How much do tattoos cost?

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St Tezza
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Hello, I am thinking of getting a tattoo on my right arm of a tiger's head with no colour just the black ink and was just wondering generally how much would it cost me? I guess there is some detail in my choice like the stripes and nose and whiskers and stuff though i supsect it won't cost me an arm and a leg. The size I do not want it small but not huge neither. I have a rough idea in my head what it could cost me but I want to know other people's views on this. Thanks.
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I've got 6 tattoos varying from about 2x2 inches to a full sleeve. Most tattooists charge by the hour. In the uk this could be anywhere from 60-140 an hour. I would stress to not let price dictate what you get done, how big or small you get it and by who you get it done. I've known lots of my friends going to 'cheap' tattooists and ending up with something they hate which they've then gone onto have covered up. Research tattoo artists and find someone who's style you like and who's work you think looks technically good. Most tattooists can give a rough estimation of how long a tattoo will take but it depends on shading, colours, amount of detail, etc. Hope this helps.
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(Original post by St Tezza)
Hello, I am thinking of getting a tattoo on my right arm of a tiger's head with no colour just the black ink and was just wondering generally how much would it cost me? I guess there is some detail in my choice like the stripes and nose and whiskers and stuff though i supsect it won't cost me an arm and a leg. The size I do not want it small but not huge neither. I have a rough idea in my head what it could cost me but I want to know other people's views on this. Thanks.
The best way to find out is to look online for the studios in the area you live in, have a look through artist portfolios and pick an artist you like, print off some reference material and give the shop a call asking if you can come in for a consult/quick chat about a tattoo.

Tattooists aren't scary and honestly happy to talk about ideas... Don't forget, this is their job, so they will have good ideas about the tattoo, ways to improve it etc.

In terms of an actual price, it's really hard to say mate, it's artist dependent. If I took a stab in the dark I'd maybe imagine, if you're in London, potentially up to 150, but that's really ballpark buddy, and my friends studios aren't cheap (£100/hour)

If you tell me roughly where you're from I can probably reccomend some tattooists, if you're in england that is (and not from the south west, I don't know many artists down that way)
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I havent got any but my boyfriend has a fair few he recently got one on his ribcage for about 300£ but that was just script and he's getting a full sleeve done in black ink no colour which he said be about £800/1000£!
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Don't do it! Beards are in now, but people with beards will have their kids laughing at them in old photos in ten years' time. You've probably laughed at pictures of your dad in flares. Think about it. Tatts are fashionable now, but they'll surely go out of fashion. Things always do. Also, if you are 20 years old, you'll be a very diferent person when you're 40. Will your 40-year-old self like the tatt you have done now?
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(Original post by The Cizen)
Don't do it! Beards are in now, but people with beards will have their kids laughing at them in old photos in ten years' time. You've probably laughed at pictures of your dad in flares. Think about it. Tatts are fashionable now, but they'll surely go out of fashion. Things always do. Also, if you are 20 years old, you'll be a very diferent person when you're 40. Will your 40-year-old self like the tatt you have done now?
This thread is over 4 years old. They've probably made their mind up by now
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Any idea about good artists in Cambridge?
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There are many, many reasons why two very similar-looking tattoos can be priced so differently to each other. A lot of the reasons are obvious, but there are also many obscure reasons as to why some tattoos are more expensive than others. Below are some of the main factors involved in the process of deciding how much a tattoo is going to cost.
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Yes you're right .I got three done 50 years ago ,I lied about my age. I'm really surprised at the explosion in tattooing all over. Really it's crazy, my daughter and son have one each.
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I’ve recently turned 18 and am looking to get a small flower with some colour on the side of my chest (nearly under my arm), I’m from Lancaster (the north west). If you could recommend some artists then I would really appreciate it !
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How about Rugby and around?thanks
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it depends on the person who is dong it , place ,length, color etc
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I have a continuous line 3D style 5”x4” (hard to describe without pictures), rather complex to do, only has black and red in it, sat for around an hour and a half. Cost I believe £110/£120, which IMO rather cheap.
Your best bet is to get some reference photos together, find an artist you like the look of (please find healed tattoos, it’s vital to know if your artist has a history of feathering/blow outs, as mentioned above, do not go for the cheap artist, if it’s in a visible spot I also wouldn’t go with someone fresh from a traineeship) and have a chat with them. If you’re near London I have heard good things about Gypsy Stables and a friend has all his work done there and it looks great. If you’re more Northern, Red Tattoo in Leeds is good, can personally vouch for the staff being a friendly lot, very unintimidating and reassuring.
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