For my first tattoo, I took half a pill of vicodin before the session and the other half 2 and a half hours in. All in all, the piece took a the entire way through! Anyone have any thoughts on the use of painkillers for a long tattoo session? 28 comments; share; save. hide. report. all 28 comments. sorted by: best.
hitsonyouanyways 0 points 1 point 2 points 6 years ago (3 children).
I want to believe it helped. My Tattoo Artist used some on me.
subliminalsuicide 4 points 5 points 6 points 6 years ago (1 child).
Punkin_Disorderly 0 points 1 point 2 points 6 years ago (0 children).
glassesmax 0 points 1 point 2 points 6 years ago (1 child).
Makes each tattoo an experience rather than a neat hipster accessory.
Really good points made about the pain an the need to manage it. Before a 5 hour appointment I did a meal an hour before and a couple of glucose based drinks. That did work the best. Next one is a back-piece and I'm expecting long sittings So hopefully I'll focus on that I'm getting a really cool tattoo done.
I had my ribs done last weekend and yes it fucking hurt. I'm finally getting back to normal, I will put off my other side as long as I can. It was a smaller piece (about 2 hours of work) and I made it through without tapping out. You are asking about pain killers to take during the tattoo session, for me the days after were worse than the tattoo itself, for about four days it felt like someone had run over my side with a bus, backed up, ran over my ribs again, and then decided to stick them in a blender.
Eat a 2 hours before getting tattooed, drink plenty for the few days before getting tattooed, and try to get a decent sleep the night of.
Speak to you pharmacist or doctor before proceeding. Believe it or not, some people seem to find relief with over the counter medication such as paracetamol and ibuprofen. It is important not to use asprin as it will stop the clotting process and make you bleed more.
We still want to make things easy for ourselves though, especially before an appointment or by the end of a long session, so here is our advice. If it were, no one would be heavily tattooed. Firstly it is important to mention that being tattooed isn’t agonisingly painful.
There are a variety of topical pain relief options available that come in two forms; creams used prior to tattooing and solutions used once the skin is broken.
They tend to work for a relatively short period, usually less than an hour, and once they have worn off people seem to really struggle.
Tylenol/acetaminophen are designed for pain relief, and have no anti-inflammatory properties. It is generally acceptable to take before a tattoo appointment (as directed on the bottle, and with your pharmacist's blessings), as long as your artist is comfortable with that.
Let’s review some of those options, both good and bad; Alcohol. There are many ways to alleviate those fears, including a host of pain management techniques.
It’s often the first question we get asked when a client walks through the door, “Is it going to hurt?”
(Except for the impeded judgement. If you walk out of the shop with a really lame tattoo, you have only your own poor tastes to blame.). Aspirin/acetylsalicylic acid are blood thinners, bringing with them all of the same concerns as alcohol consumption.
Verdict: No, never, not even a little.
A tattoo involves placing ink under the outer layer of skin with a sharp needle or a tattoo gun with many needles. This will hurt, but how much depends on a number of factors. You can control the discomfort a lot or a little by thinking it through and preparing yourself for the best possible experience. A major factor involved in.
You'd have to be a meditation master to feel nothing - but you diminish the pain's power by shifting your attention away from it. The pain goes with the thoughts. Meditation is just an extended version of mindfulness. Pay attention to your breathing and try to empty your mind.
You participate in this ritual, so get it right and give yourself the best possible experience. You're not the passive spectator here.
Numbing cream it a topical anesthetic that affects nerve endings to desensitize the area to be tattooed.