Ways to Lessen Tattoo Pain

Maybe you are inspired by your friend, who got a beautiful tattoo, or by a celebrity, or you just want to have a tattoo for a long time now. But one question is stuck in your mind that is restraining you from going for your first tattoo. I know it can be scary to think about the pain you have to bear during a tattoo session. But if you want to do it, just take the first step.

Lessen Tattoo Pain

First thing you need to understand that pain varies from individual to individual. So you don’t know maybe yours will hurt less than your friend whose you have heard that is scaring you. Okay, perhaps more as well, but at least you can prepare yourself.

Do’s and Don’t

Things to Avoid

  • Don’t drink any kind of caffeine or alcohol before your tattoo session, as it may lead to more bleeding because of its blood-thinning tendencies. Alcohol on the same day may cause interruption, which may cause not such a desirable result in the end. If you are going for a drink the night before, it can be a disaster for you, as the headache will be an addition to your pain during the tattoo session.
  • You should avoid taking any kind of medicines like aspirin that have a blood-thinning tendency to avoid excessive bleeding.

Things to Do

  • Drink a sufficient amount of water and plenty of healthy food before the session. Believe me; your body needs that energy at that time. If you want to make the session less painful, just do it because your body will lose some blood, and you will be in a tense position for a long.
  • If you are too afraid to go for it. Then ask for numbing spray or maybe a numbing cream from your tattoo artist. Although they will not make the pain vanish just like that, it will minimize it for sure. A numbing formula works on your skin’s upper layer, but the ink deposit happens on a deeper layer of your skin. On top of that, they are not so safe for you as well. You can consult with your tattoo artist beforehand; for some, it can lessen the pain to a great extent.
  • Having a good sleep the night before will help you bear the pain a little more effortlessly.
  • Wear breathable and loss-fitting clothes while going for the tattoo session. A loose cloth will help you avoid sticking on your freshly tattooed skin, and additionally, you can easily open the area you want to have a tattoo.
  • Never travel with a bare tattoo that is freshly done. You should always cover your tattoo with some kind of bandage or wrap it with something before heading out. Even if your tattoo artist has forgotten to put something, you should remember it on your own.
  • You can ask for some medicines from your tattoo artist or parlor if you are too afraid to go for it but want it badly at the same time. They may or may not suggest one. Still, it is better to ask.
  • Choose the right place for doing the tattoo. It can change the level of pain tremendously. Some regions are prone to more pain than others. You can choose an area where you have sufficient fat, muscle, or skin. You can just consult with the artist or dig into some research on the internet before choosing the perfect place for your first tattoo.

Take Care of Your Tattoo

After the tattoo is done, don’t take it for granted. You need to take care of the area regularly, even after the healing process is over, to maintain the tattoo.

Moisturize the area, use a tattoo safe sunscreen on your tattooed skin, and you may need to touch up if you want to keep it like new.


Miracle will not save you from the pain that you need to bear, but if you go prepared, it will help you to tolerate and lessen the pain. If you want a tattoo, don’t procrastinate because of your fear. You will feel good after getting it.