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Am I suppose to tip the tattoo artist?

  1. peeples profile image96
    peeplesposted 5 years ago

    Am I suppose to tip the tattoo artist?

    So I have gotten plenty before, but they were always from someone I knew very well who is no longer in business. Next week my husband and I will be both getting a $40 tattoo each at a local shop. Am I suppose to tip? If so how much? The tattoo's will take up about one hour of his time.

  2. lburmaster profile image84
    lburmasterposted 5 years ago

    It doesn't hurt. In getting my first tattoo, there was a sign on the wall that had a good joke about tipping the artist. However, I forgot what the joke was. It was funny and distracted me for a few seconds.

  3. fpherj48 profile image76
    fpherj48posted 5 years ago

    If the tattoo artist does not own the shop, but is an employee, it would be really nice of you to tip him.  He provides a service, much like a waiter, hairdresser or manicurist....and it's appropriate to tip those who perform a service.   The basic percentage of tips is usually 15%...at least it is in my neck of the woods.....but wht you tip is entirely one's own decision......
    You can tip the owner of the salon,as well, but it's not always necessary......except in a case where you are extremely pleased and want to say a big thank you!

  4. benisan85745 profile image61
    benisan85745posted 5 years ago

    WOW, I have never known of anyone to do so. Then again, the majority of my tattoo's have been done by two individuals, one on the inside, and the other on the outside (hope you understand that reference). However, to answer your question, you are getting $40 pieces, are they flash or are they specific designs you want done? Also, return business, or word of mouth usually is the "tip" unless of course you are getting "sleeves" or "back-pieces"...in which case you can tie in your gratuity in the package deal.

    1. profile image52
      timsmoviesposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      You'l know yourself if you feel he/she deserves a tip when the tattoo is finished.

    2. benisan85745 profile image61
      benisan85745posted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Don't know who does your work, but everything is tied in when the hands are shooken. Besides, how do you tip on $1,000 worth of work, that is why I only have one artist.

  5. FalseHonesty profile image59
    FalseHonestyposted 5 years ago

    Yes! Unless the artist is truly awful, you should always tip. I usually tip $5 for every half hour to forty-five minutes they spend on my tattoo.