Jeanne - posted on 05/26/2010
May I suggest you try out Kijiji....some local artists who are trying to build up their portfolio (make sure they let you see their portfolio before you commit to having them tattoo you) will do the work by the piece for less than smore more established artists. Make sure they work in a sterile environment and that you like their work first. You can also get quotes from different shops as prices vary - and try looking in an area where there are several tattoo shops close together...competition leads to better pricing. But remember: "Good work ain't cheap and cheap work ain't worth it". Good luck
Leila - posted on 05/20/2010
My better half, brother and myself use the same studio, and started them on vouchers, so you can just buy someone a voucher for bday mothers/father's day, chrimbo, or just because!
Also, I save up all my small change (it's incredible how much you tend to 'collect') for my tattoo fund. If you empty out your purse once a week, it really adds up, I have enough for a 2 hour session, and have been saving since Christmas (keeping in mind that we have recently moved too, it's pretty impressive!)
Joanna - posted on 05/15/2010
The only time I get tattooed now is as a birthday/Christmas present. I feel bad since I'm a stay-at-home mom and don't want to use the money my husband earns on myself, so I just ask for a new tattoo as a gift. Or, if I sell a bunch of things on Ebay that's what I'll put the money towards.
Although I was lucky recently and came into a few thousand extra dollars from family selling land, so I spent $500 on tattoos :)
Jackie - posted on 05/15/2010
I'm lucky in the fact that my tat artist has been slinging ink for 35 years and hes a great friend. He cuts me a special price. My last one from him is a piece that covers my entire right calf. Its just in black and gray since I'm not a big fan of color on myself. Nothing wrong with it for you guys but its just not my thing. Its an orchid infront of tribal. It was only $60. I love my guy.
I'm like Ellen, I typically get mine between Jan-Mar with tax $...But Kimberly's idea of a tat2 fund sounds like a winner too. I wanted to get the rest of my back done this year, but ended up using the majority of my taxes moving so I just got the 1s on my legs. And if you're wanting something big that may take a few sittings anyway, most artists will work with you and what you have to spend per sitting.
Kimberly - posted on 12/07/2009
Start a tattoo fund. Like set aside a little every paycheck or month. $10-$20 every couple of weeks isn't so bad. You'll get closer than you are now, no??? LOL I saved up while I was pregnant since obviously I couldn't get one WHILE I was pregnant. Popped out my baby girl and had her name tatted on my arm :-) I have 15 and I doubt I'm done :-))
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