"General anesthesia, please," is what many people keep saying when they come to my studio. Often it is the fear that moves the customers to turn around. But mostly friends are there!
Yes, and how should you explain to them that you have changed your mind, if they were already enthusiastic about the idea of "holding your hand" through the process of getting pierced. They can now go home without having achieved anything.
Yes, they have fear written all over their faces. If they are still able to say something, then often comes: "But I do get anesthesia?" , then the answer of the piercer is: "NO". That will do no good. Anesthesia has many disadvantages, which I then explain with examples. How it's done at the doctor, where also no anesthesia is used before a vaccination or blood test. Whether I pierce or puncture the skin - it does not make much difference in terms of pain.
Certainly, the pain sensation is different to many. And some factors depend on it, e.g., the person, the place, fear through negative previous experience, fear through influence, and so on.