First and foremost, you need to figure out what sort of tattoo you want to get one, and where. Depending on this information, you can go through the sections below to help you calculate the average cost of your tattoo.
The actual price of a tattoo will vary drastically depending on a lot of factors put together―size and complexity of the design, pattern, use of colors, skills of the tattoo artist, etc.
The word 'small' here is very tricky. Small to one person can be the size of a penny or the base of a can. There are many small tattoos which you can choose from. Plus, the size isn't the only deciding factor here. You have to include the design, which shop are you visiting, what are the shop's minimum charges, and if the tattoo artist is really good at his/her work. Also, if you're adding color(s) to your tattoo, then the price can definitely hike. So keeping all these factors in mind, I'd say the cost of a small tattoo will be between US $45 to US $200.
Sleeve tattoos are very common among men, and women are quickly adopting them as well. With the option of getting either full sleeve tattoo or a quarter sleeve tattoo, the price range will have a huge difference. (When I say quarter, I mean half sleeve. So the price will be same as a quarter sleeve tattoo). Now the full sleeve or quarter sleeve tattoo designs are many and it is very difficult for the tattoo artists to charge according to those factors. Hence, what they do is charge you depending on how long it physically takes them to complete it. The length and width of the arms also need to be considered. So if you want a full sleeve or quarter sleeve tattoo, the artists can charge you anywhere between US $200 to US $400 per hour. This also depends on how skilled that particular artist is.
There are intricate, big, and small foot tattoos which can be done. Here there can be two different ways a shop can charge you. The first method is depending on the actual size and the foot tattoo design you want. If we had these 2 main factors to consider, then the cost of a tattoo on your foot can be anywhere between US $100 to US $500.
Now the second method is that the shop has a minimum charge for any foot tattoos. So no matter what design, shape, colors, or size you pick, you will be only charged that minimum amount. As every tattoo shop is different, the cost can be anywhere between US $50 to US $90.
Full Back Tattoo
The cost for full back tattoos for women will be different from that for men. Why? Because of the shape and size of the back. Women have more slender backs and curvier waists as compared to men and that weighs heavily while calculating how much will the full back tattoo cost. Plus, there are no fixed charges for a full back tattoo. If you're asked to pay per hour, the speed of your artist will be a determining factor. One of the most important things to remember while getting a full back tattoo is the concentration on the design. The more intricate and complicated the design will be, the more time it's going to take to finish. Plus, the entire tattoo is not possible to get finished in just one session. Perhaps it will require 4, 5, or even more sessions to get it all done.
But when you're looking for a full back tattoo, focus a bit more on the artist and slightly less on the money. If the artist is not charging you all that much and you do get an average looking tattoo, then what's the point? You don't want to be stuck with weird looking back tattoo that you can't even flaunt in front of people. So keep these things in mind and as for the cost, be ready to spend anywhere between US $2,000 to US $4,000 (or slightly more).
For a shoulder tattoo, the design, location on the body, size, color, and the artist, all play an important role. Where the tattoo will be placed? Will it be on both shoulders or just one? Is it small or considerably big in size? Will it end up being a shoulder blade tattoo? You need to be sure about the design before you head to the artist. Also the time it takes the artist to actually sit down and get the tattoo finished is also needed to get the right cost. So expect anywhere between US $200 to US $1,000 for your shoulder tattoo.
And finally, we're down to the star tattoos. The tattoo designs are very common among girls and the design in itself can vary from one person to the next. The size of the tattoo, intricacies, colors, and depth of the tattoo will be responsible for the final cost. There are many tattoos of stars which you can choose from so the best person to confirm the cost will be the artist himself/herself. But to give you a ballpark figure, star tattoos can range anywhere between US $50 to US $1,000 (or more).
More than worrying about the cost, think about where and whom you're getting your tattoo from. If the tattoo artist is trustworthy, then you can save up and get the tattoo of your choice. Just be very careful about this as you don't want to regret this decision for the rest of your life.