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How Much a Tattoo Costs

Once you have made the decision to get a tattoo, you'll have to decide how much you are willing to spend on your new tattoo. Tattoos have long been known to be very expensive, with the bigger ones costing up in the thousands of dollars. Although you may be able to find some designs and studios that are within your budget, you'll still face some very important decisions.

In the world of tattoos, you get what you pay for. Tattoo artists will normally charge you anywhere from 65 dollars up to 250 dollars an hour. Depending on the size and location of the tattoo, you can easily spend thousands. Typically smaller tattoos or designs chosen "off the wall" are given a set price before the tattoo work ever begins. More intricate and customized work will be charged hourly as it may be difficult to determine ahead of time how long the piece will take.

The best thing to do is to find a design that you like, try to decide where on the body you would like it, and then look into how much it will cost you. When discussing the price of the tattoo, you should never sacrifice quality for price. Even though a reputable studio may cost you more, the quality will normally be better than other tattoo studios that may have less experience.

The key thing to remember is not to rush into your tattoo, especially if you are on a budget. It is not to say that you can't get an excellent tattoo on the lower range of what is mentioned above, but it will certainly require time and research. Always remember, tattooing is an art form, and the person tattooing you is an artist. So like any other art form, you expect to pay more for higher quality artwork.

So search out artists that you like by reviewing portfolios and seeing the types of artwork they have done in the past. As they have improved their skill they typically can charge more - this is why the prices differ so much. Artists are often able to charge more if their demand is high and their time becomes limited.

Also understand that more detailed work will be more expensive as it will take more hours to apply. So keep in mind and explain to your artist the level of detail you are expecting so they can give you a relative estimation of time. For example, think about any feathered or scaled animal. A tattoo can look spectacular with varying levels of detail, but if you wish to have each feather or scale detailed it will definitely cost more.

On the flip side don't get too carried away if you have a large budget. In the example above, having each feather or scale finely detailed may look great the first couple of years, but depending on where it is on the body and how much wear and tear that part of the body is exposed to, the finest of details may quickly fade and not have been worth the initial expenditure. Again this all depends on placement. Areas like the upper thighs are great places for detailed tattoos as they do not age as much as above the knees that stretch more or arms that may have more exposure to the sun.

Once you have chosen a studio and have your tattoo appointment set, plan ahead if you plan to tip your artist. If they do exceptional work, you may find it nice to tip like any other service profession. Legitimately run shops appreciate tips as it is free and clear and serves as something extra (again like any other service industry). This really depends though, if you are a one time customer definitely consider a tip. However, if you are a true enthusiast and know you will be coming back time and time again, the tip will be in your loyalty to the shop and/or artist. There is no better tip than a return customer or referral to your friends!

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