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In this continuation of tattoo artist Q and A you will learn about a few tricks of the trade, remember this set of articles is in no way to replace a professional apprenticeship, and meant only to inform artists on the common questions posed by artists, and enthusiast alike.

24. What can I expect to earn being a tattoo artist?

Unfortunately, there is no set amount of income that a tattoo artist will rake in . Generally speaking, your income will be based upon geographical location, the population around you, the shop you are working in, and the skills of the artist. Most artists can expect to take home around a hundred dollars a day, after giving the shop their cut.

25. What should I charge for an hourly rate?

Generally speaking, the hourly rate for shops differ depending on location, and the demand of tattoos in the area. Most artists will charge anywhere from sixty dollars an hour, all the way to two hundred and fifty dollars an hour (sometimes higher). Most reputable artists feel as a general rule, that you should not charge anything less than one hundred dollars per hour.

26. How should I price larger tattoos?

Once again, you can either price by the hour or you can price it by session. (If you are expecting a four hour session, consider charging six hundred dollars for the full session). This helps to create long lasting relationships with the client, and gain the shop much more than a one time income. I would use your own judgement on pricing, if you still can’t come up with a set price, consider asking your mentor or other reputable artists in your area what they normally charge.

27. How can I learn how to produce good Bio mechanical designs?

Remember, some of the most important qualities to a good bio mechanical design, is repetition, graduation, and variety. You should layer elements to help create depth, along with contrast between elements. Most importantly, is your own interpretation of the bio mechanical style of tattooing.

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