So how much do tattoos cost?

Submitted by rdlwolverine on June 2nd, 2011 at 11:40 PM

Enlighten a geezer.  I realize it can probably vary from a little buckey leaf to a full arm inking, but does anybody have an idea what the going rate is for the size and type of tattoos that the Buckeyes might have gotten.  Are we talking $75 or $3000?


Blue in Yarmouth

June 3rd, 2011 at 8:14 AM ^

I have a few tattoo's but my brther in law has many. He has sleeve's down both arms and they are top notch tats. They have color and major detail in them (he designed them himself). Each arm cost around 3500.

Different artists charge different prices, but none are cheap. As I said, I have a few (8 to be exact) and each one cost over 400 dollars. None were overly big, an estimate would be the size of the circumference of a large coffee mug. they were quite detailed and all had a lot of color too.

Waters Demos

June 3rd, 2011 at 12:35 AM ^

It's me, yo - I got sleeves n' shit.

Or at least that's how I imagine you'd hear anyone who had tattoos defend/celebrate them. 

I guess my point is that it's best to avoid assumptions and generalized oversimplifications.  There are some sophisticated folks out there who have tatted up in some manner or other. 


June 3rd, 2011 at 12:39 AM ^

I don't like the big stuff, but I'm pretty sure I'll get two small tattoos once I'm graduated and (hopefully, like...please?) through OCS. Nothing major, just on my upper back, one of them is five letters and the other is two words.

I don't know if I'd call myself sophisticated, so this was probably just a cool story brah, but there are a lot of types of people that get tattoos. Not all of them work in meth labs.


June 3rd, 2011 at 1:10 AM ^

You must not have been around for that Auburn post, when my economics kind of came out to the board at large. Hopefully this won't start a flame war, but I can assure you that I won't be getting a tattoo of anything from Keynes. Edit: Sometimes I feel life might be easier if I could have the basics of Austrian Business Cycle theory tattooed on my forehead, but I digress.

Both are mottos: AEKΔB and Semper Fidelis. Again the second would obviously be contingent on me getting commissioned and I don't want to jump the gun on something that big. Also, they're not going to be big, probably 3/4 of an inch tall in simple black. 

I don't think there's anything wrong with tattoos that mean something (if I played hockey at UM I'd probably have a block M somewhere), what I don't understand are the ones seemingly without meaning attached. I know a girl with several tattoos of dolphins and such, and as much as I think she should do what she likes, I also question the wisdom of getting something of that nature permanently attached to your body, especially in visible places.


June 3rd, 2011 at 5:36 AM ^

Careful with the tats, especially if your trying to be an officer in the Marines. They disqualify you if you have any tattoos larger than 5 inches. When I went to MEPS in troy they check your body and measure them, I don't have any but they did it to everyone who had them. Just a heads up, Good luck bro! Maybe we shall meet on the battlefield one day.


June 3rd, 2011 at 8:50 AM ^

I'd wait until after commissioning. With their new policy, you need a waiver with your application package to OCS if you have any, even within the officer regs. Which, like you said, are tough anyway.

Thanks though, from everything I hear I'll need all the luck I can get.


June 2nd, 2011 at 11:46 PM ^

Well it really depends on a few factors. 1. Was it colored ink? 2. Size and 3. The actual reputation of the parlor and it's artists. A small tattoo can run you anywhere from $50-$150. A full sleeve can no doubt cost a couple thousand dollars.


June 2nd, 2011 at 11:52 PM ^

It definitely depends a lot on the size, but if we're talking retail price for a normal tattoo on your biceps or whatever, from my experience, you're probably looking at (very rough ballpark) around $200.

EDIT: Good point below about quality of the artist, or "brand name," so to speak. A typical strip-mall tattoo parlor might charge $200 for something that a high-end shop might charge over $1,000 for.


June 2nd, 2011 at 11:52 PM ^

As columbus_wolverine said above, it varies with the two big factors being size and the artist.

Someone good (read: well known) could likely charge a few thousand dollars for something like Pryor's*.

*Some random guy on Yahoo said it should be about 1000 for a full sleeve from an "average" artist, and count on being about $100 an hour.


June 3rd, 2011 at 12:01 AM ^

Sleeve is four figures.  At a shitty parlor it would probably be $2K.  A good one?  $5K perhaps.  a tattoo in general is a couple hundred.

Blue since birth

June 3rd, 2011 at 12:02 AM ^

It varies by size, detail (difficulty), artist, and the customer.

I've personally had one done for $75 and seen the same artist quote $250 to someone else for one that was very similar in size and difficulty.

Both were about the size of an orange, had lots of detail, and were being done on the forearm.

The artist was an acquaintance  of mine (talked to him once or twice before)... And the other guy looked like a sucker maybe? 


June 3rd, 2011 at 12:09 AM ^

I see a lot of artist who cut nice deals for aquaintances. The other thing that they cut you deals on is when you allow them to provide their own designs to the tattoo(before you get it obviously). Many like the ability to apply some part of them in the tattoo, I mean, it is considered art.

Blue since birth

June 3rd, 2011 at 12:17 AM ^

Yeah, I basically gave him a general idea of what I wanted (with a few specifics) and let him come up with a few designs from there.

One other factor I'd add (touched on by others) is where you're at. Price can vary alot depending on the city/town/region. You'll probably pay alot more in a large parlor in the city than you will in a small parlor/town etc.


June 3rd, 2011 at 12:10 AM ^

on the size of the tattoos, the length of doing tattoos on your body parts, the color of the tattoos(non colors are always cheaper), and the reputation of tattoo artists.


If you're thinking of getting a tattoos, you should research tattoo shops and artists. You don't want to end up with shitty tattoos that will be on your body permanently.  Look up on the internet, ask people who had their tats made in local areas and trust  your judgements.  A great tattoo artist is worth an extra money because you know they'll do their best and won't fuck up the work.