So, you finally decided to receive your first tattoo, and you can hardly contain your excitement. The sole issue you have is understanding just what the numbers will be when it comes to determining overall tattoo cost. It’s here perhaps that a lot of people find themselves losing a little of the original excitement of having their first tattoo, but this waning may be a little too premature.
The fact remains that unless you are intimately familiar with the scale of pricing at a particular tattoo parlor, you really can’t determine what the cost of your tattoo might be. First impressions about this conundrum are somewhat disconcerting. How often do you opt to purchase something with no idea of how much it will cost? Moreover, since this is a first tattoo, where do you begin?
Layout – If you’re going with a traditional design that is right off the wall, you are probably not looking at a pricey tattoo. But if you decide to have a custom design made for you, the purchase price will most certainly go up. Ditto on the size and its impact on price, 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 prepared for higher price.
To Color or Not To Color – In exactly the same vein of complexity, if you choose to include color into your tattoo, you’re adding another dimension of labor into the mix, and you’re tapping into the artist’s resources.
Placement – A tattoo on your chest may just differ in cost from one that has been placed over your rib cage. Therefore, inking your knuckles and toes may also differ in cost from something being emblazoned across your shoulder blades.
Do Not 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 his or her services. You could always go with an artist that meets your budget which does a fantastic job, but there is no reason you couldn’t save up a little more to really get the ideal person for your job.
Tattoo cost should not be something that 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 committed 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 costs you may be looking at. 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 may supersede your original misgivings about what you’re paying.