Do you leave a gratuity for tattoo artists? It’s a question that many people ask themselves when they decide to get their first tattoo. Yes, to put it briefly.
You’d tip your tattoo artist the same way you’d tip your waitress at a bar or your hairdresser after a haircut.
All of these occupations have one thing in common: they don’t pay an hourly rate, and tattoo artists and hairdressers typically have to pay for the privilege of working in their business!
Why You Tip Tattoo Artists?
A tattoo artist that works in a shop either pays a shop booth rental fee or a part of their earnings to the shop owner. This number is normally between 40 and 60 percent!
That means they’re preceding a significant portion of their prospective earnings merely to hold a job! Not to mention that a tattoo artist is in charge of their materials and tattoo equipment!
What Should You Tip Tattoo Artists?
So, how much should a tattoo artist be tipped? That, of course, is contingent on some factors.
What was the cost of the tattoo? If your tattoo artist gives you a fantastic deal, you should tip a bigger proportion.
What did you think of the artist? Were they able to make you feel at ease? If an artist goes out of their way to take you through the process and make you feel at peace with what’s going on, the percentage you tip should increase in proportion to their service.
What did you think of the artist’s work? You should tip them more if they took the time to create an incredibly unique piece of artwork or drew out something you brought in, and if they did an excellent job.
Regardless of the circumstances, just as you should tip a waitress at least 15%, you should tip a tattoo artist at least 15%. However, in general, your tip should be between 20 and 30%.
Tipping should not exceed a certain amount. You can even tip 50% if you believe the artist set you up and performed an amazing job.
Use Your Judgment
When selecting how much to tip a tattoo artist, use your best judgment. If you believe they are deserving of more, tip extra, but not more than you can afford.
If your tattoo is divided into many sessions, you can tip at the end when it’s all done or after each one. Whatever you choose, discuss your plans with your tattoo artist. After all, a content tattoo artist does great work!