6 Factors That Determine the Cost of a Tattoo
The final cost of a tattoo will depend on several factors that will determine its value. Elements like the tattoo artists' experience, the type of work, and even the location of the tattoo shop will play an integral role in determining the price of the tattoo.
The tattoo size and color, the number of sessions needed to complete it, even the area where you want your tattoo, could end up effecting the final price. As mentioned earlier, the location does play a role in a final budget: taxes and expenses vary enormously depending on where you go.
Additionally, you will have to find out how the tattoo artist charges for the tattoo. Some artists choose to charge per hour, others per session or even per piece. Some will evaluate the complexity of the requested piece, even more so if it falls within their style, or or if they are free to use their creativity.
So what is the average cost? Typically, tattoos have a cost range from $100 for small pieces to more than $300 per hour. Also if you are looking for a customized, original tattoo made especially for you, the price will increase. Here are some other factors to consider when evaluating costs of a tattoo art piece are:
The Artist's Experience
Tattoos have a base price for the materials only, which must be used exclusively for each client. When you choose a tattoo artist, first check their previous work to confirm not only their price range but their customer's reviews. Check the shop sanitary conditions, and don’t hesitate to ask him a couple of questions about his background in tattooing. Take the time to chat with him or her, after all, you both will spend hours, maybe days, working side by side.
Additionally, checking the portfolio and social accounts of your tattoo artist is always an excellent idea to admire not only their work quality but their specialties. If you meet an artist with several years of experience growing as a traditional Japanese tattoo master, the quality obtained by tattooing a Daruma with him will be unbeatable. Necessarily, the prices of his work will go hand in hand with the tattoo quality he/she offers.
However, if you find a tattoo artist that is new to the industry, but talented and with a varied portfolio of simpler pieces, you can also obtain excellent results in less complicated designs that will allow him to continue gaining experience. Of course, in everything that concerns health, including tattoos, skimping costs is always a big mistake.
The Details Of The Tattoo (Size, Color, and Design)
The use of high-quality pigments will not only make your tattoo have a defined and lasting color, but it will guarantee a safe healing process. If your tattoo design is a nontraditional full of bright neon colors, the use of a large number of special pigments is a calculation that your tattoo artist will have in mind when estimating your tattoo final price.
An intricate, highly detailed design will also increase the number of hours and expertise required by the tattoo artist. There are certain styles like shadow work, 3D and realism can be achieved by using, in some cases, few pigments, but they require tremendous ability in the process to get there. Therefore, some tattoo artists charge a flat rate for their work regardless of the colors needed on your design and focus on the size and level of detail required by the idea you have in mind.
Body Part Getting Inked
Currently, it is possible to get a tattoo in almost any part of the body (eyelids included). However, some areas are much more painful or difficult to inked, turning them into a real challenge even for the most experienced tattoo artist. The sensitivity of some areas can increase the tattoo complexity and the number of hours invested in getting it right.
On the one-on-one consultation with your tattoo artist, ask him for the part of the body in which he would recommend you to get your tattoo if you have enough space to choose from… The most sensitive parts of the body to get a tattoo are: the neck, inner thighs, genitals, sternum, lips, and eyelids. The less sensitive parts are the arms, outer thighs, shoulders, and buttocks.
Choosing Between Custom or Pre-designed Work?
If you have the possibility of designing your tattoo or have a simple design in mind, the value of it won’t include the artistic abilities to draw it on paper and transfer it onto your skin. However, when crossing paths with a highly experienced tattoo artist, the best it’s to let the professionals do their job. You will end up with an outstanding piece that will stand out from the crowd of tribal arms bracelets and Derriere Jumping dolphins. When you request a high detail and complex design from a pro, the cost could go up to a thousand dollars.
Location of the Tattoo Parlor
The location of the tattoo parlor can affect your ink final prize. Crowded cities with higher demand, will call for renowned artists and bigger prices due to the living costs, expenses, and taxes. "Happening" cities tend to offer less expensive prices but also fewer artists to choose from. Take for example in Arkansas, a very conservative location, you can get a tattoo done for 150$ while, the same design in Chicago can surpass a 300$ budget. If you don't have a budget, choose a tattoo shop that has good reviews.
Although it’s not an indisputable rule, when it comes to tattoos: size does matter. The larger the size, the larger the number of hours of execution, the larger the number of pigments required and the experience needed to achieve a consistent result.
Large pieces call for a larger dose of patience injecting pigments into the skin with various types of needles. In short, a small arrow on the side of your index finger will never be compared to Japanese style fullback. However, a small tattoo of great detail can be as expensive as a bigger one less detailed with basic shading.