The pain experienced during a spine tattoo can be among the most painful due to the area’s sensitivity. The back and spine are areas with many nerve endings, and with the spine being very close to the skin’s surface, the pain can be high to severe. It’s also mentioned that the further away from bones and nerve endings in the spine and hips you get tattooed, the less pain you’re likely to feel. However, pain is subjective and varies greatly from person to person. Some factors that influence this include your personal pain tolerance, how well you’re hydrated, whether you’ve gotten enough sleep, and if you’re sober during the tattoo session.
For minimizing tattoo pain, suggestions include asking the tattoo artist for breaks if needed, choosing an experienced tattoo artist, ensuring you’re well-rested, hydrated, not getting a tattoo on an empty stomach (especially if it’s your stomach being tattooed), and possibly using a numbing product on your skin before the tattoo.
Remember that while pain is a part of getting tattooed, attention should also be paid to the potential for infection, allergic reactions, scarring, blood-borne diseases, and post-tattoo care to minimize complications.