How To Prevent Hiring Overpriced Tattoo Designers

Having tattoos is a practice that started several centuries ago. Through time, its purposes varied from being a decorative addition to the body, to having them done for spiritual reasons, for identification, for cosmetic or medical reasons or for social purposes. Now, as tattooing becomes more popular and more accessible to the public, lots of new designs and innovations in this field are being introduced.

You can now have tattoos done at a very affordable price. All you need to do is find a tattoo designer to create a design of your choice and a skilled tattoo artist to ink that design on your body. However, you must be cautious and avoid overpriced designers. In the market today there are always some designers who tend to overcharge for their work.

You therefore need to be aware of how to identify overpriced tattoo designers. There are at least three effective ways on how you can accomplish this.

One way to do this effectively is to know the factors that dictate the price of a tattoo design. Most of the time, these factors include the design details, the time/ duration for the application of the tattoo, its size, complexity and intricacy of the design and the background of the designer.

It makes sense if complex designs cost more. Similarly, the amount of time and the effort therein, to apply the design may also result in a higher price. Larger tattoos need more clarity and are more expensive. Lastly, the background of the designer i.e. his experience, skill, knowledge and the rapport that he or she shares with the clients can also be a deciding factor. Sometimes a designer may charge more purely because of their reputation in the market.

Another way to save yourself from buying an overpriced design is to do some research on the prevailing rates of tattoo designs similar to the one that you intend to have. You can even compare the rates of designs that fall in the same category, but are created by different designers.

You would, of course, need to compare apples with apples, so make sure you make a comparison between designs that are of the same size and are equally complex. Most of the time, the size is the only major factor in assessing the price of a tattoo design. For example, the prices of small designs for your wrist, foot and ankle, range from $50 to $150. On the other hand, the prices of larger designs that cover your whole back, sleeve or leg, range from $500 to $2,000 each.

The third possible way to refrain from hiring an overpriced designers to look at several marketplaces for tattoo designs. For instance, there are tattoo design sites that have online marketplaces which provides you with a platform to have customized designs. On such sites, you can create online tattoo design contests where designers from across the globe participate and create for you the best design based on your tattoo ideas and preferences. Since they compete for prize money that is decided at the time of launching the contest, one gets a custom tattoo design at a relatively competitive price. This is all the more important because custom designs are otherwise very expensive when compared with the regular ones.

While these three ways are very effective, it is recommended that you also take into consideration other factors as well, like your budget, preference for a designer, time constrain and the purpose of having a tattoo before you hire a tattoo designer.

Kristen Dunn is a tattoo enthusiast and professional tattoo designer who has created thousands of thought provoking, elegant, and funky tattoos for her clients. She has a vast collection of custom designs to her credit. Winner of several awards and accolades, Kristen is now a founding member of the world's largest custom tattoo design community at CreateMyTattoo. View her tattoo collection or read more on her blog here.

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