Tattoo Prices Chart

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When looking to get your next tattoo piece, there are a lot of things to consider. In most cases, you are going to have a good idea of what you want in a tattoo before you start looking for your artist and if you aren’t sure, you can ask an artist to sit down with you and create something that you will love. You will also need to know the price of the tattoo and there are a lot of factors that go into that. Things that go into this are the artist, how long they’ve been tattooing, how much publicity they get, how popular is the tattoo shop to name a few.

One way to get some sort of idea of how expensive your tattoo is going to be is looking at a tattoo price chart. You can check out the charts below but we can promise you that nobody can give you anything completely accurate without talking to the shop or artist. You can only guess and take an average of what artists in the area are charging but we are going to talk about some of the factors that go into the pricing of tattoos. However, check out the charts below to give you a starting point.

Tattoo Artist
$ Hourly Rate
Full Sleeve
Apprentice or Beginner (1-3 yrs)
$80 – $120 per hour
$800 – $1000
Solo Tattoo Artist (3-5 yrs)
$120 – $150 per hour
$1200 – $1500
Established Artist (5-10 yrs)
$150 – $180 per hour
$1500 – $1800
Teaching Artist (10+ yrs)
$150 – $220 per hour
Popular Artist
$180 +
Whatever thay want


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Next we are going to get into the factors that impact the cost of your tattoo. Every one of these have some sort of relevance when it comes to price you will end up paying for your tattoo.

Complexity of the Tattoo

The complexity of the tattoo will be the main factor into how long the tattoo will cost. Some artists work faster than other, but for the most part, if you get a big complicated tattoo, it is going to cost more money. For example, if you want a tattoo sleeve incorporating color realism, the process will take longer that someone getting a simple black tattoo. In this case, expect to pay more money.

Artist Experience and Skill

This is a big one and probably the biggest factor in determining the cost of your tattoo. An artist that has been around for a while and is a professional will definitely charge you more for a tattoo than your neighbor that works out of his parents garage. In most cases, these artists will bill by the hour unless it is a small tattoo that would take less than an hour. In that case, you are looking at a flat rate or a minimum. On the other hand, some artists have been tattooing for a long time but never took the initiative to learn new techniques or methods. In this case, tattooing for a long time doesn’t mean you are the most talented artist around. Make sure to look at their portfolio to determine if you are willing to pay what they are billing.

Tattoo Placement

Tattoo placement might determine the cost of your tattoo. Some artists will charge premium prices for tattoos that are placed in difficult places to work. You might even see the rates go up 25% from the normal cost. Which spots are considered to be premium spots is up to the artist. Some tattoo artists can tattoo certain body placements better than others so make sure you know what your artist is charging for the type of tattoo.

Colors or Black and Grey

Getting tattooed in color is going to take longer than a color tattoo. Depending on how many colors you choose to have in your tattoo is going to determine how long the tattoo will take. A 6X6 watercolor tattoo is going to be more expensive and take more time than a 6X6 black and grey tattoo.

Custom Designs

If you walk into a shop and pick something out of the flash book, you might be able to get away with paying between $50 and $100. However, if you want the artist help you come up with something custom, they will have to make a new stencil to use which is a longer process and will impact the price of the tattoo.

Location of the Shop

The fact is, if you are going to a good artist in NYC versus picking one in small town Kansas, you are probably going to pay more to the artist in NYC. Everything seems to be more expensive in the bigger cities but one thing to factor is that it costs more money to run a business in these big cities so when you go to these shops, you might be incurring some of the overhead costs of the business. The artist might be charged more for a chair so they have to pass on the expense.

Tattoo Size

The size of the tattoo is an obvious factor, but a factor nonetheless. A small tattoo behind the ear might cost you $50 while a full back piece could run you up to $5000 depending on who the artist is.


The popularity of the shop or artist is going to have a big impact on you’re the price of your tattoo. If you are wanting to get tattooed by Oliver Peck, remember that he has been a judge on Ink Master for years and is a popular guy. Many people want to go see him so you are going to have to a pay a premium to do so. In addition, if the shop is popular or has been on TV, you can expect higher prices as well.

There are other factors that come into play but the key point to remember is that the longer the tattoo takes, the more you are going to pay. People on the internet can give you tattoo price charts and averages all day but nobody can tell you what the tattoo is going to cost other than the person doing it. Make sure you conduct your research and get the kind of artist you want. Some artists haven’t been around a long time but specialize in specific styles and maybe one you like which means you can most likely get a better deal.

That being said, saving money isn’t always the best thing to have at the front of your mind when deciding on a tattoo artist. You will have this ink on you forever so spend a little bit to make sure you don’t regret it.