Gift-Giving Tips and Ideas for Your Tattoo Artist

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For many tattoo artists, many days are full of boring flash designs and clients with bad personal hygiene or bad attitudes. A small gift of appreciation to make your artist smile can go a long way. Wondering what to gift your tattoo artist? You'll find some great tips and ideas here. 

Tips for Thanking Your Tattoo Artist With a Gift

Despite the fact that a lot of people think tattoo artists make more money than they know what to do with (thanks to television), that simply isn't the case with most of them.

A gift of cash would be greatly appreciated by anyone. If you can't spare the money, a funny greeting card or a heartfelt handwritten thank you note costs very little and can mean a lot.

Many artists have children that they are attempting to dote on for the holidays. If you know your artist has a child, you may even get something you know they will like. This takes pressure off the parent, which is also appreciated.

Tattoo and piercing artists don't just read tattoo magazines and listen to hardcore music. Many of them have an extensive range of interests, which tends to go along with being creative and talented. If you are aware that they have a particular hobby or interest, you can always get something related to that interest.

Tattoo Artist Gift Ideas

If you want to give something more personal than cash but worth more than a greeting card, but simply can't think of anything or are concerned that a gift will be out of your budget, here are some ideas of gifts you can give that are (generally) under $20.

  • Art supplies, such as a notepad and colored pencils
  • Pair of movie tickets
  • Bag of premium brand coffee
  • Box of premium brand tea
  • High-quality chocolates
  • Homemade baked goods
  • Large photo album (to display artwork)
  • Gift certificate to a local coffee house
  • Gas card

Any time you put forth the effort to thank someone who has provided you with excellent service, it makes the world a better place.

Good on you for wanting to express your gratitude to your favorite tattoo artist.