TikTok tattooist under fire after openly using fake ‘numbing cream’ on client

Las Vegas tattoo artist Medwin Maca, also known as “mmf_Tattoos” on TikTok, has ruffled the feathers in a viral video of the artist applying moisturizer instead of numbing cream to a client.

It is a normal option when getting a tattoo to apply a numbing cream to the area. While not a necessity, for beginners it can help calm nerves going into a longer session.

In Medwin’s TikTok, you can see the tattoo artist covering a bottle of “revitalizing lotion” with tape before writing “Numbing Cream” on it.

This is captioned: “My client asked if I had numbing cream and I said yes so I gave her regular lotion. She won’t know the difference.”


The pain of repetitive needling of the skin while tattooing is often touted as part of what drives a love of tattooing.

The video ends with mmf_Tattoos rubbing the lotion into the unnamed Tatto0ee’s arm before giving the camera a thumbs-up.

With no follow-up video or direct information from the customer himself, the video hints that indeed everything was fine. According to the video caption, “the pain level was at 0.”

Despite this, comments have berated the tattoo artist’s actions, claiming he is lying to his client and arguing against his right to choose how his clients manage their pain. “It’s not even about what you did. Lying to a client means you’re not a trustworthy artist,” said one viewer.

One comment reads, “I didn’t even know numbing creams existed, but guys telling women their pain isn’t real isn’t anything new or special,” he argues that men monitor women’s pain.


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One TikToker argued that applying the cream to the arm would be enough to get the desired effect in and of itself. “Placebo Effect! Tattooed my feet with no anesthetic. Fell asleep on my shoulder tattoo. It’s therapeutic.”

Gatekeeping with the idea that pain is part of the process was another divisive point raised in the controversy surrounding tattoo artists’ actions. With the claim being made: “Regardless of the ethics that people might engage in. If you’re getting a tattoo and need a numbing cream, you don’t need to get a tattoo.”

https://www.dexerto.com/entertainment/tiktok-tattoo-artist-sparks-debate-using-fake-numbing-cream-1815940/ TikTok tattooist under fire after openly using fake ‘numbing cream’ on client

Emma Bowman

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