Drinking a little bit to take the edge off might sound like a good idea, but don't do it. Alcohol thins the blood, making you bleed more during the tattoo process. This blood pushing out makes it more difficult to push the ink in. So, not only could it mess up your design, it might also impair your judgment just enough so that you make a decision to get something you regret later. With a little liquid courage, the cute little dolphin on your ankle can easily become an angry shark on your forearm. And it won't make it hurt any less.