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Does getting a tattoo hurt?

A natural question to ask is, “Does getting a tattoo hurt?”

While most people will say yes, in reality this is a complex question to answer.

Tattooing involves repeatedly piercing your skin’s top layer with a sharp needle covered with pigment. So getting a tattoo is generally always painful, though people may experience different levels of pain.

People who are biologically male tend to experience and cope with pain differently from those who are biologically female. In addition, the various parts of the body experience different levels of pain when tattooed.

While there is no scientific evidence that says which areas of the body will feel the most and least pain when getting inked.

Here’s the general consensus: The least painful places to get tattooed are those with the most fat, fewest nerve endings, and thickest skin. The most painful places to get tattooed are those with the least fat, most nerve endings, and thinnest skin.

Generally speaking forearms, the back of the neck, and shoulders have been considered some of the least painful places to get tattooed by many people.

And there is a strong opinion that getting tattooed in your armpits, back of the knees or elbow ditch, and the palm of your hands, are some of the worst locations when it came to tattoo pain.

There is no simple answer to this question, and it will change for everybody based on their pain tolerance. One part of the body may be more sensitive for one person than the other.

When trying to describe how it feels to get a tattoo, it can go from scratching or vibration to burning pain, depending on the area, personal pain tolerance and a mindset to handle pain. While not comfortable feeling but most people find it manageable.

Is it your 1st tattoo?

There are other things to consider besides pain when you choose the placement for your 1st tattoo.

Should it be visible or not (for you or the others)?

Would your career choice be acceptable of the tattoos ?

Would it be a separate piece or a part of a bigger project (like sleeve for example)?

There are ways to Ease Tattoo Pain

Good night rest prior to the appointment;

Large meal before you come to the studio;


Good physical health (no hangover, flue, etc);

Relaxation techniques: meditation, breathing;

Entertainment: movies, music, video games while being tattooed.

We hope this information will be useful for getting ready for your next tattoo appointment at Maximum Colour Ink. We will be happy to reply to any other questions you have about getting tattoos.

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