A First Tattoo Experience Survival Guide

A First Tattoo Experience Survival Guide

Jun 14, 2016 | Gay Aida Dumaguing

Tattoo by Alisha Gory

Tattoos may have had a social stigma but such mindset is slowly fading away in the recent years. You may probably be one of those who are already warming up to the idea of putting permanent art on your skin. People say tattoos are not just about art but also about the pleasure of pain. If you would marvel at the finished work, applying a pain relieving cream or topical spray anesthesia and following our tips should give you the most memorable tattoo experience.

Step 1: Choose a less sensitive part of the body

Location is everything when it comes to tattoos. You need to make sure that you stay away from areas that have prominent bony structures or nerve endings. If you would like to skip on the topical spray anesthesia, you can opt to have your tattoos placed in the following areas: the finger, outer shoulder, thigh, back of the ear, inner wrist, upper back, shin, nape, ribs, hips, stomach and chest.

Step 2: Go for a simple design

If you simply want to get a taste of how getting a tattoo really feels, then you might want to opt for simpler designs that only require an outline. Designs that require shading are often the most painful so you might want to use a topical anesthetic spray. Of course, you need to make sure that you find a design that has meaning to you. Although a tattoo removal cream is said to be in the works, you would not want to be living a life of regrets knowing that you have a permanent art embedded on your body.

Step 3: Avoid using medications

Oral medications that help numb the pain during tattoo sessions are not recommended for a reason. Alcohol and painkillers thin your blood making you bleed more. It may be wiser to use a topical spray anesthesia if you really have to.

Step 4: Apply topical anesthesia

It is recommended to apply any type of topical anesthetic on the area that will get tattooed on at least a few minutes prior. Don’t forget to wipe the area off or wash it away with soap and water before the tattoo session starts.

Step 5: Sit in a comfortable position

Most often, the pain that one feels during a tattoo session cannot be prevented by any amount of topical anesthesia. Before the session starts, put yourself in a comfortable position that will allow you to hold still but still not get cramps even after an hour.

Step 6: Ready yourself for the pain

They say that pain is all in the mind. You may have applied tubes of topical anesthetic gel but if you missed a spot, you are likely to feel it. Feel the pain and embrace it.

Step 7: Follow tattoo aftercare tips from the artist

Applying topical anesthesia is only the beginning. Tattoos require lots of care and maintenance a few days after they are done to make sure they heal quickly and properly. Do what the artist says and enjoy the beautiful art on your skin!

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