I feel like this is cheating! If you want a tattoo then you get to go through the pain like the rest of us. (I'll never forget my inner arm when they got to the elbow bone. OUCH!)
The only caveat is if you are getting a bigger piece done, then I think the numbing gel is fair, but for the everyday tattoos...suck it up, buttercup!
Painless Tattoos are right around the corner thanks to microscopic ink-filled needles, and the folks at Georgia Tech.