Tipping Your Tattoo Artist
Let's start off by saying that you are never expected to tip, but it is greatly appreciated by your artist when you do. This article is intended to simplify the tipping situation for those who may be unfamiliar with the industry etiquette. Many details factor into the cost of your tattoo and the same goes for your tip. A basic rule of thumb to follow is the service industry standard of 10%-30% per piece ($10-$30 per hour).
Here are some things to keep in mind:
Your tip should reflect your experience. Was your artist awesome, informative and attentive? Did you feel like you had a good rapport with your artist, and were able to communicate ideas easily and effectively? Was your idea turned it into something that matched or exceeded your expectations? Then perhaps you may feel like tipping on the higher end of the scale.
Was your piece intricate and/or very detailed? Did you make a lot of changes to the original design? Did they take the time with you to make sure everything was perfect and gave you that piece you always wanted? A nice tip says “Thanks for going the extra mile for me.”
Getting a tattoo can be a special experience. Your artist can make it even more memorable by learning about your tattoo’s story, and incorporating aspects into the piece that are specifically tailored to you. If your artist went above and beyond the technical and helped give you a real heartfelt moment, return the love. It's what this job is all about and makes them feel great.
On the other hand, if your artist did not seem enthusiastic about your ideas, gave minimal effort or attention and the work turned out mediocre then tip accordingly or find another artist!
You should always feel good about tipping your artist – never obligated.
You don’t always have to just give cash! Homemade gifts, video testimonials, and/or
a great reviews on Google or Facebook go a long way to show your appreciation.
We are grateful for your recognition, and thank you for your trust and support!