Are you Team Numbing Cream or Team Pain? +2023

Tattoos can be painful, especially depending on where on the body you place them. There’s a lot going on in your new tattoo, but ultimately when you choose to go under the gun, your artist is essentially creating a fresh wound.

Before we start this age-old debate on whether or not you should choose to use a topical numbing cream For your next tattoo, let’s take a look at understanding the tattooing process – the tattoo machine, the stroke, and the needle – to better guide your pre-tattoo decision.

The tattoo machine

The machine used in the tattoo parlor is called a tattoo machine. It’s that simple. Some people know it as a tattoo gun—but that term has fallen out of favor.

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