It’s no secret, tattoos hurt. To me it doesn’t matter how big or small, or where at on your body. I guess some are just worse than others. It also varies from person to person. For example, the Frankenstein piece Jake Kloos did on my thy (pictured), didn’t hurt. I even feel asleep for awhile. But I have seen some people have a hard time with the same spot. Personally, I think there are so many components that go into each tattoo that it can cause sensations of pain that can vary widely. I have seen people try so many different things to ease the pain of a tattoo including pain relievers and lidocaine patches. I want to talk about the some of the best ways to treat your body to make your next session a little more bearable.
The days leading up to your appointment, and until the week afterward, you should be focusing on being in good health. The first thing you should be focusing on is hydration. Drinking plenty of water is going to help you feel better regardless, and it has great benefits during the healing process. You want to make sure that you are still drinking plenty of water throughout the entire healing process of your tattoo. Your immune system is trying to heal a wound. So if you’re able to avoid heavy drinking before and after your tattoo you’ll be better off. Also eating well is a factor, and you need all the nutrients you can get. I like to take vitamins throughout my healing process, so that my immune system has a little help. The day of your tattoo is most important to eat well. The last thing you want come tattoo time is low blood sugar. This can lead to getting light headed or fainting.
I know this seems like common sense to many, but you’d be surprised how many don’t know the importance of these simple steps. I know when I was younger and drinking often, I just didn’t care. I would sometimes get sick after getting tattooed. Or, if I still had alcohol in my system from the night before. My pain tolerance was lower, my skin welted up faster and I would produce a lot more plasma and blood. When Kevin Patrick did my back piece (pictured), I sat for 2 days in a row; 9 hours each day. That weekend and the week prior I was drinking a gallon of water every day, avoiding any sort of alcohol, and had a diet of mostly fruits and vegetables. I was able to get through both days, with a great night of sleep after the first night. Even though I put my body through a lot that weekend by getting tattooed for 18 hours in total, my tattoo healed great. During the initial tattoo sessions, I felt the pain level could have been a lot worse if I hadn’t taken the time to take care of myself before, during, and after getting my tattoo.