You have decided to get a tattoo and just a first tattoo causes excitement and many questions. I will show you why there is no reason to be afraid and what you should know about preparation, pain and care.

First Tattoo: Great Excitement

If you’ve never had a tattoo done, the excitement before the appointment is particularly great. You have no idea what the pain will be like and what exactly awaits you. But this excitement can be alleviated by knowing as much as possible beforehand. That’s exactly why I want to answer all the important questions and equip you with knowledge for your first tattoo, so to speak.

Choose The Right Tattoo

Before your first tattoo gets under your skin, the choice of tattoo artist is of course necessary. Who should you go to? There are almost an infinite number of tattoo artists, but you should take your time. Take a look at the different studios and try to find the photo of a work that resembles your desired tattoo. This way you can get a good picture of whether the tattoo has what you expect.

There are real gods in this area, but you are not the only one who wants to be stung there. Waiting times of one year and more can occur. Even if you want your first tattoo as quickly and immediately as possible, it can be worth waiting. Because this picture stays under your skin all your life. Accordingly, there is only one attempt and nothing is more annoying than a badly made tattoo.

Reviews from others can also be helpful when choosing the right tattoo artist.

How Much Does a Tattoo Cost?

In addition to quality, price is of course also a decisive factor and the question always arises, what does a tattoo cost? Here, as everywhere else, everything is possible. There are cheaper and more expensive tattoo artists, with cheap not always bad and expensive not always good. Large tattoos are usually billed by the hour. For example, I paid 700 euros for my dog portrait on the calf. For a comparatively small tattoo on my wrist, I paid 35 euros for 30 minutes. Different tattoo artists – different prices, but also quality differences.

A small tattoo can be paid quickly from the postage account. For larger projects, however, it is worth filling a money box in order to have your desired image conjured up on the body.


Your appointment is set and the day has come when you get your first tattoo. You can also prepare for a tattoo. Because one thing is clear, a tattoo means pain. And to endure this as well as possible, we should strengthen our bodies and keep a few things in mind.

  • Well rested and relaxed come to the event.
  • Do not consume alcohol or drugs , neither on the day of the appointment nor the day before. Also coffee should be on the same day dispensed are.
  • Do not take blood thinning agents (such as aspirin).
  • The earlier skin care on days well , but do not use nourishing skin products on the day itself.
  • You can shave areas that you normally shave at home . For areas of skin that you normally do not shave, it is better to have the tattoo shaved to avoid unnecessary skin irritation.
  • At least one hour before the deadline breakfast or generally eat something. Your circulation thanks you.
  • Take something to eat and drink with you . Drinks with sugar, such as cola, iced tea, etc. are well suited. A banana, energy bar or a piece of chocolate can work wonders when stinging.
  • Actually, of course, but I mention it anyway, with clean clothes and freshly showered to the appointment.
  • Anything that irritates the skin, such as tanning beds just before the deadline to avoid .

Tattoo Pain

One of the most pressing questions before the first tattoo is the pain when tattooing. First of all – yes, tattooing hurts. And yes, you can take it. However, it is not possible to make an alpine statement about the tattoo pain. Because everyone is different and, for example, the feeling of pain on two different days can be different at the same place. How can you transfer that from one person to another? Right, not at all.

Painful Places

There are, of course, places that are generally considered more painful than others. But that is also not set in stone. For example, you can google for tattoo pain ribs and you will find many testimonials where the tattooed people report that it hurt badly. However, in between you will always find information that it was not that bad and that this or that part was much more painful.

However, in general, allows the following tattoo pain scale use as a guide:

Tattoo pain scaleBody part
♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ – Very PainlessUpper Arm
♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ – Lower Pain AreaCalf
Front thigh
Biceps inside
♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ – Medium Pain AreaNeck
Back of the foot
♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ – medium pain areaNeck
Thigh behind
♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ – Rather PainfulInner thigh
Back of Hand
♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ – Very PainfulRibs
Hollow of the knee

Whichever body part you choose, you can endure the pain. And it’s not the kind of pain you know from falling off a bike, etc. It feels different and is somehow difficult to describe.

Sometimes it burns, then it tweaks, then it pulls and after a certain time this pain starts to get annoying. A strange feeling in the stomach, which can also be endured. So it was at least for me. My first tattoo was a 7 hour session on the side calf. The first three hours were good to endure, after that it got more exhausting.

But you know what it is for and the adrenaline, which inevitably shoots through the body with the excitement of the first tattoo, also provides a little pain relief.

Reduce Pain When Tattooing:

In this context, the question always arises, of course, how can pain during tattooing be reduced? There are quite a few remedies, such as anesthetic creams, sprays, etc. However, here the opinions differ. It is still best if the skin is as natural as possible and there are no other external influences besides the needles.

Depending on the part of the body, the pain can be really endured. In my opinion, anesthesia is not necessary for small complexions. If there are large areas where the color is chopped into the skin for hours, then one would probably rather like to resort to such a help. But these are exactly the tattoos for which anesthetic creams are not suitable due to the large-scale use.

Reduce pain when tattooing

Tattoo Anesthetic Cream:

With the pain of tattooing, questions arise in connection with tattooing and anesthesia. A tattoo will not normally numb you or only if it sees that you can no longer stand it. But there is an ointment called Emla. It is an anesthetic cream that is applied to the skin. Then you have to wait an hour for it to take effect.

Opinions about this anesthetic cream when tattooing are different. Some say not to use under any circumstances, because this means that the skin can no longer absorb as much color and the risk that the tattoo would then no longer look clean after a certain time increases with use. The likelihood of needing to be re-stitched is also said to increase.

Still others believe that the Emla anesthetic cream has no influence on the tattoo and can be used – so why suffer unnecessarily?

It’s best to talk to your tattoo artist about it. Because he is the one who can give you the best tips in this context.

Tattoo Care:

If you now have your tattoo, then it’s about grooming. Aftercare is almost more important than stinging itself. In this area there are very different ways of promoting and supporting healing. Usually, you should stick to what your tattooist told you. Let’s take a look at the two most common healing methods.

Moist Healing

Moist healing is a way of caring for your tattoo. Immediately after the lancing, you get a cling film around the affected area. It is intended to protect the fresh complexion from dirt and dust and to offer some protection. With the wet healing method, the film is used for healing in the first 3-5 days.

Procedure for moist healing:

  • Remove the old film.
  • Wash area with pH neutral soap and warm water. This opens the pores and ensures that the wound water can run off. But of course you shouldn’t scald yourself – that’s why it’s as hot as possible, but not scalding.
  • Gently pat the area dry with Zewa. (Never rub!)
  • Now wait about 10 – 15 minutes and dab off any escaping wound fluid.
  • Apply cream carefully.
  • A fresh film on it.

This process is repeated 4-5 times a day.

When the first layers of skin come off, it’s time to let the tattoo heal in the fresh air. From this point on, the film is omitted. However, continue to wash and apply the tattoo. But here too it is important not to overdo it. Whoever washes and creams too much risks soaking the skin too much.

If your skin has peeled for the first time, which should be the case after six days, you can exchange the ointment for a ph-neutral body lotion. Carefully apply the tattoo daily for at least 2-3 weeks until the skin area feels normal again. Of course, it doesn’t hurt if you generally apply the area well and take care of your skin.

Advantages and disadvantages

The most important thing with the moist healing method is the avoidance of germs and bacteria. Therefore always use fresh materials and never use old towels or similar to pat the wound dry. With this method, there is a high risk that germs will form under the film, which naturally find the warm, humid climate great. But if you work cleanly and pay attention to hygiene, that’s not a problem.

Dry Healing:

With dry healing, as the word suggests, the tattoo is healed dry. The film is removed after a few hours and the procedure is the same as for wet healing, i.e. washing, applying cream, but you do not put new film on the fresh tattoo, but let it heal in the air.

A combination of both methods is also conceivable, for example the tattoo is allowed to heal dry during the day and a film is used for the night. The season also plays a role in the healing method. While it is not a problem in summer to wear the leg without clothes, for example, it becomes difficult in winter.

And believe me, nothing is worse than when a piece of clothing attaches to the tattoo. Because then it means with plenty of warm water to try to carefully separate the garment from the tattoo. Firstly, this is not pleasant and secondly, there is a great risk of tearing off the crust, which can mean loss of color.

Do What is Good For You and Your Fresh Tattoo

Also with tattoo care you should take what the tattooist recommended and what you can do best with. It is important that the color stays in the skin and that your tattoo is not exposed to unnecessary irritation. Ultimately, it is a fresh wound that should be treated as such.

In order for you to enjoy your skin for as long as possible, you should pay attention to the following things at first:

  • Avoid sport
  • >no direct sunlight,
  • no full bath and no visit to the swimming pool,
  • no sauna visit,
  • never scratch, even if itches,
  • take care that no dirt or dirt gets into the wound. This also applies to the hair of pets or their saliva.

Tattoo Care Abstract

To summarize, you can say about tattoo care, just be careful for a certain time. Avoid anything that you would avoid with a wound. Ideally, you have a few days off after the sting and can give your skin enough time and rest to relax. The time you spend on tattoo care will benefit you in retrospect. Even if a tattoo is often included in the price and is not a drama, you should try to avoid this by taking good care of it.

If your tattoo has caught fire or you have any other problems, be sure to contact your tattoo artist before you start doctoring yourself.

Even if your tattoo is older, you should be careful while sunbathing. It is recommended to use a sunscreen with a high SPF, for example 30 – 50. This way your tattoo is protected and does not fade so quickly.

A tattoo usually stays forever or can only be removed in a very painful way. Therefore, think carefully about what you get stung and by whom. Then you will definitely enjoy this body jewelry for a long time. And who knows if your first tattoo will be your last.

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