I am going to share with you 7 step process  that will give you and your customers Virtually Pain-Free tattoo experience.

Are you Ready?

OK here we go!

Step 1

The first step in getting a tattoo is truly deciding if you really want one. Remember inking is usually permanent and you will have your tat for life! (Choose wisely!)I am going to share with you 7 step process  that will give you and your customers Virtually Pain-Free tattoo experience.

Are you Ready?

OK here we go!

Step 1

The first step in getting a tattoo is truly deciding if you really want one. Remember inking is usually permanent and you will have your tat for life! (Choose wisely!)

Step 2

Look at images and decided what you want tattooed and where. Some good old fashion  advice to those getting a first tattoo start with a small image.  You can always add onto it latter. Tattoo removal is very expensive, painful, and not always 100% effective. So use the motto: “Start small and build big.”

Step 3

Make an appointment with your regular health care provider (MD, NP, PA). They know your medical condition best and can advise you if they think that getting inked will negatively impact your health. (There really aren’t condition that fall under this category, but it is better to wise than foolish.)

Step 4

Request from accredited supplier for some “numbing cream” such as
Dr. Numb (one I use and recommend)
.
Be clear that your are asking for this medication because you are getting a tattoo. This will help the nurse or physician make a better clinical decision and provide you with the correct amount you may need and instructions on how to use it. (Please note: Most insurances will not cover this numbing medication so you need to take that into consideration. Cost vary but a general rule of thumb is about $50 to $75 per tube which may last for several “small” tats or just be enough for one “big” inking.

Step 5

The “numbing cream” consists of lidocaine (like the numbing medication you get at the dentist) and prilocaine (another type of numbing medication). Remember if you ever had an adverse reaction to these medications NEVER USE THEM FOR TATOOING or any other reason.

Step 6

Apply the numbing as directed by your health care provider. Generally, it is applied in a thick layer as opposed to a cream that is rubbed in and covered with clear plastic wrap with the edges taped around the wrap. This should be done at least one hour before your inking.

Step 7

Remove the dressing and wash away the numbing cream just prior to your inking session letting your tattoo artist know.

Tattoo Pain Chart

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I hope that you find this information useful,

Have a great day,

Mike

P.S.Please comment below!

Step 2

Look at images and decided what you want tattooed and where. Some good old fashion  advice to those getting a first tattoo start with a small image.  You can always add onto it latter. Tattoo removal is very expensive, painful, and not always 100% effective. So use the motto: “Start small and build big.”

Step 3

Make an appointment with your regular health care provider (MD, NP, PA). They know your medical condition best and can advise you if they think that getting inked will negatively impact your health. (There really aren’t condition that fall under this category, but it is better to wise than foolish.)

Step 4

Request from accredited supplier for some “numbing cream” such as Dr.Numb (one I use and recommend). Be clear that your are asking for this medication because you are getting a tattoo. This will help the nurse or physician make a better clinical decision and provide you with the correct amount you may need and instructions on how to use it. (Please note: Most insurances will not cover this numbing medication so you need to take that into consideration. Cost vary but a general rule of thumb is about $50 to $75 per tube which may last for several “small” tats or just be enough for one “big” inking.

Step 5

The “numbing cream” consists of lidocaine (like the numbing medication you get at the dentist) and prilocaine (another type of numbing medication). Remember if you ever had an adverse reaction to these medications NEVER USE THEM FOR TATOOING or any other reason.

Step 6

Apply the numbing as directed by your health care provider. Generally, it is applied in a thick layer as opposed to a cream that is rubbed in and covered with clear plastic wrap with the edges taped around the wrap. This should be done at least one hour before your inking.

Step 7

Remove the dressing and wash away the numbing cream just prior to your inking session letting your tattoo artist know.

Tattoo Pain Chart

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I hope that you find this information useful,

Have a great day,

Mike

P.S.Please comment below!

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124 Responses to “How to Get A Virtually Pain-Free Tattoo”

  1. Christa Russell

    Thanks for the Info. I’ll be sure to keep this in mind. Do you get a lot of clients that request this cream? I just got my 1st tattoo last spring. It’s of a Dragon, colored and it took about two and half hours to complete. For me personally keeping my mind on something else seemed to be the trick to the pain thing. I sat and did a drawing for my daughter and the only part of the tattoo that was painful was at the back center of the calf and down the center of the front where the meat is thin. Take Care!

    • Mike Page

      By Christa Russell, November 4, 2009 @ 10:53 PM
      “Thanks for the Info. I’ll be sure to keep this in mind. Do you get a lot of clients that request this cream? I just got my 1st tattoo last spring. It’s of a Dragon, colored and it took about two and half hours to complete. For me personally keeping my mind on something else seemed to be the trick to the pain thing. I sat and did a drawing for my daughter and the only part of the tattoo that was painful was at the back center of the calf and down the center of the front where the meat is thin. Take Care!”

      That’s exactly what I used to suggest to my customers … just think of something else and the best is to talk to them while I am working on their tattoo… and i do talk a lot!
      But now I am using my 7 step process and it works 🙂

      If you have a picture of your tattoo share it with us.

      Take care

  2. Alejandra

    This was really useful, it gave me more encouragement to finally get my tattoo, thanks so much for this (:

    • Mike Page

      By Alejandra, November 4, 2009 @ 11:27 PM
      “This was really useful, it gave me more encouragement to finally get my tattoo, thanks so much for this (:”

      That’s great 🙂 once it is done please share your tattoo with us… you can get Dr.Numb from their website at http://www.DrNumb.com that’s the one I use and recommend to my clients. Take Care.

  3. megan

    will have to remember that one for when i get my tattto done sounds like agreat thing to have on hand for those that have a disliking of pain

  4. Sudhu

    Really great information! The diagram is just what a novice like me needs. I never thought tattoo at breasts and stomach is less painful than ankles.. phew! I really enjoy your articles

  5. LARRY

    ..Tnx 4 di info.. VI gonna wisely choose now di way I will put mi a tattoo.. very helpful also ..

  6. eduardo

    hola , pues sus recomendaciones d verdad q si son muy utiles ya q siempre ahi cosa nuevas por aprender y son muy utiles gracias x compartir sus conocimientos jejje gracias.lalo

  7. runner0722

    This chart is right on! I have tats all over – and thinking about the ones I felt the most – especially the one that covers my upper back and goes across my spine…glad to know it wasnt in my head!!

  8. Aliya

    Thank you for the article. I haven’t thought about the skin numbing possibility. Will definitely pass the idea to my sister – she is a starting tattoo artist.

    I personally am not scared of pain, but I guess for some people it can be a really good solution.

    Cheers and good luck.

  9. jeff

    exellent pain charts and it told me just what i needed to know about numbing cream.
    I was thinking about useing a small amount in my petroleum jelly when givein ink (only if no allergick obviuosely) whats your thoughts?
    jeff,Scotland

  10. Julie

    Thanx 4 the info!! I am going 2 get my 1st tatt in January. I have known my artist for 19yrs and am very comfortable with him but I was worried that I wouldn’t be able 2 handle the pain. (I handle some better than others) So in combo with the info and chart I think that topical numbing is the best choice for my 1st time. U just took the fear out of tatt work 4 me!! Thanx! I am also looking 4 a 1in butterfly design where the wings are jagged around the edges. If u can help me find this design I would be eternally thankful. Thanx again 4 the very helpful info!

    • Admin

      Hi Julie,

      I like your idea of getting tattoo during the winter time as it is best time of the year and Ill write a blog post on it as soon as Holidays are over :),

      For a beautiful Butterfly tattoo design you can have a look in our gallery at http://www.MiamiInkTattooDesigns.com we have more than 500 butterfly tattoo designs at the moment and new ones will be added soon…. in total there are over 25,000 tattoo designs in our gallery right now.

      I hope this helps and am looking forward to see your tattoo…. if you are willing to share it with us :).

      Happy Holidays,

      Mike Page

  11. kara

    This is the best numbing cream around i have used it. i used it when i got a big tatt accroos my lower back and up my spine here is the link on where to buy it….it is highly recommened by my tattoist and now im recommending it to u its a 20g tube and if u do it right by putting it on (not rubbing in) an hour before getting ur tatt and put some cling wrap over it it is known to keep the area numb between 3 & 4 hours and its only like $30 including postage..

  12. Frank Carbone

    Thanks for the pain chart, it very helpful to those who have delicate skin, I am Italian and therefore my skin is olive in color which tends to be a bit tougher, I have worked outside in the summer time without shirt on. This has helped me get over any discomfort of the tattoo gun. Thanks for the free designs I am currently thinking of having a Tiger tattooed on my calf, and I am thinking of also getting a pyramid with the all seeing eye in it.Keep up the great designs and free info. ( Very helpful ) merry Xmas.. Aussie Frank…

  13. eddie

    the chart was very helpful i hav a few tats already but the chart is spot on

  14. Livvy

    hey thanks for the info, tha pain chart really helps. i like the idea of starting smaller then gradually building the tattoo up.ill try out that numbing cream thanks. 🙂

  15. tomas

    I;ts helful who is thinking of get first tatoo,I olready have two

  16. kevin

    thanks for the chart most helpful as i already have a couple of tats (spot on)

  17. louise

    hi,
    very interesting article, i’d been told the shoulder area was actually very painful to get a tat on. as for the numbing cream, i’ve also never heard of it. but it’s worth the thought of using. i’ve got one tat round my wrist and could put up with that pain. next time i get a tat i’m thinking of taking my lappie with me if i can use it and stuff around on the net to keep my mind else where.

    thanks for the info. louise

  18. karen keddie

    thanks mike, this is very helpful. Not sure if we can get Dr Numb over here in Australia. I have been contemplating getting another tattoo and this sure has been helpful in deciding where. But as I am a huge fan I have decided that if I going to get another tatt it has to be done by the best, so hope to c u guys soon.

  19. Rhonda

    Hello and thankyou for this interesting article. Numbing Cream is available at chemists in South Aust. I’m guessing it would be in other states also.I have had 10 sessions of tatt on my back (no cream) but body piercing….bring on the numbing.lol

  20. Julianne

    glad to know chest doesn’t hurt much, was thinking about getting a chest piece done, but also something on my back, sucks that i found out it hurts the worst there, maybe I’ll get it smaller and on my upper back instead. Thanks for the info. <3

  21. Andrea

    Hi Mike. I’m confused about the Numbing Cream because another tattoo artist said creams inflame the skin a bit and it will distort the tattoo when the cream wears off. I wouldn’t use the cream anyway. I’ve had three boys and what is more painful than that? I’ll just celebrate with Mr. Quervo when I get my first tattoo.

  22. bruce

    Hi guys hi miami ink team
    new guy on the block here just learning art of tattoo and would like to know how far does the needle have to protude from the end barrel on lining and shading thanks miami ink you are soo kool bye all

  23. Kathy

    Excellent. Thanks for the info.
    I was aware that such products existed but people always ask about which areas are most sensitive when getting a tattoo and this information is exactly what i wanted to know. As far as pain goes, whilst it is a liberating experience and certainly would make you appreciate and connect more with your tattoo, for women who have had children is not necessarily an experience one would want to feel but rather prefer to celebrate and enjoy, painfree! You rock miami ink.

  24. Jenalyn Cadiz

    WOW…Just the information I needed to decide if I want a tattoo for sure and where…The numbing cream is perfect for me…So would I ask a Dr. for that or would most tattoo artist have that available?

  25. Ines

    thank you so much for this mike, especially the pain chart. i want to have my right inner wrist done this spring, so the pain chart was very helpful. i don´t think we have this numbing cream here in croatia though, and that really sucks.
    stay cool!

  26. Jessie

    Thanks for the info about the numbing creaming. I had heard about it however wasn’t well informed about how it worked.

  27. Lunar

    Hi and thanks for the tips. Have been thinking about a tatt for a while but I’m a pain sook and a needle phobic – lol. Your article certainly helps.

  28. leanne jennings

    hi, wow this really is brill, cheers for sending to me, been looking into getting a tat done for ages but been chicken as my pain hold is very low 🙁 now i know about the cream i will look in to it and see if we can get it here in the uk and talk to mr simm’s and see if he use’s it too !

    when i do at last get it done i will share with you for your site if you want ? i have made my own one up its taken about 3 weeks of drawings a few hrs each day lol, but i wanted it to be just right in case its the only one i ever get lol, thanks again hun x

  29. DEADHEAD

    Another cream avail on prescription here in the USA is EMLA Cream, the kit comes with a tube of cream (not sure if it comes in sizes) and a film dressing with a non-stick “window” and sticky frame with a peel off backer. Takes about an hour to numb you up so apply before you leave home! Also great to keep in mind to ask for if you have to go for blood tests or if you need an IV at some point—-esp. good for kids who cannot do this sort of pain.

  30. Peter Griffiths

    Extremely useful article. So my best friend finally decided and went ordered drnumb at the UK online pharmacy, he basically had no pain, slight feelings but no pain at all… i’ve just ordered mine directly at drnumb official site as I heard very good feedbacks on delivery

  31. jenna

    that was a good articale thanks for the helpful info i kinda know what to expect now

  32. Renata

    I did tatto on my hand just yesterday . I’am very proud.
    And it is realy painfull.

  33. porsha

    i say hooah! that was a vital brief right there!!! your awesomE to the maxxxxxx!!!!!! thankz…

  34. Paul S.

    Hi Mike,
    Thanks for the very useful info.Now I’m more than ever decided to get my first Tat at 56 years old.I have several ideas as what to get.I havn’t decided the right spot to put it yet.I am a guitar player so my tat will be guitar/music related.Love your website. I’m sure I will get some great ideas.Thanks for all the great designs.Looking forward to my first tattoo!!! Paul

  35. rexyroller

    My opinion is the pain is part of the experience. It is always a question friends ask when they see them,”Did it hurt?”. I found that it hurt more at the top of my back at the base of the neck and less along the spine and the lower back. I agree about chit chat while getting it done takes the mind off of the pain.

  36. Karen

    I was just resently engaged to be married…. given the usually engagement ring, but what meant the most to me, was Allan offered in the next two weeks to have our names tatooed in japanese on his left and right arm….. which meant more then any ring could…. (why japanese, coz his great grandfather was Japanese)….so it’s personal to him….. 🙂

  37. Karen

    Also, just quickly….. we love the Miami Ink T-Shirts……. and I will pass on the info about the numbing cream to make the experience less painful for him……thank you for the info

  38. Fay

    hi thanks for this info its brill, but could you suggest the name of a numbing cream available in the uk please. i want a tattoo on my ankle going onto my foot and by your body map i think will hurt bigtime. so please please please can you give me the name of some i can buy in the uk thanks. Fay. :0)

  39. wilma

    hi there,brilliant news, wish you had told us earlier! got a few small tats only thing bin holding me back from a BIG one has bin the pain factor, my daughter recently had blood tests done and as shr was young got cream to numb her up, i had wondered but thot na sumone would have said!! well you hav said ,.so now for the biggy tat from top to bottom of the one side of my back ,cheers guys! hugs & kisses. Wilma

  40. rachel

    Hi there

    I’m now very confused as I was researching numbing creams for my future hand tattoos but I keep reading that the creams slow down the blood flow and stop the tattoo from being absorbed so deeply and also slow the healing process. I shall email my tattooist later to hear what he thinks. I already have a few tatts but am having my hand and wrist ones extended to all over the fingers which will hurt like hell. I love tatts but I don’t like the pain.

  41. michelle

    i already have 3 tatoo’s but i still found this very usefull 😀

  42. Nedyalko

    thank you,I am just about to get my tatto,but it will be realy big …so this information is brilliant!!!

  43. Gav Collins

    cheers mike thanks for the advice at the moment getten tats every week no looken back im addicted

  44. manda chadwick

    hi mike that was sum useful info. i have a question for you i have tats allover my back and the tat i have got at the bottom of my back hurt the most but it was only as it goes right accross it was as the tat went on too my love handles lol that it hurt i also have a tat on my wrist and that didnt hurt either. i really want a tat on my foot and ancle do you think it will hurt bad lol even though i am addicted to tats and get told im strange as i have fell asleep while being tattood lol
    thanx
    manda

  45. mystica

    Yeah i have to agree the inner calf can be pretty painful too, but everyone is totally different when comes to bearing pain…

  46. paula

    hi i try to take myself to another place when i get a tat. i put my ipod on and get into that. My foot and very lower back was the most painfull. But i got one down my spine which i was dreading but i found that to be my least painfull.

  47. Kimmy K.

    wow… I never knew such thing. This is a very informative article for many of my friends who are actually scared of pain and mainly that was why so many of them didn’t get tattoo. Thanks for such a great information. I’ve just bought Doctor Numb at drnumb.com thanks!!!!!a ton!!

  48. vickie

    I purchased Dr.Numb for my second tattoo session this weekend. I’m curious if the cream will ruin the color of the tattoo and make the healing process worse. I’ve heard good and bad things about this cream. Please help with some inputs if anyone has personal experience with Dr. Numb. Thanks!

  49. adessa thomas

    well thanks for a ll the info i thik i will use it i am about to be 16 and i am ready for my first tattoo. i am a little scared but i really want it for my little sister. does white ink so up as good as the pictures on the internet shows??? cause i think for my first on before my big one i want a little one on my arm with white ink. so does it show up as good as all the pictures i see??

  50. Kevin Clemons

    I’m just impressed that you mentioned PA’s. Though a PA for 15 years now, I still get asked “what’s a PA” all the time. Interesting that I got this email today…tomorrow I’m getting my second tat.

  51. Jolene

    thanks for the useful info..my daughter will be 21 soon and i promised her we will get our first tattoos together

  52. Olivia Smith

    I had my tatoo on my foot removed last year and it was a bit painful.;*,

  53. Steve Royal

    I wish I knew about this stuff before now. Ive just had my outline work done from under my left arm pit down over my hip and covering from my belly to my arse. The full side. I always find that the outline work burns a darn site more than the shading. I will however keep this as good advise because I still have to cover my right side yet. Im hoping to eventually achieve a full enclosure.

  54. John Curlee

    I think you need to feel the pain to appreciate the TAT I have I,m guessing about 20 Tats,arms,chest,back,lower legs, but it is nice that you guys really care Miami Ink is the only TAT site I’ve seen that responds at a personal level THANKS! I think the is cool
    keep up the good work, jcurlee, Joplin, Mo.

  55. Leola Ashworth

    Thanks for the advice however I love the pain. The fact that something so beautiful can come from such pain. I have had 3 tattoos all of which have been done to contra something bad in my life. Its something thats painful but yet I’m in control of that pain & its my choice and has helped me to deal with my losses. My favourite is my black pheonix with coloured flames that is on the inside of my right forearm. Life after death.. I agree with chart, 3 and a half hours on my forearm hurt. Love your show & can’t wait to trawl through your ideas for my next tattoo… Thanks for a Great web site, so glad I joined..

  56. kaileen

    hi Mike,

    aw, i’ve just seen your pain chart and all the parts i wanted tattooed have red marks on them… aaw! But then again, NO PAIN, NO GAIN. the chart has given me reason to think about what tattoo i’ll get so i’ll know it’s gonna be worth the pain. Thanks so much, this is a big help.

  57. Lorea Darnell

    Thanks for the tip. My dearly departed hubby was a tattoo artist. His rule of thumb for pain was; The more muscle or fat between the bone and the tat the less pain. I have one tat by him and two others by other artists, one of which is a memorial tat in honor of my hubby. I have plans for at least one more, probably involving a dragonfly, in honor on my hubby. And, yes, I am a tattoo addict. I just have a lot of trouble finding the right design to draw from as I prefer custom work. So far in my search I have not been able to find anything to spark my interest or point me in the right direction as to what exactly I want for my next tat. Wish me luck! And thanks for the advise!

  58. jim Roebuck

    spot on stuff this chart makes life easier for trieing to explain pionts of greater pain to people haveing first tats done.

  59. Edie

    Aloha Mike………..Wow if I knew that tattooing could be painless I might’ve gotten more..well in at least areas that I knew would be
    more painful. Don’t get me wrong..it’s kind of a painful pleasure and I didn’t mind it a bit. I will pass your valuable information to others who may have second thoughts due to the pain issue. I’m so sure they would be more apt to getting tattoos anywhere.

  60. paul.m

    hi paul here i have been tattooing for about 18 years and i try to stear people away from using the numbing cream as it dulls the natural reaction of the skin and in some cases i have had clients that use it have had trouble with extendid healing times and some times infections i would not recomend it for use but there is a lot of people who use it. i dont have a worry about people using it but i warn them of some of the problems with using it so i hope this helps.

  61. Ted Van Vorstenbos

    Thanks for the useful info Mike, but I rather go get an “ink sinking” without the aid of any pain dulling cream or drug………I kinda like the pain, it’s part of the experience.
    That’s why I keep going back!!!!!!!!

    T.

  62. Hannah

    i have 6 tattoos but am wanting more in more painful places so its good to no i can get something for that thanks . xx

  63. Robert.W.Smith

    Hi Mike thanks for the info as i said before i have only been tattooing for 12mths and im sure my client’s are going to be happy to hear about this thanks Mike regards…Bob

  64. Janice Brown

    Hi Mike, hello from London. Thanks for the pain chart. Had my first tattoo done recently at the age of 52, it was a case of mind over matter, but then again after having a ten and half pound baby some years ago,I was happy to suffer whatever for a beautiful tattoo.In two weeks time having another tattoo done. Thanks for the lovely web site and all the very good info. Cheers, J.

  65. brian

    sup mike: interesting to know, and will come in handy for some of those sallys that cant take pain!personaly i think the pain is half the reward.a tattoo has meaning and if it means something its worth the pain!!!!

  66. malcolm guthrie

    hi mike thanks for the info. but i love the pain of getting a tat, the more it hurts, the more i know i have deserved this tat, thats what its all about pleasure and pain. i have 20 tats now and the last one, i sat in the chair for four hours, i actualy vomited on the way home, the tat was on my rib cage and belly, shit i must be weakening, but the tat looks shit hot, still needs another two hours, cant wait. so in a nut shell no numbing cream for me, but i can appreciate the fact that people want to use it. i also reckon women can handle the pain better than a bloke, if they can give birth to a child, a tat wont bother them.

    thanks mate, malcolm (australia)

  67. Zazzle

    Hi Mike,

    Thanks for the info.

    I was curious if you could get any type of numbing cream over the counter?

    I’m getting ready to get a large piece done on one whole side of my back. I’m not as concerned about my, but it’s going to wrap around my ribs and I know that will be a little harder to bare.

  68. Drewtattoo

    Hey Mike,
    I’ve also used bio-freeze from the chiropractor,though, hardly as effective. My doctor, who shall remain nameless of course, gives me the spray bottle of lidocaine. I have severe back pain which sucks but the bottle lasts a whole LOT longer! It numbs the area for a good 7-8 minutes, works great. I never heard of Dr. Numb so, thanks! Tat’ on!

    Drew

  69. Leslie Piel

    Good Afternoon Mike. Thanks a bunch for the Info on the numbing cream. I had no Idea you could purchase anything like this, It sure would have helped out when I had some of my back done. Now I can continue to add to my back and not break down and cry like a baby. I’m gonna send this Info on to some of my friends who are thinking about having some work done. Thank you again.

  70. Sita

    Thanks for the good info. My best friend and I r going to get tats today so u have helped me out tremendously!! 😀

  71. jasmin

    Thankyou so much, great and very informative information.
    Nice and precise.
    Thanks again.

  72. George Barclay

    Hi mike, Got my latest Tattoo yesterday and spoke to the guy that did it about numbing and he did mention the cream. In Scotland it costs about £40.00 for enough cream to last about 20 minutes. Hope this is usefull for anybody from the uk. Getting another Tat in 6 weeks but thanks to your Pain chart I dont think I will bother with the numbing cream. Thanks again for the info mike. GEO

  73. tara

    so i saw this a few days AFTER i got the top of my foot tatted… ive had 4 babies with no pain meds, i so wouldve gone for the numbing stuff on my foot. the uncontrollable jumping was sooo annoying! so im getting a vine all the way up my side, i would really like to know if there is any spot spot on the way up that will hurt worse or even the same as top o foot??

  74. michael pullen

    I dont wish to seem hard or anything but i have over 20 tattoos and my pain threshold is very high ,pain is in the mind and its mind over matter if you dont think about it it doesnt hurt

  75. jayne

    hi mike,
    I have self harmed for 23 years and i have only started having my tats done the last year and a half! i have found that having my tats done keeps me from scarring my body in a horrible way.so having the pain of the tat is good for me.i also understand that people have very different pain thresholds,but at the end of the day for me the satisfaction of having a tat comes with some pain.lets face it the pain doesn’t last very long!

  76. Markcmh

    Just wanted to let you all know a trick i use which helps tremendously. I listen to native american flute music and meditate while I am getting inked which has made a major difference for me probably has reduced my pain threshold by at least half especially under the arm for a band all the way around. its not for everone but if you know how to meditate i really works wonders….Happy Inking all……Love my ink

  77. karina

    hi, thanks for the info. i knew about the numbing cream as i nhave used it. but the pain chart was fantastic. my boyfriend does my tatts and he tells me where it will hurt anr where it doesnt. but know i can look for myself and not have to ask him when im deciding what i want done and if it will work with my pain tolerance.(its low). so thanks again.

  78. Manon

    Yes it is very good advise. One that still today dont follow. Just wonder How easy is it to cover a tattoo with another one?

    Thank

  79. TrailRider

    Thanx for all the support Mike, great website and tat ideas. Aussie Aussie Aussie Oy Oy OY!

  80. Bo Jennings

    Hey mike thanks I’ve been drawing tats for 25 years for people about a year ago I decided to try my hand at giving tats so my legs are covered with tattoos a lot of people ask if there is something to make it less painful thanks again for the advice every little bit of info. helps

  81. Anna

    Hi mike thnx for the info, i actually used numbing cream when i got my belly pireced many yrs ago lol. never thought to use for a tat. Igot my first tat on my lower back, they had to line it up the my crack lol. then when they got to the dimples it tickled he kept telling me to stop laughing. now ai’m going for a fourth, my biggest tat so far. doesnt hurt that bad more like a bad rug burn 😉

  82. Sean

    My first one was virtually pain free- the touch up on it stung though!
    My second one (left upper arm) took 3hrs for first session and 3hrs for the shading- still have to get color!
    My wrist which everyone insisted was REALLY painful was dead easy!

    I’ve found that the pain factor only kicks in after a period of about one hour then it becomes an annoying sting similar to sunburn being rubbed. I think it’s because it’s constant -not so much that it hurts.
    The length of time seems to dictate whether it ‘hurts’ or not.

  83. archie moodie

    thanks mick i found it to be very helpfull as i am just starting tattooing and only done ten tattoos i am verry gratefull for any information you give me and always learn from you thanks onced more love the show i watch it all the time loved when you washed yoshies car good one

  84. taylor grimes

    hi thanks for the advice had my first one (right shoulder) before i went on here yeah it hurt a lot i didnt use the numbing cream tho getting another one this month going to use the numbing cream this time.lol thanks

  85. The Old Sarge

    Mike
    Thanks, I have always used a bullet to bit-on. Na just kidding, I use to just go with it when I was in service, but know the doc gave me Oxy’s way too much. So now I just take the Oxy & have someone take me to get my tats.

  86. Trevor Hopkins

    thanks for advice never heard of the cream before,
    will deff get some.

  87. darren powell

    can someone tell me how much pain it is to get your shin done thanks daz

  88. nicky clarke

    thanks it does help lots .This is going to be my 4th tattoo and the design I have is one designed by a friend, who is a tattooist but he recently moved to the US to open his second tattoo shop (1st shop in UK) .Can I email you the design?, as the picture that I have is on the body part I would prefer it to be but am bit unsure still of the pain level .thanks again nicky

  89. paul coulter

    ive got plenty of tats but never used the cream before but im heading to some sore places quite soon. mite try it out and have a sleep when im being inked. Cheers mike. P

  90. weng

    thanks its very helpful i just done my first ankle tattoo last month so painful.
    once again thanks a lot 4 ur info.

  91. jeirran amaga

    hi..thanks a lot for the info..it will really help me a lot..at least i have some ideas before getting my first ink..haha..

  92. Babs

    Excellent advice my friend and this is coming from an E.R. R.N. I’m still looking for someone in the Phoenix area who does the “white” tats (only shows up under black light). Any suggestions?

  93. Larkin

    Well stated advise, you covered all the aspects of tattoo pain, especially for the newbie. Physical pain only lasts a short while, where emotional pain can last a lifetime. You make it so clear that I may put this up in my shop.

  94. ALBERT DAILEY

    I have 17 so far and did them all cold turkey, nothing to numb the pain

  95. Levi

    I’ve got around 30 hours of work done on me so far, and just recently I had my sternum covered, and holy shit, I thought the ribs and collarbone were bad but the sternum was excruciating! Getting my neck done next month, this numbing cream might be something to check out haha

    • Admin

      Best place to get Dr.Numb cream is Amazon.com

      Amazon is secure and they will ship fast and you are covered by
      their money back guarantee which is always a good thing to have.

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