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How Much Does a Tattoo Cost?

The cost of tattoos. Tattooing has always been expensive. The tattoo supply has increased dramatically with a surge in the amount of artists, but the demand has also increased, with more people getting tattoos, and tattooing becoming less taboo. So tattooing is still expensive.

In America, you can expect a basic price of $80 to $100 an hour. Sometimes shops don’t charge by the hour, but instead by the piece, and that may or may not be to your advantage. There is a minimum at every shop, and although that often differs, very few shops will ever touch you for less than $40. This may seem incredibly pricey, especially since you might only want a star the size of a dime, but there’s a few reasons they won’t charge you less.

Most tattoo artists pay a percentage of what they make to the shop in order to work there and use certain supplies. Most shops in America pay between 40-60% of what they make to the shop’s owner, so out of that $40 minimum, the artist may only be making $20. Also, tattooing equipment is another cost. So in order to make it worth their time at all, they usually set minimums.

There are a few myths about the cost of tattoos that I’d like to correct. Color tattoos do not cost more than black and grey ones. Color tattoos do tend to take longer if they have large palettes than black and grey tattoos do, so that may be a factor, but color itself is not more expensive. Where it is on the body may differ in price at the discretion of the tattoo artist. Shoulders are easy to tattoo, while the lower back is much more difficult. So the same exact tattoo on your shoulder may cost a good deal less than it placed on your lower back. This shouldn’t factor into your decision when deciding where to place your tattoo that you will have for the rest of your life, but it is something that you might want to be aware of.

Since no tattoo price is set in stone, unless the artist works exactly by the hour only, tattoo artists oftentimes try to see how much money they can get out of the customer without scaring them away. Prices are often made up on the spot depending on many factors, including whether they are excited to do the piece, where it is going to be on your body, and even if they’re broke that week. None of this is fair, especially since tattoo shops rarely ever negotiate prices, so it’s wise to find a fair and talented tattoo artist that you trust, rather than gambling at the shop closest to you.

source: http://www.tattooinfo.net/Scripts/prodView.asp?idproduct=33

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UV Blacklight Tattoo Inks – Awesome Things You Can Do With Them

So what is UV ink? It’s a special tattoo ink that only glows under ultraviolet light or blacklight. These special inks for black light tattoos contain chemicals that absorb the high energy UV rays for a few nanoseconds. Then the chemicals release the energy and the tattoo glows! There are many different colors of black light or UV reactive ink. For the titanium white color, in the absence of UV light, the tattoo can be completely transparent on light skin tones. Other colors are visible in any light but glow in black light!

Here are some cool examples I found over the web of what you could do with them:

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Choosing Tattoo Inks

Tattoo inks are the substance that a tattoo machine places under your skin that leaves you with a permanent mark. Although its commonly called ink — it’s actually pigment which generally contain metal salts or even plastics, suspended in a carrier solution which keeps the pigments evenly mixed and easily applicable.

Some tattoo artists mix their own ink, although most buy it pre-mixed. A typical “home made” carrier solution might be a mix of a small bottle full of vodka or Listerine, etc. with a little glycerin and propylene glycol (which if improperly used, can cause the ink to separate making an uneven mixture and ruining your work) mixed into a slurry with the dry pigments.

Other common carrier components both in home made and some commercial tattoo inks include toxic substances such as anti-freeze, formaldehyde, gluteraldehyde which can cause complications and reactions to your skin. That’s why it’s always a good idea to stick to trusted tattoo inks which are proven and recommended by most professional tattoo artists around the world.36 set Skin Candy Tattoo Ink

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Tamper Proof Medical Strip For Tattoo Ink Bottles – 1st of it’s kind

It looks like Skin Candy Tattoo Ink has brought another innovative product to the tattoo industry. The first tamper proof medical strip seal for tattoo ink. Watch the video below and you’ll see a photo of the new medical strip sealed tattoo ink bottles. Great idea Skin Candy.