Short answer: Yes. That's why you get it done right the first time!
All tattoos are going to hurt, because it's a needle repeatedly piercing your skin or as we like to call it
The good, and the bad news is that not all areas of your skin are not going to be as spicy as others. The areas that are going to hurt the most are parts of your body with little fat, thin skin, and bony areas and also parts that you might point to on a court room doll.
MOST PAINFUL (AKA Spicy Wet Fire)....
Nipples and Breasts
Elbows (Front and back)
Knees (Front and back)
Head, Face, Ears
Hands, Fingers, Feet, and Toes
Or basically the entire F$&!ing body
Personally in my experience my ass hurt the most (insert that's what she said). Here is me getting my ass tattooed. It was as terrible as it sounds.
*SOUND ON *
LEAST PAINFUL (Which is honestly all up for debate)....
Upper Outer Thigh
WHAT CAN YOU DO BEFORE A TATTOO TO NUMB THE PAIN?
Make sure that you find an experienced tattoo artist. An apprentice doing his first tattoo is going to hurt a heck of a lot more, and take a lot longer than a seasoned artist that has done thousands of tats.
You can also buy pre-numbing cream. There's so many kinds out there such as over the counter Dr. Numb that you can find on Amazon for small tattoos. Just take the hottest shower in the world that you can stand, dry the area completely, apply Dr. Numb, and wrap with Saran Wrap for about an hour before your tattoo. There are other stronger creams that tattooers use, such as TKTX which you can normally only get if your tattoo artist purchases this from a tattoo supplier with their license.
I will numb you up if you book a long session with me, and you don't even have to take me out to dinner first. Starting now, I am giving all of my clients TKTX when you book a 6 hour and 8 hour sessions. You gotta book that 6-8 hr sess online though so I know how much to buy each month from my supplier. When you arrive to the shop ask me to apply the cream before I start your drawing. It works best if you can leave it on for about an hour under a wrap.
WHAT CAN YOU DO DURING YOUR TATTOO TO DEAL WITH THE PAIN?
You can pray. Jesus is present in my station, and he even has tattoos too so he can relate. I use a numbing spray that contains lidocaine on almost all of my clients. We have to first break your skin by cutting it with the tattoo needle during the outline work. Once your skin is cut, the lidocaine spray will get into your cut and do it's job. We'll wrap your tattoo and let the lidocaine sit for a little bit and then most clients experience way less pain during the shading session. Some clients even report feeling absolutely nothing at all.
WHAT CAN YOU DO AFTER YOUR TATTOO TO HELP WITH THE PAIN AND HEAL QUICKLY?
Keep your tattoo covered with clothing, and out of the direct sun. When the hot sun hits your tattoo, you will know it because it feels almost like a sun burn. Obviously keep it clean and free of infection to avoid scabbing and infection pain. I give all of my clients free after care called Saniderm that not only keeps your tattoo clean and feeling great during healing, but it also helps it heal faster and better! I will apply this to your tattoo, and give you extra if needed before you even leave.