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How To Tip a Tattoo Artist

How to tip a tattoo artist

One of the biggest issues for people getting their first tattoo is deciding which tattoo artist best fits you, how much it will cost, and how much to tip the artist. In this article, we will be discussing how much to tip your tattoo artist, and what artists are expecting when receiving a tip. 


The majority of tattoo artists do not get tipped.

In a restaurant setting, you tip your server based on their service; in the tattoo industry you also tip based on performance. Normally, any amount of tip you can afford is appreciated. However, the majority of tattoo artists do not receive a tip. There is a lot of preparation that takes place before your tattoo session that is not well known. Tattoo artists spend hours of work before tattooing and only charge for the tattoo. Most tattoo artists strive to deliver an enjoyable experience, often taking a therapeutic role to place their clients at ease. A percentage of the final price that you pay goes towards the artists.

Tattoo by  Alveno

Tattoo by Alveno


How much should I tip my tattoo artist?

Consider the size, time, and experience of the artist when tipping. Just as you would be hesitant to tip a waiter who provided you with bad service, if you are not happy with your tattoo, you are not required to tip. If you enjoyed the service and the tattoo, tip what you think is reasonable.

The standard tip for a tattoo is 20%, but it depends on you.

Remember, tattoo artists spend years perfecting the art that you will be wearing forever. Another thing to consider when tipping a tattoo artist is that the tattoo artist remembers if you tipped. Artists are more flexible with cancellations for clients that tip. 


Providing an artist with a tip can definitely go a long way for them, and it is something you should consider when you decide to get a tattoo!

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