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Of course it hurts...(about pain part I)

When time has come to get a tattoo first question that step in our mind is: « does it hurts ?». When I tend to answer « F**k yeah ! » the reality is totally different, and the answer is less simple than it seems. While tattooing process is piercing the skin with needles to insert ink in it, the feel is, usually, more or less painful. But that feeling varies a lot depending on a bunch of conditions, that's why, how we feel during the act of tattooing is different for each of us. What's is coming next is a sort of explanation, a gathering of condition to guide you and explain the « Tattoo Pain », but not based on any scientific evidence, why? Because they don't exist! So the following are just anecdotal informations.

Here is the global idea:

-Thick skin, most fat, less nerves ending = Yeah ! It's cool !

-Thin skin, less fat, bones, plenty of nerves ending = Omg ! Ouch !

But also can be added to the count, tattoo placement, artist experiment, set ups and maybe his roughness ( yeah there are butchers!), style of the tattoo, sex, age, state of mind, stress, slept well or not, even women's « periods » would affect the feeling in a positive or negative way, during a tattoo session. Here are some tattoo pain charts where you can figure out where you should get your next tattoo.

Where should I or not ?

But hey ! Let's get closer and look at the different spots and how it feels . Let's start with the bad, in order from the « worst » to the « worst but not too much » :

-First place goes to the Armpit, some Yakuzas get this area tattooed but wow ! If some one comes and ask me for this area I would advise against get a tattoo there !

-Then come nipples and breasts which are very sensitive areas , I remember once I tattooed a good friend around a nipple , I used flesh tone ink to transform it as a star (

yeah I know...) I think he remember it as well, not only by looking at the mirror lol.

-Of course the groin, it needs a deep courage and/or craziness to get a tattoo there. After 19 years tattooing I was asked for that part only once or twice.

-Ribcage is very trendy but also very painful, most of my customers can handle it and each time I'm impressed.

- Behind the knee is a weird spot, it seems that there's almost no skin there and just nerves, I have a tattoo right there and I can tell you it's not for amateur, oooh yeah!

-Then come every and each part where there is only bones and skin like fingers, toes, kneecap or elbows, shin, ankle (straight on the little ball I mean).

-Neck, face, ears, and lips come next because of a lot of nerves ending.

-Stomach depends on how fit you are, a person with tight skin and then low body weight will endure more pain than ones with higher weight and loose skin.

-And finally Inner biceps there the skin is very thin compare to the outer biceps.

You have to know that those areas require more attention during the healing process.

But don't cancel yet your appointment for your next tattoo, I'll be positive in the next part of this topic ;)

To be continued this thursday 10.00 am...



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