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First session done for a cover up. Tips for surviving the rest of my two sessions? I’ve gotten four tattoos but this pain had me sweating and shaking so I tapped out after two hours. Done by Andre at Untouchable Tattoos in Hammond, LA.

First session done for a cover up. Tips for surviving the rest of my two sessions? I’ve gotten four tattoos but this pain had me sweating and shaking so I tapped out after two hours. Done by Andre at Untouchable Tattoos in Hammond, LA.

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  1. Old guy here again

    Couple of things that could help if you struggle with getting tattooed.

    Make sure that you get plenty of rest for at least 2-3 days prior to your appointment.

    Drink plenty of non caffeinated fluids for a few days before your session and avoid caffeine the day of your session. Take a sugary drink in a resealable container to your appointment.

    Arrive about 10 minutes before your session and don’t rush so that you arrive relaxed and not stressed about parking etc.

    Bring some sugary snacks that aren’t messy and can’t spill in the studio. Eat normally the day of your session.

    Avoid paracetamol etc as it thins the blood and will make things a little messier with the healing.

    Bring a smartphone, book, magazine and if you need it some music and your headphones.

    Let the artist know if you’re struggling and try to break the session mentally into 1/2 hr sections. Ask for breaks around the 1/2 hr mark as well if you need them.

    Good luck 🙂

  2. Not going to lie ribcage was one of my worst spots, and I have a full bodysuit lol. Armpit is also horrifying. Knee, ankle and elbow not as bad but still uncomfortable. Ass is also terrible. I compare the feeling to sitting on a belt sander

  3. I have my entire torso covered and I started using TKTX for most of my back and it’s a game changer. Shower and apply a light coat, then put a thicker layer, then wrap it in saran wrap and the tattoo artist will take it off. It works for about 3 to 4 hours. A lot of people who have big tattoos are using it. It’s cheating a little bit but it’s better then being in agony for the whole time.

  4. With the tattoo I just got done a couple of weeks ago, the artist applied Bactaine (topical anesthetic) throughout the process. He’d stop every couple of hours, reapply, give me a 10 min break for it to go to work and then we’d continue on. It was my first tattoo experience with Bactaine, and it did help quite a bit.

  5. Its a game changer. The place I went does mostly bug pieces and literally every person who was getting tattooed at the same time as me was using it. If anything takes the edge off. I didn’t use it on anything on my front but used it everytime minus outline on my back and I did top of the shoulder to a little on my ass.

  6. I’m from Richmond va which is one of the most heavily tattooed cities in America but yeah. Stick out the outline and you can use it the rest if the time but I’ve had times where you can’t even feel it. I’ve also had a few times where I wasn’t thorough and it didn’t work well at all