Although tattoos have become a modern-day phenomenon that has seen a rapid rise in the number of people that seek and often, proudly display their prized scar collection, the practice traces back thousands of years. It is one misunderstood but appreciated custom that remains shared across both time and history of the world’s existence.
It is us.
Tattoos, on one hand, present a logical argument that supports the idea that evolution is bullshit, which might claim humanity is and has long been a dumbed down collection of tribes that stand together to disseminate their hedonistic groupthink visions. Nowadays, few ever make that argument.
Once upon a time, tattoos tended to have a different meaning than they do today. For some, depending on local societal mores and norms, the permanent artistic markings represented allegiance to their tribe, their crew, or gang. For others, from a not so distant past, skin-art may have been reserved for sailors and prisoners, it was an identifiable trademark tag.
Advice to untattooed but curious
The only great advice to the untattooed but curious is this: WHEN one wonders if a tattoo is right for them they are nearly certain to ask THE following question: “Do tattoos hurt?”
The answer to whether to get a tattoo or not is 100% unscientifically dependent on who one asks. IF asking the friend with 37 beautifully unique designs that are proudly worn and displayed– they will say, “You are ready, willing, and should have no problem with the process.”
Conversely, if ya choose to ask the “one” friend with a gag tattoo that they now commonly complain how their Garfield with a boner was much funnier back in 1987, the answer will be, “No, do not get a tattoo.” Sincerely, the decision or “truth” one receives is really that simple.
However, if one wishes to verify, by all means, check out the statistics and advice from Should I Tattoo?
For the TLDR crowd, the “Should I Tattoo” dude mainly uses a bunch of statistics that confirm old people have fewer tattoos than today’s youth. Going on to add, some will regret their tattoos while others will choose to get many more. Then, the essay concludes if one has excellent life ambition, they should not get a tattoo. As for those with low-life expectations, the lower one’s forecasted purpose– then go on, get as many on your hands, face, or anywhere– it’s cool, the more, the merrier.
The real answer to the initial question
So, do tattoos hurt? The commonly accepted explanation is something such as, “No, they do not hurt, it’s nothing.”
It is essential, one should understand the motivation for such a dismissal of the pain concept. One’s friends will likely wish to appear non-wuss’ish.
And the tattoo artist?
Come on, the artist’s motivation is directly linked to a ratio of monetary desire versus having to deal with someone that might cry, move, or run away (i.e., this fellow). Enough with toying with reader emotions:
YES, tattoos hurt.
The degree of pain is dependent upon multiple factors, which include but are not limited to, the location of the desired work, individual pain tolerance, the amount time and complexity, and the tattoo artist’s desire to inflict pain (just kidding, kinda). In truth, the pain can register anywhere between a slight sting to: “OH MY GOD this sh*t really burns, but I’m cool, it’s cool, there is nothing to see here. I will never, ever admit to anyone how much this hurt.”
The easiest way to understand tattoos is to follow one’s own motivation. The person that chooses to be tattooed, especially more than once, is doing so for an underlying individual reason(s). Some as a sign of loyalty, some as a desire to fit in, some as a desire to not fit in, and then others seek a permanent reflection of their own life adventure.
The only reason one should get a tattoo, ever, is because they can’t live without it. It is a need, a desire, a calling that without making the sacrifice of time, money, and pain– life would be less fulfilling, more hollow. Think of it as comparable to the “cutters” that “release the pain.”
If one has that same level of desire, then tattoos are a great way to express the inner self without being as destructive as those that choose to carve “SLAYER” into their arm or perhaps across their forehead, whatever. The point being, one should never cut themselves intentionally, leave that up to the professionals– that is why they are there, friends.
A real tip, just the tip
When getting a tattoo, one should avoid complaining, excessive moving, or be bothering the artist from doing their work. Ideally, this might sound odd, but it’s true– the harder the artist will push into the skin– the better the tattoo quality is likely to be.
Unfortunately, there is much more to say, but due to the constraints of too many modern-day attention spans, the work must be broken down into “parts.” For the avid readers that are interested in this writing, part 2 will be coming immediately– there shall be no break– just for you. You deserve it.