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tattoo tipping?

What is the industry standard for tipping a tattoo artist?

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  • 1 decade ago
    Favorite Answer

    There isn't one. Tipping everywhere else in the world but America is down to the discretion of the individual to reward poorly paid workers for a service particularly well carried out. In America, however, tipping isn't the choice of the individual as an expression of their gratitude it is expected as a right. I read an article yesterday about a woman in America who had a lip tattoo and wasn't pleased with the results but then went on to say that she paid $80 for it plus the tip! Why would you tip somebody for a job badly done??

    A tattooist is not a low-paid person in the service industry. They get paid to do a good job.

    In the UK tipping a tattooist isn't common practice and isn't expected. If you're in the States (you don't actually say where you are) pay whatever usual percentage you normally would on anything else.

  • ?
    Lv 4
    5 years ago

    I'm no longer pronouncing that what I did was once proper, however my first tattoo rate $50 and the moment rate $70, and I tipped $10 each occasions. I think like I will have to have tipped extra for the $70 even though.

  • Shauni
    Lv 5
    1 decade ago

    A tip for a "job well done" would be 15-20% of the price of the tattoo. At least that's what I've heard people doing. I don't know if I'm gonna tip my artist that much, but maybe! I know he does a good job! :P

  • 1 decade ago

    There isn't one. Tip what you can. I usually tip $50-100.

    Keep in mind that a large chunk of the money you pay for the tattoo goes to the shop to pay for supplies or cover rent for the artist's space, depending on the shop.

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  • 1 decade ago

    There's no standard. If he/she really impresses you with there work then be generous, next time you need a tattoo they'll remember you and work with you on another good experience. If they don't then pay, leave and don't go back. My last tattoo was $300 and i was impressed so i tipped him a hundred but thats just me.

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