Pain and Tattoos: Why Getting Inked Hurts

Front BodyYou may have heard tons of horror stories regarding how painful getting inked is—people fainting, quitting after only a few lines of ink, or having to go through multiple sessions to finish even a small tattoo. Despite what you may have heard however, getting tattooed isn’t actually as painful as you’re thinking.

So Why Does Getting a Tattoo Hurt?

While there are several factors that contribute to pain when getting inked, the most determining factor is the placement of the tattoo. The body areas full of nerve endings that are significantly more sensitive are really going to be extremely painful to get inked. This includes majority of joint areas like behind your knee, your armpits, and your genital area. Likewise, although your ribs might seem a safe bet, the upper portion contains soft tissue, which is extremely sensitive, so think twice about getting a ribcage tattoo.

Do People Really Faint When Getting a Tattoo?

Yes. However, majority of those who faint or feel faint when getting inked have only themselves to blame. Commonly, people usually faint due to low blood sugar. Once the tattoo session starts, you body will produce endorphins and adrenaline as a response to the feeling of being tattooed. Simply put, the sudden spike of the chemicals, combined with low blood sugar, which is usually attributed to having an empty stomach, could cause you to feel nauseous and faint. On the other hand, some people pass out due to their overreaction to the process and then faint due to a surge of fear.

Can You Manage Pain While Getting Inked?

Any renowned tattoo artist in Brisbane and even will tell you that you can limit the pain during a tattoo session by avoiding painkillers and alcohol for several days prior to your session, since blood-thinning substances can make you feel more sensitive. Try to tune out your mind off of the pain by busying yourself—tinkering with your phone or tablet, reading, watching, or sound tripping. Expect the first passes to feel the worst and acclimate yourself so you know what to expect until the session ends.

It is always said, 'no pain, no gain'. Same with tattooing.