How Much Does a Butterfly Tattoo Cost?

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A butterfly tattoo, commonly found on the wrist, lower back and ankle, can come in a wide range of sizes, colors, and shapes.

Often a choice by women, the butterfly can mean love, rebirth, transformation, grace and femininity.

Sarahs Tattoo by CalEuanHopkins, on Flickr
Sarahs Tattoo” (CC BY 2.0) by  CalEuanHopkins

How much does it cost for a butterfly tattoo?

The cost of a butterfly tattoo will depend on the tattoo artist, where you live, the size, the placement, design, colors, and other specifications.  On the wrist or ankle, an averagely sized butterfly tattoo can cost $50 to $200, while a larger-than-average sized butterfly tattoo can cost upwards of $200 to $500 if it were to take up the entire lower back.   The same price range can apply to a 3D butterfly tattoo, a common choice among many who get one.  Keep in mind that most shops will have a minimum, usually around $50 to $75.

On this forum thread, for instance, one member posted a picture of her butterfly tattoo, which was located behind her ear.  This particular tattoo cost her $50.

What are the extra costs?

Additional colors may increase the estimates by more than 20 to 40 percent. The same can be said about larger-than-average designed.

If you draw or bring in a custom butterfly design rather than choosing one of their stock designs, you may be charged extra.

Most tattoo artists expect a tip when the tattoo is finished.  This should be 10 to 20 percent of the cost of the tattoo.

Aftercare products, after the tattoo has been performed need to be budgeted for.  A good moisturizer, for example, can cost about $15 online.

Tips to know

After you get a tattoo, you need to make sure that you take proper care of it.  You should keep it moist and covered with ointment for the first week or two.  If there’s any sign of an infection, see your doctor immediately.

Need inspiration for a butterfly tattoo? has more than 50 designs, along with the meanings of each.

How can I save money?

Make sure you only get a butterfly tattoo from a reputable tattoo artist.  Even if it will be more expensive, you will be more assured the process is done in a sterile environment.  The last thing that you want is to end up in the hospital with a large bill because of an infection.

Compare rates with at least three to five artists in your area.  As long as you have an idea of what you want, send your picture either online or talk with them over the phone to see what they charge.  It also doesn’t hurt to ask friends or family to see if they have anyone they can recommend.

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