The Pain Issue!
Being snapped by a rubber band, a slight tickling, a bee sting, a sunburn, being pinched, ďpins Ďn needlesĒ like when your footís asleep, numb, pinpricks, tingling, like a drill going into your skin, uncomfortable -- all of these phrases have been used to describe what it feels like to get a tattoo.

Your personal tolerance for pain, the size and type of your tattoo and the skill of the artist help determine the amount of pain involved. If you have difficulty with an injection at the doctorís office or if the sight of blood makes you queasy, you might want to think twice before visiting the tattoo parlor. (Try one of the massively popular temporary tattoos or henna tattoos, also temporary, that Madonna and other stars have made popular. They offer the "coolness" of a tattoo without the pain, risk and expense.)

Pain also depends on the location of your tattoo. The lower back and ankle are popular places for tattoos, but itís much less painful to get one on your chest or upper arm.


Getting a tattoo on your arm or chest is less painful than on an area like the ankle because skin right above your bones tends to be more sensitive to needles, while thereís extra body mass in the upper arm or chest to cushion the bones.