Tattoos might make you feel good. There are the obvious chemical responses, for starters: You’re going to have a rush of adrenaline, because someone is coming at you with a needle. And you’re going to get some pretty nice endorphins too – your body’s chemical response to pain – which can make you sort of high.
But there’s more to it than that. According to one (admittedly small) study, a new tattoo might improve your self-image for weeks after the fact.
The effect might even be long-term for men, though most women get anxious a few weeks in – possibly because they started worrying about how other people see their tattoos.
Wanting to feel that euphoria could play a part in your desire for another tattoo, but there’s no scientific evidence to suggest you can develop an endorphin addiction, whether your endorphin rush is related to a tattoo or to something else.
What about pain?
It’s a generally accepted fact that getting a tattoo will involve some level of pain.
A large, detailed, or colorful tattoo will be more painful than a small, less-detailed tattoo, but most people who get a tattoo will feel at least a little discomfort during the process.
It’s possible you enjoy the sensation of getting tattooed because of the endorphin release associated with the pain. Some people who enjoy painful sensations may find tattooing more pleasurable than uncomfortable.
Masochism, or the enjoyment of pain, could help you feel more at ease while you’re getting a tattoo, but your goal is most likely the permanent art on your body, not the brief pain you feel while you’re being tattooed.
Not everyone who gets a tattoo enjoys feeling pain. In fact, it’s more likely you’re simply willing (and able) to tolerate the pain for the sake of a piece of body art that means something to you.
Whether you enjoy the intensity of the tattoo session and the endorphins your body releases or you tolerate the needle with deep breathing exercises, there’s no research to suggest pain addiction drives people to get multiple tattoos.
So don’t be sad go get a tattoo.
Blog by Julez for Styles Rebel Radio