Tattoo Prices in Australia (2022) - Aussie Prices (2023)

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Tattoos have many factors which can influence their price. These include the artist’s experience, the size of the tattoo, how complex it is, how long it will take to complete, and where the tattoo is positioned on your body. All come into play when determining the final cost of your tattoo.

Based on our research, here are the latest tattoo prices in Australia for Melbourne, Sydney, Perth, and Brisbane:



Small Tattoo$125
Medium Tattoo$700
Large Tattoo$1,500
Junior Tattooist$100/hour
Mid-Level Tattooist$150/hour
Professional Tattooist$200/hour
Highly Experienced Tattooist$250/hour


Small Tattoo$125
Medium Tattoo$700
Large Tattoo$1,500
Junior Tattooist$85/hour
Mid-Level Tattooist$130/hour
Professional Tattooist$190/hour
Highly Experienced Tattooist$250/hour


Small Tattoo$150
Medium Tattoo$750
Large Tattoo$1,500
Junior Tattooist$100/hour
Mid-Level Tattooist$150/hour
Professional Tattooist$200/hour
Highly Experienced Tattooist$250/hour


Small Tattoo$125
Medium Tattoo$700
Large Tattoo$1,500
Junior Tattooist$100/hour
Mid-Level Tattooist$150/hour
Professional Tattooist$200/hour
Highly Experienced Tattooist$250/hour

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  • How Tattooists Determine The Price
  • How To Get Cheap Tattoos

Disclaimer: The tattoo prices above should be used as a guide only. Please consult with one of the recommended tattoo parlours below for accurate pricing for the tattoo your considering.

Tattoo Price Updates

  • November 2019– Based on further research, tattoo prices have remained steady over the past 6 months.
  • October 2018 – Reformatted the list of tattoo prices based on a number of factors and usability issues.
  • June 2018 – Based on further research, tattoo prices have remained steady over the past 6 months.

As you can see, prices are fairly similar across all the states in Australia, but do sometimes vary from parlour to parlour. So it’s always best to talk to the parlour you’re thinking of going to beforehand, just to make sure you’re 100% on the price before you get started!

If you’d to get a quote as soon as possible, please tap the button and fill out all the information as best as you can. A reputable tattoo parlour will be then get in touch with you soon after.

How Tattooists Determine The Price

As mentioned, there are a number of factors which will determine exactly how much your tattoo is going to cost you.

By far, the most influential factor is the complexity.


Think of it as a difficulty rating. A more detailed and complex tattoo has a higher degree of difficulty. That means it’s also going to have a higher cost.

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Other the other hand, if you bring the difficulty back down to a medium or easy, say for a simple tattoo like an anchor, the price is also going to drop with it.

Your artist will place the highest weighting on how difficult your tattoo design will be, when finalising the quote for you.

Sure, the tattooist you choose will have the final say on how much your tattoo will cost, but you shouldn’t let it determine what type of tattoo you’re going to go.

If you want a design that is complex and detailed, don’t simplify it purely to bring the cost down – Youwillregret it.

If you don’t have the money just yet, keep saving. You’ll thank yourself now, and in the future.

Size Of The Tattoo

As with many other goods and services in Australia, the size of the item often plays a part in the price. Bigger size, higher cost. Tattoos generally follow the same principle.

I saygenerallybecause a small, extremely complex tattoo will likely set you back more than a simple, large tattoo.

Tattoos around the size of your palm or face are generally considered on the smaller side of the spectrum.

Half a leg or a quarter of your upper body and you’re moving up into the more medium-sized tattoos.

And finally, anything bigger than those two will bring you up to what many consider is alargetattoo. Think full back tattoos, or tattoos that cover the your complete upper body.

Position On Your Body

As with traditional art, the various types of canvas’ require painters to have a different set of skills. Tattoos are no different.

Think of your back as a plane’s runway for taking off. It’s smooth (unless you’ve got a bit of hair – but that’ll be shaved off come tattoo time anyway), it’s straight, and it’s easy to glide on. That’s the perfect canvas for the tattooist. It’ll make the their job mostly smooth sailing.

Your foot, on the other hand, has much more corners and rounded areas with many bones and veins getting in the way as well. This is a tough canvas to paint on. And it’s likely going to cost you more to get a tattoo there as well.


Area around your joints similarly require a more talented artist to effectively draw around. However, when done right, joint tattoos are a marvel.

Summing it up:

  • Large, open areas = lower price
  • Small, tighter areas = higher price

Hours Required

This one is sort of a combination of the three factors above. As the position, size, and complexity of the tattoo all increase, so do the hours required to complete it.

If the parlour you’re looking to use prices their tattoo based on hours work, this will lead to an increase in the price of your tattoo.

If the parlour operates on a fixed-fee basis, they will likely estimate the numbers required and factor that into the fixed-fee quote they provide you.

Experienced artists can quickly determine how many hours it will take from the hundreds of tattoos they’ve already done.

More parlours are more than happy to provide you with a quote if you have the design and position already figured up. Just send them a message or give them a call to arrange a time to meet and discuss it further.

Artist Experience

Finally, similar to a career, as a tattooist spends more time in the industry, they generally become a more talented artist and command a higher price for that experience.

It’s up to you – you can spend a bit less and let someone who’s new in the industry to work on your tattoo, or get an experienced professional who knows exactly what they’re doing to work on you.

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Experienced Tattoo Artist

Again, it is up to you, but unless you’ve seen examples of their work and can verify it’s theirs, go more the more experienced tattooist.

Remember, tattoos should last forever, so get it done right the first time.

Combining Them

Once more, the price of a tattoo is not merely made up of a single factor, but many (which you can find above).

It’s not an exhaustive list, for example, the level of colour you’re after will also play a role, but it does provide you with a sound foundation of understanding the reasoning behind the price of your tattoo.

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Of course, you may be in a position where you want to get the tattoo as soon as possible, but don’t want to fork out a lot of cash. Keep reading.

How To Get Cheap Tattoos

No judgement here – most people ask this question every now and then – “How can I get it for less?”.So why should a tattoo be any different?

Shooing the elephant out of the room – yes, there is a stigma behind ‘cheaptattoos’, one which usually turns many people away from it (think unhygienic needles).

As long as you can be 99% sure the equipment they use is sterile and safe, you’re good to go.

Flying Overseas

With the costs of flights, this one’s only worth it the total cost of your tattoo is considerably higher. I’m talking in the thousands.

Keeping that in mind, if you’re heading on vacation anyway, it may be worth it to combine the two.

Easily, the most popular overseas location for Australians to get their tattoos done is Bali and Thailand. More than 5,000 people search for bali tattooseach month, with thailand tattoos at a staggering 18,100 searches per month.

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Tattoo Parlours In Pattaya, Thailand

It’s no surprise that two of the Google suggestions are bali tattoos gone wrong and bali tattoos hiv. These stories don’t come from fairy tales – they’ve happened before.

Thankfully, many parlours in these regions understand in the long run, it’s more profitable for them to raise their safety standards and provide a clean working environment for safe tattooing.

Today, there are many viable parlours is both areas which you can check out.

Here are a few of the popular ones:

Shopping Around

As you do with your TV and furniture, you don’t go to the first shop and automatically agree with their price (at least you shouldn’t).

The most effective method of negotiation is to take an offer, and show it to their competitor. They can either beat it or not.

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We’ll beat it by 10%

You know that slogan, the everyone in Australia knows that slogan. And it works.

Many parlours will and do, operate on the same notion. However, only a few will ever actively advertise it.

Get your design ready, take it to a parlour, get a quote, tell them you’ll think about it. Bring it to a competitor, ask for a cheaper quote. I can 85% guarantee it’ll work 95% of the time, every time.

Promise. Not actually guaranteed.

Good Luck

Now that you know a lot of the reasoning behind how much you tattoo is going to cost you – it’s up to you to find out the exact price.

Contact one of the parlour below in the area near you, and ask them for a quote. If you don’t have a design ready, get in touch and I’m sure they’ll be more than happy to help you.

Good luck!

If you have any further questions about tattoo prices, let me know in the comments below.

And if you’re looking for the prices of other Australian goods and services, check out the rest of my website!


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How much is a 1 hour tattoo? ›

On average, tattoo artists charge $100 to $250 an hour, although in certain cases, high-profile tattoo artists charge more. Consider how in-demand your prospective artist is, based on factors such as their number of Instagram followers as well as awards given to the studio or artist, which can help determine rates.

How much is a small tattoo 2022? ›

2022 Tattoo Prices | Average Tattoo Costs (by Size & Examples) The average cost for a small tattoo like a heart or cross is $50 to $250. For a medium-sized tattoo like a tribal or portrait, expect to spend between $150 and $450.

How much should a 3 hour tattoo cost? ›

Most tattoo artists charge an hourly rate that varies from $75 to $150 an hour. A more elaborate tattoo like an elephant on the forearm or upper back that takes 2.5-6 hours typically costs $200-$600 with an average cost of $316.

How much does a 7 hour tattoo cost? ›

Average price for a quality tattoo of this size would be $350 to $500. This is a detailed, medium-sized piece in full colour that would take approximately 5 - 7 hours. The average price for a quality tattoo this size would be $650 to $800.

Is $100 a lot for a tattoo? ›

A tiny tattoo such as a wrist, finger, or wedding ring tattoo, costs between $50 and $100 on average. If the design is intricate, or if it's in a hard to get to location such as your inner lip, expect to pay $200 or more for your tiny tattoo. Prices also depend if it's black-ink or color.

How expensive are tattoos in Australia? ›

In Australia, a 3-hour tattoo would cost around $400 to $600, depending on many factors such as size, complexity, and body placement.

How big is a 2 inch tattoo? ›

To determine your tattoo size, simply multiply the height of your tattoo with the width at the longest points. A small wrist or ankle tattoo might end up being 2 inches tall and 1 inch wide, making it a 2 square inch tattoo. A large tattoo might be 5 inches by 8 inches on your back, making it a 40 square inch tattoo.

How big is a 3 inch tattoo? ›

A 3-inch tattoo size still fits comfortably on the lower arm, wrist and ankle areas just like the 2-inch tattoo sizes. But 3-inch tattoo sizes also look great elsewhere. The upper arm area, shoulder and the back of your neck are all good placements to consider.

What size tattoo can I get for $500? ›

A small tattoo that's 2-5 inches in size will cost far less than a medium or full-sized rib tattoo. You're looking at $250 to $500 depending on the exact size and intricacies of the tattoo design.

How does tattoo pricing work? ›

Things like materials, size, location, and type of tattoo affect the price. On average you can expect to charge $50-100 for a small tattoo, up to $200 for a medium tattoo and over $250 for a large tattoo. The sky is the limit though when it comes to very large pieces.

How painful is a tattoo? ›

Sharp or stinging pain can be described as many tiny bee stings. This kind of pain is usually quite intense, and it feels like the needle is poking deep into your skin. It's sometimes enough to make you want to move away from the tattoo needle!

Do you tip a tattoo artist? ›

The general consensus in the tattoo community is that 20 percent is the typical amount to tip — just like at a restaurant or a hair salon. However, consider this number a baseline, as some tattoos require more or less work than others.

How many hours tattoo by size? ›

Palm-sized tattoo would take from one to three hours to make. Hand sized tattoo can take up to 5 hours to make. Full sleeve tattoo can take 6-10 hours to make. Very large tattoos, such as a back piece, can take up to 30 hours to make.

How do you ask for a tattoo price? ›

Generally you can't just call and ask them how much for a tattoo. A legitimate artist/shop will need you to come in person for a consultation before they even give a quote. You will talk about what you want and based on that the artist will give you an estimate of how many hours it will take.

How many hours is a small tattoo? ›

Expect about half an hour to an hour for a simple, small tattoo. Keep in mind, however, a small tattoo with lots of color, line work, details, or a tricky placement could take several hours. Small tattoos are great for people who don't want to go through a lengthy tattoo process, but still want some cool ink.

What to tip on a $500 tattoo? ›

The average percent of tips to a tattoo artist is 15-20%. So, for a $500 tattoo, you can tip $75-100.

What to tip on a $200 tattoo? ›

However, the average tattoo tip in the U.S. is at least 15-20 percent. “A tip is a tip—we appreciate anything,” says Clifton. “But you can always follow the Golden Rule of tipping 20 percent of whatever your tattoo price was if you're not sure.”

What should I tip on a $300 tattoo? ›

How much do you tip on a $300 tattoo? You would tip around $60 - $90 for a $300 tattoo. So, the final price you'd expect to pay for the service is $360 - $390.

How much is a small tattoo? ›

Small tattoos are always a fan favorite because they have really cool designs and usually don't take too much time or planning. A small tattoo on average costs about $50 to $80 total, and usually won't take more than an hour.

Why is tattoo so expensive? ›

Other factors that drive the cost of a tattoo are the intricacy of the design, if the work is custom or is flash, placement on the body—areas that are more difficult to tattoo or sensitive may cost more, and colors used (the more colors a design requires, the higher the price tag—that's more materials used and more ...

What is a good size first tattoo? ›

6×6 Tattoo Size

If it's your first piece, don't go bigger than this.

Is a 6 hour tattoo session long? ›

Yes, a 6-hour session is long. It is almost an all-day session, so your body will be tired and you will feel pain. More than 4-hour sessions are recommended only for those, who have already done tattoos before.

How long can you sit for a tattoo? ›

But optimally, four to six hours is the limit. For one thing, you, as the person being tattooed, is going to run out of adrenaline and all those lovely chemicals the brain makes that are "natural opiates" which keep you from feeling pain clearly.

What does the 2% tattoo mean? ›

This number is a powerful symbol that speaks to the immense amount of work that is still needed in the fight against addiction. Those who bear this tattoo, wear it with pride because it points to the victory in that persons life. Most who bear the the mark of the 2% have survived a battle that many will not.

How big is a 12 tattoo? ›

#12 gauge (0.35mm)

A 12 gauge might be referred to as standards, but they have a faster flow of ink which means they are good for shading and coloring even in bigger areas. There are some other gauges under these, #6 is 0.20mm. #14 is 0.40 and #16 is 0.45mm.

How expensive is a 5 inch tattoo? ›

How much would a 5 inch tattoo cost? A standard 5″ tattoo may be about a couple of hours so, in the US, between $150 and $600.

Is 1000 a lot for a tattoo? ›

A full sleeve tattoo can cost anywhere from $1000 to $6000, depending on the hourly rate of the artist and how much time the art takes to complete. For a design in full color, expect to spend at least two full days sitting for the piece, or be prepared to sit for multiple sessions.

How much is a full sleeve tattoo? ›

Sleeve tattoos are usually getting done in few sessions. Consider doing 3-5-hour sittings at a time, going back every 2 and a half weeks. A good tattoo artist will charge $1,500 – $7,000 for a full sleeve tattoo. While an artist with a wait list, that can often go beyond two plus years, can cost $14,000 and upwards.

Can I tell my tattoo artist my budget? ›

Get ready to get tattooed

In order to get the ink you really want, communicating your budget constraints with your tattoo artist is key. Tell your artist what you can afford, and together you can create a design and a timeline that works for both of you.

Is it OK to negotiate tattoo price? ›

Don't negotiate the price. Tattoo artists will always quote you beforehand based on their time and the size of the tattoo. They want to make sure they get the design just right, so it's better to pay for an extra half hour or so than to walk out with something that looks rushed and sub-par.

Is it rude to ask a tattoo artist for price? ›

Many artists find it extremely rude if you try to haggle the price of a tattoo. Though negotiating the price of some goods and services is normal, haggling with your artist over the cost of a tattoo is typically seen as unacceptable and insulting.

How deep do tattoo needles go? ›

The tattoo needle goes through 1/16th of an inch of skin. That might not sound like a lot of skin, but it is really going through five sublayers of the epidermis, the dermal layer, and also the top layer of the dermis.

What is the most painful body part to tattoo? ›

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  • #1: Armpit. You know how there is a lot of debate surrounding the safety of chemical deodorant? ...
  • #2: Rib Cage and Stomach. Bony and thin skin! ...
  • #3: Collarbone. Bony and thin skin, again! ...
  • #4: Elbows. ...
  • #5: Knees. ...
  • #6: Shins. ...
  • #7: Ankles and Feet. ...
  • #8: Middle of Chest.
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How long do tattoos hurt for? ›

Typically, the outer layer of your skin will heal in two to three weeks. The deeper layers can take up to six months. The total healing time will depend on the size and placement of your tattoo. Once healed, your tattoo shouldn't hurt.

Do and don'ts after tattoo? ›

There are some things you can do to speed up the healing process.
  • Cover tattoo with clothing. Sunlight can cause your tattoo to fade, and fresh tattoos are especially sensitive to the sun. ...
  • Don't re-bandage after you take off the initial dressing. ...
  • Clean daily. ...
  • Apply ointment. ...
  • Don't scratch or pick. ...
  • Avoid scented products.

Why are tattoos cash only? ›

People doing things to avoid taxes is an old story, right? But, it is true; that some shops won't accept credit cards because then they have a direct paper trail for income. The same goes for tattoo parlors; tattoo artists and tattoo shop owners will only accept cash to avoid any evidence of their actual income.

What do tattoos feel like? ›

Some people describe the pain as a pricking sensation. Others say it feels like bee stings or being scratched. A thin needle is piercing your skin, so you can expect at least a little pricking sensation. As the needle moves closer to the bone, it may feel like a painful vibration.

What should you not say to a tattoo artist? ›

Here are some things you should never say in a tattoo shop:
  • I Let My Dog Sleep In My Bed With Me. ...
  • How Much For A Sleeve? ...
  • Can You Draw Something, And If I Like It, I Book An Appointment? ...
  • I Am Just 17, But My Parents Approve. ...
  • Can You Hurry Up, Please? ...
  • I Had A Few Beers To Man Up.
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Do wrist tattoos hurt? ›

Absolutely. Areas with more nerves and bone and less flesh tend to hurt more. Pain intensity varies across different parts of the wrist, but the part of the inner wrist closest to the palm and the area over the bone on the outer wrist are particularly sensitive.

Do tiny tattoos hurt? ›

Smaller tattoos take less time, have less detail, and heal faster. Therefore small tattoos minimize both the initial pain that you will experience as the tattoo is being done as well as the soreness that will last a few days as your tattoo heals.

How long does a 3 inch tattoo take to heal? ›

How long does it take for a tattoo to heal? After getting a tattoo, the outer layer of skin (the part you can see) will typically heal within 2 to 3 weeks. While it may look and feel healed, and you may be tempted to slow down on the aftercare, it can take as long as 6 months for the skin below a tattoo to truly heal.

Does tattoo shading hurt? ›

Tattoo Shading

Contrary to what you might expect, many people report that the shading hurts significantly less than the outlining of the tattoo. If you've already made it through your line work, pat yourself on the back. You've likely conquered the most painful part already.

How big is a 1 hour tattoo? ›

What tattoo size can I get in an hour? It depends on the tattoo style, but typically a moderately detailed 2-inch tattoo or a large but very minimalistic 5-6 inch tattoo. It also depends on the tattoo artist.

How much do you tip for a one hour tattoo? ›

The general consensus in the tattoo community is that 20 percent is the typical amount to tip — just like at a restaurant or a hair salon. However, consider this number a baseline, as some tattoos require more or less work than others.

How much do you tip on a $1000 tattoo? ›

How much do you tip for a $1,000 tattoo? You would tip around $200 - $300 for a $1,000 tattoo. So, the final price you'd expect to pay for the service is $1,200 - $1,300.

How long does 2 small tattoos take? ›

The smallest tattoos will take around an hour, while sleeve tattoos may require up to eight all-day sessions. The average tattoo session lasts around five hours but all-day sessions are usually longer (seven and more hours). They also have a different rate which you should check with the artist.

Is $100 a good tattoo tip? ›

If you're getting smaller art done or maybe a touch-up for $100, tipping anywhere from $15 to $25 fits the bill. Some regular or return clients also give gifts to their tattoo artists, such as restaurant gift cards, theater tickets and doughnuts for the shop.

What should you avoid before getting a tattoo? ›

Drink a lot of water during the week; avoid alcohol for at least 24 hours before getting tattooed. Please do not shave the area; we will do it for you at your appointment. Avoid aspirin or blood thinning medication at least 24 hours before your tattoo; ibuprofen, acetaminophen, & other NSAID pain relievers are OK.

Is $50 a good tip for a $250 tattoo? ›

It is generally accepted to tip 15-20% of total price to your tattoo artist. It means that from a $250 tattoo, you will tip $37.5-50. But not all people can afford to tip the same tips from a $2000 tattoo because tips are here up to $400. In this case, you can tip around 10% or $200.

Should I pay for my tattoo in cash? ›

Tattooing is a unique, personal service, just like getting a piercing, having your nails done, etc. Such services almost always accept cash payment because they're related to body art, and paying for body art with a credit card is simply a bad idea.

Why do tattoo artists prefer cash? ›

Tattoo artists may prefer cash because credit cards have processing fees that they must pay and checks bounce!

How painful are tattoos? ›

Sharp or stinging pain can be described as many tiny bee stings. This kind of pain is usually quite intense, and it feels like the needle is poking deep into your skin. It's sometimes enough to make you want to move away from the tattoo needle!

What size tattoo takes 3 hours? ›

Palm-sized tattoo would take from one to three hours to make. Hand sized tattoo can take up to 5 hours to make. Full sleeve tattoo can take 6-10 hours to make. Very large tattoos, such as a back piece, can take up to 30 hours to make.


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