Can I use anesthetic or numbing creams before getting tattooed?

Itʼs ultimately your decision, but there a few things to keep in mind. Numbing creams can change the texture of your skin and how it takes ink, which can affect the final appearance of the tattoo. They also aren’t particularly effective, since they get wiped off pretty quickly as the tattoo is being done. Basically the risks (possibly screwing up your tattoo) aren’t worth the minimal rewards in our opinion.

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