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Why that cheap tattoo doesn’t always mean it’ll be the bargain you hoped for.

Tattooing is more popular now than ever. With the explosion of reality TV shows and celebrities showing off their body art, tattoos have transcended the underground and become almost mainstream. Like anything we buy, tattoos have now become a product where we are shopping around for the best price. A relatively small city such as Brighton has become saturated with tattoo studios over the past few years, and with the current popularity, it’s understandable that people want something immediately and for the lowest price possible. There are obviously going to be some studios taking advantage of this, offering cheap tattoos.

From experience, we have noticed that some people aren’t checking artists work before checking the price. That 52″ Samsung TV might be £60 cheaper on Amazon, than in John Lewis, and it’s gonna be the same TV. This isn’t the case for tattoo studios. You may have been quoted £50 for a delicate dandelion blowing in the wind, but have you seen any of the artist’s work? Do they have fineline, smoothly shaded pieces in their portfolio? If not, then they’re possibly not the best person for the job. This isn’t necessarily a reflection on the artist’s work, but some artists are more confident in certain styles than others. If the artist is just looking to make a quick buck, it might be worth checking out another studio. Do you want Dre Beats, or the knockoffs from the Sunday Market?

There have been times where we have seen someone with a list of tattoo studios, with the prices they have been quoted next to the shop name. Without checking the portfolios, they just write down the quotes and compare them to the previous studio they enquired at. We urge everyone to look at artists portfolios, instagram accounts and websites to ensure you are confident you have chosen the right artist.

Let’s break down the cost of a tattoo to dispel the myths that all tattooists are loaded. Once you’ve paid for your tattoo, the artist has to give a substantial cut to the studio. This will go towards covering the shop’s rent, utility bills, business rates, various items the studio supplies and the receptionist’s wage. Whatever the artist is left with, they have to cover what isn’t provided by the studio. This could be the only tattoo they do all day. Maybe even for a couple of days if it’s a quiet period. If you worked in H&M and didn’t make any sales on your shift, how would you feel if your boss didn’t pay you? This is why tattoos are priced how they are.

We’re merely posting this blog to hopefully inform and educate our readers and prospective customers. We want to give you an awesome tattoo that you’ll love forever. We have several artists, all confident in various styles, so are able to take on all kinds of work, from bold traditional, to black and grey realism. We’re not just writing this to get customers to come to Dead Slow, but are asking people to research their artist and not the price.
Our artists are not in the business of ripping people off. We price our tattoos realistically, based on our experience and skill. A lot of people wouldn’t think twice about paying £100 for a new pair of Nikes, which will be trashed in a year, but seem be unwilling to pay that for something that will last a lifetime. Remember, tattoos are a luxury item. If most places have quoted £150 and someone has said they’ll do it for £60, you could end up paying more to get the tattoo re-worked, or possibly even removed. It’s worth waiting just that little longer to get the tattoo you always wanted.