What is a Tattoo Touch-Up?
Tattoo details are very important. This means that everything from how vibrant the colors are to the quality of the tattoo all matter. Many people are unhappy once they notice the difference in the way their tattoo looks once it has fully healed. The lines may look dull, and the shading can be a bit uneven. These small imperfections can be taken care of with a simple touch-up. The process of touching up means that the artist will tattoo over the existing tattoo to correct any problems and imperfections. Your touch-up may need a bit of added color. Tattoo touch ups are typically simple and quick.
Tattoo Touch-Up Costs
Since many tattoo artists guarantee high quality work, they typically do touch-ups free. However, you need to keep several things in mind. Make sure to follow the aftercare instructions carefully that your tattoo artist gives you. If you do not, you may be charged for any touch-ups. It is similar to using the wrong chemicals in your washing machine. The warranty will not matter anymore since you will have to pay out of pocket for any repairs. If you don’t take proper care of your tattoo, the same thing can happen.
Some studios even offer a certain time-frame to come in and get a free touch-up. For example, you may only receive a complementary touch-up if it has been 3 months or less since you have received your tattoo.
Other tattoo artists may charge for your touch-up no matter how minor the issue is. Unless you were specifically told so, you should not assume that your touch-up will be free since this is totally at the discretion of the artist.
Touch-up prices can vary depending on the size of your tattoo and the complexity of it. Maybe your tattoo only requires a minor fix. Or maybe you need a more detailed fix. With that being said, the cost is relatively a fraction of the price you paid for your existing tattoo.
Consider tipping your artist even if he or she does your touch-up for free. Besides, your touch-up will require the same things that were given to you with your original tattoo.
What should I do if my tattoo needs to be touched up?
Before making the decision on whether your tattoo needs to be touched up, you need to wait until it has healed completely. Never tattoo your skin while it is still in the healing stages, even it is a small tattoo.
If you notice that there are some imperfections on your tattoo once it has healed, schedule an appointment to get it fixed with your tattoo artist. It may still be a good idea to have your artist look at it even if you don’t notice anything wrong. They can easily spot imperfections that you may have overlooked since they have a trained eye for those things.
Be sure to schedule your touch-up ahead of time, even if there’s not much work required. Be considerate of your tattoo artist’s time, since he or she is more than likely busy with other clients, and may not take walk-ins, even if it’s just for a touch-up.
You will notice that not every tattoo will come out perfect. However, all it takes is a quick touch-up for a tattoo to look as good as new. Once your tattoo has completely healed, examine it closely, and if needed, schedule an appointment if you feel it needs a bit more work to look the way you need it to.