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Tattoos - Do They Hurt?


Tattoos can be a wonderful way of expressing art on the body, but you should always make sure you use a reputable tattoist and follow some basic health and safety guidelines if you want it to be a positive experience.

  • Just like with any cosmetic surgery, you should make sure that you choose your tattoo studio carefuly. Once you have a tattoo done on your body, it's not something that can be easily removed so make your choices wisely.
  • Yes, tattoos can be very painful but it's not a pain that is unbearable and everyone reacts differently. Your attitude to pain and how relaxed you are feeling will greatly affect the outcome.
  • The skill of the artist definitely has some bearing on the amount of pain you'll feel. An experienced tattoo artist will know how far they need to be pushing the needle to get the effect that they want.
  • You may be offered a numbing cream but these don't work beyond the top level of skin and as tattoos are done on the second layer of skin, these creams really don't do much to help.


In summary - yes tattoos do hurt but so does waxing and having your eyebrows plucked. Just make sure that you trust your tattoo artist and that you are relaxed.

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