Time and Money
How long the process takes depends on the individual style of the artist and the intricacy of the tattoo design. A custom piece can take multiple hours and require a number of visits to the tattoo parlor.
How much does a tattoo cost? A small one -- under 1 inch -- should cost from $50 to $100. As you might expect, custom tattoos are more expensive, as are bigger designs that cover large areas of the body. Prices for these more elaborate applications are whatever the market will bear, according to tattoo artists. (Tattoo removal is considerably more expensive -- $400 to $800 for a small tattoo; over $1,000 for a large one -- but we'll discuss that later.)