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I have a couple questions about payment, these are situations I have never had to deal with. First, would you pay per session, as opposed to when a piece is finished? Difference between artists? Also if a tattoo is finished in 1.2 - 1.4 hours is a second full hour paid for (artist variance?)? Lastly, if an artist estimates 3 hours, and at that point he is nowhere near done, what is the expectation? I assume having enough for an extra hour is smart, but say there is much more left. Would he stop?
This is a pretty basic answer, so the majority of you will probably want to skip it. But I always forget how much people don’t know, so let’s go back to basics.
Okay, so I’m assuming you’ve never gotten a tattoo before? Or a big tattoo? Let’s pretend you’re getting a half sleeve dedicated to how much you love Tumblr or something.
So your artist is like “ok, we can split it into three sessions. Outline, first color, second color.” After you put down your deposit for the drawing, you pay after every session.
So you’re like “how long will the outline take?,” knowing the artist’s rate is $140/hr. They’re like “around 3hrs.” But remember: they’re don’t have a crystal ball. If you’re extra twitchy, need a break, have tougher skin… it might take less or more time. So bring some extra dough no matter what.
At the end it was around 3hrs 20 minutes because you needed to pee or something. So when you ask them, “how much do I owe you?” they’ll tell you. Assuming their rate is $140/hr this will probably be around $460. See how that works? For your first session your deposit will get absorbed into this, and don’t forget to tip!
Again, it always varies, so feel free to ask them if you’re uncomfortable. You can also look under the #cost tag for more.
I want to to get my first tattoo by David Hale. I need to save money (it's a good size piece) and on his website there is a $100 min fee for tattoos and the rest is "what the client sees fit." This is my first tattoo so I'm not sure what an artist like him expects. I love his work and I don't want to underpay. Advice?
Yeah, so he’s now booked until 2014, only taking projects he likes, and only charges “what the client sees fit.”
Homie is a god among peasants.
- I’m only answering this publicly because people should see what an impact FYeahTattoos is having on the industry. He literally blew up after a few people posted his work on there. It’s insane.
- Most comparable artists are charging $120-180/hr. Amanda Wachob is the most expensive I know of for $300. But he’s left it so open ended I really have no idea what to tell you hahaha
So, this question isn't so much about tattoos as it is about... etiquette I guess. I can't draw for beans, which is a problem, since I have this awesome vision of a tattoo for my pop-pop in my head. Is it in bad taste to have an artist draw something up, get a quote, (it'll be pricey I know that) and then not set up an appointment within a few weeks? I just want to see it on paper so bad, but I feel it would be almost rude to go and have it drawn any time soon. Thoughts? :/
If the artist is going to draw something, you have to put a deposit for an appointment down. You wouldn’t ask a mechanic to change your oil to “see if you like it” and even though tattoos are most personal, tattoo artists are workers. Just like you and me. Usually it’s about $50-100 just for the sketch and appointment.
It just seems like your’e broke right now, which is fine. I know the feeling. But you gotta strap on your big girl pants and either save the money or put it on a credit card. Take the extra time to do some great research and you can always book your appointment like a monthish out from when you do your consultation and get the drawing so you can get in before you save that last $100.
Speaking of tipping! You just reminded me of something that I've been wondering. My artist does free touch-ups, sets up the appointment for it after we do the sitting. I was wondering if you should tip after this sort of thing? Because it seemed like a really great thing to do, but I just wasn't sure what the etiquette is on it.
Tip for freakin’ everything. I got a $13 Friday the 13 tattoo and I tipped him $20 because otherwise he would have been doing it like straight up at cost. Remember they have to buy new supplies and take time off their schedules to do it!
So yeah. Like $20-30 depending on the size and time is reasonable.
A friend of mine were discussing whether or not it is a tattoo faux pas to ask an artist to touch up another tattoo while they are tattooing something else on you. Like, if I have a small, black tattoo with a couple white spots and I'm getting a big tattoo done by another artist, is it rude to ask the new artist to touch up the other tattoo?
I don’t think so if its really only like two spots. I would call ahead or preface the session with something like: “I know it’ll be a few bucks extra, but can you touch up an old one I have too?”
Then show it to them and see how much work it really takes because it might be moe than you thought.
Basically don’t spring it on them haha
So, I've been interested in getting a tattoo, but I was wondering how much it cost to go in and find out how much the kind of tattoo I want would cost. Just so that I don't walk in without finding out and then I don't have enough money on me. Is this one of those things where you just walk in and ask? Or do I schedule an appointment to ask? And how much would the cost me to ask things like this? Sorry, if this is a dumb question I just don't wanna waste the tattoo artist time or anything.
Not dumb! For larger pieces artists usually have an hourly rate; for smaller ones they can probably give you a price for the individual piece. Here’s a few general tips:
- The best thing to do is to make a consultation with the artist. Just pick a time to show up, give them your ideas, and chat before you actually get tattooed. That way they can have time to draw it up, and you can also ask about how much it will cost you for when you come in to actually get tattooed.
- Don’t try to negotiate the price. Some people make this mistake, but you wouldn’t negotiate with an electrician, and artists are workers too!
- Once they give you the quote, I’d plan to bring a bit more incase you need a break or something and the session runs longer, plus tip!
- Always tip your artist. If you’re piece is huge I hear they don’t necessarily expect like 15%, but it’s really polite—especially if you wanna go back in the future! I pretty much consistently tip like 20%+, including on my big sleeve, because I know my artist does amazing work and I’m going to keep going back to her for other large pieces.
To the anon who asked that question. All equipment costs money, so as soon as the needle and tube are hooked up I've already spent that money towards your piece whether it your whole back or a word on your wrist. This is why shops have a minimum. So the hourly rate might be $80 but the minimum might be $40 so that for people who want small tats aren't overpriced but the shop still makes a profit!
Yes! I should have mentioned this so thanks.