Tattoo IdeasGetting TattooedPlacementFixing TattoosGetting PiercedPiercing Types

How Much Does a Tattoo Cost?

Updated on January 28, 2016
Whitney05 profile image

Whitney is an expert on piercings and tattoos with experience in the body modification world.

Thinking About Getting a Tattoo

One of the more common tattoo questions I hear—besides "Is it going to hurt?" and "What should I get?"—is, "How much is it going to cost?" The short answer is: It depends!

The price of a tattoo depends on a number of elements, so it's impossible to just throw out a dollar amount.

Just remember that the cost will vary depending on your tattoo and where you're getting it done. It is best to ask your tattoo artist for a proper estimate, but here you can check out the different factors that will play a part in the cost of the tattoo.

Factors That Determine the Price

The following factors will determine how much your tattoo will cost.

  • Placement: Where you decide to place the tattoo on your body.
  • Design: The more elaborate the design, the more it will cost you.
  • Colors: The more colors the design entails, the more the tattoo will cost.
  • Size: Bigger tattoos are more expensive.
  • Flash or original: If you choose a tattoo right off of the flash, the artist just needs to copy and tweak, rather than come up with an original design. Some artists factor in the time spent drawing the tattoo into the final cost.
  • Time: Some tattoo shops charge an hourly fee, so depending on how long it takes, the final price may increase.
  • Location: The price will vary by your location and the individual shop and artist.

More expensive tattoo, because of its size, color, and detail.
More expensive tattoo, because of its size, color, and detail.
Less expensive tattoo, due to being a smaller design in black ink.
Less expensive tattoo, due to being a smaller design in black ink.

Ask Around

Tattoo shops commonly charge by the hour, with quality artists generally charging between $150 and $250 per hour. Most have a minimum charge of around $100, meaning a simple tattoo that takes less than an hour will cost that much.

If this is your first tattoo, you will want to make sure to find a good artist, not just the cheapest guy who will do the job.

  • Ask friends and family for personal experience.
  • Go to tattoo shops and ask to see portfolios of their more recent work.

You want to make sure that you get your money's worth because tattoos are permanent, unless you spend the extra money to get it removed. Make sure that you're happy and comfortable with the artist before making your final decision.

Because the price will vary between artists, seeing one's portfolio and style of work may help you decide.


  • Guy A charges $100 for poor quality.
  • Guy B charges $200 for average quality.
  • Guy C charges $150 for decent (better than average) quality.
  • Guy D charges $250 for great quality.

The final decision about what price you're willing to pay for a certain level of quality is up to you.

Choosing a Tattoo, Aftercare, and Removal

Three stages to the average tattoo include:

Make the right decisions when choosing and caring for your tattoo. Cheaper isn't always better, but neither is the most expensive.


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • Brittney 2 weeks ago

      how much would a tattoo saying Live in Braille on my wrist cost

    • selvan 4 years ago

      i wantto get tattoo on my chest of plain name only what is cost inch please send me reply r call 9769480724 number thank u

    • Whitney05 profile image

      Whitney 4 years ago from Georgia

      It shouldn't cause any issues. I have never heard of issues with tattoo ink displacement due to hair growth

    • Jakamar 4 years ago

      Well, I figured I would or they would do the deforestation. The issues is when it grows back. Does this create any issues other than it may appear a bit blurred. ;-)

    • Whitney05 profile image

      Whitney 4 years ago from Georgia

      they will shave the area before tattooing.

    • Jakamar 4 years ago

      All the examples I've seen, the areas are virtually hair free. I'm now hirsute, but have a light covering on the back of my calf. Is this going to be an issue?

    • Stupid 4 years ago

      How much does a tattoo cost?

      Just kidding!!

    • spelbee 4 years ago

      i'd like to have my kids names down my thighs - would this cost more in italian ?

    • Paige 4 years ago

      How much would a medium cross with wording going around the top and sides on my left shoulder cost???

    • 4 years ago

      for everyone on here asking how much... we are not tattoo artist so we can not tell you. But a bit of advice, go to a tatto shop, tell them what you're thinking about getting and ask them what there hourly rate is... not how much is it gonna cost. any artist who just gives you a price or tries to give you a " special deal", will not give you the high quality tattoo you want. let them draw up a rough sketch and let them get a rough idea on the hours needed. an average better than decent shop will charge about $100 dollars an hour. might seem high, but you get what you pay for, if you dont have enough money just wait and save up, it'll be worth it in the end.

    • Nancy 4 years ago

      I love how everyone is asking how much their tattoos are going to cost, when the article says basically that it depends.

      My advice? Go talk to a tattoo artist, or ten of them... No one else is really going to be able to answer these questions for you with any accuracy.

    • Eric 4 years ago

      How much dose a 7 word tattoo cost ?

    • bigb 4 years ago

      i want a rose going up my side onto my back with a lot of colors


    • NewInk740 4 years ago

      I just got a cross that reaches in length of the middle from elbow to wrist and width, arms reach from mid top arm to mid bottom arm. The cross has roses growing up it and a quote i favor from the Bible. Its all black ink with shading. Tons of detail but i go mine from a xtra hygenic in home shop. I don not advise anyone to go to an in home shop due to hygein reasons but luckily for my, I have knon my artist for nearly 15 years and she clean, professional and an amazing artist. I paid 175 for mine but in a shop it wouldve costed me roughly 250 buks. The more detail, the higher the price.

    • bob 5 years ago

      It will cost between $50 and $1,000,000.

    • afb.smurf 5 years ago

      where is the best spot to have a tat?

      I want one on each forearm...

      Im thinking about japenese symbol for love, in black bout maybe 2in big...


    • Ashlie A D 5 years ago

      I have two tattoos and they didn't turn out the greatest. for my third I want to go to LA ink and get a drawing of mine. it has a lot of detail and it's kind of big, and I want it on my ankle. anyone have a guess at how much it would cost?

    • Murrsive 5 years ago

      If you cant come up with your own design that is very cheezy I say, even if you come up with the idea and have someone draw it is much better than getting something that's already out there

    • Danna 5 years ago

      I want "Jeremiah 29:11" behind my ear and maybe in cursive. Hoe much would that be?

    • desmond 5 years ago

      Hi how much does italina cross

    • 90123 5 years ago

      I want about a 6 word tattoo with a fairly big kinda small design on my upper right back. how much do you think it might cost?

    • neha 5 years ago

      i want 12 letter tatto on my back how much does it cost?????????

    • shvia raj 5 years ago

      i want 5 letter tatto on my hand, how much it cost

    • .... 5 years ago

      I want to get 10 stars on my back big and small how much roughly do you think it would cost

    • Payasa 5 years ago

      I wana get my mans name on my lower bak in cursive an 5 inches long.. Wats the averge cost?????

    • rachael 5 years ago

      if oi was to get a tattoo that says "no regrets" how much do you think that would cost?

    • brahndon 5 years ago

      i want to get a 20 word tattoo.

      how much would it cost

    • Abraham Navarro 5 years ago

      How much is the price for 2 tatoos with my first and last name on both of my arms

    • heather 5 years ago

      i want a tiny (not that small but proubly about 5 inch) pentagram tattoo on my lower back and posibly some wording ("hail satan) im very poor and my mom would proubly pay. soooo i hope its cheap?

    • Kati 5 years ago

      How much would it cost to get a Browning logo, and country girl tattooed on your foot?

    • Tamara 5 years ago

      I'm thinking of getting a tribal phoenix tattooed on the small of my back. I'm gonna be a court reporter, so I want to be able to hide it while working. How much could you estimate something like that costing?

    • Jermaiyne 5 years ago

      How much for some pubic hair tattooed on Ma ballz? I have none due to medical condition..

    • Dorian Hoppie 5 years ago

      I've been working on a design themed around a Trilobite. I'm an entomologist, so I want to have it on the back of my neck, maybe 3" by 2". Really simple at first, pretty much just an outline, black. Later on down the road, I might consider surrounding it with Ginkgo leaves. I want a biology theme in there somewhere, lost and found species. Something like that.

    • Erina 5 years ago

      I'd like to get a 1 inch Deathly Hallows symbol behind my ear, and a 2 inch YACHT Anchor on either my forearm or hip, and a .5 inch treble clef on my hand, between my thumb and index finger bones. Not all at once, but eventually.

    • amy 5 years ago

      how much will it cost to get MICHAEL in cursive on my collar bone. not small like 2in in height and 6inches in width [approximately] ??? i live in ariozna

    • hinata8982 5 years ago

      i want to get is Russian symbols,Wife of Jeffrey Pittman, on my left wrist and on my right ankle the Japanese character for ninja

    • RANDOM 5 years ago

      @Blup: You really want a tatoo just to show your grandma? I'm sure there's other things you can do to impress her, right? That's a waste of money for something that you may end up regret getting when you're looking to get married and have proper kids. It is permanent, you know?

    • BLUP 5 years ago

      I want IT the clown on my right cheek with a sun shining on my forehead and the rays going down around my eyes and up into my nostril. how much do you think it would cost because I really want to get one to show my grandma

    • Kay 5 years ago

      I wanna get a tattoo for my birthday coming up. I want crossed arrows behind my ear. It's not too big. How much would something like that cost?


    • DaddysGirl 5 years ago

      I drew my tattoo myself when i was 14 and i got it when i turned 19. its a very heart felt saying 'Olive You' that my childhood sweetheart used to say. im now 21 and im engaged to the boy who has said that to me for 7 years now. This tattoo makes me smile every time i look at it.

      tattoos are meant to be heartfelt and special and they should be somewhere special where only the spesh people get to see them. mine is very low down on my hip.

      though when i was 18 i did go all out and get 'once upon a time' and 'happily ever after' printed on my wrists and i do love them aswell :D xx

    • colbi 5 years ago

      I want a picture of Marilyn mansons face down my right side? What would be a ball park estimate for that?

    • jeff 5 years ago

      how much would it cost for me to buy my girlfriend the tattoo she wants? she wants a heart with vines coming out of it on her wrist

    • paul 5 years ago

      how much will it cost to have my girlfriends name on my back

    • MarieNoel 5 years ago

      i want to get a treble clef on my right wrist just like Julian Casablancas! i love him!!! but im only a 14 year old girl so my parents arnt so into the idea. i hope to convince them :)

    • slppyclwn 5 years ago

      hahahahaha @ Dt; I work in a tattoo shop, and your comment describes well over half the customers. Thank you for making me laugh!

    • Josh 5 years ago

      I want to get a tattoo on my wrist of a snake coming out of a tribal tattoo that goes around all of my wrist. How much would that cost and if i were to say also get one on my entire back from my shoulders to my waist line how much would all this be?

    • Ryan 5 years ago

      I want to get a piece that says "Take flight to eastern skys,

      And when the winds change,

      We'll be blown back here." On my calf. Estimates? No color, cursive

    • Anaddy 5 years ago

      how much does it cost to tattoo some stars near my eye?

    • Tatertot23 5 years ago

      I'm wantin to get a heart tattoo that says DAD in a ribon on my leg how much would it cost

    • seanIdddI 5 years ago

      I love dirty needles can i request a used one i love shoot my coke and herion with dirty used needles so its only right to get tatted with a nice dirty one

    Click to Rate This Article