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Five tips for reducing pain while getting a tattoo

tattoo pain relief with numb cream

The harsh reality is, getting a tattoo hurts. But don’t let the fear of pain deter you from getting inked. There are a number of ways you can reduce pain before, during, and after a procedure primarily by using a good numbing cream.

1. Choose a good area

You might already have your heart set on a certain design in a certain area. But if you’re concerned about the pain, and are open to different spots for your tattoo, consider an area that is relatively less sensitive. The best areas for tattoos are generally the upper arms, shoulders, thighs, and lower back. Areas like your ribs, spine, hands, feet, and groin are best avoided if you’re looking to reduce pain.

2. Choose a simple design

Some tattoo designs will take much longer than others to finish, thus causing much more pain. More detailed, larger tattoos will hurt more than simpler ones. Multi-colored tattoos will also hurt more than single-colored ones, as the artist will have to go over the solid areas of color multiple times.

3. Take pain medication

Though you have to be careful about increased bleeding (thus why you shouldn’t drink before getting a tattoo), it’s sometimes alright to take over-the-counter or prescription pain medications before and after getting a tattoo to alleviate pain. Avoid painkillers that are known to thin blood, like Tylenol.


Put on numbing cream for tattoos before a procedure to help lessen the pain during it. Some numbing creams can even be applied again, during or after the procedure, to continue reducing pain. Most tattoo numbing creams are applied an hour or two before your procedure, and help numb the area throughout it and afterwards.

5. Distract yourself

Distracting yourself while getting a tattoo can also help a great deal when dealing with pain. Bringing a friend, talking to the tattoo artist, or possibly listening to music can help distract you from what is happening. You can also chew gum, squeeze a stress ball, or bite down on a towel. Anything that tenses other muscles can help alleviate pain.

Using these tips, you can minimize the amount of pain you experience while getting a tattoo. Just remember, it will be worth it once your new tattoo is done!