This suggestion is similar to the last one, without the Zen bent. Talking to someone while your tattoo is being inked is a terrific distraction that can speed up the process and block the pain. You might find the perfect conversationalist in your tattoo artist; a lot of artists like to get to know their clients. If your artist is the less talkative sort, you should consider bringing a friend to talk to. Make sure you check with your tattoo artist in advance, though; a lot of parlors discourage crowding their working space with an audience.