Do tattoos hurt?

Do tattoos hurt?

Yes. It is true that tattoos are generally painful. Afterall, we are using needles to permanently insert pigments into the skin.   Although, the level of pain does vary from person to person, and depending on the placement of the tattoo, certain areas of the body tend to be more sensitive than others.

The pain of a tattoo is often described as more irritating than painful. Some describe it from anywhere to a light burning sensation to an intense stinging feeling. But most people will say that it's quite tolerable. 

"Short is the pain. Long is the beautiful." 

The fact that you are asking this question tells us that you probably don't have any tattoos. In our experience as professional tattooists, and tattoo collectors ourselves, we can assure you that 99% of the time the pain is less than what was expected. In fact, many first time tattoo clients are surprised by the feeling, claiming it to be much less painful than they anticipated.

At Tattoo Alchemy, we do everything possible to reduce the pain and anxieties that come along with getting tattooed. Aside from the relaxing environment of our studio, our artists are calm and relaxed and have years of experience in approaching the tattoo process to create the minimum amount of pain possible. We pay very close attention to your pain tolerance and comfort of positioning. We do the best we can to help you maintain a proper state of mind while getting a tattoo and helping you with this rite of passage.

There are a few things you can do that will help aid you in having a more positive experience during your tattoo session. We suggest the following tips:
• Get plenty of rest before your tattoo appointment, a full nights rest can really reduce pain and anxiety.
• Being well hydrated by drinking lots of water for a couple of days prior to getting tattooed.
• Eat a good healthy meal before arriving to your appointment.
• Be sober. Avoid drinking alcohol or taking any drugs/substances before your tattoo appointment.
Getting tattooed with a hangover is a drag. This is highly NOT recommended.

*NOTE: No persons that are (or appear to be) inoxicated will be tattooed at Tattoo Alchemy.

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