A wise person once said, “Good tattoos aren’t cheap, and cheap tattoos aren’t good”.
Our shop minimum is $160, and for larger custom pieces the hourly rate is $160 per hour. All tattoo services are by appointment only, and a $100 non-refundable deposit is required to secure your artist’s time.
There are many factors that go into tattoo pricing which may include size, design, detail, color, placement, artist experience, supply costs, and local standards. Tattooists receive a percentage of this rate after the cost of supplies and shop fees.
Our artists are always willing to offer suggestions regarding the size, placement, and composition of your new tattoo. Their ultimate goal is for you to have an amazing experience and the desired result that fits your specific needs and budget.
Tipping is always greatly appreciated and usually ranges anywhere between 10%-30%. Tips should be based on how pleased you are with the overall tattoo and experience.
If you have any questions regarding the tattoo process, just ask! We promise we don’t bite! You may also visit our tattoo FAQ page. It is our pleasure to help make this as physically and emotionally comfortable as possible.
- If you’re looking to get a small tattoo, our minimum is $160.
- For a large or custom pieces you will likely be charged an hourly rate which is $160 an hour.
- All tattoos done by appointment require a non refundable $100 deposit to secure the artists time.
Hourly rates vary based on the experience level and talent of the tattoo artist and local standards. The price of a tattoo is a combined reflection of the value of the artist’s time, the cost of supplies, and equipment and the investment in both time and money on sterilization practices. (Remember that tattooists see only a percentage of this fee, making anywhere from 30-70% after the cost of supplies and shop fees.)
New artists and apprentices may charge less. This can either be a reflection of their skill and/or simply an enticement to gain experience and build up a portfolio. It is very important to look at tattoo portfolios before choosing an artist, but scrutinize portfolios especially closely when the deal seems too good to be true.
The price of your tattoo is sure to be forgotten in time, but you have to look at the resulting artwork on your body for the rest of your life.
Any decent artist will want you to have an amazing tattoo that will look great both now and in the future. If they have suggestions on size, placement or composition it makes sense for you to consider their thoughts and expertise. They are not simply trying to bump up your cost or take over your image. If you are concerned with the price or are on a budget simply say something and your artist may be able to redesign or simplify the tattoo design to cut down on the overall cost. Or you can wait an extra month or more to save up and get something that will be a pleasure to behold many years later.
Considering that most tattooists only receive a fraction of the cost of the tattoo, tipping is greatly appreciated. Tips typically range from 10-30%. They should be based on how happy you are with the overall tattoo and the experience. A large and/or difficult piece that was done with a smile and charm while you squirmed and twitched through it would be a good example of a time to tip generously. If you changed your mind/design a dozen times and had your artist redraw for you then homemade cookies in addition to a fat cash tip is the way to go!
If you have any questions on the tattoo process, just ASK. It is our pleasure to help make this as physically and emotionally comfortable as possible.