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Lucara 04-04-2010 01:08 AM

For those with tattoos..
How much did they hurt? How much did they cost? Were they hard to keep clean and how often do they have to be re-touched?

CheyAut 04-04-2010 01:15 AM

I'm a wuss, I barely made it through mine lol! Friends of mine say they hardly hurt, I disagree ;)

Cost varies on what you get done, size, complexity, color, and I imagine the artist who does it.

Not hard to keep clean at all. Once it's healed it's just like any other part of your skin ;)

Not sure to the last question, although I think colors might vary? Not sure. I've only had mine less than 1.5 years.

smrobs 04-04-2010 01:24 AM

Hm, well how much they hurt depends on where you have it done. I have one on my shoulderblade that really didn't hurt very much, about like someone pinching me. However, the one on the small of my back was torture (3.5 hours of torture) and the one around my ankle hurt pretty bad but it was bearable. What color it is can also change how much it hurts. I have found that red is one of the worst about pain and fading too. My oldest one is 8 years old but they all need to be retouched (I don't want to go through the pain again :(). Some of where needs retouching was caused by some scabs during the healing process.

Keeping them clean while they heal also depends on what part of your body you get them on. My ankle and shoulderblade were easy but my back and my abdomen were difficult because they are located directly where the waistband of my pants rides :/.

And CA hit it right on the head as far as cost, it varies with every option.

Honeysuga 04-04-2010 04:19 AM


Hell yes. You hare having a stack(or at least you better hope they use more than one,they wil use up to seven in one little "pen" for shading, those hurt less, but they use just one or a max of 2 for outline work and those feel like hot nails drug across your skin) of needles jabbed into your skin incredibly fast. That have to go in circles and re go over other is like holding a hot iron to your skin. It hurts, but it is bearable.


Dep0ends on the quality and style you want. (EXAMPLE)A cheap Sailor jack is as expensive as expensive Kanji, because Sailor Jack is extremely prized in the tattoo world, it is the ultimate tattoo status symbol, only the best of the best are really any good at original Sailor Jack style work so no matter what it will be expensive, but it is worth it if you are into that.

I would go with a pricier studio if I were you, the more you spend the better quality work and the more guaranteed work you are having done. Ask to see their portfolio of tattoos they have done to see if they have ANY experience in what you are asking for, if not just walk away. Ask to see their license too, if their rate is too cheap odds are they have not been licensed long or do not have a license at all, never very desirable, though if you are careful and do your homework you can find young new artists that are very talented willing to do cheap work to get their name out, but unless you are familiar with tattoo culture, I advise you to opt for a more experienced professional with a reputation for great work.


Depends where you get it(Like Jen said, in high friction or hard to reach areas they are a pain, for your first tattoo I advise against getting one in a place where your clothes rub or you have trouble reaching). You are not supposed to clean it the first few days, they will clean it at the shop and give you tattoo goo to put on it. You keep it wrapped for one or two days to allow the ink to soak into your skin and any reactions to take place before you expose it to air, plus if you let it dry out even a bit at first, the ink pulls out faster and scabs leaving your pices mottles and blotchy.

Then you use a VERY mild soap like Ivory, no dye no scent to GENTLY wash it, no cloths or sponges JUST your hand.. If there is a scab leave it alone. You want to keep it as moist as possible but use unscented undyed lotion, tattoo goo is the best for this, do NOT use neosporin or udder butter or Eucerin, it draws the ink out. If you don't have tattoo goo, use unscented Jergens sensitive skin body lotion, this is the best. Keep it wrapped, keep friction off of it. Let it heal completely before you unwrap it to achieve the best end product.

( I grew up in biker/tattoo culture btw, they are a big thing to me)

The better quality tattoo and the better you care for it influence this a lot. Get the best you can and take care of it and you dont have to worry about it too much. Most die hard tattoo fans let theirs fade, they dont retouch the Mona Lisa for a reason ya know.

Lucara 04-04-2010 11:59 AM

Thank you for such a detailed response! I'm so indecisive. I like 2 but I'm not sure if I would really want those to be on me for the rest of my life. I dont know if I would want ANYTHING on me for the rest of my life. Haha to be honest, I don't know if I could actually deal with the pain of getting one.

What are ways to prepare for the pain of getting one?

If I get one, it will be on my upper thigh. I want it somewhere that I can go out in a nice formal setting, and not have tattoo's showing. I don't want anything to lesson any future chances of a corporate job.

Lucara 04-04-2010 12:41 PM

So, I have an idea. Since the designs I want are just basic tribal looking outlines. I think I'm going to get Henna, and draw it where I want it to go and see how I like it there for the week or so the henna lasts.

Honeysuga 04-04-2010 03:36 PM

Great Idea! And to prepare for the pain.... well... just think of how you are going to have a beautiful piece of art on you and you are joining an awesome culture and the pain just goes with the territory. Be aware that they use less needles for tribal and line based designs, so it will e a little more painful, but I think you can handle it.

ExquisiteEquines 04-04-2010 08:14 PM

Pain wise, I got mine on my upper arm and Im a bit...fleshy.

At first it felt like someone dragging theyre fingernails over my skin, then at time wore on and my skin got a little raw it started to feel like hot needles or maybe bee stings..

Not bad at all and definetely NOT what I was mentally preparing myself for ..I have a deep fear of needles and I did not even use the little stress ball I took with me.

Price wise this is what I got :

It was $60 before tip.. Price is relative to the artist and size/intricacy of the piece but please do not go looking for a bargain..I wish I hadn't.

As far as after care people have theyre own preferences.. I like to keep mine covered for about an hour afterwards and then wash twice a day with baby shampoo and apply Tattoo Goo several times a day to keep it moist for the first two days..

Then depending on how the healing is going I go to washing once a day and applying only once or twice of tattoo goo.

I need to get mine touched up because of an allergic reaction, but most black and white tattoo need no touch ups, colors made need one or two and are usually complimentary.

ExquisiteEquines 04-04-2010 08:16 PM


Originally Posted by Lucara (Post 595140)
So, I have an idea. Since the designs I want are just basic tribal looking outlines. I think I'm going to get Henna, and draw it where I want it to go and see how I like it there for the week or so the henna lasts.

This is exactly what I did, you can also go to a tattoo shop and pick up some skin transfer paper.

Another thought on the pain issue..If it truly is a peice of art that you want to carry around on your body for the rest of your life than the momentary pain will be of little concern.

Honeysuga 04-04-2010 08:44 PM

But in all honesty really dont get stuck ont he whole "rest of my life thing", I rarely event think about mine, never see my bad one, and if it all comes down to it you can either conceal it(Kat Von D had an amazing tattoo concealer) or have it removed by a laser(which nowadays wont even leave a scar unless you have white in your tattoo, then it discolors...)

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