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Does one typically tip a tattoo artist?

Asked by brownlemur (4074points) September 19th, 2007

I know tattoos can be quite expensive, and I am just wondering, if on top of that cost, should one add a nice gratuity?

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ava's avatar

Yes, you should definitely tip the artist, especially if they designed it themselves. A twenty percent tip is considered a good tip. Let me know if you need any artist recommendations! Good luck!

hossman's avatar

I have no idea whether it is proper etiquette, but if I was getting a tattoo I certainly would suggest, BEFORE THE ARTIST STARTED, a tip could be had for great work. After all, you don’t want them to accidentally, say, misspell your girlfriend’s name to that of a former girlfriend (a couple of years ago in NYC that happened, first the guy w/the tattoo assaulted the tattoo artist, then the guy’s girlfriend assaulted the guy, then she assaulted the artist, then the guy sued the artist).

I also suggest tipping your dentist, urologist, gynecologist, obstetrician and proctologist.

Fallstand's avatar

yep, always

b's avatar

YES! Especially if you want them to do additional work or touch ups down the road.

b's avatar

Artists do not get all the money from a tattoo if you are in a parlor. A fair chunk goes to overhead and such. The tip usually goes right into the artists pocket, and not the till.

adamsacres's avatar

I would say yes. You tip anyone in the service industry when you believe they did a good job. Now if someone permanently implants a tuna fish on your body instead of a coy fish I would say no. If your artist does a good job then tip by all means.
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