1. Placement Of the Tattoo – When picking a tattoo design many people do not consider how the placement will affect the cost. Many tattoo parlors charge a Body Fee with the understanding any quoted prices are for arm and placing the tattoo in another area will cost more. Typically the back, chest, stomach and legs will be priced similarly. Areas around the waist, hands, feet, neck and face are the hardest to tattoo and are generally most expensive.
2. Skin Type Of Client – Older skin is tougher and harder to tattoo for this reason many tattoo artist will charge more to work on older people or with skin that is problematic. Skin color may also play a role as darker skin tones are harder to tattoo than lighter tones.
3. Skill Level Of Tattoo Artist – in any profession when a person achieves a certain skill level they will expect to get get paid more, tattoo artist are no different. Hourly tattoo prices may range from $90 to $100 for a little know local artist and any where from $300 to $500 per hour for a national recognized tattoo artist.
4. Location Of Tattoo Shop – with any business the owner of a tattoo parlor must charge enough money to pay all there bills and make a profit. in a location where the rent and expenses are several thousand dollars per month every hour the tattoo shop is open it must produce tattoos at a high cost. A tattoo shop where the expenses are lower will be under less pressure to always produce and the cost will be lower.
5. Time Of Year / Day – Many tattoo shops have a slow season,as with any business the slow season is a good time to shop around for a deal. if you live in a tourist area visit your local shop after the tourist season when the tattoo artist are less busy. also the time of day can affect cost greatly, during the day is generally the best time to get a good deal,with late at night,near closing being the worst time to try and get a good price.