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    Hi all

    So I'm interested in getting a new tattoo, and I'm in the process of looking for an artist to do it in the London area.

    I have two tattoos currently, however these were done on a straight quote basis, I knew what it costed before I actually got the tattoo done. I'm now looking for a large full colour back piece though, so I'm guessing the artist will charge by the hour for something like this. Trouble I have is, I'm really not sure what's a good level to pay.

    I know generally the more you pay the better the work, however I don't want to pay £30 more an hour for an artist if someone else's is just as good if not better.

    I've heard of famous artists charging £100 an hour, and others charging £50 .So does anyone have any idea of average hourly rates for something like this?

    Thanks!

    PS I'm looking at using Haley Hayes at the moment, saying this on the off chance anyone knows her rates.
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    Usually £50 an hour, I'd go for a quote if it's big
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    The guy i used for the previous 2 was £40 an hour, I think the one before that was about £30 but that was about 5 years ago. I'd say £40 per hour is probably a pretty decent price. Obviously check out their work first, most of them do their own tattoos, so have a look at them, see if they're any good.
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    Any good tattooist should be charging upwards of £50/60 per hour, although if you want a large piece, they'll usually discount considerably.

    Make sure you look at their portfolios thoroughly and make sure you're not paying an idiot who's only used to doing tattoos of dolphins and ugly pieces of tribal :confused:
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    80 an hour
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    In Pulse I believe it's £15 per quarterly hour, so £60 per hour.
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    mine was £60per hour. but theres a shop over the road from me that has a sign in the window saying £30 per hour
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    I started my sleeve last year and I pay £50 an hour.. it will be finished after a total of 20 hours, so £1000.. Since starting my sleeve though, my artist's hourly rate has gone up to £70, but I still pay £50.

    Something as big as a backpiece is going to be a lot of work, but as it will probably be a completely custom design, the artist should have a good idea of how long it will take, and as someone mentioned, because you're committing to such a large amount of work, you should be able to agree on a fixed price, or price limit, probably a bit cheaper than if you were to just pay the set rate for each hour until the piece is finished.

    Research a good artist then pay them a visit for a quote / consultation (much better than ringing for a price).
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    It is usually between £40-£50 an hour. The place I go to charges £45.
    In my experience you get what you pay for with tattoos, so dont go for the cheapo option.
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    A good tatooist will charge £50- £60 an hour. But depending on the size it usually ends up cheaper. I paid £300 for nearly 7 hours work and thought it was a decent rate. They normally charge for the piece rather than the hours where I go. I've just been quoted £750 for my backpiece completing as well, but because I am having a large piece they are charging me £250 per 5 hour session (In total it will be 15 hours).
    Mines going to be full colour as well, so you should be looking at a similar price depending on whether yours is a full back piece.
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    Got a response back from Haley Hayes who I was interested in, got a quote of £90 an hour. Quite a bit more than what I was expecting. If it was a mega famous artist I could understand but it seems quite a bit... Especially after what you guys have said to.

    The work was quoted around 40-50 hours to if anyone's interested.

    I'm still unsure what to do really, as I do really like the artists work, but for that price I'm thinking I could go for more renowned artist, Ian flower and the like.
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    You shouldn't be looking at the price when you get a tattoo but the quality of the work. Be sure to check through the portfolios, have a look at other back tattoos they have done that are a similar size to yours.

    Its potentially going to be on your skin for life! So do not decide only on who has the best prices.
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    eww, dont get one
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    (Original post by 11random)
    You shouldn't be looking at the price when you get a tattoo but the quality of the work. Be sure to check through the portfolios, have a look at other back tattoos they have done that are a similar size to yours.

    Its potentially going to be on your skin for life! So do not decide only on who has the best prices.
    Oh no I know don't worry. I'm choosing based on who's work is the best primarily, but if two artists work are near exactly the same quality and one charges a fair bit more I'd go for the cheaper one.

    Also, artists in London seem to charge a lot more regardless of quality it seems, just general London inflation?
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    should add that my £60 an hour one was in the north, everyone seems to say that the north is cheaper for most things so that might affect it :P
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    £30 says either beginner tattoo artist or crappy tattoo artist.

    A good price for a tattoo is around £50-£60+ an hour. Incredible artists can go upto £100 an hour.
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    I paid £50 for one on my foot, fairly big. He charged on the size of the tattoo rather than length of time it took....though it was done within the hour
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    (Original post by jayryan13)
    Got a response back from Haley Hayes who I was interested in, got a quote of £90 an hour. Quite a bit more than what I was expecting. If it was a mega famous artist I could understand but it seems quite a bit... Especially after what you guys have said to.

    The work was quoted around 40-50 hours to if anyone's interested.

    I'm still unsure what to do really, as I do really like the artists work, but for that price I'm thinking I could go for more renowned artist, Ian flower and the like.
    40-50hours? That'd work out at £3600-£4500 at £90p/h... £4000 for a tattoo...
    I'd say unless the work is literally incredible I'd go elsewhere. Maybe look at £60 an hour, if people are quoting £40-£50 as a general price and you want to make sure you're going somewhere decent, but taking into account London inflation. Then again, if they're charging £90p/h it suggests they're high in demand.
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    (Original post by fredscarecrow)
    40-50hours? That'd work out at £3600-£4500 at £90p/h... £4000 for a tattoo...
    I'd say unless the work is literally incredible I'd go elsewhere. Maybe look at £60 an hour, if people are quoting £40-£50 as a general price and you want to make sure you're going somewhere decent, but taking into account London inflation. Then again, if they're charging £90p/h it suggests they're high in demand.
    Yeah I forgot to add that her waiting list after taking a deposit is 6-9 months. I think she's got very popular quite recently, must of been featured in some tattoo magazines and the like.

    I think a few thousand is quite standard for a full Japanese back piece, but yeah its a lot of money. I'm sending out emails to the top artists in the country to see how long their waiting lists are and if any of them will state their hourly rates, I know quite a few are meant to have a problem discussing rates over email, but its worth a try.
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    (Original post by boba)
    should add that my £60 an hour one was in the north, everyone seems to say that the north is cheaper for most things so that might affect it :P
    Ha yeah it does seem that way. I'm from the north living in London so I know the gap can be quite a bit sometimes, especially when im in the pubs!

    Problem is all of the most renowned artists I've found seem to be based in the London or at least southern area, not really sure of any in the north. I come from the Lancashire and Liverpool area and although there are some good artists there, I have trouble finding any specialising in Japanese style work.
 
 
 
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