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Here’s the Truth About Getting Tattooed While You’re High

Circa Suicide shares her experience inking under the influence of cannabis

While getting tattooed under the influence of alcohol is a huge no-no, many tattoo collectors enjoy getting high before and during their appointments. One of those people is Circa Suicide, an established tattoo model, ink collector of 10+ years, and cannabis influencer who grows her own plants in Oregon. Circa knows the cannabis plant from seed to flower, and has personally used its medicinal properties to aid in relieving pain across the board. Beginning her official journey with cannabis as a way to relieve menstrual cramps, Circa now uses weed to aid in the tattoo process. Find out what it’s really like getting tattooed high from one of our favorite stoners around, then let us know your experience inking under the influence of THC in the comment section.

Learn the Facts From the Professional

“Man oh man, I started getting tattooed when I was 14 years old and I definitely didn’t smoke weed at the time. Back story of that night if you’re interested—My first 3 tattoos all happened in one night, in my friends kitchen of course. The guy who did it used to work at a tattoo shop but was now like 7, “retired” and missing two fingers. I should have stopped there but I didn’t. This wasn’t a first for my friends, they’ve had people come over to tattoo all the time. It didn’t help that I wanted to get tattooed so badly for what felt like my whole life, so I was way to Gung ho about it. I got an awful New Jersey outline tattooed on my ribs. that came out looking like King Tut when it was done. Oh, it was so bad, but in the same night I still got my foot tattooed and a tramp stamp, of course. Why make one expensive, bad, ugly decision in a night when I can make three? My foot tattoo was pretty cool, just simple vines and flowers, but it really bled out and the colors were weird. It looked like a child drew it on and SURPRISE it said “believe” in the vines, and you guessed it, it was spelled wrong. “Beleive” is what it read. You can go right ahead and add that to the list of tattoo coverups too.
I’ve since had two of them covered, but the tramp stamp is still there.”

“I’ve been smoking weed since I was about 16, but didn’t smoke much at all in high school. I really didn’t like it or how it made me feel. When I was 18 or 19, I started dating a girl who would smoke to help ease her awful period pains and sickness— she really turned me on to it. I suffer from bad periods too and I was looking for any relief possible. It was the only thing that helped ease my terrible cramps and take away my nausea, whereas most pain killers make me feel more sick.
After that I become obsessed. I felt like I had found the cure to everything after suffering for so long (the docs always had me on and off a ton of meds to help with my gastric and feminine issues, but I never liked any of them much or found much help).
Now I strictly medicate with cannabis and other herbs. “

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“Absolutely! I get tattooed high about 80% of the time. I usually always medicate with an edible before hand, a bowl pack, and I’ll smoke a joint or blunt halfway through. One session we kept stopping to take dabs and I was falling asleep by the end of the tattoo.”

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“Its really nice and relaxing to get tattooed high. I find that I’m more calm and relaxed instead of all tense and excited. It helps me control my muscle functions more and helps me stay more still. I can tell when its wearing off because I start getting more antsy. So without kush its really difficult for me to sit during long pieces.”

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“Being high usually makes it less painful for me and really helps get me to sit still and relax. I get excited and tense up a lot when I am getting tattooed, so without being able to smoke I feel like it would hurt waaaay more.”

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“If I were to just smoke, definitely not long enough. That’s where the small edible really comes in handy. It depends on what I’m getting at the time and how big it is, but I really like to split up the sitting with a smoke break, so it ends up being perfect. I don’t like being stupid high through the tattoo though, just enough to relax and ease up. I really enjoy the tattoo experience as a whole and don’t like getting so high that I can’t fully enjoy that.”

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“I haven’t had any weird experiences getting tattooed high that i can really remember.
One time I was too high to get tattooed, in my opinion.

We had already started the tattoo and took a break to smoke and when we came back I was just out of this world stoned. Which I usually wouldn’t mind, but I felt like it made me hyper focus on the needles stabbing me. Like I said, I love the feeling of getting tattooed and I don’t like inanely hindering that or doing something that makes it more intense either. So that sucked. I just breathed through it and closed my eyes till it was over.”

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“I recommend Indica for sure! I think the heavier body effects/high is way better than the more sativa head high. If I were to smoke a sativa before I went to get tattooed, I’d probably shake out of my seat. Sativas are way more of a head high, get you thinking more, and doesn’t help relax my body as well as a nice indica. It can actually make me more anxious sometimes, so I definitely prefer an indica leaning hybrid or just indica when getting tattooed.”

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“It is the healing process. There is so many beneficial components in a cannabis plant, including anti-microbial, anti-inflammatory, and its stocked with healing antioxidants. Smoking it isn’t the best way to get the most of those benefits, but of course, it goes amazing hand-in-hand with a medicated cookie. When you cook with cannabis it really helps you get the most out of your plant, and that goes the same for eating it. I feel like continually medicating through the healing process helps me greatly. I also use medicated salves during healing to speed up the process and help with the annoying healing pains. “

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“Hahaha, make sure that’s what you want. I think everyone who enjoys the effects of cannabis would enjoy getting tattooed high. Make sure you’re comfortable and confident with the person who’s tattooing you and don’t get so high that you’re not aware of your surroundings. Be smart, but also enjoy and relax yourself! Getting tattooed is a beautiful, special, meditative experience and to enhance that with cannabis is just fucking awesome.”

Circa Suicide shares her experience inking under the influence of cannabis

19 Coolest Weed Tattoos on Instagram

In a quest to find the best weed tattoos, I’ve spent a considerable amount of time scouring Instagram’s prominent cannabis and tattoo-related hashtags.

I figured the gram is the best possible place to look for this type of content, simply because artists have a direct incentive to showcase their work on such a popular platform.

Focusing on Instagram also allowed me to send some clout their way, which is something I really wanted to do. Cannabis has been receiving severe mainstream popularity in recent years, which probably influenced a lot of people to exhibit their undying love of weed in the form of a tattoo.

After several hours of sifting through an endless stream of cannabis tattoo pics, I was astounded by the amount of cliché, mediocre and straightforward awful works.

Weed is famous for its ability to impair judgment, and this impairment probably had a lot to do with the majority of these questionable choices.

To get the long story short, here is Greencamp’s best weed tattoo selection, which will hopefully inspire you to get a unique and sigh-worthy weed tat.

I tried to cover a wide variety of styles, so expect a lot of different techniques and designs.

https://www.instagram.com/p/B2UyAcXAHVn/

This majestic neo-traditional piece was done by Jean Le Roux at Good Fortune Studio in London.

The quality of this tattoo is undeniable, and I especially enjoy the subtle details like the luscious smoke coming from the carefully crafted doobie she’s holding.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BWU-2mzj1p9/

This atypical tat was designed and executed by Jay Jorée, at Third Eye Gallery in Dallas.

In this particular artwork infamous weed icons Jay and Silent Bob are depicted, and it’s a signature trademark of Jorée to cover the characters face with a symbol or a scene that’s especially meaningful for the tattoo.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BhmQr_9ASf9/

These amazing dual chest/back pieces were done by Andre Cruz in Sao Paulo.

The realistic bud-bearing female plants were captured in the flowering stage, while the red flower of life symbol on the lower back (and the mandala on the chest) exude a sense of sacredness and importance.

https://www.instagram.com/p/B22Tqd7lafz/

This insanely detailed blackwork piece was thought up and executed by Chase Martines in Denver.

This type of grim iconography definitely isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but is a dream come true for the edgier cannabis enthusiast. Coffin-like outlines are a frequent motif in Martines’ work, and this tattoo howls “high till I die”.

https://www.instagram.com/p/B1wje5mgxef/

This adorable new-school depiction of a severely stoned Buttercup holding up a bong was created by Courtney Raimondi, an NYC-based artists who specializes in super-kawaii colorful designs.

https://www.instagram.com/p/B06tZXTH4mL/

The garden gnome carrying a delicious nug in a cart is Filipe Monteiro Rocha’s design, and it’s an extremely playful and whimsical traditional piece.

As it turns out, this weed-lovin’ gnome tattoo is one of many unique weed-lovin’ gnome tattoos created by Rocha, and I love the idea that a bunch of people in Brazil are walking around with stoned gnomes on their skin.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BucsgxHlvN1/

This mischievous little devil is Yoojin’s creation, and I really like the simplicity and cuteness of her designs.

An illustrative technique such as this surely isn’t for everyone, but if you’re looking for a nonchalant way to flaunt your love for weed (and Satan I guess), this sort of tattoo just might be it.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BypmlFeI-M3/

This is another beautifully colorful new-school design, done by Eugenios Simopoulos from Athens.

I have to admit this type of vivid imagery isn’t really my thing, but the quality of Eugenios’ works is indisputable.

https://www.instagram.com/p/Bzp-psAI3BC/

This design has a very vintage feel to it, and I love that the nug is hitting a concentrate dab rig.

Numerous El Doctorado’s works feature this naughty flower, and he really seems like a fun-loving dude.

https://www.instagram.com/p/Blnijktni2Z/

Here is another traditional dark piece for all of you rock ‘n roll/metal fans out there, courtesy of Coque Sin Amo, an awesome artist from Barcelona.

I like how the inverted leaf goes with the other tattoos on his body, and the position below the belly button is also a nice touch.

https://www.instagram.com/p/B3r-1Aclvgi/

This adorable cutie-pie bunny was done by Chelsea Jane in Orange, California.

The entire tattoo is very delicate and beautifully executed, and also makes an excellent metaphor since lettuce is the favorite treat of rabbits.

https://www.instagram.com/p/Bz0iMenHlWx/

The “Sweet Leaf” piece was tattooed by Roach Cola at Jersey City Tattoo.

It’s a pretty original twist to the famous (and somewhat worn out) cannabis leaf symbol. The unexpected yellowish shades definitely make the entire tat stand out.

https://www.instagram.com/p/B3KdvhQl-o7/

These delicious nugs were done in Chicago, by the amazing Kevin Leary.

If you’re a cannabis aficionado and have a lot of tattoos, using buds to fill in the blanks on your skin seems like a good idea, since they can easily fit any surface.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BwXzNiJnec1/

This is by far my favorite cannabis tattoo, and it was done by Dominik Szparag from Poland.

The design appears quite contemporary, while the odd-colored frog’s firm determination towards the bag make this tat really unusual.

https://www.instagram.com/p/B3DCYNtg02W/

This over-the-top saturated stylization isn’t something I’m particularly fond of, but despite that I wanted to give a big shoutout to Lliam Noy from Vancouver, because he added psilocybin mushrooms in the mix.

Psilocybin is by far my favorite psychedelic compound, and since both weed and mushrooms are naturally-occurring mind-altering substances, they go perfectly together on a tattoo.

The eye of providence hovering over the entire piece is also a nice touch.

https://www.instagram.com/p/B0Ncv85Bugt/

This trippy old school cat-bud amalgamation comes from China, and it was tattooed by Tatt0_0.

Even though it was carried out with a vintage technique, this piece in my opinion also has a very modern feel to it, making it a really dope design altogether.

https://www.instagram.com/p/B3JZHDUlmDK/

The flashy traditional bud was gorgeously drawn by Eve Mansell from Manchester.

The “chronic” lettering also creates a very nostalgic vibe, since this once-beloved term is very rarely used nowadays.

https://www.instagram.com/p/Bz_GMiCi_VN/

The surgically-precise neo-traditional nug comes from Milano Italy, and it was created by the incredible Samuela Maggi.

What makes this tattoo stand out is the unusual color palette on the flower, and the metallic shading on the jar is also superbly done.

https://www.instagram.com/p/B3pi-fBIAVd/

The final 19th tattoo we have for you also comes from Italy, courtesy of the tattoo artist Fabio Salassa.

This is another neo-traditional piece, and the tight grip on the bud probably stands for love and affection towards our cherished flowers.

If you have a favorite cannabis tattoo and think that we should add it to the list, please leave us a link in the comment section.

If you’re looking for inspiration for your upcoming pot tattoo, check out our extensive selection of Instagram’s dopest tats. ]]>