August 31, 2021 4 min read
At the end of the day, it’s never going to be a painless experience getting a tattoo, especially for people with a low pain threshold. Different factors come into play when it comes to the amount of pain you feel while getting a tattoo. These include but are not limited to; the tattoo placement, the size and style of the tattoo, the artist’s technique, your physical health, and how you prepare and care for the tattoo after getting it done. In this blog, we will discuss what you can expect to feel and how to deal with tattoo pain.
People describe a tattoo exactly how you would imagine it to be… a sharp needle scraping against your skin. This doesn’t sound very appealing, but don’t fear- it is manageable. Others would describe tattoo pain as stinging, scratching, burning or vibrating. You should never underestimate the power of what the artist is doing. For example, an artist filling in a tattoo with colour may be more painful than a thin line as they are going over the same spot on multiple occasions. The length of your session can also determine whether your tattoo is painful, as a longer session for larger pieces is painful for longer. If you feel uncomfortable with the amount of time the session may take, talk to your artist about it and they will split the session up so that you have more, shorter sessions. It is most painful to get a tattoo on your armpits, rib cage, shins, ankles, breasts and nipples. It can be wise to choose a less painful placement. If you’re unsure about where to place your tattoo, we have a separate blog ontattoo placement ideasandwhat parts of the body are most painful to get a tattoo.
You should expect your tattoo to be relatively painful during and after the process of getting a tattoo. The only time you should be worried about the pain is if your tattoo gets infected. If your tattoo is continuing to bleed after two days, is oozing with puss and is red and hot, you may need to speak to your tattoo artist and seek medical help. Getting infected via a tattoo is rare, but not impossible.
Days 1-6: Your tattoo will be sensitive, sore and swollen. If you accidentally touch your tattoo it might hurt. People have described the feeling like a bruise or sunburn. During this stage it’s best not to drink a lot of alcohol or as they can thin the blood.
Days 7-14: In this stage, your tattoo will feel irritated rather than sore. This stage is where you need to treat your tattoo with plenty of moisturisers and resist the urge to scratch your tattoo.
Days 15-30: Your tattoo will be partially healed in this stage. You will not feel the urge to itch and it won’t be as painful. This is the stage in which your tattoo is on its way to healing on the outer layer of your skin. This means you can start to wash your tattoo with normal soap and don’t have to be as careful with it.
6 months: After 6 months, your tattoo will begin to completely heal underneath the skin as well as over the skin. The specific healing time will depend on the size and placement of the tattoo.
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