Photo of realism black and grey tattoo by Paul Fuller of Luna Ink Tattoo studio in Newport South Wales

We all feel pain differently which is why asking the question ‘Is getting a tattoo painful?’ is particularly tricky to answer! Check out our post on the pain involved in tattoos and how you can help minimise it. Don’t let the pain put you off getting your fresh new ink!

One of the most common reasons that people choose not to get a tattoo is that they’re scared of the pain. Completely understandably of course, but we do many things in life that may cause short term pain in order to get something we want. The hardest question to answer is, how painful is it?

We all feel pain differently and one person’s reaction will be vastly different to the next persons, so don’t expect an easy answer! There are, however, a few widely acknowledged areas that are more painful than others.

If you’re looking for the least painful place to get a tattoo then you want to choose an area of the body with the fewest nerve endings, the outside parts of the body are best. You may notice that these are the most common places to get a tattoo, especially if it is the first, like:

  • Outer shoulder
  • Outer arm
  • Outer legs

In general, areas that are closest to bone or where the skin is thin will tend to be the most painful, think:

  • Knees
  • Rib cage
  • Spine
  • Inside of arms
  • Inside of legs

A quick Google search will give you plenty of pain charts to aide you in your decision, although pain is different for everyone, checking one out might help you decide where to position your tattoo.

If you want a tattoo and pain is what you’re concerned about, then there are a couple things you can do to help minimise the severity of the pain.

  • Most importantly, make sure you go to a professional, licensed tattooist (which of course you should do anyway!)
  • Take a look at a pain chart or get advice from a tattooist and choose a less painful area.
  • Make sure you get enough sleep! If you don’t get enough rest before your tattoo then you are more likely to experience stress and anxiety, this can make the pain feel worse.
  • Ensure that you are well hydrated and fed. Dehydration can lead to exacerbated pain.

Now, make no mistake, tattoos are painful and there is no way of getting around it. If someone sticks a needle in you then it’s going to hurt! But for the majority of people the pain is manageable otherwise there wouldn’t be so many people getting tattoos! The most important thing is to relax, make sure you choose a studio you’re comfortable in with a tattooist that puts you at ease. And once your new ink is finished, you’ll forget about the pain and soon be back for more!

Here at Luna Ink, our experienced, professional tattoo artists do all they can to make sure that your tattoo is a great experience. You can book an appointment with us here.