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How Much to Tip A Tattoo Artist

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How Much to Tip A Tattoo Artist

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Just like any other service industry, the tattoo industry also follows certain etiquettes. And tipping is one of the essential parts of tattoo etiquette. However, it’s not mandatory, but yes, tipping helps you develop a great bond with your artist. You never know; you may want to get another tattoo the next year or afterward. Following some simple etiquettes helps you stay in your artists’ minds, and you also feel good after getting a beautiful body artwork.

But the question here is ‘How much to tip a tattoo artist?’ Well, there is no hard and fast rule when it comes to tipping your tattoo artist. It totally depends on your tattoo design, your experience with the artist, and how satisfied you are with the work.

Remember that a lot of time and effort are entailed in the entire process, from consultation to the final work, especially if it is a custom design. Artists spend several hours drawing, designing, looking for reference artworks and photos, choosing colors (if applicable), laying out the design, and much more. However, you can choose not to tip your artist, but it may leave your artist a tad bit disappointed as most tattoo artists always appreciate tips. It is a great way to show appreciation to your artist for all the time, effort, and expertise he/she puts into the job.


As said earlier, there is no hard and fast rule for how much to tip a tattoo artist. No tattoo artist expects to be tipped; nevertheless, they appreciate this gesture of their clients.

Though you can choose to tip any amount, according to industry standards, 15-20 percent of your total cost is considered the best. It means, if the total cost of your tattoo is $250, then you need to tip 15 – 20 percent of this amount, which will be like a $35-50 tip. Even so, you can tip more or less, depending on several other factors.

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Factors That Determine How Much To Tip Your Tattoo Artist

1. The level of satisfaction that you have got after getting the artwork. It matters the most when it comes to tipping the artist. Of course, when you don’t like the work, you won’t feel like tipping more. However, if you get disappointed with your tattoo, the first thing you should do is discuss the same with your artist.

2. The behavior of the tattoo artist. No matter what service we are getting, we all expect polite and sober people. Another condition when you feel like giving less tip, or no tip is if your tattoo artist is rude to you. We all want to be treated with dignity and respect, and if it doesn’t happen, we feel annoyed that affects our decision of tipping immensely.

Besides this, there could be many other reasons that could affect your decision. However, it is always recommended to tip at least 15%; anything less than this should be avoided. And if you are delighted with the work, then there is no problem with giving even more. Good work should always be rewarded!

How Should You Tip Cash or Cheque or Goods

You should always tip in cash! Tipping in cash will help the artist to have full money without any service charges or tax deductions. In the case of trade of goods or services, make sure you discuss the same with them beforehand so that there is no confusion later. Of course, most artists encourage cash tips so that they can make the best use of that.

When Should You Tip

Well, it is up to you. You can choose to tip your artist after getting the tattoo or after your appointment with him/her. Most of the time, tattooists don’t know that they will be tipped. Tipping beforehand is a good idea in that case, especially when you are sure about the quality of their work.

What Should You Avoid While Tipping

It would be best if you strictly avoid asking the tattooist about tipping. It may create an awkward situation for the artist, especially if he/she is a studio staff.

Final Words

Now you know all about tipping, from how much to tip a tattoo artist to when to tip an artist; make sure you don’t miss to tip your artist the next time. Undoubtedly, tattoo artists put in a lot of time and effort so that you can have the perfect art work. They definitely deserve appreciation and extra consideration.

Happy Tattooing….. ☺ ☺

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