DURING THE TATTOO
DOES IT HURT?
In short, yes!
WHAT CAN I DO TO MANAGE THE PAIN?
Try to relax! Tattooing can be a painful experience which can be made worse if you are tense. If you need a break or the pain is too intense, let your artist know as we will always try to make the experience as bearable as possible and may be able to move to a less sensitive area for a while. We would also recommend that you keep as still as possible during the tattoo as our artists can not be held responsible for any errors due to sudden movements.
WHERE DOES TATTOOING HURT THE MOST?
This will really vary from person to person. There are certain areas that are likely to be more sensitive but at the end of the day, we wouldn’t recommend that you avoid particular areas for this reason, as it would only take away from the design. Apparently, tattoos hurt the most on the bottom of your feet…
WHAT IS THE BEST NUMBING CREAM TO USE?
None! There are a lot of creams available but their effectiveness varies wildly from person to person. Due to the way we design (directly onto the skin in pen), any numbing cream put on prior to the session is likely to wear off across the day so would not be recommended.
From personal experience, I find that numbing creams are worse as for some areas of skin you cant feel anything of the tattooing but in others (seemingly at random), you feel everything. While you are being tattooed without cream, your body adjusts to a constant level or low pain whereas with the cream, you jump between no pain and sudden surprise pain which is not ideal!