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larrysmojo
06-06-2012, 08:23 AM
I've been debating getting tattoo on my ribs for a while now (almost 2 yrs). I think I'm ready to bite the bullet.

So for the people that have em, On a scale of 1 - 10. How was the pain?
It will be lettering about 4 inches wide and 12 inches long, running up from my obliques to my ribs.

I may wimp out!

larryinpa
06-06-2012, 09:09 AM
If you want it, get it. Don't worry about the pain. A good tattoo artist doesn't inflict much pain the days. I had one done on the inside of my wrist. Yeah it hurt some. So?

Don't be a wimp.

larrysmojo
06-06-2012, 09:19 AM
If you want it, get it. Don't worry about the pain. A good tattoo artist doesn't inflict much pain the days. I had one done on the inside of my wrist. Yeah it hurt some. So?

Don't be a wimp.

What did you get?

I have one already in between my shoulder blades. It mainly hurt when he was on my spine. I expect the pain to be simular to that. I just don't know if I can stand 2hours of it.

beachguy498
06-06-2012, 09:27 AM
What did you get?

I have one already in between my shoulder blades. It mainly hurt when he was on my spine. I expect the pain to be simular to that. I just don't know if I can stand 2hours of it.

I had one done on my spine recently, not that painful just resonated through my body since the area had no padding. But it was only for less than a 1/2 hour. I would take a couple of Aleve right before, make sure you're hydrated and get a good night of sleep the night before the appointment. Get as comfy as possible once you're there and take breaks if you have to.

Rob

larrysmojo
06-06-2012, 09:30 AM
I had one done on my spine recently, not that painful just resonated through my body since the area had no padding. But it was only for less than a 1/2 hour. I would take a couple of Aleve right before, make sure you're hydrated and get a good night of sleep the night before the appointment. Get as comfy as possible once you're there and take breaks if you have to.

Rob

Good things to consider!

dungeonmistress
06-06-2012, 09:42 AM
If you want it, get it. Don't worry about the pain. A good tattoo artist doesn't inflict much pain the days. I had one done on the inside of my wrist. Yeah it hurt some. So?

Don't be a wimp.

Comparing a wrist tattoo to a rib tat is not even possible. Op-if this is your first tattoo there is nothing really to prepare you for for it as you haven't had a tattoo to fully understand what's involved.

Fwiw rib tats hurt a lot but once they start you kind of have to just lay there and Take it. It's kind of reminds me of bdsm :)

beachguy498
06-06-2012, 09:48 AM
Comparing a wrist tattoo to a rib tat is not even possible. Op-if this is your first tattoo there is nothing really to prepare you for for it as you haven't had a tattoo to fully understand what's involved.

Fwiw rib tats hurt a lot but once they start you kind of have to just lay there and Take it. It's kind of reminds me of bdsm :)

It might be in line with the dog humping your leg, sometimes you have to let him finish....

If this is your first tat, you may want to get something smaller first (of course in the same appt...) so you know what to expect. A great excuse to get MORE INK!

Rob

larrysmojo
06-06-2012, 10:32 AM
It might be in line with the dog humping your leg, sometimes you have to let him finish....

If this is your first tat, you may want to get something smaller first (of course in the same appt...) so you know what to expect. A great excuse to get MORE INK!

Rob

This will be my 2nd... If i don't do the ribs I will add on to the one I have currently.

sakustoms
06-06-2012, 11:31 AM
My 18 year old daughter just got one done up her whole side. She whined a little and squeezed the crap out of my hands but she made it. lol

If she can, you can. ;)

Frnkd
06-06-2012, 11:40 AM
So where is the "least" painful area? dont you get a topical numbing creme or something? After i read a few threads on tats it occurred to me that I could do disguise my scar on my right abs, wonder how much that will hurt?

Big_Sky_Guy
06-06-2012, 11:45 AM
My 18 year old daughter just got one done up her whole side. She whined a little and squeezed the crap out of my hands but she made it. lol

If she can, you can. ;)


Women have highly evolved capacity to endure long bouts of pain. My wife has been tolerating me for 20+ years!

Brackneyc
06-06-2012, 11:45 AM
So where is the "least" painful area? dont you get a topical numbing creme or something? After i read a few threads on tats it occurred to me that I could do disguise my scar on my right abs, wonder how much that will hurt?

The pain (imo) is part of the process. Embrace it. It lets you know your alive.

larrysmojo
06-06-2012, 11:49 AM
Women have highly evolved capacity to endure long bouts of pain. My wife has been tolerating me for 20+ years!

ahahahahahahahh good one! But your right women can endure much more than men can.

larrysmojo
06-06-2012, 11:50 AM
The pain (imo) is part of the process. Embrace it. It lets you know your alive.

It's crazy but you end up almost craving the pain.

Brackneyc
06-06-2012, 11:52 AM
It's crazy but you end up almost craving the pain.


Very true. This of course may not be universal true, but most definitely is something the uninitiated would never understand.

lukeskinner
06-06-2012, 12:06 PM
So where is the "least" painful area? dont you get a topical numbing creme or something? After i read a few threads on tats it occurred to me that I could do disguise my scar on my right abs, wonder how much that will hurt?

All of the tattoo artists I know won't do any work on you if you want numbing cream. You need to experience the little bit of pain with it. I have about 8 hours worth of work on my left arm and it wasn't bad except for the elobow and collarbone.

To answer your question everyone I talk to says the least painful place to get one is on your upper arm.

GnomusMaximus
06-06-2012, 12:10 PM
I could never get a tatoo anywhere on my torso. Well I COULd but I'm so freakin hairy why bother? It would be like putting a tile mosaic down on your floor then covering it up with a shag carpet.

beachguy498
06-06-2012, 12:18 PM
The pain (imo) is part of the process. Embrace it. It lets you know your alive.

Not like I look forward to the pain, but the true tattoo fan knows its part of the deal and you get through it.


All of the tattoo artists I know won't do any work on you if you want numbing cream. You need to experience the little bit of pain with it. I have about 8 hours worth of work on my left arm and it wasn't bad except for the elobow and collarbone.

To answer your question everyone I talk to says the least painful place to get one is on your upper arm.

Never heard of the numbing cream.... would never consider it either. I've had upper arm tattoos that were okay and some that hurt worse than others. Outer forearm and above the ankle level is not bad at all. Parts of my chest were white-hot pain though.

I saw this lady getting a ladybug tattoo high up on her foot... you'd think she was having a limb amputated and the artist was not happy to see that 10 minute tattoo get done in a 1/2 hour.

Rob

frozensparky
06-06-2012, 12:34 PM
I have 2 arms with full sleeves and my back piece. Pain is expected. I've heard the ribs are bad but really 2 hours is nothing, I usually did 3-4hrs at a time for my arms after a while you just go numb anyways. My artist swears by the numbing cream they use but I've never cared to try it. I hear it works great until the first swipe and then your just back to regular anyways. There will be spots that hurt really bad and others that feel not too bad. Suck it up if you really want the tat.

dungeonmistress
06-06-2012, 12:35 PM
So where is the "least" painful area? dont you get a topical numbing creme or something? After i read a few threads on tats it occurred to me that I could do disguise my scar on my right abs, wonder how much that will hurt?

There is a tautness to skin/muscle that naturally Occurs when pain is applied. Add numbing creme and some of that is lost. Means that thr artist has to stretch the skin more which can lead to crappy line work and bad art or at least that's what my husband (tattoo artist, rip) said.

SoFL_RX8
06-06-2012, 12:53 PM
Just got a piece done on my ribs about 2 weeks ago. Overall dimensions are 4in wide by 7 in tall. It lays under when my arm falls on my side, half on my ribs half on my lat. The half done on the ribs hurt considerably more than the half on the lats, due to lack of padding. Also, the closer it got the the armpit or nipple (still not too close, but close enough to hit all of those nerves) the more intense the pain was.

Mine was about a 2 hr sitting. Took a break about eery 30 mins to breathe, drink water, and recompose myself. First hour wasn't too bad. Second hour was miserable. Any longer and I would have had to break in into multiple sessions, I was at my breaking point at the end of it.

For reference I also have a large chest piece (banner) which was a 4 hr sitting- and the rib piece was much more painful.

As someone earlier said though, the pain is part of earning the ink, so just zone out and tough your way through it.
Mine was dedicated to my mother. I just kept reminding myself if she put up with 20+ years of my crap I could put up with 2 hours of pain in her name.

Good luck, hope it comes out better than you hope for.

beachguy498
06-06-2012, 01:59 PM
I have 2 arms with full sleeves and my back piece. Pain is expected. I've heard the ribs are bad but really 2 hours is nothing, I usually did 3-4hrs at a time for my arms after a while you just go numb anyways. My artist swears by the numbing cream they use but I've never cared to try it. I hear it works great until the first swipe and then your just back to regular anyways. There will be spots that hurt really bad and others that feel not too bad. Suck it up if you really want the tat.

3-4 hours is a long time to spend in the chair in one shot. My artist breaks it up into the outline/shading and color in 2 sessions on big pieces. Weird how one little spot can feel like a jackhammer and a little distance away it is more tolerable. I have considered chewing on my shoe at those bad moments.

I saw my son sit 3 hours on a shin tattoo... he said it wasn't bad. Gotta give him credit.

Rob

larrysmojo
06-06-2012, 02:30 PM
Just got a piece done on my ribs about 2 weeks ago. Overall dimensions are 4in wide by 7 in tall. It lays under when my arm falls on my side, half on my ribs half on my lat. The half done on the ribs hurt considerably more than the half on the lats, due to lack of padding. Also, the closer it got the the armpit or nipple (still not too close, but close enough to hit all of those nerves) the more intense the pain was.

Mine was about a 2 hr sitting. Took a break about eery 30 mins to breathe, drink water, and recompose myself. First hour wasn't too bad. Second hour was miserable. Any longer and I would have had to break in into multiple sessions, I was at my breaking point at the end of it.

For reference I also have a large chest piece (banner) which was a 4 hr sitting- and the rib piece was much more painful.

As someone earlier said though, the pain is part of earning the ink, so just zone out and tough your way through it.
Mine was dedicated to my mother. I just kept reminding myself if she put up with 20+ years of my crap I could put up with 2 hours of pain in her name.

Good luck, hope it comes out better than you hope for.

Sounds about like what I'm going to do.. Have a pic?

Frnkd
06-06-2012, 06:24 PM
There is a tautness to skin/muscle that naturally Occurs when pain is applied. Add numbing creme and some of that is lost. Means that thr artist has to stretch the skin more which can lead to crappy line work and bad art or at least that's what my husband (tattoo artist, rip) said.

that makes sense....I do have a high pain tolerance, no novacain when I need fillings, etc. however, the most I have ever endured is the pain of having an infected cuticle punctured and pus squeezed out by a doctor....indescribable.

since your husband is an artist, has he done work to hide or disguise
scars? this is an old scar but now that I have become more fit it just stares me in the face and it has occured to me why not put a tat on it.
http://bodyspace.bodybuilding.com/photos/view-user-photo/11303852

champ07
06-06-2012, 07:41 PM
Got 2 tattoos at 16 yrs old.That was 20 yrs ago,got more since.I don't want 2 sound like an a$$hole, 1 was on shoulder blade.No internet at that time 4 me 2 ask if it HURT.Just saying............................................ .....Will be NEGGED 4 GRAMMER and saying it as it is................................................ .....

sakustoms
06-06-2012, 08:18 PM
Women have highly evolved capacity to endure long bouts of pain. My wife has been tolerating me for 20+ years!

Haha.. I don't think she's yet developed that capacity. She whined the whole time.

sakustoms
06-06-2012, 08:27 PM
Also, the closer it got the the armpit or nipple (still not too close, but close enough to hit all of those nerves) the more intense the pain was.

I gotta agree here^^^ I just had some work done on my right pec and up to my collar bone. I thought it would hurt around the collar bone due to being less padded, but it really didn't hurt there. It did hurt some near my armpit.



Mine was about a 2 hr sitting. Took a break about eery 30 mins to breathe, drink water, and recompose myself. First hour wasn't too bad. Second hour was miserable. Any longer and I would have had to break in into multiple sessions, I was at my breaking point at the end of it.

This last one was 2 hours the first appt. but it's not done. I go back June 19th to finish. Another 2 hours. The most I ever sat for at one time was 5.5 hrs. That kinda sucked. lol I had to take a break after about 4 hrs, but so did the artist so I didn't feel too bad. Haha


As someone earlier said though, the pain is part of earning the ink, so just zone out and tough your way through it.

That ^^^ is the absolute truth.



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Jrdotcom
01-25-2013, 12:07 PM
But I just had 4 hours across both ribs and abs and **** me it hurt more than anything I don't know I you've had the work done yet or not but if pain isn't your thing then choose another spot I'm well covered but this tattoo was intense and its only half done.

mal1ce
01-25-2013, 09:24 PM
It's kind of reminds me of bdsm :)
Reped! :)

dungeonmistress
01-25-2013, 10:41 PM
that makes sense....I do have a high pain tolerance, no novacain when I need fillings, etc. however, the most I have ever endured is the pain of having an infected cuticle punctured and pus squeezed out by a doctor....indescribable.

since your husband is an artist, has he done work to hide or disguise
scars? this is an old scar but now that I have become more fit it just stares me in the face and it has occured to me why not put a tat on it.
http://bodyspace.bodybuilding.com/photos/view-user-photo/11303852

Sorry I just now saw this. My husband died. I'm not sure whether a scar can be covered over as the skin there is different, but I'm sure a good artist can come up with a design wherein they would work with your scar to incorporate it into a design to help camouflage it.