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post #1 of 25
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I always told myself that tattoos weren't for me but now I am toying with the idea of getting one.

What I want is a series of tibetan words around my ankle (like a bracelet), about half an inch wide (or maybe a little more). Pretty simple, just one color (I would prefer a nice blue to the usual greyish color, but I'd have to look into that)

Anways, this isn't gonna happen anytime soon but I'd like to get an idea of how much it would cost. So if you have a tattoo, how much did it cost? (and how large / complicated was it?)
post #2 of 25
Mine is about the size of a toonie..maybe a little bigger, and it is in colour..I think It was under $100...I LOVE it!!
post #3 of 25
What the heck is a toonie?????
post #4 of 25
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Originally Posted by neetanddave View Post
What the heck is a toonie?????
It is a freakin $2 coin you FREAK!!
post #5 of 25
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Originally Posted by Trouts mom View Post
It is a freakin $2 coin you FREAK!!
Well, not EVERYONE is Canadian! We don't have them here... FREAK!
post #6 of 25
I paid about £50-£60 (approx. $100) for each of my tattoo's to be done at an expensive tattoo parlour in Soho, London. I paid for expensive tattoo's as I wanted them to turn out well and I knew the place was clean and free from any diseases....
I know I could have paid half the price elsewhere but tattoo's are forever and why take the risk?

I'd consider carefully having any tattoo's in future, I can honestly say I regret some of mine
post #7 of 25
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Originally Posted by neetanddave View Post
What the heck is a toonie?????
I was going to ask the same question
post #8 of 25
I have a 4 inch Sylvester The Cat above my right ankle. It cost $100. I've had it for almost two years......and I'm old!!
post #9 of 25
I have a 2 1/2-3 inch butterfly on my leg and it cost $75 plus we tipped him, so it really cost about $100.
post #10 of 25
I can't wait to get mine. It's just some lettering. About 4 inches long, maybe 1/2 tall. I've been quoted $40-60.
post #11 of 25
Must we have the Canadian to American language lesson.
Loonie = $1.00 coin called so because of the picture of a loon on it
Toonie = $ 2.00 coin called so because of the picture of a ... wait, what does a polar bear have to do with it being called a toonie!?

I must go to timmies for a double-double and mull this over
post #12 of 25
I have a small tattoo that cost me $50. That is the minimum they charge at most tattoo shops around here.
post #13 of 25
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Originally Posted by Sibohan2005 View Post
Must we have the Canadian to American language lesson.
Loonie = $1.00 coin called so because of the picture of a loon on it
Toonie = $ 2.00 coin called so because of the picture of a ... wait, what does a polar bear have to do with it being called a toonie!?

I must go to timmies for a double-double and mull this over
wow...canadian money has some funny names

In the US we have

Penny- .01
Nickle- .05
Dime- .10
Quarter .25
Silver Dollar- $1.00
and there's a new coin that's worth $1.00 too i think it's supposed to replace the silver dollar? does anyone know?
post #14 of 25
I have a bull on my right shoulder and it's about 4" x 4". 7 Years ago it cost me $50.
I have a heart on my ankle. Its about the same size and cost me $80 (more detail)
I have a kanji on my lower back, about 3" x 3" and it was $60.
I added to the heart on my ankle about 4 years ago. It says "I R.M." and that was $30...
It all depends on the design detail and the size and how good the artist is.
I have seen people with 5-6" Tattoos that cost $200 because of the details. I have also seen people with whole back pieces and it was only $400.. THen I have seen people with $1000 tattoos.


Also ask to see some of the artists work. Pictures can tell a 1000 words. If the tattoo is really red and inflammed then they are too heavy handed and it won't heal right. The best way I can describe getting one is it feels like a bee sting. After about 5-10 mins the pain actually goes away. I think your nerve system actually shuts down that part of your body and it goes numb... At least it did for me :shrug:
post #15 of 25
Mine started at $25.00 and went up to $90.00.
It depends on the design and the details that you want in it as well as the size.
post #16 of 25
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Originally Posted by neetanddave View Post
Well, not EVERYONE is Canadian! We don't have them here... FREAK!
LOL!!! A $2 coin - is that like a US $3 bill?

We can't even get a $1 coin to work out in the US, never mind a $2 coin!
post #17 of 25
My least expensive tattoo was $50 about 12 years ago - it's about 2 inches long by 1 1/2 inches wide.

My most expensive tat is about 8 x 10 inches and cost me $850 three years ago but I got a huge break on the price. The artist is an international award winner and usually charges $250 USD per hour. This tat should have cost me at least $1,500.

I have six in total, and the average cost is $400. Two are very small, the largest is the 8 x 10 (so far) and the other 3 are approx 6 inches in diameter.

The best artists charge by the hour, the lesser experienced/lesser talented ones usually charge by the piece size.
post #18 of 25
I have a small one (about the size of a nickel) and it was $35.
post #19 of 25
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Originally Posted by StarryEyedTiGeR View Post
wow...canadian money has some funny names

In the US we have

Penny- .01
Nickle- .05
Dime- .10
Quarter .25
Silver Dollar- $1.00
and there's a new coin that's worth $1.00 too i think it's supposed to replace the silver dollar? does anyone know?
Its like the Saquagewea gold dollar. (I know thats not spelled right) or something like that.
post #20 of 25
ones on my arms, hmm about 100 each,
the one on my leg, was 250.

the last one i want to get is looking to be between 800-2000 dollars
post #21 of 25
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The best artists charge by the hour, the lesser experienced/lesser talented ones usually charge by the piece size.
What she said.......
I currently have 8 in various locations on my torso. I have one more in mind that will probably take between 6 and 8 hours to do. Three of the ones that I already have have taken 6 to 8 hours to complete also. We have a GREAT local artist that charges $450.00 for as long as you can take it. Believe me after about 4 hours the feeling starts to come back and THAT is where the REAL pain begins. It is however........bearable.....for me anyways. I think that 8 hours is about MY personal limit at one sitting. What really takes the time is doing small detail......but then.....that is what really makes a tattoo a work of art. I did get to meet Kat Von D this past spring at a Tattoo Expo and I hope that someday I can afford to let her push some ink into my skin. She is one VERY TALENTED young lady.

Winter Hawk
post #22 of 25
LOL, WinterHawk, you're tougher than me - the longest I was able to stand it (with the help of a painkiller that will remain unnamed) was 5 1/2 hours at one sitting.

I agree that 3-4 hours is generally all a person should sit for because after that - ouchie-wowchie!!!
post #23 of 25
I have two tattoos... A scorpion holding a rose which cost me about $75 dollars.. it's about 2 1/2 inch long and 1 1/2 inches wide (LOTS OF COLOR)... Then I have angel wings on my back with angel in cursive,, it's about 5 inches long, and 2 inchs tall, it cost me about $80,, not as much color though..

I wanna get another one,, I just don't know where.. I want to get one about my daughter,, with my husband intertwined into it.. I was thinkin about either a mermaid or something like that since she lovesss mermaids.. I dunno know...
post #24 of 25
ok - no tattoos but just to clarify (I have my Timmies so this all makes perfect sense to me!)

Penny- .01

Nickle- .05

Dime- .10

Quarter .25

Loonie / Dollar $1

Toonie $2

and then our paper money is colour coded
(they have changed the designs slightly but the colours are the same)

When I first moved here I refused to spend any $10 notes because it was purple money and was pretty so had to stay in my purse - it isn't as amusing anymore!
post #25 of 25
my first (an orchid with tribalwork on my right foot.. 4 x 2 inches) was $140.00
it took the artist nearly 2.5 hours to complete. i'm thinking it was because he was new to the craft *EEEK*

my second.. ( a cat face framed by vines on my left foot .. 2 x 3 inches) was $75.00
it took about 45 minutes for that one.


i'm ready for another
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