While it may seem like the rise of Tattoo Numbing cream would be driven by consumers, businesses are creatively using the product to cut costs and increase profits in surprising ways.
Tattoo numbing cream reduces the pain barrier to getting tattoos, expanding the market size. And since customers often ask their tattoo artist to take a break because it hurts too much, numbing cream actually speeds up the process of getting a tattoo by reducing interruptions. As well, the parlors using numbing cream have an advantage over those that don’t: reviews are less likely to discuss pain. This is particularly valuable in the tattoo industry where the permanent nature of tattoos means consumers are more likely to do their research and fully read review pages before committing to a specific parlor.
One of the top reasons people avoid getting tattoos is pain. Tattoo purists believe that pain is part of the experience, but as tattoos get more popular, they become less of a way to suffer in order to stand out, and more of a way to fit in.
Tattoos are more popular than many people think. Right now, one in 5 Americans has a tattoo, and, among millennials, nearly half have them. Many choose to get tattoos that can be covered with clothing, so the size of the market is larger than it seems. But even visible tattoos are rising in popularity, which is a self-fulfilling cycle: a visible tattoo is an advertisement that it's okay to have tattoos.
The creams themselves are usually based on lidocaine, which has been a popular local anesthetic for decades. Part of the rising popularity of tattoo numbing cream comes from branding: the ingredient is the same as it always was, but instead of buying a generic pain solution, customers are now buying one that solves their specific problem. This is especially important in health; it’s a product that already exists, but the branding assures the buyer that they’re getting exactly what they’re looking for, not doing a DIY hack.