I'm thinking about getting my first tattoo and I was wondering if it hurts?
Most Helpful Guy
It depends, really.
Where it is going to be, and your own sensitivity to pain. It does "hurt" but it's not really painful, if that makes sense?
I've got a few, and the best way that I can describe it is basically like a long pinch. You can feel a stinging sensation, but it's relatively easy to block out. You just kind of go numb.
I always bring a book, and have never had a problem concentrating, during the process.2
Most Helpful Girl
It depends - your extremeities will hurt the least - except around ankled, knuckles, bones - like feet, ankles, knees, hands, fingers...
It will hurt the most from your core outwards. The further from the core the less it will hurt.
It's an incessent scratching sound + the wiping of the ink by the artist also tends to irritate the skin - the bigger the tattoo the more wiping it needs... + it depends on the style of tattoo you're going to get.1