When you plan a visit to a tattoo shop to get some ink, be prepared to open your wallet not only to pay for the artwork but to tip the artist. As with many jobs in the service industry, it's proper etiquette to tip the tattoo artist to show your appreciation for skill and attitude. Although several factors influence the amount you should tip, around 20 percent of the bill is standard.
Aim for 20 Percent
Inked magazine draws a parallel between the tip you give your tattoo artist and the tip you leave a restaurant server, suggesting that 20 percent is suitable. Another approach is to tip 15 percent after getting a small tattoo and 20 percent for more significant work. Gauge the exact amount you tip based on factors such as the tattoo artist's skill, conscientiousness, punctuality and professionalism. Tattoo Artist Magazine, which recommends tipping at least 20 percent, suggests holding off getting a tattoo until you have the money not only for the ink but also for a tip.