The spine is a popular, if slightly unorthodox, location for tattoos. The curvature of your vertebrae can inspire the tattoo design to create an awesome appearance that combines body and ink. However, spinal tattoos pose unique challenges, including the possibility of increased pain.
Today we are looking closely at what level of pain a spinal tattoo is, as well as ways to reduce discomfort.
Spine Tattoos Hurt?
Unfortunately, the spine is generally considered one of the most painful places on the body to get a tattoo for two reasons:
- There are many nerve endings in the spine.
- The area includes lots of bones and thin skin.
The spinal cord is a bundle of nerves that connects your brain to the rest of your body. During tattooing, the needle may touch these nerves, resulting in signs of pain. Interestingly, you will not always experience pain at the point of contact with the needle. Instead, you can feel a sensation on your body, especially in the seemingly random places up and down your arms.
Tattooing on top of bones is usually painful, especially in areas with thin skin. Unfortunately, the spine is basically nothing but delicate skin and bones. In particular, the lower back is considered the most sensitive.
How Does Spine Tattoo Pain Feel?
Spinal tattoos do not cause any type of pain. Instead, you may feel some different sensations during the session.
Tattoo needles can feel hot against your skin. It is usually a type of pain that develops throughout the day, when the artist works on a section for an extended time.
Most people experience some burning pain, but it is usually more annoying than being painful. This is more common if you have a large, elaborate tattoo. Fortunately, burn pain is highest in areas of the body with high reserves of fat, which means that it is usually minimal when it is a tattoo.
Sharp, stinging is usually the most painful type of sensation. This may cause you to pull the needle away from the needle. Stinging pain during detail work is more common when the artist is using a needle.
While some stinging pain is expected, pay attention if it feels excessive. Inexperienced tattoo artists may hold the tattoo gun incorrectly, driving the needle too deep into the skin, requiring stinging pain. You can wind up with a tattoo blowup, which is when the tattoo appears blurred.
A low, dull ache is actually the preferred type of pain when a tattoo is taking place. Dull pain occurs when your body produces stress hormones such as adrenaline. These hormones help to reduce fast, stifling and burning pain.
What factors affect the amount of pain you feel?
The level of pain felt during a tattoo will vary greatly from person to person. Some factors affect how you will feel, including the following:
Type of tattoo
The size and type of tattoo can make you feel so much pain. A large, detailed tattoo running down the length of your spine will obviously hurt more than a small tattoo on your back in just one section.
Additionally, placement also matters. As noted above, the lower back is generally more sensitive than the areas with the upper spine.
Your familiarity with tattoos
If you are getting a tattoo done for the first time, a spinal tattoo is usually not recommended. Instead, they are generally a better idea for someone familiar with the tattooing process. Studies show that people who already have a tattoo have an easier time tolerating pain during future sessions.
What to do and what not to do to reduce the pain of a spine tattoo
First of all, do not take any anti-counter-inflammation without knowing the overall effects of what you are taking. Many anti-inflammatory can cause your blood to thin, which is actually more likely to bleed. Along those same lines, never get a tattoo done if you have drunk alcohol, as it also extracts your blood (and collectively distorts your thinking).
Try to be distracted. If possible, bring a friend along to talk during the session. A simple conversation can help keep your mind out of pain. If you do not know someone you know, try to negotiate with the artist.
Lastly, do not force yourself to sit comfortably. If you have a big tattoo, make a schedule where you can take frequent breaks. Although it is a matter of personal choice, many people prefer to take a break every two hours.
Spine tattoos have a unique, stylish design, nothing to the contrary. However, they also include an increased risk of pain due to thin skin and an increased presence of bones and nerves. Fortunately, understanding how and how to manage pain can help reduce stings, burns, and other unwanted sensations.
Fear of pain should not keep you from the spine tattoo you want. By employing the above techniques, you can adorn your back while remaining relaxed.