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How Much Does a Tattoo Cost?

 
 average costMedium: $75-$150 per hour 
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  Typical costs:
  • Most tattoo artists charge an hourly rate that varies from about $75 to $150 an hour, according to Bill Johnson, executive office director of the Alliance of Professional Tattooists..
  • The length of time it takes to do a tattoo can vary from one to many hours, depending on the size and complexity of the design. Tattoo artists in large urban areas tend to charge on the higher end of that range, or even more, while those in small towns often charge the lower rates.
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What should be included:
  • The tattoo artist will create a stencil of the client's chosen design - usually using a special machine - and will then disinfect the tattoo site and transfer the stencil onto the skin. Then, the tattooist will pour ink into the tattoo machine, which has tiny needles that inject the ink into the skin. Using the machine, the tattoo artist will first trace the outline of the tattoo, then add color and shading. Tattoo.About.com[1] offers an overview of the process.
Additional costs:
  • Some tattooists charge 10 percent to 25 percent extra for work on a part of the body that is more difficult, such as the lower back. And some artists will charge extra for custom designs, but it is more common to ask for a deposit of about $50.
  • If you are unhappy with your tattoo, having it altered or tattooed over might cost hundreds of dollars and removal is even more expensive - up to $10,000 in some cases.
  • Your tattoo will fade over time, so you probably will have to get it touched up in the future.
Discounts:
  • Because tattoos can be difficult and expensive to remove, it is important to choose an artist based on quality, rather than on price. And for regular customers or someone who is getting a lot of work done, some artists will offer a lower hourly rate.
Shopping for a tattoo:
  • Tip: Keep an eye out for people who have tattoos that appeal to you, and ask where they got them done. Because tattooists are artists, your choice will be subjective and partly based on your taste and sense of aesthetics. The Alliance of Professional Tattooists[2] provides an online pamphlet with advice on choosing a tattooist. When you find a tattooist, ask about qualifications and experience, and take a look at a portfolio.
  • Tip: To minimize health risks, make sure your tattoo artist has been certified by the Alliance of Professional Tattooists, a nonprofit organization that uses a strict set of standards to make tattooing as safe as possible. Also, learn about the health risks, which are minimal, but still exist, in tattoo parlors that follow strict sanitation guidelines. The National Institutes for Health[3] provides an overview of the possible risks, which include infection, allergic reaction to dyes, and exposure to bloodborne diseases such as HIV, hepatitis B and hepatitis C. Also, check with your state and local health departments to see how tattoo parlors are regulated in your area.
Material on this page is for informational purposes only and should not be construed as medical advice. Always consult your physician or pharmacist regarding medications or medical procedures.
 
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How much ?!
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Posted by: Lacey322 in Folsom, PA.Posted: September 21st, 2015 08:09PM
Tattoo Description: RosesTime Total: ?
Larger roses going from under my ribs on the side to my thigh
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First tattoo
Amount: $75.00 Total
Posted by: Jimmyzzz in Ft Myers beach, FL.Posted: September 10th, 2015 12:09PM
Tattoo Description: Ocean wave shaded blue and whiteTime Total: 30 min
Got it done on ft Myers beach which right on beach adds to cost got an ocean wave outlined in black shaded blue with white highlights and in cursive under the wave the words no fear ! Love it am going next week to get more . It's addicting and kinda of feels like an electrical type of burning sensation deff hurts like hell on the foot !!!!!!
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First tattoo
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Posted by: Logan Miller in Paulding, OH.Posted: September 8th, 2015 08:09AM
Tattoo Description: Old Oriental Dragon sleeve for right armTime Total: ??
Im looking for a local tattooist and a price range for this type of tattoo
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how much will it be?
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Posted by: Sydney gill in connersvillle, IN.Posted: September 5th, 2015 01:09PM
Tattoo Description: Colored paper airplaneTime Total: 30
I'm wanting to know the price of what I might get. It would be a fairly small tattoo on my side or shoulder blade. It would be a birthday tattoo and all it will be is a tiny colored paper airplane with speed lines with the words "fly away" or travel.
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Want my 4th one already
Amount: $1,150.00 Total
Posted by: Andrew9858 in Mansfield, TX.Posted: September 2nd, 2015 05:09AM
Tattoo Description: Finishing sleeve and bro quoteTime Total: 5 hours
Have a tribal half sleeve and and custom skull clock and wairror angel statue and a memorial cross
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Cost of tattoo\'s
Amount: $870.00 Total
Posted by: El Jefe in Gunnison, CO.Posted: September 1st, 2015 03:09PM
Tattoo Description: 5 tattoo\'s so farTime Total: Not sure
Molon Labe on inside of left arm - 230
American Flag on left shoulder - 230
Mountain backpacker on left chest - 260
3 birds on right upper chest - 75
heart beat + mountain lines on right calf - 75
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Celtic knot
Amount: $0.00 Total
Posted by: Mtv155 in Middletown, DE.Posted: August 13th, 2015 10:08PM
Tattoo Description: Celtic knot type designTime Total: ???
Originally it's a Celtic knot of interlocking Bs (also the symbol of breaking Benjamin) but I'm going to custom change the knot to be Rs I want it 1x1 inches on my wrist in black shading, does anyone know how much this would be?
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First tattoo
Amount: $42.00 Total
Posted by: Shamill92 in Worcester, MA.Posted: August 12th, 2015 03:08AM
Tattoo Description: 420 in Roman numerals on my rib cageTime Total: 45min
I got my first tattoo for my birthday and it honestly wasn't that bad! They say the rib cage is the worst but it's mostly just an annoying burning feeling after awhile
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First tattoo
Amount: $75.00 Total
Posted by: Kayla Anglemyer in Three rivers, MI.Posted: August 12th, 2015 03:08AM
Tattoo Description: My sons footprint w/first and last nameTime Total: Hour and 30 minutes
The artist even added extra shading for free because he knew it would look good...its black with grey shading around name and dates size: my hand fairly large on right side of chest.
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First tattoo
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Posted by: Jacquelynn in Hayward, CA.Posted: August 4th, 2015 12:08AM
Tattoo Description: Dream catcher/ stag on shoulder bladeTime Total: Idk
I want to get a simple black tattoo (silhouette style) of either a dream catcher or a leaping stag on my right shoulder blade but I don't know a good place to get one near me or how much it would cost
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First tattoo! Please help
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Posted by: Donovan in Mississauga, Other.Posted: July 25th, 2015 09:07PM
Tattoo Description: Roman numeralsTime Total: Any
Numerals of my mOms birthday, located under my right collar bone. Its a surprise for her to show her that she is and forever will be my best friend.
I'm 17 and am allowed to get a tattoo, I would like pricing range
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want my 1 tattoo of my life
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Posted by: jane doe in norfolk, VA.Posted: July 20th, 2015 05:07PM
Tattoo Description: butterflyTime Total: about 30 min.
want ideas for what to get and where inexpensively...please respond in the comments?
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2nd Amendment Eagle
Amount: $1,200.00 Total
Posted by: JayMan21 in New York, NY.Posted: July 19th, 2015 07:07PM
Tattoo Description: Eagle on back holding riflesTime Total: 3 hours
Tattoo by Megan Massacure @ Wooster Social NYC (N.Y. INK)
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Tattoo
Amount: $100.00 Total
Posted by: Sören in Denver, CO.Posted: July 9th, 2015 10:07AM
Tattoo Description: 14 words on my left forearmTime Total: 1 hour
I got it done at Marion St. Tattoo in Denver, CO. Aj Mcquire did mine. He is excellent and I couldn't have asked for a better tattoo. I know he's good at words. I don't know about pictures. Go there if you want words!
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First tattoo
Amount: $160.00 Total
Posted by: Tristan in Airway Heights, WA.Posted: July 9th, 2015 01:07AM
Tattoo Description: Celtic Triskele/Spiral mixTime Total: One hour
It was a somewhat complex design, no colours except for black. It's on my forearm and is roughly the size of the palm of my hand
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First tattoo
Amount: $35.00 Total
Posted by: Shawn James in Morristown, NJ.Posted: July 5th, 2015 08:07PM
Tattoo Description: An equality sin on my forearmTime Total: 5-10 minutes
I got it done in march of 2015 not 14
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first tattoo
Amount: $0.00 Total
Posted by: berriesss in brooklyn, NY.Posted: June 28th, 2015 06:06AM
Tattoo Description: three words in greek VENI VIDI VICITime Total:
I want that Greek saying Veni vidi vici on my forearm I live in NYC I want to know how much that would cost
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first tattoo
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Posted by: rhonda123 in Downey, CA.Posted: June 23rd, 2015 08:06AM
Tattoo Description: a quoteTime Total: 0
I want to get a tattoo on my ribs it's my favorite quote of my favorite artist Oscar Wilde: If your not to long I'll wait for you all my life how much would that cost
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First tat
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Posted by: Summer in Chester, SC.Posted: June 12th, 2015 07:06PM
Tattoo Description: Infinity with stay strong wordsTime Total: Idk
Please help ! I'm getting it in two days , I need to know about how much it will cost . In just black and in color ??
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Wolf and Moon
Amount: $40.00 Total
Posted by: WolfRox69 in los angeles, CA.Posted: June 7th, 2015 12:06PM
Tattoo Description: wolf and Moon outlineTime Total: aprox 20 mins more or less
I custom designed a wolf and Moon tattoo and took it to a tattoo artist in los angeles it was small so he only charged me 40 usd and I gave him a 5 dollar tip and it looked just like I wanted it too. I got it in my right ankle.
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First Tattoo Questions
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Posted by: EmKate in Joplin, MO.Posted: May 31st, 2015 06:05PM
Tattoo Description: It\'s Not About Me/I Am LovedTime Total:
Not sure which to get first. I want "It's Not About Me" framed by a small cross and a foot print most likely on my right shoulder blade. I want "I Am Loved" in small cursive following the curve of my rib cage. Comments or Suggestions?
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upper arm tat
Amount: $260.00 Total
Posted by: urban mama in Pittsburgh, PA.Posted: May 15th, 2015 03:05PM
Tattoo Description: black & grey xenomorphTime Total: 2.5 hours
Amazing outcome. Excellent artist
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first tattoo
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Posted by: haylee moe in Denver, CO.Posted: May 6th, 2015 06:05PM
Tattoo Description: Heart with word momTime Total:
I want to get a tattoo that a friend drew for me it is a heart with a rose and a dove I was wondering how much it might cost I'm getting it on my upper arm want the rose and heart colored and the eye of the dove maby the dove Im not sure yet about the dove though
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how much wwould it cost for a trible wolf dreamcatcher
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Posted by: torena carver in cullman, AL.Posted: May 5th, 2015 10:05PM
Tattoo Description: trible wolf dream catcherTime Total: N/A
I would reallly like to know how much it would cost me to get this tat done on my forearm its for remberance of my grandfather an I'm trying to get it done by his birthday an I really would love to know the cost
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half sleeve
Amount: $500.00 Total
Posted by: carlyrae in Bullhead City, AZ.Posted: April 27th, 2015 02:04PM
Tattoo Description: half sleeve ..including stars and rosesTime Total: 6 hours
Full color galaxy with cartoon stars and cartoon roses. Didn't hurt til it got to my arm pit.
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How much would they all be
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Posted by: Isaac Contreras in Lompoc, CA.Posted: April 15th, 2015 03:04PM
Tattoo Description: Black roses, pin up girl, vines and moreTime Total:
Hello well here are the tattoos i want
Black roses on calf
Pin up girl on other calf
Vines going down my arms and some words around it
High life on knuckles
Music note on behind my ear
If you can please reply im trying to get them all before im 19
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first tattoo
Amount: $100.00 Total
Posted by: Denise Rae in San Antonio, TX.Posted: March 31st, 2015 01:03AM
Tattoo Description: flowersTime Total: 60
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firsy tatto
Amount: $100.00 Total
Posted by: melly in Los Angeles, CA.Posted: March 30th, 2015 01:03PM
Tattoo Description: butterfly on my wristTime Total: 45 min
reminder of my grandmother
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First Birthday tattoo
Amount: $400.00 Total
Posted by: Andrewwwww in Tempe, AZ.Posted: March 18th, 2015 03:03AM
Tattoo Description: boxing gloves, with lettering of a nameTime Total: 5 hours
Had a nice size piece done on my arm, of boxing gloves to represent my brother that had to fight for his life, and his name below them. Will be going back to get date dots above it.
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Cost of my tattoos
Amount: $1,500.00 Total
Posted by: RockinRowan in Las Vegas, NV.Posted: March 9th, 2015 10:03AM
Tattoo Description: Back, Half Sleeve, quarter sleeveTime Total: 15 hours
My first tattoo was a celtic cross placed on my back. It's about 14" long and about 8" wide. It took 3 hours, and I paid $300 and added a tip of $60.
My second was a traditional Samoan tribal half sleeve. It's a LOT of intricate line work, and took a ton of black ink. I laid there for 9 hours in one session and paid $900 for this one. Added a tip of $200.
My third tattoo were some evergreen trees on my forearm as a quarter sleeve that will eventually become a full sleeve. I sat for 2 hours and paid $300. I wasn't too happy with this artist and only tipped $30 (family friend). I won't be going back to him and I LUCKILY found an artist that will work off of what he did. Typically artists don't like working off of other artist's work.
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First Tattoo
Amount: $120.00 Total
Posted by: a user in Tacoma, WA.Posted: March 7th, 2015 01:03AM
Tattoo Description: Colored plumeria on hipTime Total: 45 min
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I have 5 tattoos
Amount: $685.00 Total
Posted by: a user in Cabot, AR.Posted: February 17th, 2015 12:02PM
I have 5 tattoos and all together it cost me $685 and numerous hours under the needle. I love them all still to this day and do not regret a single one!
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First Tattoo
Amount: $500.00 Total
Posted by: Carli in Rapid City, SD.Posted: February 9th, 2015 09:02AM
Tattoo Description: SnowflakesTime Total: 6 hours
I had my first tattoo done in two separate appointments. 5 snowflakes were done in the first, and the rest of the smaller ones were done in the second.
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External Resources:
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  2.  www.safe-tattoos.com/pamphlets/basic.html
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