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Skin Numbing

What you need to know

We allow the use of skin numbing at Ferngully Studio. Be sure to follow our instructions and information below.


Approved pre-numbing cream brands:  “Zensa" can be found on Amazon.

Approved numbing gel brands: “Feel Better Now! Topical Gel” can be found online from a variety of suppliers.



1. Shave the area to be tattooed.

2. Time your application so when you arrive to the studio the cream has been on for 1-2 hours. We will remove the cream in the studio before we’re ready to start.

3. Apply a GENEROUS amount of numbing cream. You want it to be a couple millimeters thick, like icing on a cake. If you apply thin it like a lotion it will not be enough!

4. Wrap the area in plastic-wrap to lock in the numbing cream. 


*If you want to pre-numb please prepare in advance because this service isn’t offered in-studio.

*Use only brands that contain 5% lidocaine, no more/less.

*Pre-numbing is best used for smaller tattoos 1-2 hours long because that’s about how long it lasts.

*Don’t leave it on longer than 2 hours, overuse can make the skin too difficult to work with and complicate healing. 

*There are no free touchups or free reschedules due to overuse of skin numbing.



Numbing gel is used by your tattoo artist during the tattoo, it’s safe to be used on "broken skin” meaning the tattooing has already started. For example, after line work is done we can apply numbing gel which will make shading and details more comfortable. This works well for larger tattoos & long sessions so you can sit for longer appointments.

*Using a combination of pre-numbing and numbing gel is possible when done sparingly, but it does increase the chances of side effects like rough healing. A touchup may be warranted if your tattoo doesn't heal perfectly as a result, but this is may be worth the risk to those who would prefer a more comfortable tattoo experience

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