So, you finally decided to receive your first tattoo, and you can hardly contain your excitement. The sole issue you have is knowing just what the numbers will be when it comes to determining overall tattoo price. It’s here perhaps that a great deal of people find themselves losing a little of the original excitement of getting their first tattoo, but this waning might be a bit too premature.
The simple fact remains that unless you’re intimately familiar with the scale of pricing at a specific tattoo parlor, you really can not determine what the cost of your tattoo might be. First impressions about this conundrum are a bit disconcerting. How often do you opt to buy something with no idea of how much it will cost? Moreover, since this is a first tattoo, where do you begin?
Here are a few things you need to know before you determine the cost of your tattoo:
Layout – If you are going with a traditional design that’s right off the wall, you are probably not looking at a pricey tattoo. However, if you decide to get a custom design made for you, the price will most certainly go up. Ditto on the dimensions and its effects on cost, too.
Complexity – No doubt that any design that is simple will mean less work for the artist, which translates into less cost. But if you’ve got something epic in mind, be ready for higher price.
To Color or Not To Color – In exactly the same vein of complexity, if you decide to include color into your tattoo, you’re adding another dimension of labour to the mix, and you’re tapping into the artist’s resources.
Placement – A tattoo on your chest may very well differ in cost from one that has been put over your rib cage. As such, inking your knuckles and toes may also differ in price from something being emblazoned across your shoulder blades.
Don’t Make A Concession – Getting a tattoo from a great artist is more than only a status symbol among the inked masses. It means you really value the quality and workmanship of the artist enough to save up your money for their services. You can always go with a artist that fits your budget which does a good job, but there’s no reason you couldn’t save up a little more to really get the right person for the job.
Tattoo cost should not be something which dampens the excitement you have for getting a tattoo. Whether it’s your first piece of body art or another in a long streak of dedicated pieces, you are making a cost to showcase you. That said, be a proactive consumer and see tattoo parlors to get an idea of the prices you could be studying. If you have a chance, get to know the artists as well. You may find that being comfortable with your environment and the artist working with you could supersede your original misgivings about what you are paying.