When it comes to pricing tattoos, there are lots of factors that come into play. Nowadays, there are lots of shops, lots of styles, and lots of variants in quality. Usually, most shops have a minimum cost, with tattoo prices going up from there.
A shop minimum is put in place to cover the basic expenses required to set up and do the tattoo. First, let’s remember that the cost of the tattoo gets divided between the shop and the tattooer. This percentage can vary from shop to shop, as well as how much supplies the shop and tattooer cover respectively, but the minimum cost of the tattoo makes sure quality supplies can be used for the tattoo, as well as pay the tattooer and cover basic bills necessary to keep the shop open.
Usually, size, placement, amount of colors used and intricacies are all easy factors to say will affect tattoo cost. All of these factors can generally make the tattoo either more difficult or take longer, and thus require more work put into them. Some designs need to be done large enough so that they don’t sacrifice detail quality.
If a specific design is presented that doesn’t require changes, it is much easier to give a specific price quote. If you have an idea, the tattooer may give you a price range for your tattoo until a final design is created and agreed upon.
Normally, tattooers are willing to work within certain budgets, so don’t be afraid to mention that before the tattooer works on creating your design. Tattoos can sometimes be done in sessions, which can help break up the cost of the piece.
Don’t be afraid of the cost a tattoo. It is a lifelong investment that you should feel proud of when finished.
“The sweet taste of a low price soon fades with the sour taste of a bad tattoo.”
Arthur J. Zitzka