Does getting a knee tattoo hurt? My simple answer to this is fuck yes!! Getting the tattoo itself falls into a pretty high pain threshold, the places on the body it can be compared with for me are the shins or elbows.
Given the tattoo is being done right ont he knee cap, the ability for your tattooist to be able to move the skin away from the knee cap is limited, so sucking it up and hoping your tattooist is quick is about the only thing you can wish for here.
Consider your design when doing the knee, try and work with something that uses more negative space as this means there will less area actually tattooed.
Me personally, I would rate the knee up there in the top three places on the body to be tattooed that kill. The other places in my top 3 are the ribs and shin. Will I be getting my other knee done? At this stage I am working on the other lower leg, and have no intention of hitting the knee any time soon.
Also it’s a great way to connect an upper thigh piece to a lower leg piece, yeah ok sounds obvious right?
A common questions is “can you put ice on a new tatttoo?” As you may or may not be aware, cold is your friend for helping with the pain, ie cold water or ice packs, even some ice cubes in a rag will suffice.
This helps, as for getting to sleep, try some Valium if you have access to it or some anti-histamine’s.
The knee heals pretty quickly, with the right after care, you shouldn’t experience any bruising if your tattooist is any good at their trade, and you will only experience the normal sunburn feeling and skin stretch when you walk.
Another thing to speed up healing with a knee tattoo can be ensuring your tattooist is using a rotary tattoo gun, the new technology on these guns means that the recovery healing time is a lot faster.
No longer do you experience deep scabs that take weeks to heal, you can experience the pealing stage within under a week and only mild scabbing which clears fast providing your using a good tattoo balm or cream.
If you are experiencing any leg swelling after your tattoo, read this story about what you can expect over the next couple of weeks.
- Anti Histamines
- Hustle Butter Deluxe Tattoo Butter for Before, During, and After
- Warm water and soap
- Avoid clorinated pools for 2 weeks
- Do not pick at scabs as this will pull colour out try a Tattoo Balm to help healing
- Get to a docotor for anti-biotics if you feel there is an infection
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Stay safe getting your new ink.