Tipping... it’s an American standard in many industries. You know when you go to a restaurant that you’re supposed to tip your server. Hell, most establishments even show you a breakdown of tip percentages on the bottom of the receipt these days. Large groups automatically have their tips included on the check. Your local hair dresser or barber? Yep, you tip them, too, don’t you? How about the teen washing your car or the pizza delivery guy? Do you tip them? I’d be willing to bet you do.
It’s become such a custom in these professions to tip that those who don’t—or those who do really well—tend to find themselves publically announced on social media for the world to see.
But, while tipping your hairdresser or server is standard practice, it seems that tipping your tattoo artist isn’t always a no-brainer.
The practice of tipping has roots reaching back into the early 1500-1700s in Europe. However, many associate the practice with the United States, as the practice is still alive and thriving in this day and age. In professions that tip, it is generally customized that the employee receives a wage lower than that of the federally mandated minimum wage. Tips are generally given based on service merit and therefore encourage better customer service within the given profession and help to make up the difference between the miniscule wage paid to the employee.
However, when it comes to tattoo artists, tipping is often a vital part of their income—and unfortunately, it is a part of the process often overlooked by customers.