Firstly please DO NOT listen to the experiences of friends. Mean friends often unfairly wind customers up! Tattoos do hurt, but every individual’s experience is different. Pain tolerances vary from person to person, different parts of the body hurt more than others, and the same spot on one person can hurt whist another person would barely mind. It’s OK to be nervous, but most customers often comment it wasn’t as bad as they thought! Tattooing is certainly not an unbearable sensation, especially for short sessions, and it is, for the most part, more of a mild to moderate annoyance than outright agony! As mentioned above, being well-fed and well-rested will minimise discomfort, and for longer sessions of over an hour or so, you might also find a mild anti-inflammatory pain reliever like Ibuprofen or a Paracetamol helps.
I’m a very quick and efficient tattooist, so whilst quality comes first, I am also mindful of how quickly I’m working. I work fast to keep pain to a minimum. (Please note with females, it needs to be mentioned that getting tattooed whilst on there period will make the body more receptive to pain, so take that into account whilst booking where possible).
Remember, most tattooed people rarely only have one tattoo! If the experience was so terribly painful, this would be unlikely!