I have a lot of hours under VERY "heavy handed" tattooing (I hate that phrase), including one full rib panel (in progress) and a full back piece (finished). All I can say is that it's temporary, the stoke will carry you through, and it's worth it. You know you earned that shit. Don't let it scare you off. Tattoos are supposed to hurt!
You have to build up a post count before you can start posts in other areas. By replying here, posting pics, offering comments on other posts you can build your count. I can't seem to find it in the rules, but I think 10 is the magic number.