For centuries, people have been improving the way they look. Jewelry, clothing and other accessories have always been used for this. In earlier times though, tattoos served as a symbol of belonging to a tribal clan, as well as showing your bravery, rank in society and your devotion to a religion. Today, however, tattoos are now one of the most popular fashion statements. Tattoo designers are now in demand.

With body tattooing trending in the market, more and more tattoo designs have become commercially available to the public. Now, you can find many more tattoo artists practicing their craft as professional designers. With the evolution of the internet, body art has come a long way.

However, since it is now more of a business, chances are, there are people who would take advantage of the demand. You might find some tattoo designers overpricing their services, so you should therefore be cautious when looking for the right artist to ink you. Awareness is the key to avoid being deceived by unscrupulous tattoo artists. Here are facts that might be helpful.

Tattoo costs vary from one design to another. The size, intricacy of the design, part of the body to be tattooed, the kind of tattoo you want (custom tattoo designs cost more), and the location of the tattoo parlor are factors affecting cost. Some artists charge for the time spent in working on the design, while others charge according to their reputation in the tattoo world. You might find that a highly experienced tattoo artist charges higher, but they can also adjust their rate to fit market demands.

It will not hurt if you do a little research. Going online is one way to get to know the current rates prevailing in the market. In this way you can compare each price, deliberate on whether the cost is reasonable and decide if you think it is worth the price you would be paying. Also, you will be tipping the artist, so that is another additional cost. The price could go as low as $50 for small designs and could go up to as much as $2,000.

Visiting websites that provide a marketplace for custom design tattoos is even better. Sites like createmytattoo serve as a platform for artists who want to exhibit their work and get paid for their designs. Moreover, they also set the stage for custom tattoo design contests, where you would host the contest, set the rules for the tattoo design, post a price, give feedback for each submitted design by a tattoo designer and pick a winner. The best thing about these tattoo design contests is having your uniquely designed tattoo at a bargain price.

While the above mentioned tips can serve as your guideline, you should also consider your situation and the amount of money you are willing to spend. Tattoos are something personal and are not just a fashion, so spend your money wisely. Find the right tattoo designer for you who can provide you with quality work that will be worth every penny of the money you pay. After all, you are also doing them a favor by providing your body as the canvas for their artwork.

Author's Bio: 

Kristen Dunn is a tattoo enthusiast and professional tattoo designer who has created thousands of thought provoking, elegant, and funky tattoos for her clients. She has a vast collection of custom designs to her credit. Winner of several awards and accolades, Kristen is now a founding member of the world's largest custom tattoo design community at CreateMyTattoo. View her tattoo collection or read more on her blog here.