Getting your first tattoo is not the same as getting your first hair cut. Both may be for vanity’s sake but with a tattoo, pain accompanies it. Pain is relative. It really varies from one person to another. But there are other people who have a low pain threshold. Many who are contemplating to get a tattoo ask most about the pain. The degree of pain is often times the issue. How much does it hurt?
So here are the top 5 ways to minimize your pain when you want to get a tattoo on any part of your body. Four of these ways are psychological in nature.
One is your state of mind. Your mindset towards things affects your body’s systems. Before you go out to a tattoo parlor, you have to be 100% sure of your decision. This is very basic. Anything you do when you are in no doubt, is surely bound for failure, discomfort, or bringing some sort of a disaster upon yourself. The answer to the question of how badly you want a tattoo controls your willpower. No amount of pain can stop you if your will moves you to get tattooed. No needle can scare that strong determination. Pain can be very tolerable.
Second, choose a design that you badly yearn to have and think how it can be good on you. Your design can do more than just motivate you to get your tattoo done. It can even make you sprint your way to the tattooist.
Third is bringing a friend with you or something to get you preoccupied. Shifting your focus from the whole tattooing process will do the trick. Having a friend to talk with can help you relax.
Fourth is your physical state. Showing up on a tattoo parlor intoxicated is a big no. Even if you are not a bleeder, your body reacts to intoxicants making your blood tissues thin which make them bleed more. Aside from that, it is prone to medical complications. If your reason to get drunk is you want to feel numb then by all means buy a numb cream. There are many available topical creams that have an anesthetic effect. However, you need to consult your tattooist first because it might affect the tint. Drinking painkillers is not a good idea as well because aspirins are still drugs.
The last thing you need to note in order to lessen the pain is get your first tattoo done by a respectable artist. Having your first tattoo done by someone you know or who you are comfortable with helps you ease up. In this way also you can easily tell the person when pain gets unbearable.