How Much Does an Inner Lip Tattoo Cost?

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An inner lip tattoo is a unique way to express yourself since the tattoo isn’t readily visible.  As the name implies, the tattoo will be placed on the inside of the bottom or upper lip.

How much does an inner lip tattoo cost?

The cost of an inner lip tattoo will depend on the artist you choose, the colors, shading, the tattoo shop you go to and where you live.  Most inner lip tattoos, according to our research, will be in the $50 to $125 range and will take less than an hour to complete.  However, this price could be much more if you were to chose an artist who was well known or higher in demand.  Keep in mind most artists will have a shop minimum, usually in the $50 to $80 range.  Another thing to keep in mind is that a lot of tattoo shops won’t do inner lip tattoos due to the risk of infection, so it’s best to call a few ahead of time to make sure they would be able to do it.

On this Reddit thread, they had discussed this very question and most said you should be prepared to spend anywhere from $50 to $80.

Factors that affect the price:

Tattoo design

The good thing about lip tattoos is that they are quite small, so the price of having one done is quite a bit lower than other parts of the body.  However, the price still varies according to the design itself.  Most of the designs performed inside of the lip will be a word, phrase, a smaller image, symbol or name of someone special.  Other complex designs demand attention to details.  If this were the case, then you will more than likely pay a little more than the usual designs.


If you want to use more than one color and/or shades, then the costs can go up as you use more colors.


There are still regions in the country that have very few tattoo shops.  If you live in one of these cities, you might find higher prices since there are no competitors.

Inner lip tattoo overview

The estimates mentioned above will include all of the necessary materials to perform the job such as the ink, sterile needles and the time the artist needs to do the tattoo.

If you’re unsure of which design you want, all tattoo artists will have stock designs and fonts you can choose from, and most can even help you with the design if you have something in mind.

After the tattoo is complete, the swelling will occur for the next few days and will take some time to heal as long as the proper aftercare instructions are followed.

What are the extra costs?

Unlike other tattoos, an inner lip tattoo can fade quickly.  If you want the tattoo to last, you will need to have it touched up every one to four years.  Depending on the artist, they may charge the same fee or may knock off a few dollars, depending on their policy.  However, as notes, frequent touch-ups, if you consider them, can preserve the tattoo; however, it will increase the chances of infection.

Tattoos on other parts of the body will require an aftercare ointment cream, and since you can’t apply this type of cream to your inner lip, you will be asked to use a basic alchohol-free mouthwash after every meal, and if you’re a smoker, after a smoking session.

Tips to know:

When considering a design, try to keep the design as limited as possible since there’s not much in terms of real estate on the inside of your lip.  In general, stick to a few letters and numbers.  Adding too much, as the tattoo fades over time, may make your tattoo look like quite the mess.

It must be known that lip tattoos fade quickly because of the acid and chemical content inside the mouth.  In fact, 40 percent of inner lip tattoos completely fade away in the first year.  Even if it doesn’t fade within the first year, you can count on it being gone by the fifth year.

Professionals will ask you to keep it as dry as possible for the next four to five days while the tattoo heals.  When compared to other tattoos, the mouth only takes a few days to heal due to the rapid regeneration of mucosal cells.  If you fail to follow aftercare instructions, the chances of an infection are high due to the bacteria found in the human mouth.

Does a lip tattoo hurt?

As for pain, the amount of pain is debatable by some.  Some report the process isn’t more painful than other parts of the body, while others say it was the most painful tattoo they have ever experienced due to the high concentration of nerves inside the lip.  If there’s one thing for certain, it will really come down to your pain tolerance levels, but at a minimum, it should feel like sting-like sensation.  If you have had a tattoo before, then it’s safe to say it will either hurt more and/or less than that one, depending on where it was located on the body.

How to save money

One of the best ways to save money is to take care of your tattoo properly.  The better care you take, the longer the tattoo will last.  This, in turn, means you will have to get it touched up less often.

As with anything in life, try to get a quote from a handful of artists in your area.  While you don’t want to focus only on the price, be sure to ask for references, look at their past work and see how they run their shop.

Because this tattoo will not be seen by most people, is very painful, and fades away quickly, it may be wise to consider a tattoo on a different part of the body.

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