1. Tattoo Placement
The pain of a tattoo depends on the tolerance of the person receiving the tattoo, but placement is also a huge factor. Be aware of where you want your tattoo. Some locations on the body hurt much more than others. Areas of the body that have more muscle or ‘meat’, such as the bicep or calf, tend to be less sensitive than areas that are more ‘bony’ and have more nerve endings such as the top of the foot, spine or chest. A tattoo on the top of your foot may hurt much more than a tattoo on your forearm.
2. Being well hydrated
Healthy hydrated skin makes the tattoo process easier for you and the artist. Hydrated skin receives the needle of the tattoo machine better than non-hydrated skin.
3. Schedule a morning session and arrive on a full stomach
Your body is more rested and has a higher adrenaline and pain tolerance level in the morning. Arriving on a full stomach allows the body to maintain a balanced sugar level. This will keep you from feeling dizzy or light-headed.
4. Find a distraction
Whether it be music, streaming your favorite movie or bringing your best friend, finding a way to distract your mind will help keep you distracted from the pain of the tattoo. With that said, it’s important to understand your tattoo artists COVID-19 regulations. Prior to your tattoo, ask if you are able to bring a friend. Don’t just assume it is ok.
5. Become a part of the process
If you can see your tattoo without having to move too much, watching the process of your tattoo coming to life may help you forget about the pain. If you need to, don’t be afraid to ask for a break.