Use an anesthetic.
There are anesthetics that are FDA-approved and specifically designed to alleviate and numb the pain of getting tattooed. If you are going to use an anesthetic check out the brand HUSH, which comes in a gel, spray and foaming soap to help numb the pain during and directly after getting a tattoo. However, make sure to talk to your tattoo artist before using an anesthetic to get their opinions or see if they have any other suggestions.
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