Tipping your tattoo artist is pretty customary these days, and unless you get tattooed on a regular basis you probably wouldn’t know it.
But it’s true. Throwing your tattoo artist a little extra cash at the end of a session is always a nice gesture that a lot of clients don’t know about.
The question is how much, exactly, are you supposed to tip a tattoo artist?
People generally don’t frequent a tattoo artist as often as a restaurant, salon or taxi cab so it’s a bit of a tricky one. Adding, say, 15% - 20% to an already expensive tattoo can be a bit much for some clients.
If you can afford to fork over a hefty tip, then go for it. Your tattoo artist will surely appreciate it. If not, there are a few things to consider.
How happy are you with the work? Did your artist already give you a deal on it? Did you get a custom piece that required additional time to design? How many sessions does it require?
Anything less than $20 per session may seem like a bit of an insult, but anything more than $50 may be a bit straining on your budget.
Use your judgment. If your tattoo takes three sessions as well as any touching up, tipping $20 each time you visit ads up to $100 – not a bad tip in total, and spaced out over time it should be pretty affordable.
Just know that tipping your tattooist is in fact a thing, and while not always expected, is always a cool way of showing some appreciation for something you’ll have with you for the rest of your life.