What does a tattoo cost?

A tattoo used to be mainly for sailors and antisocials, but nowadays a tattoo is fully established. About 10% of all Dutch people have at least one tattoo and with that we can say that the stigma of "sticky plate" has disappeared by now. By the way, they say that after one tattoo you are "hooked" and then have more put on it, but whether that is really true? Someone who has a tattoo because he just likes it, will easily have a second, third and more. But do you have a tattoo with a special meaning? Then you might keep it easier. Anyway, a tattoo is something very personal and is basically for life. But what does it cost to put such a piece of art on your body? In other words, what does a tattoo cost?

Price depends on various factors

It will come as no surprise that tattooing is not done at one fixed price. Each tattoo shop uses its own rates, and these depend on various factors. Yet there is an average to discover. But first, let's look at the things that help determine the price.

Size of the tattoo

The most obvious is the size of the tattoo that you want to have put. The larger the image, the more material (such as ink and needles) are needed, but also the more man-hours. There is an average minimum what a tattoo costs: between € 50 and € 75. For this you put a small tattoo, such as a name or date on the wrist, an asterisk, heart or something else small. The place doesn't really matter in this case.Tattoo


The place where you want your tattoo on your body affects the price. It is easier to tattoo on a flat area of ​​skin than on a "round" spot. It does not matter for very small pictures, but certainly for larger ones. Places that hurt more or sweat more easily also need more time because the tattoo artist then often has to stop more. In any case, it is advisable to think carefully about where you put the tattoo on your body. That really has nothing to do with the pain (close to the bone, such as the backbone, hands, feet and ribs, are more hurtful than areas with relatively high levels of fat such as upper arms, legs, hips and buttocks). In addition to the fact that a difficult place is more expensive because it takes longer, there are numerous reasons for not just having a tattoo put anywhere. These reasons are mainly related to visibility. Do you want a tattoo that stands out? Then you easily choose a spot on your arm. It stands out in your neck, but there is still a prejudice to this. In any case, tattoos in certain places have a certain stigma. On the lower back, just above the buttocks, an assault ant is soon mentioned (and that is still a neat name …). Moreover, there are still professions where a (visible) tattoo is simply still prohibited. In very many cases it is no longer a problem for the employer, but he may require you to cover the tattoo. For example with the police, a tattoo is allowed there, but only if it is not visible. In defense, it can even be a visible tattoo, provided that it cannot be perceived as offensive by others. The more creative the profession, the easier the employer seems to deal with the fact that you have a tattoo, visible or not. But in more conservative professions, such as in banking, or in certain places where people are still quite religious, it can certainly be a problem if you have a visible tattoo.


If you choose a fairly standard tattoo from a book or something that the tattoo artist has already put, there are few costs in preparation for the tattoo. Even if you take a picture with you, it can easily be taken over. But if you want a unique, one-of-a-kind tattoo, then there will be time in designing your tattoo. Which often also needs to be adjusted and fine-tuned before it can be transferred to your body. You pay this time, directly or indirectly. The complexity of the tattoo also determines the price. Complexity can be many lines, many shadows or, for example, many different colors. The more the tattoo artist has to change and do, the more expensive the tattoo becomes, even though it may not be that big.


Of course the material to be used is also a factor, although this is often a smaller factor. This concerns the materials that can be used once, such as the ink and the needles (which must of course be sterile). Different needles are used for different effects and therefore different parts of a tattoo. You cannot set the lines with one and the same needle, color the tattoo and make shadows for example. For a tattoo the size of a hand with 8 different colors, these materials cost around € 45.

Fixed charges

Like many entrepreneurs, a tattoo artist also has fixed costs that he or she deducts from the price of the tattoos. Think of renting the shop, or mortgage if the property is owned. But the chair, tattoo machine and depreciation of company resources are fixed costs for the person who puts your tattoo. Just like the costs for training to learn the latest techniques and just keep up with the profession.

Hourly wage

These fixed costs are usually included in the hourly wage. By the way, almost all the aforementioned costs are included in the hourly wage. You will therefore not receive a specification of the above costs if you receive a receipt from the tattoo, at most from the material costs and the hourly wage. Because the hourly wage therefore means many different costs, this is generally quite high. On average, the hourly rate for putting a tattoo is between € 100 and € 150. But with a well-known tattoo artist who often has his shop full, this can just add up. A question of supply and demand. If you want a tattoo cheaper now, remember that someone who is far below this hourly wage may not be the best choice. Does it use the good materials? Of course, renting or buying a property in a prime location, or opening a shop in your garage can save in monthly costs. But the rest of the materials help determine the quality of your tattoo, and you still want you to be able to see what your tattoo should mean in 10 years or more? Saving is perhaps not the best solution in the case of putting a tattoo …Tattoo140652

And what does a tattoo cost?

A starting rate of € 50 to € 75, material costs of around € 45, but what does a tattoo cost on average? Let's take an average tattoo that is about the size of a hand and in a fairly standard place. Then such a tattoo costs around € 450 on average. Just as recalculating this means that you are in the chair of the tattoo artist for 3 to 4 hours! But, these are average amounts. And of course you don't want an average tattoo, you want a true work of art on your body. A unique piece, something nobody else has. Then it is possible that for such a tattoo, even though it is not much bigger, you soon lose more money. That is why it is good that you always orient yourself at the tattoo shop of your choice. And don't just choose on price, but only have a tattoo put at a clean shop, where you feel comfortable and at ease, and by someone you trust. After all, you put such a tattoo for life. Or not?

Removing a tattoo

Did you get a tattoo done in a brash moment or did you just get tired of the tattoo after a few years? In principle, a tattoo is for life, although it fades a bit. But a tattoo does not disappear, at least not on its own. People used to work with a sharp knife, razor or cheese slicer. That is incredibly dangerous, plus what is left is at least ugly scar tissue but can also become much worse due to, for example, inflammation. It has been possible for decades to have tattoos lasered away. And although the tattoo largely disappears, you will always see something. That is because the house is burned with that laser and that also gives scars. Moreover, laser tattooing is an expensive affair. Removing a tattoo costs roughly three times as much as having it put on. The average tattoo we mentioned above? The one from € 450? If you regret it, it costs around € 1350 to have it removed. By the way, you can also have a large tattoo made of it 😉 A bit serious, so it is understandable that many people walk around with an adhesive plate that they regret, but have not yet taken the step to laser it. Another option is to cover your tattoo with a new tattoo. They also call that a cover-up and of course it costs money, maybe extra because this should always be a unique design that fits over your tattoo. But it will soon be cheaper than having it lasered. And they can seem more and more.

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