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The truth is, there will always be some mild discomfort associated with getting a tattoo. Some areas of the body are more sensitive than others, such as the ribs, kneecaps, sternum, etc. Large muscle groups, like the arms, legs, and pecs tend to be fairly easy. However, each individual will have a different opinion on this, based on a multitude of factors. The best way to find out is to try it. Get a tattoo!
Ok. I didn't really want to get into this, but it is a valid question. Here goes: I charge $150 per hour. Some artists charge $350 per hour. Some flat price the tattoo. The bottom line is; do you want this person to do work for you? When you attempt to haggle, the result will be that the artist will be offended. If not, then they must not have much confidence in the quality of their work. If, for example, you have x amount of dollars to spend on the work you want, be upfront with the tattooer. Maybe they can break it up into multiple sittings, or maybe not. Believe me, you will not rip off an experienced tattooer. Those among us who care about the work that we do will try to work something out for you based on the amount of money that you have to work with. Haggling insinuates that the tattooers work is not worth the price. Back in the day(and I do speak from experience) the "flea market" approach would get one escorted to the door in the same manner as a bag of trash! The best way to approach this is to save up twice the money that you think will be needed. This way, you get the tattoo you want, from the tattooer you want, tip them, and celebrate afterwards without stress.
Short answer: You get what you pay for.
Long answer: This is how these type of artists get people to keep coming back. Lower prices but lower quality. You're never really happy with the tattoo but at least you got one right? Wrong! A good artist knows what he/she is worth. They know what their work is worth. They know this because they have more experience and know that they are better than the guy down the street doing it for half the price. The guy down the street is trying to make a quick buck and sometimes don't care if your completely satisfied or not. Some charge half price because they KNOW they aren't good enough to charge as much as the best artists do but they still wanna talk garbage about those better artists. It works the same as any artwork on canvis. Luckily with canvas art though, you can always throw it away when you realise it sucks. Your best bet is to save up a little more cash and get a quality tattoo that you will love for the rest of your life. Otherwise you may end up spending more cash later anyway to get that crappy half priced tattoo covered up.
Short answer: Safety and quality. And again, you get what you pay for, but you might get what you didn't pay for, Hep C or any other kind of blood borne pathogen.
Long answer: I had someone tell me this about portraits. She said her friend can do a portrait for $75 at his house. I laughed at her and walked away. I wouldn't even pay as little as $75 to have a steamy turd tattooed on my ass. I paid $500 for my portrait and it was well worth the money. First of all, if someone does tattoos at home, more than likely it is because they aren't good enough to be in a studio doing it. The sad thing is, anyone can get the equipment to do tattoos. This isn't always the case. They could be a very good tattoo artist but got fired over something stupid or even owned their own business and just couldn't stay above water because of todays economy. But usually it is the 1st reason. Most scratchers do not have a license, do not have the training, and are no where near as clean and hygenic as a licensed studio. There are health classes, blood borne pathogen training, and apprenticeships involved in obtaining a license to do tattoos. This varies from state to state, but more than likely a scratcher doing tattoos from his home has none of these requirements and is washing his equipment in a boiling pot of water or in the dishwasher with their nasty dishes. Not to mention if he/she doesn't care enough to send you to a profesional studio, do you really think they care enough to make sure their house is steril enough to even do tattoos. If you find yourself in the home of a scratcher, look around. Do they have a sterilizer, an ultra-sonic cleaner for their equipment, or even new needles? Maybe, but I doubt it.
Anything you want. A lot of people go to studios not knowing what they want and check out the pre-made tattoo art on the walls (flash). You can always get a good idea from these but it is best to not get a replica of these. You want something unique and custom tailored to you. I used flash for my "ripped skin with confederate flag underneath" tattoo idea. The flash was ripped skin with a dragon's eye looking out. Don't get anything you will regret later in life. Try to stay away from copying someone elses tattoo. There are 2 people that I know of that have stolen 2 of my tattoos. They didnt just use the idea, they took my picture off of my profile and the scratchers scanned them and replicated them. The good thing is, mine is still better than theirs. They couldn't even replicate the quality from a direct scanned picture. The posabilities are endless but the ones that you will be most proud of are the ones that have deep meaning.
Most people don't understand why tattoos are so expensive. First and fore most, you are paying for the experience of the artist and the quality of the tattoo. But like any business there are overhead costs. The artist does not get to keep all the money you give them. Most artists at a studio are just like a hair stylist. They have to rent their booth and that cost can be as high as 50% of what they charge the client. They also have to buy their own equipment and supplies. This includes their tattoo machines, power supplies, gloves, needles, chairs, tables, inks, and just about everything else they need to do just one tattoo. If the artist is an owner like Mike, he has a lot of overhead to run the business. Not only does the owner have to buy all the same supplies as any other artist, he also has to pay the rent for the building, insurance, utilities, advertising, and other supplies for everyone to use. After all this adds up, the artist may not have even made a good profit if any at all on some tattoos. This is why tipping your artist is greatly appreciated.
Don't come in being a drunk or doped up asshole. No one will want to deal with you and you will get kicked out fast. Being an asshole in general will get you the same results. Don't make your visit a family reunion. Bring a friend or 2 if you need to, but leave the crowd at home. Don't come in if you are sick and coughing and sneezing all over everything. Wait a few days. If you have an appointment be sure to call in and let them know you are sick but will come in a few days later. Basically just use common sense and don't act like an idiot.
More than likely yes. There may be some occasions that a tattoo can not be covered or fixed. Mike has covered and fixed a lot of tattoos in the many years he has been tattooing. I have seen him take a turd of a tattoo and turn it into a beautiful and detailed work of art. Just go in and talk to the artist about your specific situation. Most will have a photo album that includes many cover-ups with before and after pictures that you can look at.