It was pretty intense the first time. I swore a lot in the first five minutes, but it got easier as I got used to it. It took about an hour to finish the whole thing. When I got it touched up in 2011 (or 12?) it hurt way less, and I was able to carry on a normal conversation while it was happening. I only winced a few times.
They say the upper ribcage is one of the worst spots pain-wise, but I think it’s all about your tolerance.
"Stinkfist" by Tool
"It’s not enough, I need more, nothing seems to satisfy, I don’t want it, I just need it, to breathe, to feel, to know I’m alive…"