Each day I am asked that age old question that every trade service professional is queried with daily, “how much”. Now when seeking out an artist for your design it is important of course that the work you wish to obtain meets your budget, so affordability is certainly a concern, however the cheapest price you are quoted/estimated should not be the summit of your priorities when selecting the right artist for your needs. More often than not a tattoo’s expense parallels the quality, so if you find someone willing to do it for a fist full of paper Lincolns you can expect it will reflect in the resulting stain you’ll be wearing long sleeves to conceal. Prices also vary from artist to artist depending on their experience and skill level, so for example if you’re looking to attain a large piece requiring many hours or sessions you may be given an hourly rate ranging from $100-$200/hr. Now while $100 may seem like a more attractive figure over $150 per hour at face value, the lesser experienced tattooer charging $100/hr will likely work at half the pace spending 4 hours ($400) for the same tattoo another more adept artist would complete in 2 hours ($300) costing you less for a more skillfully executed design. Each artist has their own unique creative style, so while you are out researching a tattooer best suited for the work you have in mind be sure to always ask to see portfolios to ensure they are talented enough to execute your request, and select someone who has work similar to the style of art you’d want to receive in your next ink endeavor. hopefully these tips will help you make a more educated decision when “price shopping” a capable artist in the future.