We receive lots of email and Facebook messages about pricing.  In response to the overwhelming amount of virtual messages we receive, we setup an easy to use online consultation request form.  This gives your prospective artist a little insight into what you are hoping to accomplish with your procedure, and allows us to start the process from inception  to consultation to appointment to a finish product you (hopefully!) love.

Recently, we received the following message via email:

“I don’t want anything changed about this tattoo i would  just like to know the amount for the tattoo so i can compare with other places to get the lowest price.”

To which I responded:

“Usually I forward these emails through to an artist at the appropriate location, but after reading your message, I thought I would reply.  I would recommend against price shopping for the lowest possible tattoo price.  Not all tattoos are created equal.  At 717 your money is going towards talent and safety.

I would suggest checking out portfolios and deciding which artist you want to work with.  You can find portfolios for all the artists at our Mechanicsburg location here: http://717tattoo.com/mechanicsburg/

If price is your only concern, I would suggest going elsewhere.  717 is not the always cheapest studio in town.  Unfortunately tattoos are not a regulated trade in this state, and there are many sub par artists who are doing poor quality work in unsafe conditions.  You are sure to find a cheaper price from one of them.

Thank you for your time!
Paul”

This has been an unfortunate trend plaguing modern tattooing for as long as I can remember.  I certainly understand that everyone wants the biggest bang for their buck.  I understand that no one wants to get ripped off.  But what I cannot understand is why someone would want to skimp on the cost of a tattoo.  Pricing a tattoo is not like pricing a gallon of gas.  Tattoo artists spend years honing their skill sets, building a collection of equipment, and researching their trade.  717 goes above and beyond in regards to client safety and sterility of our procedure areas.  All of this effort factors into a price.  A price that the artist feels is fair.

Look at portfolios.  Find an artist that blows your you away.  Get a quote.  Save your money.  Get a piece you will cherish forever.

Or, shop for the lowest price.  And if you need a cover-up, there are many reputable artists out there who can help.