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I have a number of tattoo's. They all hurt and don't let anyone tell you otherwise.
Now certain areas hurt more than others. If it's on bone or where you can see veins, Is very painful. The worst tattoo pain I have ever felt is on the underside of my wrist.
The line work with one needle is more painful, then the shading/colouring, where 3 or for needles a used
the best way I can describe it is. Have you ever been stung by a bee? Think of that and multiply it by 10,000. For a small tattoo.
Years ago I saw a documentary on TV and it said at the speed of the gun how many times the needle penetrates your skin. I don't recall the figures but I remember working it out for one of my tattoo's. It came out to just under 2,000,000 needles. That is for a 6hr piece of art on my bicep.
I can sit for about 3 hours and by then I've had enough.
A couple of suggestions. For your first tattoo get it in a more "fleshier" area. Shoulder, forearm, thigh for example. Get something on the smaller side and find out what it feels like. No matter what anyone says you will never be completely prepared for how it feels the first time.
Another suggestion. Don't get a tattoo on your body where you can't cover it up. With clothes. There is a certain perception of people with tattoos. and there will be times it's better left unseen. A job interview for example.
Pick a reputable tattoo shop. Ask people where the got there's. Go on line check out the place. Read customer reviews and comments. And please. And I can't stress this enough. Please make sure the place is certified by the board of health. Usually the place has to have a certificate in the window.
I'm not trying to scare you. But you need to be prepared as much as possible.
And remember tattoo's are like potato chips...you can't stop at just one.
Good Luck and enjoy the experience. :-)