Have a conversation.
Casually chatting with someone can make time go by faster and the pain fade. Some tattoo artists are incredibly talkative and will really get to know their clients during the tattooing process. For those artists who are a bit more introverted, bring a friend (but no more than one!). You don’t want to be a distraction or constantly moving when getting tattooed, so try to keep things calm and collected, and check with your artist first if you can bring someone with you. Some shops don’t want an entourage, but a distracting conversation could do you some good while you get inked! (Photo by Katrina Eugenia, from Lord’s Eye)