How Much Does a Tattoo Cost?
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.
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:
- Choosing a Tattoo: Tips to choosing a tattoo, designs to choose from, etc.
- Tattoo Aftercare: Tips for caring for a new tattoo.
- Tattoo Removal: Procedures for tattoo removal
Make the right decisions when choosing and caring for your tattoo. Cheaper isn't always better, but neither is the most expensive.
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