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Tattoo Numbing Cream

Pain is often part of the process of getting tattooed. But now it doesn’t have to be. We are now offering numbing cream for your upcoming tattoo appointment. One tube is $10 and will cover about 2 hours of tattooing. Cream must be applied at least one hour in advance of your tattoo appointment. Tubes available in the shop only – sorry, no shipping at this time. For other frequently asked questions, please visit our FAQs page.

PLEASE NOTE – We are aware of the warning letter issued by the FDA to TKTX Company, the manufacturer of the numbing cream mentioned below. According to the FDA website, it is suggested not to use topicals with more than 5% lidocaine. TKTX numbing cream lists topical lidocaine at 8%. We want to be fully transparent with our clients so they can make the best decisions for themselves.

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Numbing Cream Application

Step 1

Wash the area receiving tattoo with soap and water.

Step 2

Cover the area with a with a hot towel for 5 minutes, then dry the area completely.

Step 3

Apply a thick amount of numbing cream to the area and rub in thoroughly.

Step 4

After rubbing into the skin, apply a second heavy layer of numbing cream (about 1/8 of an inch thick) over the area.

Step 5

Cover the numbing cream with plastic wrap (Saran wrap) and keep warm. The heat under the plastic wrap helps activate the cream and keeps the cream from drying out.

Step 6

Leave the numbing cream and wrap in place for one hour before tattoo. For long procedures lasting hours over large areas; apply numbing cream over the entire work area, then remove in sections as procedure progresses.

Step 7

Skin typically remains numb for three to five hours once numbing cream is removed from skin, depending on skin type and location on body.

Please note: Numbing time depend on the thickness and sealing time.


Pharmacological information:

Lidocaine cream works by temporarily blocking the pathway of pain signals along nerves. Lidocaine cream does this by stopping the sodium entering the nerve ending at the site of the pain. This prevents an electrical signal building up and passing along the nerve fibers to the brain.
Lidocaine may be absorbed following topical administration to mucus membranes, its rate and extent of absorption depends upon the specific site of application, duration or exposure, concentration and the total dosage. You may experience reddening of the procedure area.


Not to be used on children under 6 years old.
Not to be used on pregnancy and lactation.
Do not use if allergic to lidocaine or other local anesthetics.
You should NOT apply the cream to cuts, grazes, wounds; Areas where there is a skin rash or eczema, in or near the eyes, ears, mouth, (inside) nose or anus (back side) or the genitals of children.
Adults and children 6 years of age and older: Apply to affected areas no more than 2 times a day. Children under years please consult a physician.
If your side effects bother you, or if you experience any unusual effects while you are using the numbing cream, stop using and contact your medical provider immediately.
Sentient Tattoo Collective is not responsible for any uses and affects of the numbing cream.

Adverse Reactions:

Its possible side effects are likely to include swelling or redness at the application site, unusual sensations on skin or pale skin. Severe to rare side effects may include allergic reactions like hives, rash, itchiness, facial swelling, and difficulty in breathing or tightness in the chest.

Over dosage:

Medicines affect different people in different ways. If you experience any unusual effects while using, stop and contact you medical provider immediately. Treatment should be symptomatic and supportive.

This application process has been adapted from the manufacturer of the numbing cream.

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