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Tattoo pricing often balks the most savvy of consumers. However, one thing to keep in mind is that for quality work you will have to pay a considerable amount more for, than a poorly executed tattoo.

Fair tattoo pricing can range anywhere from $50 to $70 an hour. This may seem like a lot but please try to keep in mind, that most artists are required to pay a booth fee, or rent on their station. Most artists will walk away with a lower percentage, than they give to the shop.

Often times you will find signs posted above the doors in tattoo shops, stating that “Prices may vary upon your attitude”. This statement holds true for most tattoo artists, as like any other human being they don’t want to have someone whining, or complaining the whole time. Stay off of your artists back, do not badger them about “how much longer” as it isn’t proper adequate. However, it is nice to talk. Open up to your artist, ask how their week is going. If they ask for the meaning behind the tattoo, feel free to divulge the information. Besides playful banter is helpful in making the time go by quicker and taking your mind off of the pain.

If you are to stumble upon a shop that is much cheaper, be wary of the quality of work. Do your homework, is the facility sterile? Do they have portfolios that are easily accessible to their clientele? Watch the artists at work, and if you are still feeling a bit uneasy, find another shop.

Tips, though not required are appreciated by the artist. They have just spent an average of 30 minutes to an hour of their time to give you your lovely new tattoo. Most people still think 15%, however a good tip still ranges between $30 and $40 depending on the time that was spent on your tattoo.

Chances are, if you are a willing and generous client the tattoo artist will be more inclined to work on you in the future.


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