do you tip for your tattoo ?

posted 3 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 3
8677 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

I don’t have any tattoos but I frequented body art parlors when I was a bit younger and I always tipped. They aren’t just putting art on your body, they’re using their artistic style and ability. That’s tip worthy to me, regardless of if they’re the owner or not.

Post # 4
9137 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

@AndysCraftsNmore:  It’s a good idea to tip, especially if you plan on establishing a relationship with the artist or shop for future deals/discounts.

Post # 5
1470 posts
Bumble bee

I have one tattoo and it’s really small, it cost $50 and I gave him a $10 tip. For those big tattoos that are super expensive like hundreds and hundreds of dollars, I’m not sure how one is supposed to tip. Do you still do a percentage? Yikes

Post # 6
152 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

I have 10 tattoos and I tipped with 9 of them, the only one I didn’t tip with was one on my thigh and I didn’t tip for 2 reasons, he didn’t finish, and he didn’t finish because I stopped him 3 hours into the tattoo because he kept making sexual remarks and trying to put his hand up my shorts. 

Post # 7
1416 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

yes you must tip! The artists barely make any money off of the tattoo itself so it is always good to tip. 

Post # 9
3394 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

@AndysCraftsNmore:  It depends. When I had a quick, literally 20 minute small, non detailed tattoo put on me I didn’t tip. Later, then I ended up covering that up, which required hand drawing and over an hour in the chair, I tipped $10. When I got my last cover up and it is my fave tattoo now, beautiful (this man shades like nobody’s business) I tipped him $20 on a $375 tattoo. He was the shop owner, so I was just giving him a little extra in appreciation of his good work.

Post # 10
2419 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

@AndysCraftsNmore:  Yes, yes, yes. Always tip your tattoo artist. Just like a hairdresser, manicurist, etc. they only make a small portion of the actual cost of the tattoo!

Post # 11
4601 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

@AndysCraftsNmore:  I have 8 tattoos and I always tip. Tattoo artists typically sit in uncomfortable positions for extended periods of time and they’re putting their art on you. 

Post # 12
732 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Yes, always tip. I tipped $20 on a $200 tattoo, I let him design it and it was amazing.

Post # 13
2189 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2017

Always tip! I won a free tattoo once and I tipped. Always.

Post # 14
88 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Yup, always tip! The most I tipped was $50 on a $350 tattoo, and on my smaller ones that are under $100 I usually tip around $15-$30 depending on service.

Post # 15
127 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@AndysCraftsNmore:  I always tip. And, I tip very well if the job was done well. I have 9 tattoos now, and I had my artist do a pretty large one in May and tipped especially well with that one. I went back recently to have her add to it and she ended up doing another small one I wanted on another part of my body, and she may not have offered to do that for the same original price quoted, had I not tipped so well!

Post # 16
2111 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

@AndysCraftsNmore:  I’ve never tipped my artist because he works for himself. None of it goes anywhere but directly in his pocket. I’ll tip him in baked goods or drinks, though. I’ll make him stuff. He’s giving me a really good deal on my leg piece because he really likes the design. I’ll definitely be tipping once it’s finished. At least double the cost of the session.

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