How Much Should You Tip Your Tattoo Artist?

So, you’ve gotten an amazing tattoo, and now comes the part that can feel a bit awkward:

How much do you tip your tattoo artist?

No one really wants to come right out and ask, but you don’t want to be left tipping too much or too little.

Or maybe you’re not even sure if you’re supposed to tip.

Don’t worry! North York Ink has you covered – let’s take a look at tattoo artist tipping etiquette:

Do You Tip Tattoo Artists?

Tattooing is an art form that requires not only technical skill but also creativity and patience. 

While tipping practices are different across different industries, it is a widely accepted custom to tip your tattoo artist as a sign of gratitude for their work.

Tattoo artists invest a ton of time, energy, and creativity into bringing their clients’ visions to life, and tipping is a way to acknowledge and appreciate their efforts.

A tattoo might take an hour to 30+ hours for the client – but the artist has also spent hundreds (if not thousands) of hours behind the scenes practicing and perfecting their craft to give you that quality product that only took them an hour to do.

That being said, your decision to tip and the amount you choose to tip is completely up to you, but if you do, how much you tip should reflect your appreciation for the artist’s hard work.

How Much to Tip Tattoo Artists

The standard tipping range for tattoo artists falls between 15% to 20% of the total cost of the tattoo – which is pretty standard across all industries, especially restaurants.

However, how much you tip your artist can vary depending on the complexity of the design, how long the session takes, and the quality of the service provided.

Overall, most tattoo clients who tip stick within this range to show their artist appreciation and acknowledge their skills.

What About Multiple Sessions?

For larger tattoos that require multiple sessions to complete, tipping can become a bit more complicated.

Some clients choose to tip after each session, while others prefer to tip when the entire tattoo is done.

Whichever approach you choose, make sure your tattoo artist feels valued for their time and effort. There’s nothing wrong with discussing your tipping preferences with your tattoo artist!

Should You Tip in Cash?

Most clients tip their tattoo artist in cash, but it really comes down to personal preference.

You might prefer to tip on your debit or credit card while paying for your tattoo for your convenience. Or you may want to pay the tip in cash to make sure the money goes directly to the tattoo artist.

However, you might want to ask the tattoo shop what they prefer. Some may not have a tipping option set up on their debit machines, so it’s best to know ahead of time if you should bring some cash.

Toss a Coin to Your Tattoo Artist

Tipping your tattoo artist is an amazing way to show appreciation for their talent, dedication, and the art they create.

At North York Ink, we value the relationships we build with our clients and appreciate any gesture of thanks they choose to extend to our skilled team of artists!Book your appointment today and let our talented artists create a masterpiece that’s worth tipping for.

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