What’s a good gift for a tattoo artist?
Well, the number one way how to thank your tattoo artist is to tip them.
If you’re happy with the work they’ve done for you, leave them 15% or more (1).
But if you’d like to give them a gift, we have suggestions for you.
Whether it’s a birthday gift for a tattoo artist, or to celebrate some other occasion, check out the ideas below.
- Tattoo Care Kits
- Tattoo Machine Sets
- Ink Sets
- Flash Books and Coffee Table Books
- Vintage Tattoo Flash: 100 Years of Traditional Tattoos from the Collection of Jonathan Shaw
- The Blackwork Tattoo Book: 150+ Blackwork designs
- The World Atlas of Tattoo
- Basic Fundamentals of Modern Tattoo
- The Art of Tattoo: A Tattoo Artist’s Inspirations, Designs, and Hard-Won Advice
- Bodies of Subversion: A Secret History of Women and Tattoo
- Relaxation and Self-Care
- Other Ways to Thank Your Tattoo Artist
Tattoo Care Kits
Tattoo aftercare is essential. Therefore, you can’t go wrong by giving them a tattoo care kit.
Perhaps it’s a new brand they haven’t tried or a selection of their favorite products.
INK the original Essential Kit for Tattoo Skincare
INK’s kit includes balm to brighten up old tattoos, plus sunscreen that prevents ink from fading.
They also provide samples of body wash and lotion plus a canvas tote bag.
There are many benefits that set this kit apart from the competition.
For example, each product is fragrance-free and doesn’t contain artificial dyes or petroleum.
The sunscreen and balm are reef-safe to avoid harming corals.
And you can choose from the spray or stick (for small tattoos) when you apply the sunscreen.
Billy Jealousy Marked IV Life Tattoo Care Kit
Billy Jealousy’s tattoo care Kit contains wash, lotion, and salve.
The exfoliating wash clears away dead cells and excess oil to leave tattoos vibrant again. Glycolic acid, cucumber, and oat provide intense moisturization to revive dry skin.
Then, the lotion has shea butter and essential oils to boost color and definition. Meanwhile, green tea and grapeseed oil prevent premature aging and protect against fading.
Finally, the salve is rich in plant oils and Vitamin E to heal new tattoos. Apply it three times a day and don’t worry, it won’t clog pores.
Tattoo Goo Aftercare Kit Version XL New Formula
Tattoo Goo packs their XL kit with soap, sunscreen, lotion, and two different sizes of salve.
The soap, salve, and lotion are excellent for tattoo aftercare on new ink.
Also, the salve and sunscreen keep tattoos colorful and well-defined.
Tattoo Machine Sets
A tattoo machine kit will thrill an aspiring artist.
It’s also a thoughtful gift for an artist who wants to experiment with different kinds of machines other than the ones they currently use.
Dragonhawk Complete Tattoo Kit
Dragonhawk includes pretty much everything a new artist needs to start practicing.
The kit includes two cast iron coil tattoo machines. One is for shading, and one is for lining.
Next, there’s a power supply, a travel case, sterile needles, and disposable tips, practice skin, transfer papers, etc.
This comprehensive set also has a selection of Immortal inks that are made in the USA.
Stigma Complete Tattoo Kit
If your artist has always used coil machines, give them a rotary machine kit to expand their skill set.
They may fall in love with this lightweight tattoo iron that’s ultra-easy to control.
The set comes with needles, inks, disposable grips, and other accessories.
Browse other starter kits for even more ideas.
Dragonhawk Hand Poke and Stick Tattoo Kit
Stick and poke tattoos are where it all began. It’s a traditional method for inking the body since prehistoric times.
Dragonhawk includes modern needles plus a specially designed needle holder in this kit. The durable holder ensures that the artist has full control just like they were holding a pen.
The box also comes with ink, ink cups, wipe papers, and other accessories.
If your tattoo artist is on a budget, they may not have the funds to explore new possibilities as often as they’d like.
In that case, get them an ink set with exotic colors and unusual features.
14 Millennium Moms EXOTIC SET Tattoo Ink
Millennium Mom’s is a trustworthy brand that manufactures their products in the USA.
The Exotic Colors Collection includes uncommon but lively shades used by famed artists like Marcus Kuhn and Brian Murphy.
For example, it has 1957 Chevy, Snot Green, and Kentucky Blue Grass.
Millennium Mom’s Nuclear UV Blacklight Tattoo Ink
Millennium Moms also makes the best blacklight tattoo ink in the business.
This set has five half-ounce bottles. The colors include Blue Smoke, Red Dawn, Atomic Green, Purple Haze, and Invisible Fallout.
Kuro Sumi Colors Tattoo Ink – Master SET of 7 BEST Sellers
World-renowned Kuro Sumi ink packages seven of their best-selling inks in this kit. Although the colors are basic shades, the ink is premium quality.
Each one is vegan, made with organic ingredients, and exceptionally bright and smooth.
100% Authentic Intenze Tattoo Professional Artist Tattoo Ink (Bob Tyrrell 6 Colors Ink Set)
Portrait artists will appreciate Intenze’s ink set designed by artist Bob Tyrrell. It contains shades of gray, black, and white for realistic representations.
Flash Books and Coffee Table Books
Give your tattoo artist a book with stunning designs. Or present them with new insight about the history and future of tattooing.
Vintage Tattoo Flash: 100 Years of Traditional Tattoos from the Collection of Jonathan Shaw
This coffee table flash book features gorgeous historic tattoos collected by an artist. It reveals the world of 19th-century tattooing.
It begins in the Bowery, New York City, and crosses the continent to Texas in the 1950s, then Los Angeles in the 1970s.
Images include classic tats of daggers, dragons, sailing ships, cartoon characters, and women.
The Blackwork Tattoo Book: 150+ Blackwork designs
Treat your artist to this stunning collection of designs done with black ink. It’s sure to inspire future projects.
Also, get them one of the best black tattoo inks to accompany the book.
The World Atlas of Tattoo
This atlas of tattooing around the world includes works from 100 famous artists.
It ranges from hand-tattooed tribal patterns to modern styles.
Basic Fundamentals of Modern Tattoo
What is a good must-have book or gift for an aspiring tattoo artist?
Here’s one that qualifies. Artist C.R. Jordan teaches the basics that all apprentices need to know.
Chapters include how to build a tattoo machine, choosing needles, pigments, sterilization, and industry secrets.
The Art of Tattoo: A Tattoo Artist’s Inspirations, Designs, and Hard-Won Advice
Megan Massacre is a well-known artist who has a famous studio in New York. She has appeared on NY Ink and America’s Worst Tattoos as well as the cover of every major tattoo magazine.
Between the covers, she reveals her experience in the industry as well as her personal tattoo collection.
Bodies of Subversion: A Secret History of Women and Tattoo
Did you know that Winston Churchill’s mother had a tattoo? Or that women in the 1800s invented stories about being kidnapped and forcibly tattooed to justify their ink?
If not, then you’ll be fascinated by this book about women and tattoos throughout history. It’s already in its third edition with even more full-color photographs.
While most artists have the basics covered, there’s always room for new tools that make the job easier.
Tikteck A4 Ultra-thin Portable LED Light Box Tracer
Every artist would love to have this lightbox. It’s like a legal-sized tablet with a powerful backlight for tracing designs.
The stepless adjustable light is flicker-free and runs off USB.
Copper Tattoo Spring Adjustment Tool Jig
Cooper’s tool jig simplifies adjusting the armature of a coil tattoo machine. It makes bending the spring much easier.
Tattoo A-Bar Jig Armature Adjustment and Alignment Tool
Here’s another tool that aligns a coil tattoo machine so that it’s completely square. It moves the needle bar directly to the center of the tube with minimal effort.
Here are some fun pastimes to entertain your favorite tattoo artist.
Tattoo Nation DVD
Tattoo Nation is a documentary from 2016 that stars Danny Trejo, Travis Barker, and Don Ed Hardy. It showcases the people who transformed tattooing into the popular industry that it is today.
Tattoos: Gorgeous coloring book
This coloring book has over 120 illustrations to color in however you like. Practice mindfulness or pass the time relaxing as you fill in the designs.
The Original BUDDHA BOARD
We’re addicted to the Buddha Board. It never gets old, it doesn’t make a mess, and it’s excellent for sketching out new ideas.
Prop the board in the stand, fill the receptacle with water, and pick up the brush.
Then doodle your masterpiece as if you were working with paint on a canvas.
As it dries, the image slowly fades away.
Secret Lives of Great Artists: What Your Teachers Never Told You About Master Painters and Sculptors
You’ll laugh, and your jaw will drop as you learn about secrets teachers never told you about the world’s greatest artists.
Yes, van Gogh nibbled paint. And Michelangelo really needed a bath.
This is a hard book to resist reading before you wrap it.
Vintage Tattoo Artist Gun Shirt
We found this T-shirt with a vintage blueprint of a coil tattoo machine, and we couldn’t resist adding it here.
It’s available in a variety of colors.
Artist Mug – I’m an Artist What’s Your Superpower
Now your artist can drink coffee from a mug that announces their special abilities to the world.
Happily, it’s dishwasher and microwave-safe.
Relaxation and Self-Care
After a long day in the studio, your favorite artist needs to take a break.
Naipo Shiatsu Back and Neck Massager
Not everyone has a massage therapist handy to knead their shoulders.
Artists who sit and stoop all day often suffer from neck and shoulder pain.
That’s why when you give them this heated shiatsu massager, they may cry with relief.
It has a 20-minute timer and eight levels of intensity.
HoMedics 3D Shiatsu & Vibration Massage Pillow with Heat
The lower back is a trouble spot for anyone who sits for extended periods.
But HoMedics’s massager relieves pain in the lumbar section with shiatsu action, heat, and vibration.
Stress Less Cards
Unfortunately, artists get stressed just like everyone else. They have to deal with grumpy customers and coworkers.
But these cards will help reduce frustration. They have simple mindfulness ideas printed on them. They are based on proven meditation and Neuro-Linguistic Programming techniques.
Consider them a compact first-aid kit for the mind to create a positive attitude and like all stress.
NSD Power Essential Spinner Gyro Hand Grip Strengthener Wrist Forearm Exerciser
New artists need to strengthen their hands and wrists to improve their control. This simple gyro can help maintain flexibility and strength.
Silver Springs Indoor Relaxation Fountain
An illuminated fountain with soothing water sounds is a gorgeous way to invite calm into the studio.
It’s also fantastic for relaxing before bed.
Other Ways to Thank Your Tattoo Artist
Besides giving them a tip or present, there are other ways to show your gratitude to a tattoo artist.
Here are some ideas:
- Compliment them on what you love about their work.
- If they don’t mind you sharing, post images, and a testimonial on social media. That way you spread the word to bring them new clients.
- Write them a thank you note that they can share with others.
- Buy them a gift card for their favorite place to shop.
- Come back for another tattoo in the future.
- Take good care of your tattoo as you are a living canvas showcasing their talent.
Like with any other service, just saying thank you is appreciated.
Show some love by presenting a tattoo artist a gift they will appreciate.
We hope we helped find what you need to put a smile on their face.
If you have other ideas about gifts for tattoo artists, let us know in the comments below.
We’d especially love to hear from you if you’re an artist. Tell us what surprise you’d love to receive.
1. https://www.insider.com/what-tattoo-artists-want-you-to-know-2019-5#tipping-your-tattoo-artist-is-considered-polite-1 by Sophia Mitrokostas, published May 9, 2019, accessed September 13, 2019