Since my tattoos are so often visible I’ve grown accustomed to hearing that question, “did that hurt?” or a variation of it most everywhere I go. I’m safe at family functions because although the rest of my family is not as tattooed as I am, or in most cases not tattooed at all they’ve all asked me about the pain level of my tattoos years ago or were smart enough to know that yes, tattoos most certainly do hurt.
Today though while I was laying in the chair at my hair dressers getting my brows hot waxed and then slowly painfully plucked to perfection it occurred to me to wonder why no one asks if THAT hurts. I have my brows waxed to look like a natural shape so it isn’t like I’m pencil thin brow girl or Vulcan straight brow girl… but my brows are well shaped and nicely done and I’ve received compliments on them from others. Not by a ton of people. Only my husband and a few girl friends, but still. Brows waxed, look nice, people notice.
No one ever asks if it hurts.
Well even though I get irritated and a little huffy when someone asks if it hurt to get tattooed (or pierced) I think someone should ask me about the pain involved in waxing…
When I was in labor with K one of the Labor and Delivery nurses, upon seeing my back tattoo, told me that this would be a breeze compared to getting a tattoo… I looked at her cross eyed and slightly wild with irritation and asked her how many tattoos she had.
None. Zero. Zip. Zilch.
And how many times had she given birth? You guessed it. None. Zero. Zip. Zilch. NEVER.
She was lucky I was busy trying to push a kid out of my body and I didn’t have the time to kick her ass because given the amount of pain I was in during labor (my epidural failed) I kind of felt like hurting an idiot might be a good thing to do.
Does getting my brows waxed hurt as much as child birth? No, no it doesn’t, but it hurts a hell of a lot more than getting a tattoo on your spine, thanks for asking.