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Addiction to Tattoos and the Pain

Updated on November 11, 2009
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A needle piercing your skin thousands of times per minute. There's no doubt that tattoos are painful.

When asked 10 people with tattoos if they hurt, They all answered yes, some more painful than others. When asked 10 people if they planned on getting more tattoos, 8 answered yes. 8 out of 10 people stated that they would go through the pain again, and again.

Why is something so painful, also so addicting?

It could be a cross between the adrenaline rush from getting it done and the beauty of the finished product making you want more.

It is also said that getting a tattoo releases endorphins and sends signals of pleasure to the brain, much like an orgasm.

Pain for pleasure? Is that really it? Is it all just that simple?

For me, I got my first tattoos 7 months ago, I myself can't say that it hurt real bad, more of a burning, tickling sensation, and I liked it. No more than a few hours after they were finished, I wanted more. I can't really place why I want more. Other than the fact that I want to show off the works of art. All the tattoos that I have planned for myself have meaning and tell something about myself. I can almost guarantee that if tattoos weren't so pricey, I would be almost covered.

There is no right or wrong answer for why tattoos are so addicting. No real scientific proof or meaning. And they are not addicting for all people, Some regret their tattoos, some don't want to go through the pain again, and then there are the rest of us, who can not wait to go through the pain again.

I would be interested in hearing your (the readers) opinions and stories, Please feel free to leave me some comments.

My Tattoos

Have an identical star behind other ear
Have an identical star behind other ear


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      8 years ago

      I got my first tattoo 5 years ago... found out I was pregnant and then never had the time or money to get anymore done.. until two days ago. Went in, got two tattoos and I will be going back to get two more as soon as i have the cash for it! LOL So yeah, I would say they are def addicting!

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      10 years ago

      tattoos r pretty addicting agreed....i have 10 in 2 years and i think like 4 of them were in a 2 week period.while gettin them done i was already talkin about my next then went back a couple days later to get the touch up for my pre-excisting tatt. and POW gat another

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      10 years ago

      Tats are addicting. I have 5 and after each one I had ideas about the next tattoo.

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      10 years ago

      Your right, Tattoos are very addictive, ANYONE you talk to who has had one, definitely is talking about their next one.

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      justin vanwagoner 

      10 years ago

      this is some relly good work hope to hear more about this down the road


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