How Much Does A Tattoo Cost?

One question we are often asked by people who are yet to get a tattoo is ‘how much does a tattoo cost?’….this is almost impossible to answer and so we are going to break down some of the major factors for you.

Tattoo Artist

The Artist

Tattooists generally charge by the hour and a great tattooist will be able to charge much more than your Average Joe. Some famous tattoo artists have people come from all over the world to see them and so they can charge prices many people simply cannot afford, these artists are usually found in major cities like London, LA, New York etc. In your average city or town you will be able to find reputable tattoo artists that have a great body of work behind them for much cheaper, just make sure you do your research first, a cheap tattoo artist is probably cheap for a reason!

There are two general pricing methods when it comes to tattoos. Most tattoo studios will have both methods in effect and both methods have both pros and cons.

How Much Does A Tattoo Cost

How Much Does A Tattoo Cost?

Hourly Fee

Most custom artwork will be charged by the hour. This is nearly always the case with large pieces that take multiple sessions to finish or anything that requires freehand. A shops hourly rate is determined on many factors such as operating costs, artists time, quality of the artists and various other things. Some shops charge as little as $50 per hour while others may be as much as $250!

Flat Fee

This is the method often used when pricing flash (pre-designed art you will find on the studio walls). While it is known as a flat fee the price can still vary a little depending on many factors such as:


This is obvious really, the larger the tattoo you decide to have the more it will cost you. Larger tattoo’s will obviously take the artist longer and will usually require much more detail and so a higher cost will come with it.


The design you choose can also have a huge impact on price. With a flash tattoo you may still add or omit parts and so this can mean the price varies.


A simple one-color tribal design will cost much less than the exact same tattoo in multiple colors. The more colors the more expensive the tattoo will be, bare this in mind when you are choosing a tattoo.


How much does a tattoo cost? You can never really tell until you ask your artist!

Always do your research first! Find a reputable tattooist and make sure you are getting exactly what you want! If you are being charged hourly ask your tattooist how long it will roughly take to finish so you have a good understanding of what the final price will likely be. Finally….NEVER, EVER, go to a tattooist just because they are cheap, it can only lead to regret!

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