How painful are Japanese traditional tattoos compared to normal tattoos?
The plan for the tattoo is, 2 Kanji symbols, about palm size, starting at the triceps and going down. I want it to look like it was painted on. Ya, Japanese symbols are a little clique, but given my living situation and current lifestyle, I find it suitable. I can see myself at a bar, 10 years from now and someone is dogging on me for having Japanese symbols, but Oh! Mine were done traditionally, in Japan.
So what kind of pain am I talking about? I've never had a tattoo, but I'm avoiding any bone, and trying to stay on the meaty part of the triceps. My arms are pretty big (I'm a big boy, haha).
Any advice would be very helpful.