Is it a standard practice to give a tip to a tattoo artist for a work well done? Getting a tattoo is not a usual and standard service consumers get, but to some people who do get tattoos, they are always asking whether it would be nice to offer a tip to their tattoo artist to show appreciation for the service done. Not far from the question is another one, which asks how much tip is advisable and is ethical. Surely, we all give tips to cab drivers, bartenders, delivery personnel and restaurant waiters, and because such a practice is well adopted, people have ideas on how much range they could ethically and nicely offer.
In truth, no one is forcing anyone to give a tip to the tattoo artist. The tattoo artist himself or herself is not usually expecting. As an unwritten rule of thumb, you should stick to how much you could afford and how much you think the service and tattoo result is worth when offering to give a tip to a tattoo artist. Tips to tattoo artists are usually symbolizing your appreciation and thankfulness for the art design that was just put on your body. A 5% to 10% tip based on the overall cost would be appreciated. Tattoo artists know for a fact that the tip amount would already cost so much because standard rates of good tattoos nowadays cost about $200 on the average.
Did you know that tips given to your tattoo artist could also assume many forms other than monetary? For example, you could give out goods as a token of appreciation. It may be a bit odd, but some tattoo clients bring cookies or chocolates to the tattoo artist in appreciation of a good tattoo session. What other form of tip could be greater than referring the tattoo artist to all your friends, who also aim to have a tattoo. You can offer to distribute the calling cards of a tattoo artist or put his sticker into your car.
On top of it all, the greatest tip you could possibly offer is the most priceless of them all. And what could that be? Appreciation. A simple gesture of appreciation and simple praises indicating how you love the tattoo would be the greatest token of appreciation a tattoo artist could ever have. That way, you should be generous in airing your appreciation. When you return for another tattoo someday, your tattoo artist would happily serve you as he or she remembers you as the good client that gets to appreciate a tattoo design very well.