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March 14, 2023

How much does a large tattoo cost and how long does it take?

Tatuaje de Dragón Verde y Peonías - Espalda Completa - Caroli Dilli Tatuaje Japones (1)

The following post is to inform about prices and times for large size Japanese style tattoos

The information contained herein also includes can be used for other tattoo styles with similar aesthetic characteristics.that have contour of well marked black lines and dintorno with large areas of solid paint. 

Styles of tattoos that are mainly linear, done in grays or dots may have totally different prices and times than those described here.    

Initially, it is necessary to know that it is quite it is difficult to speak in general terms about prices and times of realization for large tattoos.. It is even complex to estimate an average of prices for arms, legs, backs or complete bodies. They can really vary a lot. 

But it is possible to clarify a number of factors about this subject to help those who are interested in getting this type of tattoo. In fact, following some of the advice given throughout this article. postThe customer is likely to save some money and a lot of hassle..  

The price of these tattoos may seem high at first glance, but is actually quite reasonable.. Especially if one takes into consideration the dimensions and durability of the Japanese style tattoo.  

The customer realizes in the course of the process that what is essentially needed is organization and a lot of enthusiasm to go all the way.   

It should also be understood that these parts need many hours to be completedand that these hours will generally be spread over two or more sessions for the full realization of the tattoo

Since it is done on a per-session basis, will be paid in parts equivalent to the work that has been done during the day, at the end of each session.

Tattoo sessions 

The total number of sessions

The number of sessions that will be dedicated to a tattoo will depend on a number of factorsThe time of each session, the size of the piece, details of the design, pain tolerance, the use of anesthetic creams, personal characteristics of each client, etc.   

The time of each session 

The time of each session to be decided between tattooist and clientdepending mainly on the tattooed person's resistance during the process and how much he/she wants to spend on each session. 

Most common in my case is that the customers decide for the 3-hour sessionswhich are more economicalthan those of 1 or 2 hours. 

Sessions longer than 3 hours are only for those who are in a hurry to finish their tattoo and at the same time are able to cope with the pain sensation, which usually intensifies after 2 or 3 hours of tattooing. 

I I usually time the time dedicated to the tattooing process.stopping the stopwatch at intervals for breaks, which are usually 10 minutes every hour.

Design details 

Depending on the theme chosen for the tattoo, and the personal tastes of each client, it will take more or less time to get the tattoo done.  

Drawings with more elaborate elements, characters, textures or patterns generally will take longer in their completion simply because they have more detail and require more time to draw and fit into the body.  

Likewise, if they have a a wide variety of colors need a little more time in the application of pigments. 

Pain tolerance 

Not all of us have the same ability to deal with the sensations caused by tattoos. 

Even so, depending on the physical and emotional state of the tattooed person on the day of the appointment, it will hurt more or less. This is why I recommend following a few steps before getting a tattoo.

link to Can I prepare myself in any way for the tattoo day?

If one manages to have a good tattooing experience, it will cost a little less time and money.

And if not, nothing happens. If the client is in a lot of pain, or for whatever reason has less time, we can easily make the sessions a little shorter. 

Whether the sessions are long or short, it is always important that the tattooed person is relaxed and does not move.. If the client does his part, the session will be more productive. In other words, depending on how the person behaves while being tattooed, the tattooist will advance faster or more space with the tattoo. 

The use of anesthetic creams 

It is clear that the use of anesthetic creams can alter the price of a large tattoo and the time it takes to complete it.. In other words, using anesthetic creams for tattooing is adding one more variable to the equation, without the certainty of benefit or harm. 

My recommendation is that one tries to deal with the sensations caused by the tattoo without the use of anesthesia. and resort to this resource only in special cases.

The use of anesthesia in tattoos is a rather controversial topic and is not the subject of this post. Even so, I will briefly explain some aspects related to the question addressed here

Application of the ink on the skin with anesthesia

Sometimes anesthetic creams may hinder the application of the ink on the skin because they alter its consistency momentarily, causing the tattooist to need more time than usual to do his job. 

Tattoo healing with anesthetic cream

There is cases in which tattoos heal more slowly or present more problems when clients use anesthetic creams. 

As a result, the tattoo needs more hours for the necessary rework to be done and for the pigmentations to look homogeneous on the skin. 

Time of tattoo sessions performed under anesthesia

Curiously, the tattooing sessions are generally shorter when the client opts for the use of anesthetic creams. When the cream wears off, the person can no longer continue because the pain sensation suddenly becomes too intense. 

It should be remembered that short sessions are not so economical. And that the realization of a larger number of sessions leads to more cures and more time to finish the tattoo

Sensitivity to anesthetic creams 

Although cases of allergy to anesthetic creams are not common, many people have an allergy to anesthetic creams. sensitivity to such creams, mainly due to overdose. That is to say, when the customer uses anesthetic cream in large quantities or continuously

In the case of large tattoos performed in several sessions, there are cases of clients who abuse the use of these chemicals and end up damaging the healing of their tattoos or the performance of the sessions.  

Personal characteristics of each customer

Surely the personal characteristics of each influences the final price of the tattoo. Let's take the case of two people of the same sex, of the same weight and height who have different body mass and therefore a different skin extension

Other factors are of equal importance, such as the recent loss of a very large amount of weight or advanced ageThe use of tattoos, which can alter the elasticity of the skin and the time it takes to perform a tattoo. 

Likewise, different lifestyles or certain professions can make the healing of a tattoo better or worse. 

It may also be interesting to consult some of the frequently asked questions below: 

Can I prepare in any way for the day of the tattoo?

Are there any counter indications for tattooing?

What should I NOT do during the healing of a tattoo?

Interval between sessions

As desired by the client, and depending on how the tattoo heals, the intervals between sessions can be decreased or increased. 

Minimum interval

The minimum recommended interval between sessions is 10 to 14 days

On special occasions, if the client is in a hurry, there are ways to do longer sessions in a row. It's all a matter of talking it over and arranging it a bit in advance. 

Maximum interval

It is important to be consistent with the sessions, doing at least one session every month.or every two months if you wish to achieve a good esthetic result.

As long as the client has the tattoo half done, it is advisable to be more careful with the sun so that the old part does not look too worn in relation to the newer part. 

Even if years go by, an unfinished tattoo can always be taken up again.. The price may increase as sometimes it will need to be reworked to match old and new contours and edges.   

Written by Caroli Dilli
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