OK, for those of you with tattoos – what’s the general price on them, and how long did they take to get done?

I’m trying to ball-park things for schedule and budget *grin*

(mental note: either do it in the next two weeks to allow for healing time before the beach trip, or in late June after the trip)

About Kevin Sonney

Kevin Sonney - who, contrary to popular opinion was NOT raised by wolves - grew up in central North Carolina. He fell into the technology field by accident in 1991, when he gave up the wild and crazy lifestyle of an on-air AM radio DJ to become a mundane technical support monkey. The technology industry has never really recovered from this. Kevin has worked for such names as IBM, Red Hat, webslingerZ, and Lulu Technologies (we won't mention the ones that didn't survive the experience). He currently works as a Linux Administrator for Apptio. In his spare time he rescues stray animals and plays video games with his two sons. His wife, we're sad to say, helps him get past the really hard bits. Kevin is still not very mundane, he just got better at hiding it.
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10 Responses to 1302

  1. agrajag says:

    Oooh… what are you getting? and where?

  2. ryeth says:

    The artists I’ve worked with pan out to be about $100 an hour.

  3. bagelhead says:

    that seems to be a fairly good rule of thumb for hourly rates, but how do you go about [for budgeting purposes] figuring out how long whatever you want would take to get indelibly imprinted on your body?

  4. alchemist says:

    I’m gonna start with “ren kin jutsu shi” in either kanji or kana caligraphy. That’ll probably go on my right shoulder, although I’m thinking of putting that somewhere else.. Then I’m working oin a design that represents me and my family – I’m debating wether to put that with the earlier kanji, or alone on my right shoulder. Finally, I’m thinking the tattoo from the Reboot Season 3/4 grown-up Enzo Matrix done on my left shoulder.

    Although I may re-cosider the family design to incorporate “ren kin jutsu shi” as the family design evolves a little more. Remembering if Kanji is read left to right, or right to left when circular is important…..

  5. fractalmind says:

    i got mine 12 years ago so… the rates have gone up i am sure!!!

    mine cost $75 and took an hour and a half to do. from what i understand quality shops here in cleveland charge $150 an hour with no consulatation fee. that seems to be the norm everywhere. my mom got hers done in chapel hill (butterfly) for $80 and her link on her calf for $150.

    sorry i’m not much help… :|

  6. ryeth says:

    The artist will be able to give you a ballpark figure for it (if not an exact quote) if you have the design.

  7. ex_redsonja442 says:

    You are gonna pay at least a hundred bucks unless it’s very dinky, up to several hundred depending on the complexity, size and colors involved. Simple tattoos may be accomplished in one sitting, say up to three or four hours; complex ones, you’ll have to do a part at a time, sit for 3 hours, pay for that part and let it heal, come back for the next installment, etc.

    I will be paying off my credit card till my dying day…my back piece is mondo spendo!

  8. akiko says:

    My smallest tattoo, a very simple design of a Chinese-esque dragon, was $75 and took about an hour. I think. It was 1998, so I don’t remember quite well. It’s probably 3-4″ long, S-curved. V. cool.

    If Kevin shows up for summer COUP or Animazement, I can show it to him.

    My largest, the first one I got, is a lineart on my back. It took a long time, like 3 hours. People won’t see that one unless I’m wearing something backless. :)

  9. alchemist says:

    I’m definately planning at least one day at Animazement this year. I dunno if Renee can go, but if she can’t oh well *grin*.

    So I’ll have to track you down at the show – unless I can actually get to a COUp this summer. Ha Ha.

    (Mental Note – Animazment Pre-Regisiter. DUH)

  10. ex_redsonja442 says:

    I have a mortal-Kombat style dragon on my right shoulder. He is looking kinda plain in comparison to my other ink. I’m thinking about having some green flames added around him.

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