What Affects the Cost of a Tattoo?

What Affects the Cost of a Tattoo?

Tattoos for quite a few reasons are a serious investment. The reason being is simple – they’re costly and permanent so bear in mind that tattoos are a lifelong commitment with consequences that you’ll have to live with. There is laser removal but it’s costly and like tattoos, the procedure isn’t a comfortable one. So, we advise that you do not rush into getting a tattoo as it won’t just cost you money but your peace as well if you end up with a design on your body that you won’t be satisfied with, in the long run.

The following consists of factors that will affect the cost of your tattoo.

Tattoo Artist

The tattoo artist you choose can ultimately have a large effect on the price you’ll be paying. Higher ranked artists tend to charge more, mainly because of their reputation, guaranteed exceptional quality and exclusivity.

If you’re not familiar with the realm of tattoos or price ranges that come with it, it may be hard to understand what you’ll be able to get for your budget.

Each tattoo artist has their own style of applying their tats, some are ‘light-handed’ and some are ‘heavy-handed’, but this isn’t the only factor to consider when thinking about the pain tolerance. There is a relation of the amount of agony you will suffer and the location of the tattoo as some parts of the body are more sensitive than others.

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Tattoo Placement

The price will be affected depending on where your tattoo will be. As you probably already know, some body parts are more sensitive than others. This is due to the higher concentration of nerves where the tattoo artist should take more caution. These body parts include the hands, feet sternum, neck, ribs and wrists. So, be sure to choose the placement of your tattoo wisely. You don’t want serious pain, as well as a hefty bill.

Tattoo Colour

The more colours you will use, the more expensive your tattoo will be. Why you ask?… Expense if added if the tattoo artist has to keep changing inks. As the precision and attention to detail, the artist must put in order to get the colours done. So generally, one ink tattoos e.g. black, turn out cheaper depending on the tattoo itself.

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Tattoo Size

As some tattoo parlours charge by the hour, having a larger tattoo will most likely affect the costs of it. When the size of the tattoo and details and the details are larger, the longer it will take for the design to be entire and when it’s smaller, the shorter time it will take to be done. Plus, designs larger in size with increased detail require more care with the aftercare cream post the process.

Tattoo Design

What you’ll love the most about the design process of your tat is that you have complete creative control – what you say goes! You’ve got the option to go for an original design or an image/visual that’s already been designed that you may want to put your own spin on.

It’s important that you choose something that means something to you and that it’s designed in a way that you’ll love because it’ll be there for you to look at everyday!


After getting a tattoo and having it dwell with you for a while, your opinions and feelings about it may start to shift and change, this is especially likely when a tattoo is purchased as a result of an impulse. So, before getting a tattoo make sure that you’re 100% sure that you’ll want something permanent on your skin for many years.