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To answer your first question, the pain levels depend on the person's pain tolerance and body fat, the location of the tattoo, and the size and composition of the tattoo. Pain tolerance is self-explanatory; as for body fat, the more padded you are, the less it'll hurt. So the most painful places to get a tattoo are bony areas, then muscular areas, whereas fatty places will hurt the least. If it's a small tattoo you end up with a much smaller sore area, and also it won't take very long to do. If it's mostly line work, you won't have the needles on you that long, whereas if it's coloured you will. I have 2 tattoos - a small flower on my hip, and a custom design on my ankle. The flower I got when I was 16 because I was curious - I'm bored of it now, doesn't mean much to me. But it didn't hurt much because I was pretty chubby. For my second one I decided I could take the pain of having one right on my ankles, which have always been particularly bony and I'd lost weight by then, so even though the tattooist warned me I went with it. Yes it hurt, and yes I limped for a day or two, but it was so worth it!
As for places to get it, you'll want to do some research online. Different tattooists specialise in different styles and you'll find some have shaky hands. Look for someone well-recommended. It might cost more, but the alternative is to go somewhere not-so-good and get a wonky smudge permanently. Then you'll wish you'd done your research...
Costs vary - again, depending on the studio and experience levels, also the location (things in general are more expensive in cities) and how many colours there are in your tattoo. If you get one in plain black, only one pot of ink has to be used, so that's the cheapest. If you get one with 5 colours, they have to use all 5 pots and they can't be reused for hygiene reasons, so you pay for all 5 pots even if you're only having a little dot of each. I paid £25 for my flower - black, red, yellow and green. Not bad, but prices have gone up since then, and if I'm honest, the place was stupid not to ID me and probably wasn't such a good place to have gone to. My bigger ankle tattoo I would have paid probably £200 for but I got a discount because I knew the guy. I don't know what you mean by small, but definitely allow £100 (or whatever your equivalent is) for it and then see what you find. You may only pay half that but then you're covered if you find one you really like that you don't have enough for, or you need extra healing creams/bandages, etc.
Think careful about the design before you go for it. I got my flower because it was pretty and cheap (the cheapest one there) but now I think it's a bit pointless. If you're going to get a tattoo, get something that means something to you. People get dead relatives' names tattooed for a reason. Even if you don't go that deep, think about what you like - my mum's a major cat fanatic, so she has a stylized custom picture of one of our cats on her shoulder (drawn by me, of0THIS IS NOT RELEVANT ANYMORE
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