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Instant Karma: Why Tipping Your Artist is So Important

Instant Karma: Why Tipping Your Artist is So Important
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Maybe you know, and maybe you don't...which is why we put together this article on the importance of tipping your tattooist.

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.

Tattoo by La Dolores #LaDolores #traditional #skull #heart #ladyhead #lady #oldschool #flower #tipping #tipyourartist #tippingmakesithurtless #tippingisappreciated
Tattoo by The Hanged #TheHanged #heart #sacredheart #blackandgrey #fire #glass #love #tipping #tipyourartist #tippingmakesithurtless #tippingisappreciated
Tattoo by Shane Castle #ShaneCastle #traditional #oldschool #flower #camping #fire #moon #tent #campfire #tipping #tipyourartist #tippingmakesithurtless #tippingisappreciated

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. 

Tattoo by Ali Anil Ercel #AliAnilErcel #illustrative #snake #leaves #blackandgrey #sacredgeometry #geometric #tipping #tipyourartist #tippingmakesithurtless #tippingisappreciated
Tattoo by Sion #Sion #snake #color #flower #floral #ribbon #reptile #handtattoo #tipping #tipyourartist #tippingmakesithurtless #tippingisappreciated
Tattoo by Josh Lin #JoshLin #birds #swallows #linework #dotwork #sacredgeometry #geometric #illustrative #tipping #tipyourartist #tippingmakesithurtless #tippingisappreciated
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. 

Tattoo by Lolita #Lolita #LolitaInk #illustrative #linework #snake #fire #frame #etching #esoteric #symbol #sigil #tipping #tipyourartist #tippingmakesithurtless #tippingisappreciated
Tattoo by Big Matt #BigMatt #color #traditional #ladyhead #lady #oldschool #astronaut #space #tipping #tipyourartist #tippingmakesithurtless #tippingisappreciated
Tattoo by Patryk Chybowski #patrykchybowski #HedyLamarr #portrait #film #classicfilm #hollywood #ladyhead #star #stars #lady #actress #tipping #tipyourartist #tippingmakesithurtless #tippingisappreciated

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." 

Tattoo by Cloditta #Cloditta #heart #buddha #buddhaeye #eye #love #traditional #oldschool #color #tipping #tipyourartist #tippingmakesithurtless #tippingisappreciated
Tattoo by Andrei Vintikov #AndreiVintikov #hand #shell #conch #heart #sun #buddhism #buddha #tipping #tipyourartist #tippingmakesithurtless #tippingisappreciated
Tattoo by Josh Snyder #JoshSnyder #color #traditional #oldschool #jesuschrist #hands #clappers #tiger #cat #mashup #tipping #tipyourartist #tippingmakesithurtless #tippingisappreciated
Tattoo by Jason Ochoa #JasonOchoa #traditional #oldschool #color #hearts #ladyhead #lady #cowgirl #tipping #tipyourartist #tippingmakesithurtless #tippingisappreciated
Tattoo by Inaki Aires #AnakiAires #surreal #portrait #illustrative #fineline #sun #tipping #tipyourartist #tippingmakesithurtless #tippingisappreciated
Tattoo by Jeff Sypherd #JeffSypherd #rose #flower #floral #traditional #color #oldschool #tipping #tipyourartist #tippingmakesithurtless #tippingisappreciated

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