I have both of my sides down, straight down the ribcage. here's pictures for reference....
my left side was my first tattoo, then i did my shoulders, then i did my right side. Now then, the sides hurt much more than those chest/shoulder tattoos did. But my first one was one of those big long text ones down the ribs. Anyway, yes it does hurt. It hurts but for me it gets my blood pumping and it's just such a rush of adrenaline. I never took any drugs or drank or any of that bullshit before hand and I would recommend you don't either. Painkillers and/or alcohol are blood thinners and you will bleed more and it will not be good.
How bad do you want it? Unless you're really a little girl, you'll be fine. No offense of course, but seriously, you'll be fine. Any other questions? Post em up and i'll help you as best i can.
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