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How big is a 500 dollar tattoo?



As a tattoo studio in Auckland, New Zealand, we often get asked about the cost of a tattoo. Everyone wants to know how much to save and doesn't want to be caught off guard when coming to pay.


All of our artists here at the Fox's Mark Tattoo Studio are happy you give you a quote if you are working with a budget.


One common question is, "What size of a tattoo can I get for $500?" In this blog post, we'll discuss the factors that affect the size of a tattoo and give you some tips on how to make the most out of your $500 tattoo budget.


Firstly, it's important to note that the size of a tattoo is not solely determined by the cost. The price of a tattoo is influenced by various factors, such as the complexity of the design, the experience of the tattoo artist, and the location of the tattoo you are wanting. In general, the larger and more intricate the design, the more expensive the tattoo will be.

That being said, $500 can get you a decent-sized tattoo, depending on the above factors. For example, a small-to-medium-sized tattoo (palm-hand size) on your arm or leg could cost around $300 to $600, while a larger design that covers your back or chest could cost upwards of $1000.

To get the most out of your $500 budget, consider the following tips:

  1. Choose a simple design: The more intricate the design, the more time it will take for the artist to complete it, which will increase the cost. Consider a simpler design that still holds meaning to you. We always say, bigger is better! This means that tattoos will last better over time and stay readable for years to come. The style of the tattoo you are after can also play a factor. Realistic tattoos will always take more time and be more detailed than a more traditional-style tattoo.

  2. Colour can also mean the tattoo takes a bit longer. Designs with lots of colours and colour detail can also mean an increase in the price.

  3. Consider placement. Areas of the body such as ribs and back can double in size when stretched out. This will be something you're tattoo artist will need to work with when tattooing you and may result in a longer session and higher cost.

  4. Talk to your artist: Your tattoo artist can help you maximize your budget by suggesting designs that fit within your price range. Be upfront about your budget so they can work with you to create a design you'll love. We are always happy you break your tattoo up into sessions to make it easier on you and your bank account.

In conclusion, $500 can get you a decent-sized tattoo, but the size of the tattoo will ultimately depend on various factors. By following the tips outlined above, you can make the most out of your budget and still get a tattoo that holds meaning to you. Communication with your tattoo artist is always key!

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