The feeling of getting a tattoo does not just include the process of the needle’s going into the skin, but also the feelings that you will endure whenever the tattoo artist pauses during the session. You will also have a distinct feeling when the tattoo artist starts back up again in a spot that has been worked on for a given period of time. Then to top it all off, you get to have a few days of your skin’s feeling sun-burned during the healing process.
All in all, it is surprisingly a quite bearable process, and you will probably feel a sense of accomplishment when your tattoo is completed and healed. In other words, suck it up and just get it in your mind that it’s not going to be the best feeling in the world, but chances are you have probably been in much worse pain at some point in your life.
Once you have actually been tattooed, it’s pretty safe to say that the “Does it hurt?” question you used to ask people with tattoos will turn into something more like, “How badly did it hurt?” You will become more aware that different parts of the body feel differently, and you will also start to figure out how to plan your tattoo sessions with this new found variable.
By CR Jordan (Author of Basic Fundamentals of Modern Tattoo)