- 1 Aug 2021
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I’m in the US. I posted previously I started tattooing in 2018 but stopped for numerous reasons. I started up again recently this year and have been tattooing since June. All the tattoos I’ve done are free. (I will post some of my work so I can get ideas and advice for this) I’ve done numerous tattoos i assume I take on skill a bit faster due to prior knowledge and prior tattooing I’m also an artist and I paint. For the past 3 months I’ve been tattooing so many people for free they come back to me but I feel like they’re taking advantage of me and trying to get a nice sized free tattoo out of me. I’ve had people get a half sleeve or almost a sleeve, a giant thigh piece and walk out without even thinking to tip me knowing I’m doing it for free. I’ve had this ongoing problem of paying for everything myself and people taking advantage. So I decided to charge on large pieces that people came to me for but charge extremely cheap and people are still trying to take advantage. I’m going by if I was in an apprenticeship at a shop it would take 6-12 months before I should charge so I had no intention of charging any time soon at all bc I still feel like I want to better myself and skill. Please take a look at some tattoos I’ve done. You can critique I’m completely open to it, and please try to give me advice on this situation. I wouldn’t charge nearly as much at all but at the rate I’m going when should I start to charge?