Getting A Tattoo Bargain
There ARE NO bargains in tattoos, so don't even think about trying for one. The money you save in getting inked cheaply could be spent many times over in trying to repair the damage by covering it up or removing it.

The price of tattoos is based on various factors, such as size, originality, time involved, and how much the artist is in demand. Small tattoos chosen from flash are relatively inexpensive, but if you want something original, be prepared to spend some money.

Most artists charge by the hour, and $50 per hour is on the low end of the scale. Well-known and accomplished artists can charge hundreds of dollars per hour, but are considered well worth it by their fans and customers. Only you can decide what you can afford, but starting out small is probably a good idea.

Sometimes it's not possible to find the right artist in your own city or state. Some people even travel to other countries to get inked. The price goes up when you travel, of course, but if you really want that unique tattoo from that special artist, start saving your cash.

Don't forget to factor in the cost of hotels and so on. Perhaps your chosen artist is coming to your area for a tattoo convention. Check out convention websites to see the lists of visiting artists. If one of your heroes is coming to town, try to book an appointment ahead of time.

Getting It Summed Up:
  • Take your time. Don't rush into getting some ink that you'll regret later. Look at tattoo designs in magazines, on websites, at conventions, and on other people.
  • Check out several studios. Look for cleanliness, proper health procedures, and the professionalism and friendliness of artists and other staff.
  • Find an ARTIST - Artists are proud of their work, are willing to answer questions, follow proper safety procedures, and have ARTISTIC ability.
  • Make sure you are comfortable with your artist. Having this person's artwork applied to your skin is a costly and (somewhat) painful procedure. Once it's applied, it's not going to come off.
  • Don't skimp on price - this IS a lifetime commitment, and you don't want to spend lots more money and time repairing damage that cost only a little to do.

Click here for the previous part of this series, "Getting Started and Inked".

Click here for the first part of this series, "What to Expect at a Tattoo Convention".
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