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Question of the Week

May 20th, 2009
Question: “I know this is probably a really stupid question [but]
I have wanted a tattoo for about twenty years. After all of this time wanting one I am ready, but I do have a
fear. It is not the pain, I am ready for a certain degree of pain. What my fear is
is this: What if we get started with tattoo and I find that my tolerance is not what I
thought it was and I can’t finish and end up with a half finish piece of artwork?
Is there a way that an artist can use the machine on you that will not inject ink so
that you can find out in advance it you can tolerate the pain?

Answer: First of all, this is not a stupid question. Apprehension about the pain involved with getting a tattoo is completely normal. I don’t know very many people who don’t feel some level of nervousness prior to an appointment, even if they’ve had multiple tattoos before. But there’s even more uncertainty when you’ve never had a tattoo before and you have no idea what to expect. So, to answer your question, there is good news; it’s called a dry line. A tattoo artist can run the tattoo needle, sans ink, across your skin to give you a feel for what the tattoo is going to be like. But, there is a caveat.

One dry line isn’t going to give you a realistic idea of what it will feel like to undergo an entire tattoo. Sometimes, the first line is the worst and then it all eases up afterward. If the dry line is really painful, that doesn’t mean the whole tattoo will be horrible. Likewise, if the dry line is painless, that’s not to say it won’t get more intense the longer you’re under the needle. So, a dry line is definitely possible, but it’s a sample and nothing more.

Honestly, though, there really have been very few people who absolutely could not endure a tattoo and had to walk away before it was finished. I don’t know if this will make you feel better or worse, but even some people who have been in excruciating pain, to the point of tears, can still usually sit through the entire tattoo. They may have to be held down, bite a washcloth, or let the tears fall but most still manage to endure through to the end.

When it comes down to it, you either really want the tattoo or you don’t. And if you do, you’re willing to do whatever it takes to get it, even if that means enduring a considerable amount of pain. But for most of us, the pain is nominal and easy enough to ignore just by talking to a friend or listening to music. I hope that’s the experience you’ll have as well.


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