How much does a tattoo hurt? It does, but not that much. Different people have different tolerance levels when it comes to pain. Some relates it a “hot scratching feeling”. Some tattoo designs require several sessions to finish and customers won’t come back to finish their designs if its really unbearable. To some, the pride of wearing a gorgeous masterpiece on their body far outweighs a little poking here and there. Can I use some kind of painkiller before getting a tattoo? There are products that people are tempted to try to get over the pain of the tattoo procedure. But these products are not advisable to take or apply these products before getting a tattoo. Numbing creams such as Emla takes about 30 minutes to take effect and wears off 30 to 45 minutes later, by that time your artist would have gotten halfway doing the design when you start to feel the sting, as an averaged sized tattoo normally takes 2 hours to complete. Plus some artists claim difficulty working on the area since it distorts or swells the skin, not to mention clients experiencing the returning sensation which increases the pain ten-fold. Painkillers such as Aleve or Tylenol can also cause excess bleeding since they can thin out your blood and affect the way the skin reacts to the tattoo. Besides, anyone who can’t handle the pain can’t handle the seriousness of getting a tattoo. How much does a tattoo cost? When you pay for a tattoo, you will get what you pay for. If you try to settle for tattoo artist that offer cheap backyard tattoos, you’ll pretty much end up on the door of a real tattoo artist for a cover up which costs you even more. Not to mention the health risks involved. Try to look for quality artists that can do your type of design, and be willing to pay for it. Don’t try to haggle over the price of the tattoo as it’s disrespectful to the artist. If you can’t pay for it right now, save for it. It will be worth it since you will be wearing it for life. Should I tip my tattoo artist? Tattoo artists only get a portion of what you pay the studio, so it’s a pretty nice gesture. Although there are no specific rules on how much you should give your tattoo artist, it’s really based more on gratuity, how much you can afford and how much do you feel the artwork is worth. Just don’t forget to thank them and tell them how happy you are with the artwork they did. What tattoo design should I get? It’s really a matter of personal taste. Whatever you feel you will want to live with for the rest of your life. Just take into consideration the nature of your work and the people that you interact with. You might want to place the tattoo on a part that you can easily show and conceal depending on time of need Can I get a tattoo even if I’m sick? It’s really not recommended due to the fact that your immune system is already busy with your current condition. You’ll need your strength and white blood cells to heal and fight off infection on a fresh tattoo. Another thing is you don’t want pass on your health issues to other people in the studio. Where can I find designs for my new tattoo? Would you really want to have the same tattoo the other guy or girl is wearing? Instead try to find pictures similar to the design you want print them out and take it to your tattoo artist to draft a custom piece for you. A professional tattoo artist would gladly welcome a challenge and would be happy to help you with the tattoo design you want.