tipping your tattoo artist? SailorJerry Due September 11 (boy); 2 kids; California 17697 posts
12th Jun '13

What exactly do you tip? A percent of the total tattoo? I know it mind be unheard of to some pople but I've heard it's a standard custom....I'm looking to get a piece soon that I was quoted $250. What would an appropriate tip be for that?

⚓Misty⚓ 4 kids; Keenesburg, Colorado 7276 posts
13th Jun '13

I never know what to tip. I've been tipping $10 for every hour of work

user banned TTC since Apr 2014; 2 kids; Middelfart, Denmark 15320 posts
13th Jun '13

10-20 percent.

Daniee 2 kids; 1 angel baby; Lynnwood, Washington 4486 posts
status 13th Jun '13

Yeah I had no idea you were suppose to tip lol

roflcopterrr Arkansas 478 posts
13th Jun '13

Mine solely depends on who's doing it. The girl who usually does mine, I tip her 25-30% of the total price, but she has always been fairly reasonable with pricing so I don't mind nearly as much.
One of my mom's last tattoos was around $250 and I believe she tipped $40-$50.

SailorJerry Due September 11 (boy); 2 kids; California 17697 posts
13th Jun '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting AshleyWP

Cindy[+2]♥ Due August 15 (girl); TTC since Jul 2014; 1 child; Kentucky 11202 posts
13th Jun '13

My tattoo took about 5 minutes and it was 40$ so i didn't tip... But, if it was going to take multiple hours i would tip a good amount..Sitting that long in one position has to kill their backs and wrist.

kthx. 1 child; Cleves, Ohio 68939 posts
13th Jun '13

For $250... around $40. I'm doing 3-4 hour sessions (45 hours total), but the sessions are about $400 a pop, and I'm tipping around $30. The tip doesn't sound like much, but it'll add up.

Nikita Rowsell 3 kids; 1 angel baby; Edmonton, Alberta 1239 posts
13th Jun '13

I tip 20% for tattoos and piercings.

tee.air.rah 1 child; California 1184 posts
13th Jun '13

I do 10% plus if I think they deserve more for their work. One time, the guy did an amazing job and the piece was really large but he only charged me $150, so I gave him a $50 tip. I had one session that was $250, I only tipped her $25

Ellie. 34 kids; Arizona 25377 posts
13th Jun '13

I tipped mine 40 bucks for Zoe's tattoo which was only 100, but he gave us a good deal. I always tip REALLY well though. If they know you'll tip well, they'll usually charge you better prices. After shop fees, the tips are where they get decent money.

zerozero Massachusetts 1236 posts
13th Jun '13

I always tip 20%