There are many unspoken laws of etiquette within the tattoo world, and since we’re here to guide you through all of it, we figured we’d hit you up with a reminder for that instant karma goodness: tipping your tattoo artist.
So, to start with, you may think that the job of being a tattoo artist is pretty glamorous...they get to travel, they get to make art all day (which...is barely “work”, right?), and they often are depicted as some of the coolest people out there. Well, some of this totally true. Tons of tattoo artists are the coolest people we know, for sure, but not because they’re tattooists...it’s usually because they are creative, authentic, and insanely hard working.
What it comes down to is: your tip shows your respect for their hard work.
If the background cost of being a tattoo artist doesn’t really sway you to become the big tipper we know you are, then think of it this way: it’s an immediate way to show your appreciation for what they do. Tattooists are part of the service industry, just like baristas, bar tenders, servers manicurists, hairdressers; all of these people work super hard to provide you with a service you want.
As for how much you should tip your tattooist...again, think of it like this: this is part of the service industry. So, a 25% tip is a seriously sweet spot, 20% is the norm, and anything under 15% is basically like saying "Fuck you."