How Much Does a Tattoo Cost?

How Much Does a Tattoo Cost?

The top factors for the cost of a Tattoo include artist skill and exposure, where you are getting the tattoo done, tattoo design, and size and placement of the tattoo.

One of the most common questions we receive is how much does a tattoo cost? There is no short answer to this topic but the old saying, “you get what you pay for” definitely applies in the tattoo world. The top factors for the cost of a Tattoo include artist skill and exposure, where you are getting the tattoo done, tattoo design, and size and placement of the tattoo. Hopefully this article will provide insight on the price of a tattoo and give you some clear feedback on where to head next with your tattoo explorations.

How to start your research?

The best way to find out the cost of a tattoo is to look online at studios in which you are looking for a tattoo, have a browse through artist portfolios and pick an artist you like, print off some reference material and give the shop a call asking if you can come in for a consultation about a tattoo.

It’s highly advised to get tattooed in a registered professional tattoo studio.
It’s highly advised to get tattooed in a registered professional tattoo studio.

Location of parlor

If you go locally, tattoo shops (or parlors) typically have minimum amounts that they charge. It will generally be quoted by how long it will take the artist to complete the design. So whether that little flower is on the wrist or the finger, it might cost the same. Shop minimum varies with location. For example, on the outskirts of Chicago you can't get quality art for less than $60. Places in the UK have a minimum that is the US equivalent of just over $50 to about $90. Looking at different parts of Europe, tattoo artists and shops in Paris or Amsterdam charge roughly $200/hour.

The cost of a tattoo greatly depends on the tattoo artists location. For example, it’s much cheaper to get tattooed in Capetown than in Miami. An average cost in Capetown is around €50, whereas in Miami it’s €150 (Global Tattoo Index, 2016).
The cost of a tattoo greatly depends on the tattoo artists location. For example, it’s much cheaper to get tattooed in Capetown than in Miami. An average cost in Capetown is around €50, whereas in Miami it’s €150 (Global Tattoo Index, 2016).

Background on tattoo cost

When it comes to pricing it depends on where you’re getting the tattoo done, the different shades of color being used, and the complexity of the design. It can be more, or it can be less, there may be an hourly rate or the artist may individually price each tattoo that they do. In terms of the cost of a tattoo just remember, you get what you pay for. The saying is true, “good tattoos aren’t cheap and cheap tattoos aren’t good.”

“Good tattoos aren’t cheap and cheap tattoos aren’t good.”
“Good tattoos aren’t cheap and cheap tattoos aren’t good.”

If you’re reading this article because you’re wondering how much a tattoo will cost, it’s likely that you’ve already committed to wearing one for the rest of your life. If that’s the case, first be sure of your design. If it is your very first tattoo keep the artwork you want to get inked somewhere you will constantly see it for a few months.

This is a good test for people with virgin skin because if you do decide to get that traditional piece on your leg you will see it every single day. So before going permanent keep your idea with you before it is permanent, just to be sure you still love it the same as when you thought of it at 4 am after too many cups of coffee.

Artist costs

Tattoo newbie or fully sleeved rockstar, the best tattoos are the ones you’ve thought through. Once the design you want is on lockdown start searching for artists. Who does your tattoo is crucial. You want someone who’s reputable and also has skill as well interest in the type of work you want done. It’s not necessary but certainly nice to find an artist you ‘click’ with and have a good rapport. People get tattoos at pivotal points in their lives and whoever does the work is going to hear your story behind it.

The skill and experience of the artist highly affect the price of the tattoo.
The skill and experience of the artist highly affect the price of the tattoo.

Size of tattoo

When exploring different sized tattoos, there are several factors involving the cost to consider. Obviously, the larger a design, the longer it will take to complete, and the more the tattoo will cost. Large tattoos will be drawn by the artist with customer input, and the more detailed and time-consuming, the more the artist may charge. Most artists charge for one hour for this phase, but this can vary greatly. Some artists include the design in the price of the tattoo for some large detailed pieces, as long as you commit to getting it done with them.

Artists usually charge by the hour, so the larger the tattoo, the more time and sessions it takes to get it done.
Artists usually charge by the hour, so the larger the tattoo, the more time and sessions it takes to get it done.

Tattoo placement

Another important factor for the cost of the tattoo is the placement, or location on the body. The reasons for this is that it may take an artist longer to design depending on where you want a tattoo, as well as needing to take more care in tattooing the area on an awkward piece on skin so that the image shows up as intended.

Medieval backpiece

Important points to note

You should be aware that tattoos have additional costs. Before asking How Much Do Tattoos Cost, you need to know some of the extra costs involved after the process is over. For instance, if you are satisfied with the service offered, it is recommended that you give the artist a tip. A tip is a thank you note, and it can be about 15% to 20% of the total cost.

In addition to the cost of tattoo implementation, prepare to factor in the cost of tattoo aftercare into your savings fund. For more information, check out our complete guide on the Tattoo Aftercare process to help make sure your investment in your tattoo will be worth it.

Briefing

Let’s recap when researching the top factors for the cost of a Tattoo:

  • The Tattoo Artist and Parlor
  • Location of the Tattoo Shop
  • Tattoo Design
  • The Size
  • The Placement of the Tattoo (shoulder, back, etc)
  • After costs of Tattoo Implementation.

There you go. When are you are ready to get your first tattoo, you will be able to talk price with the tattoo shop like a pro.