THESE APPROXIMATE TIME/PRICE ESTIMATES ARE FOR BLACK INK TATTOOS DONE BY EM. This page gets a lot of hits on Google from folks wanting to know “how long tattoos take”. Be aware that these estimates are ONLY for MY TATTOO WORK, which is mainly black linework (if you’d like to see my work, click here). Exact estimates aren't possible because some tattoos take longer than others for reasons outside of our control.

  1. For tattoos that require lots of detailing, such as snake scales or feathers, double the time listed for the detailed area (x2).

  2. For full color or fully blacked-out tattoos, triple the time listed (x3). For partial color, only consider those areas.

  3. For areas where your skin is stretchy, such as the ribs or upper back, double the time (x2).

  4. Notice a subject limit on each item. This is the limit of objects you can include.

  • 4"x4"/PALM SIZED TATTOO: 1 hour & a limit of 2 subjects ($300)

  • 8"x4"/HAND SIZED TATTOO: 2 hours & a limit of 3 subjects ($500)

  • 8"x7"/SHOULDER CAP OR UPPER CHEST TATTOO: 3-5 hours & a limit of 5 subjects ($750-1250)

  • 9"x12"/QUARTER SLEEVE OR THIGH TATTOO: 4-6 hours & a limit of 6 subjects ($1000-1500)

  • SIMPLE HALF SLEEVE: 5-7 hours & a limit of 6 subjects ($1250-1750)

  • DETAILED HALF SLEEVE: 8-10 hours & a limit of 8 subjects ($2000-2500)

  • SIMPLE FULL SLEEVE: 12-14 hours & a limit of 10 subjects ($3000-3500)

  • DETAILED FULL SLEEVE: 15-22 hours & a limit of 12 subjects ($3750-5500)

  • FULL FRONT OR BACK PIECE: 10-22 hours & a limit of 12 subjects ($2500-5500)

Unless you are visiting town, tattoos longer than 5 hours will be divided into several sessions with a minimum of 2 week healing periods between. You will be scheduled for the next appointment at the end of your first.