As important as it might be to know the cost of a tattoo before getting inked, the actual pricing for a tattoo is not quite easy to determine. There are a wide range of factors that impact pricing for a tattoo. They are:
Size: Most artists charge per square inch, making tattoo size one of the most important factors that affect the price
Design: Simpler designs will cost less, while more detailed designs that require colour, filling, shading, etc. will cost more
Colour or special inks: If your tattoo requires colour or special inks (such as UV ink), it will cost more
Consultation and customization
Artist skill and experience
Tattoo style and technique: Some styles of tattooing will cost more
Tattooing materials: Tattooing uses a LOT of equipment - the tattoo machine, needles, inks, gels and ointments, and aftercare products such as wipes and wraps - to name just the basics.