There is no getting past the fact that tattoos, without any help, hurt. Although there is nothing you can do that will actually reduce the pain completely, there are some ways you can reduce the intensity of that pain. Let’s look at some of these below.
Get Your Tattoo While You’re Sober
A lot of people think that being under the influence of alcohol or drugs will help reduce the pain of getting a tattoo. However, it is actually likely to have the opposite effect. Alcohol acts as a blood thinner, and that means you will bleed more often, and, likely, the ink will not take quite as easily. When you consider dealing with these two issues, and the constant jitters caused by drunkenness, the tattooing process could take a significantly longer time than it would have if you were sober.
Although we suggest you avoid drinking alcohol, we openly encourage you to drink plenty of water. You should even start the day before you are due to have your tattoo done. Drink water regularly and thanks to the hydration the ink will take more easily onto your skin.
Make Sure You Have a Full Breakfast
Along with staying hydrated, you need to make sure you have a full stomach when you go for your tattoo session as this will increase your stamina for sitting through what will be a painful experience. Look at the day you are having your tattoo done as a cheat day, where you can eat more sugary foods.
Make Sure You Sleep Well the Night Before
Even if it is a relatively small tattoo and especially if it is quite a big tattoo, you will need lots of energy to sit through the process of getting inked. The better the sleep you have the night before, the better you will be able to handle having a tattoo comfortably.
Take Breaks, But Infrequently
If you are getting a complicated design or large tattoo inked on a sensitive area, it can really take a lot out of you. It is important to take some breaks in these situations, where you can refuel by having some chocolate or orange juice. Just be careful not to take too many breaks or for too long each time, as the piece will start to swell and the constant stopping and starting will interfere with the process and that natural buildup of adrenaline you get.
Keep Yourself Distracted
One thing you can do to forget about the pain or to at least put it to the back of your mind is to distract yourself. Listen to some music or enjoy the chitchat happening around the salon. If you want, you could even chat to the tattoo artist. In much the same way as hairdressers and barbers, they enjoy chatting to their clients.
Use Tattoo Numbing Cream
Last but by no means least, if you want a tip for physically reducing the pain caused by getting inked, consider investing in tattoo numbing cream. This does exactly what it says on the packaging – it numbs the area you apply with it. One of the most highly reputable tattoo numbing creams is called Tattoo Numb.