What’s more painful? Getting a tattoo or a piercing? No pain, no gain and there’s pain in beauty – isn’t that what they say? Whether you fancy a tattoo or a piercing, the short answer is they both have an ouch factor, but pain is subjective. Consenting to a little pain for the short term can prove a rewarding experience for the long term. It’s like going to the dentist in a way! 

TATTOOS

 

WHAT IF FEELS LIKE

Getting a tattoo can be akin to small pin pricks or a cat scratch.  However there are varying degrees of comfort for every person and much of it depends on your unique pain threshold as well as the size, position and design of the tattoo. 

HOW LONG IT LASTS

It may take a couple of days for the area to feel comfortable again but so much of your ability to recover from any minor pain is about preparing yourself properly before your tattoo, including hydrating and investing in an effective aftercare routine. The pain is temporary, but the tattoos are permanent and will last a lifetime.

 

SWEAR FACTOR

If you are starting out with tattoos, one of the least painful areas to try first is the inner wrist, shoulder or hand but the swear factor might turn up a notch or two for any bony parts and other sensitive body parts such as the hips, stomach and back of the knees to name a few.

 

PIERCINGS

 

WHAT IF FEELS LIKE

Whether you are interested in a simple earlobe or something of the more personal variety, here’s some things you should know first. Just like tattoos, making sure you are well nourished keeps your blood sugar steady. When performed by a reputable technical like the team at Celebrity Ink, the pain from having a piercing can be over as quickly as inhaling and exhaling.  

 

HOW LONG IT LASTS

You can expect a small amount of pain during the procedure which is very quick and then a little bleeding and irritation in the following days.  As the days and weeks progress, it may become itchy but that is part of the healing process. As long as it’s cared for properly (keeping it clean and dry), the pain goes away quickly. 

 

SWEAR FACTOR

Expletives may be dropped but rest assured you won’t be swearing like a sailor! Even children have their ears pierced, so this isn’t generally something to worry about. 

 

Overall, getting a tattoo or a piercing are two completely different experiences and it is like comparing apples with oranges. One takes longer and is less intense whilst the other is short and sharp. However you want to express yourself, you will be in safe hands with the team at Celebrity Ink who always offer the industry’s leading hygienic practices and sage advice.