency of the pain-dulling hormones.

To dull your pain and stay comfortable throughout the process, use a numbing cream an hour before the process.

Numbing cream or local anesthetic dulls the skin patch against any happening or sensation. The effect lasts up to 1-2 hours depending on the efficiency of numbing cream.

What You Feel After Getting a Tattoo:

A new tattoo is likely to be sore. It is like scraping your skin after falling off. Or you can compare it with severe sunburn. However, you can perform your routine activities. The tattoo may remain red, swollen or itchy for a few hours—which is totally normal. However, you shouldn’t pick, pull or scratch your fresh tattoo. You will experience itching as the skin gets into healing mode. A tattoo artist will give you a moisturizer to ease your itching. It is important to follow your tattoo artist’s instruction. If you are suspicious of adverse effects or the tattoo is not healing, make sure to see your doctor.

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