I've never had trouble with purposeful pain. Accidental pain, you don't know what to expect, and the suspense makes it worse. But getting tattooed is like a needle scraping you over and over in the same area. I found myself getting pissed when I got my first one! It's better to wait and find the right artist than end up with something you aren't happy with. I'm working with someone right now for my second tat and it's quite nerve-wracking to make sure I get what I want. I have a vision of it in my head, but I can't communicate it well, so I'm just hoping the tweaking I suggest on the sketches inevitably come out right.