Measure Tattoo determine your tattoo size, simply multiply the height of your tattoo with the width at the longest points. A small wrist or ankle tattoo might end up being 2 inches tall and 1 inch wide, making it a 2 square inch tattoo.
A large tattoo might be 5 inches by 8 inches on your back, making it a 40 square inch tattoo. Full sleeves are often measured between 100 and 160 sq inches, while half sleeves are around 50 to 60 square inches.
If you already have an area in mind, measure your body’s location that you want the tattoo. Map out a rectangle on your skin and measure how tall and wide it is. Now you know how large the design needs to be, and you can begin searching for designs that would look good at that size.
If you already have a design in mind, yet do not know what size to get it, print your design on paper in a few different sizes and see where on your body they would look best. Chat with your tattoo artist and listen to their opinion on the size. You want to be sure that you are not making it too small or too large, as it can end up looking very bad.
Price of Different Sizes
Another reason why it is crucial to pick the right size is the price. Tattoos are not cheap (and if they are, you probably should reconsider it).
Many factors determine how much your tattoo will cost, and size is one of them! Other factors include the artist’s experience, the hourly rate, the tattoo’s detail, whether it is custom, and the area where you live.
On average, this is what you can expect to pay for different tattoo sizes:
- A tiny tattoo, which could be considered anything under two square inches, usually costs between $30 and $100. However, many tattoo parlors have a $100 minimum, no matter how small the design.
- A small tattoo, which is anything between 2 square inches and 4 square inches, can cost you between $50 and $250.
- Medium tattoos, which are between 4 and 6 square inches, usually cost between $150 and $450
- A large tattoo, usually anything above 6 square inches, can cost between $500 and thousands of dollars. Huge intricate designs can run up to $4000 or more if the artist is reputable and experienced.
Additionally, remember when pondering your tattoo’s cost, it is common courtesy to tip your artist 20%.
Measure Your Tattoo – Conclusion
So, as you can see, choosing the correct size for your tattoo is just as important as the design itself. There are many factors to consider when deciding on the size, including placement, design, pain, healing process, time, and cost.
The best thing you can do before getting a tattoo is to measure it out on your body and then review with your tattoo artist to see what they think would be best. Although the decision is ultimately up to you, it is nice to have input from a professional.
Do what feels right and relax! Be bold with your tattoo and get something that you will admire for the rest of your life. As long as you love your new art piece, nothing else matters.