It’s obvious to feel excited about the idea of getting inked. Tattoo and pain share a synonymous relationship in this process. The bigger the tattoo, with an intricate design, the more painful it will be. But it’s worth every pain for getting a permanent tattoo on your body. The pain is different for everyone given the fact that everyone possesses a varying capacity for enduring pain. Getting inked at a sensitive spot would be more painful and persistent than the process of getting inked itself.
Have a chat with those who have got inked previously and ask them for the most and least painful places for tattoos to get an idea of the pain you might be experiencing. You can also take suggestions from professional tattoo artists for the same. This blog will educate you about beneficial habits and routines you can inculcate when planning to get linked. Let’s focus on the steps which would help to make the process of tattooing more bearable.
Tips to endure tattoo pain
A permanent tattoo comes with inevitable pain regardless of your pain tolerance. The pain becomes obvious because the needle pierces right through the top layer of your skin which takes time to heal. Even if the pain is inevitable there are ways to at least lessen the pain.
1. Get an adequate amount of sleep
Getting an appropriate amount of sleep prepares your body to take up challenges on a particular day. Studies have proven that there is a certain link between sleep and pain and that sleep works as one of the best pain killers.
As when you sleep a neurotransmitter named dopamine is released in your body which further functions for pain relief and pleasure, hence helping you to fight any pain resiliently.
On the other hand lack of adequate sleep would make it difficult for you to endure any perceived pain as due to lack of sleep your brain’s mechanism for pain consumption is disrupted which further makes it difficult for you to handle pain. In addition to that, it slows down the healing process.
Thus it is highly recommendable to go to bed early before the day of getting inked to ensure proper rest and prepare your body for the next day.
2. Intake of proper nutrition is necessary
Nutrition is of utmost importance to your body. Intake of proper nutrition is necessary especially when you are planning to get inked as I will help in dealing with the pain by improving your physical and mental functions. Despite knowing basic details, many people tend to skip breakfast before getting a tattoo. Of course, overeating would make your stomach upset and sick too. It’s just that you need to consume an adequate amount of nutrition to ensure you don’t pass out during the tattoo session which happens in many cases as most people tend to skip meals, for whatsoever reason.
3. Hydrate Yourself
Water plays an important role in your body it helps in the regulation process throughout your body. Other than that it prevents dehydration, soothes pain, neutralizes acid, and functions much more in keeping your body healthy. Yes, it also plays a major role in lessening the pain caused by inking simply by hydrating the skin. But then again taking an ample amount of water would instigate you to use rest room frequently which would disturb the concentration of the tattoo artist and make the work more challenging unnecessarily.
4. Wear loose clothes
While getting inked it’s important how you get dressed. Clothing carries equal importance here considering the fact you have to sit in one place steadily without much movement. Hence once the tattoo gets done your clothes will come in contact with the tattooed area which would irritate so wearing clothes of cotton or linen is advisable as it won’t cause much irritation compared to clothes made of synthetic material.
Tips to manage pain during the tattoo session
- Take some pain reliever
Doctors share a split opinion regarding the fact of whether it is suitable to take medicine before getting inked. While some would say that intake of medicines would cause more pain other doctors say that it is safe to take medicines before getting inked. Doctors generally recommend taking paracetamol or Tylenol as the safest medicines to intake before getting a new tattoo.
However, it is advised to take the medicines at least 30mins before your tattoo session. Don’t ever opt for pain relievers that contain aspirin in them before getting inked as aspirin leads to thinning of blood vessels. Other than aspirin also don’t take medicines like ibuprofen before the session.
- Take deep breaths
Yes, it may sound like a pointless tip to you but it helps to endure pain. Most tattoo artist advises their clients to distract themselves while getting inked, taking deep breaths and proper distraction would help in diverting you from the pain. Even this will not help immensely but still little help is better than no help at all. People who meditate and practice yoga can cope with the pain in better ways even for a longer time.
- Carry headphones
Your body tends to react irritably whenever you get hurt by something as the pain rag your hormones which cause you o behave like this. Carrying headphones and isolating yourself with the music won’t make the pain disappear totally but can help in lessening the pain. The sound of the tattoo machine also scares clients so headphones are a good way to escape the sound as well as pain even for a little bit.
- Ask the tattoo artist to take breaks
Similar to dentists your tattoo artists can also take breaks in between as it is a painful procedure indeed. The tattoo needle is quite painful hence the tattoo artist can take a break according to need. Don’t go for big tattoos in the beginning once you are a little accustomed to the pain, then you can go for big tattoos. You can also ask for breaks whenever you feel like it. If the tattoo is big you can schedule it for multiple sessions to allow your body to rest in between.
The above discussed are some tips that would help you to endure the pain caused by a tattoo. If you are new to this concept and are feeling anxious about getting your first tattoo. Then it’s better to connect with people who have got inked already and make an informed decision. Also, always go to a tattoo artist who is recommendable to you instead f randomly exploring tattoo artists. Do proper research about what you need to know before your first tattoo. Speak out about your insecurities to your tattoo artist. This will help you to deal with your anxiousness giving you a clearer picture.
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