Here's a Tip... Leave One!

Jodie Michalak
Posted by Jodie Michalak Mar 12, 2014
Here’s a Tip… Leave One
Once you’ve found your artist by visiting artist profiles on right here:, it’s time to book an appointment and start planning your expendable budget, which includes leaving a tip.
Working as a tattoo artist is no different than any other service industry professional, yet for some reason tattooists never seem to get the recognition they rightfully deserve, especially when you’re paying that hefty tab for an amazing piece of body art.
Many people are confused about tipping their tattooist. “Didn’t he already get paid?” “My tattoo took more sessions than I expected,” and “She didn’t really talk much because she had her headphones on the whole time. Ten bucks is good enough.”
Well is it?
The History of Graciousness
Let’s start with the whole history of tipping, which began as leaving a small present back in c. 1600. Then in 1706 it was described as “to give a gratuity.” Then it became a noun in 1755 which also meant “to give a gratuity. “ No wonder things started getting confusing.
Either way, leaving a small present was the original usage so we’re going to stick with that.
Your tattoo artist works long and hard beyond your time in the chair. After you leave, he’s properly disposing of needles and anything else to prepare a sanitized work station, and he’s maintaining the equipment used to tattoo his next customer. 
These hidden expenses are often overlooked by consumers, yet they eat into the pocketbooks of artists. To the point some can be labeled “starving” until they make it.
A tip is not just cash to your artist; it’s a show of appreciation for the fact he squeezed you in last minute, added a few extra touches to make your tattoo custom, and cared enough to remember your name the next time you walked into the door. A tip means “thank you” and who doesn’t want to hear that?
How Much Do I Tip?
This is a question with shaky answers at best, because tattoo artists have been overlooked in the whole tipping scheme of things, since 1600. (See above.)
I personally recommend twenty percent of your total service cost. This means if your tattoo cost two hundred dollars you should be prepared to spend two hundred and forty dollars. This also means if you don’t have two hundred and forty dollars, you should wait a few more weeks until you do.
In the big picture, artists deserve the same respect you give hairdressers, wait staff, baristas, bellmen, taxi drivers and barbers. 
You daresay you don’t tip them either? Well perhaps we should then travel back even further to the 1520s, where in France tipping meant “graciousness,” or perhaps even the defined act of “money given for favors” in Latin, back in 1530. 
Tipping is popular in many cultures. What once was embraced as “to insure promptitude,”  in some languages, tipping simply means “drink money.” But it really doesn’t have to be so complicated, or so medieval.
The notion remains the same. Buy her a few rounds for a job well done, and for dealing with all your squirming. 
In other modern words, leave a tip of twenty percent.
P.S. Don’t forget you can save your gas money for a tip by narrowing your tattoo artist search within a definitive proximity; just one more reason to make full use of the functions on our site. In addition you can also request a tattoo estimate before stepping foot out the door. Make no excuse for bad etiquette, we’ve got it all figured out.
P.P.S. You are welcome! :)