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Meg[atron]
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To those of you have who have gotten tattoos, how much do they hurt?

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That dependds entirely on where on your body you are getting the tattoo, how big it is and how high your pain threshold is in general.

Personally, I've never found the pain to be too bad. I have three tats of varying sizes (one in the small of my back, one near my collarbone and one on my wrist) and the only time I felt uncomfortable when getting a tat done was during the last half hour of my biggest tat, because the cramped position and the constant stinging was starting to wear me down. But the pain itself wasn't bad at all.

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I don't have any tattoos, but I've heard that getting them done on skin close to bone, rather than fleshier areas, hurt the most.

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You can also take a look at an article we have that talks about this a little bit:

A Body Modification Primer

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Pretty much the answer you are going to get from anyone you ask is "it varys from person to person and from location to location"
Very very few people will say it doesn't hurt at all, but there are always some it just doesn't bother, it depends on what the tattoo is of - the colouring in, because they use different sized needles for different things.
But I'd say, most people would say the pain is by no means unbearable.
It depends how long they take, towards the end of the session it can wear you down a bit.
In my experience, at first it was quite painful, but when the adrenalin and endorphins kick in it really became not that painful, and the outline was worse because it was a bigger needle - where as colouring in wasn't painful. Places where it is close to the bone, i.e shoulder blades and the spine were quite bad for me.

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I just saw this thread and wanted to add something ... a person's own response to pain is a factor as well. Some people have really low pain thresholds - so for everyone the pain associated with this is going to be individualized.

After talking to a couple of friends that design tatoos ... how tense a person is will also affect how much pain is present. So in addition to where you decide to get the tatoo ... remember that being calm and relaxed can help.

[ 02-23-2008, 01:58 PM: Message edited by: Stephanie_1 ]

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thanks for all of the replies

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Yep, the location of the tat, size of needle, length of sitting, and the person's threshold for pain all play a factor. My forearm wasn't bad at all and my shoulder blade wasn't bad either. However I have both of the entire tops of my feet done and the pain was pretty much unbearable, most likely because of the lack of "flesh" on the top of your feet. The backs of my calves were weird: the left one didn't hurt at all but the right was quite bad (????). Weird lol. Behind my ear was just annoying because the buzzing of the gun was so loud [Smile]

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