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Tattoos and Tipping


#1

What's an appropriate tip for a tattoo? I ask because tattoo prices vary wildly at different shops. I usually tip 20% of the price. I think that's fair but should you base your tip on price, time, or a combination of both?

Last night I got a 320 dollar piece, but only tipped 60 bucks. This was a 5 hour tattoo, and it came out good, but I felt like maybe I undertipped.

Anyways, What are your thoughts?

BTW I'm bored out of my skull right now ao I thought I would start a totally useless thread for shits and giggles.


#2

ive always tipped 20%. except one time i knew the guy and he gave me 50% off so i just kinda gave him a good lump of cash for taking care of me.


#3

60 is nice tip for a 300 buck tattoo


#4

[quote]Sindie wrote:
60 is nice tip for a 300 buck tattoo[/quote]

that would be 20% lol


#5

You tip the tattoo artist?

Interesting.


#6

I’d base the size of the tip on the quality of the tattoo.


#7

Um, they are not a waiter. Why would you tip an artist more than he charges? If you want to give them more money go back for more work.


#8

The best tip I ever gave a tattoo artist was when I told one that he should keep the fact that he’s hungover as shit and only slept for 3 hours to himself until he’s done with the piece.


#9

Well you tip a Tattoo artist because they usually pay a pretty decent chunk of the price of the tattoo to the house if they don’t own the place. Around here, the best place to get a tattoo just rents out spaces to artists who are good, and I think I remember the tattoo guy I got say that the average rate for the house is 50-60% of the tattoo fees.


#10

[quote]Brother Chris wrote:
Um, they are not a waiter. Why would you tip an artist more than he charges? If you want to give them more money go back for more work.[/quote]

That is a stupid reason not to give them a tip. If the artist does a really good job, why would you not want to tip them? Something permanent on your body is a little more important than the food you ate for dinner.

Not only that, the artist i went to sketched out the piece for free after i gave him the idea on what i wanted.

As far as a tip, on my half sleeve i recently got done it took five visits to get it done. My tattoo artist doesn’t like to sit on the same piece for more than two hours at a time. The prices ranged from $60 a visit to $100. I tipped him $20 each time, except the last time i tipped him $40 because i was so pleased with the final product. Probably under $500 dollars for almost a complete half sleeve. Definately got hooked up with a good price and that is why i felt like tipping generously.


#11

Tip? LOL.


#12

I had once asked an artist about tipping and he said that he didn’t expect a tip as the shop owner but some artists working for shops like tips, although they don’t expect them.

When I have an appointment, I’ll show up early and ask everyone in the shop if they want coffee or something else from the local coffee shop or I can make a deli run. I buy for everyone, other customers too. I think the last time I did that it ran me like $30 but they appreciated it. I’ve taken artists out to the diner or bar for drinks after they closed.

BG


#13

[quote]Makavali wrote:
Tip? LOL.[/quote]

Exactly what I had in mind.


#14

I get tatted in my living room and payment is in the form of absinthe shots and marijuana upon completing the work

but I’d totally tip an actual tat artist, i tip everyone from cab drivers to plumbers to bartenders


#15

[quote]RSGZ wrote:
You tip the tattoo artist?

Interesting.[/quote]

In England… We have no notion of giving a tip :wink:


#16

Whatever you decide is the right choice.


#17

[quote]skaz05 wrote:
What’s an appropriate tip for a tattoo? I ask because tattoo prices vary wildly at different shops. I usually tip 20% of the price. I think that’s fair but should you base your tip on price, time, or a combination of both?

Last night I got a 320 dollar piece, but only tipped 60 bucks. This was a 5 hour tattoo, and it came out good, but I felt like maybe I undertipped.

Anyways, What are your thoughts?

BTW I’m bored out of my skull right now ao I thought I would start a totally useless thread for shits and giggles.[/quote]
please Post a pic of this 350 dollar piece. Just curious. I really never heard of anyone tipping tattoo artists as I thought it was already somewhat expensive for their fees anyways!! Then again I haven’t got a tattoo yet:/. I think 60 bucks was generous as you’re already paying him at the minimum at least 140-160 bucks if he rents out.


#18

My tattoo cost 60 quid an hour. The tattoo artist can go fuck himself if he thinks he’s getting more money on top of that.


#19

[quote]fighting_fires wrote:
Sindie wrote:
60 is nice tip for a 300 buck tattoo

that would be 20% lol [/quote]

you don’t really use percentages for it but i guess it is 20%. seriously, if he’s a decent artist he’s making bank, tips aren’t expected or guaranteed but if he’s cool and you might return you should give something but you don’t have too.


#20

[quote]BruceLeeFan wrote:
RSGZ wrote:
You tip the tattoo artist?

Interesting.

In England… We have no notion of giving a tip ;)[/quote]

Yeah, but you limeys have no notion of toothpaste either.