AUSTIN, Texas–(BUSINESS WIRE)–In a world where tattoos are considered a cultural relic and the cost of a tattoo varies from $250 to as high as $2,500, the cost for getting a tattoo in a major city is quite a bit higher than the average cost in the rest of the country.
According to a recent study conducted by the Center for Health Equity and Social Change, the average tattoo fee for a major metropolitan area is $2.25, a significant increase from the $1.60 average fee paid in 2011.
For Austin, the median tattoo fee was $1,200, with the median amount of time spent in the studio cost of 30 minutes, the study found.
A recent survey conducted by local tattoo studio, Tattoo Express, found that the median cost for a tattoo is $1 per square inch of skin.
The median cost per square foot for a city of 1 million people is $7,300, with a median cost of $13,500 for the city of Austin.
The study also found that Austin’s median cost was about $9,100 for the most expensive skin in the city, while the most costly skin in all of Austin was in San Antonio, Texas.
The study also noted that the average person who gets a tattoo on their body spends between four and eight hours a day, six days a week, to get their tattoo.
A study published in March by the New York Times found that more than one in four tattoo artists in New York City are men, and about one in five are over the age of 40.
The median tattoo artist in Austin, according to the survey, is about 65 years old.
This year, Austin saw an increase in tattooed people in the metro area.
According to the latest statistics from the American Tattoo Association, the number of people who have gotten a tattoo, whether it’s a self-adhesive tattoo, self-tattooing, or an inkjet tattoo, in the Austin metro area has increased by approximately 40 percent from 2010 to 2020.
In 2010, more than 1,100,000 people had a tattoo; by 2020, that number had more than 7,600, according the association.
Austin is home to the Tattoo Expo, a major tattoo convention and festival, and the Austin Tattoo Party, a weekly music festival featuring music by local artists and bands.
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