Average Tattoo Pricing

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The average prices for tattoos are $40 or $50 for small pieces and $100 an hour for large tattoo pieces, such as sleeves. Prepare to pay several hundred dollars an hour for celebrity tattoo artist using information from a tattoo artist in this free video on tattoo pricing.

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So, for your average tattoo, a small tattoo generally averages between forty and sixty dollars, depending upon the size, detail, location, etc. For larger work, the average out there is a hundred dollars an hour, basically. That's sort of a national average. That's what most tattoo artists charge for things that might take more than one or two hours. For most shops, there's some sort of shop minimum, which is typically between forty and fifty dollars, so if it was some cherries, that were quarter size, you'd probably end up paying the shop minimum, but for a larger work, like a sleeve, an average price might be twenty five hundred bucks. Your average price at a tattoo convention, is going to vary, depending upon the level of ability of the artists, or how famous they are. An average session with one of your upper echelon artists, might be upwards of three or four hundred dollars, for an hour of setting, or from a local celebrity, it might be your normal average, a hundred dollars an hour. If you were at a swap meet or someplace that was kind of a lower class event, then you might pay a lot less than that, but generally, you're going to get what you paid for, with anything in life, but especially with a tattoo, so your pricing also is going to depend upon the years of experience, the level of ability of the artist, and also the part of the country they're in. The nicer the place, typically, the more expensive it is to run, and so you're going to end up paying a little bit more, but it will be worth it in the end. Generally speaking, if they take pride in their establishment, and they take pride in themselves, they're going to take pride in your work, too.

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