How Much Do Tattoo Touch Ups Cost?

  • Written By Dan Hunter on October 1, 2021
    Last Updated: October 12, 2021

You always want your tattoo to look as good as new, especially as it’s a permanent fixture on your body. If you look after it properly with good aftercare as soon as it’s finished, this is a great start. Aftercare is an important part of the healing process for your tattoo. If you don’t get this right, it could change the look and quality of your beautiful tattoo forever.

It could be that even with the best aftercare and the most experienced tattoo artist, your tattoo will still need touching up.

There are many reasons that your tattoo may need touching up. it could be that the lines of the tattoo are blurred, the shading is uneven, or the colors have faded. There are many reasons why your tattoo may need a touch up.

Some people don’t expect to pay for a touch up on their tattoo whereas others understand the work required and are happy to pay. We’ll let you know if you should expect to pay for a touch up, and if, so how much money should be handed over.

Should a Tattoo Artist Charge for a Touch Up?

In an ideal world you will come out of the tattoo studio with the perfect tattoo that you’ve always dreamt of. However, this is not always the case and your tattoo may need touching up sooner than you think.

It could be that you’ve noticed some flaws in the tattoo during the healing process. Once this is fully healed you should go back to your tattoo artist and discuss this with them. Most tattoo artists will guarantee their work. If this is the case and if there is a flaw in the tattoo that’s due to a mistake that they’ve made they won’t charge you. 

How Much Should a Tattoo Touch Up Cost?

The cost of the tattoo touch up will depend on the reasons for this and the amount of work that’s required. Some tattoo artists will complete any small touch ups needed once the tattoo has healed free of charge. 

As long as you’ve completed the aftercare process correctly and looked after your tattoo you should have no problem. Your tattoo artist will be happy to complete any small touch ups free of charge or for a small fee. However, if they can see that you’ve not cared for the tattooed skin as instructed, they will be within their rights to charge you.

If you do have the pay for the touch up you should budget around half of the cost of the original tattoo. This will make sure that you’re not surprised or caught short when it comes to paying for the touch up. 

Why Does Your Tattoo Need a Touch Up?

Your tattoo is made by inserting ink into your skin from multiple needles. This goes into the second layer of skin, known as the dermis. Even the most experienced tattoo artist can’t guarantee that this will turn out perfectly each and every time. This could be down to the tattoo procedure, your skin type, or the aftercare that’s given. 

The lines could be blurred or crooked, colors could be duller than expected or the shading could be uneven. Once you have noticed these issues, you should speak to your tattoo artist for their advice. 

Once the tattoo is healed they may be able to correct the issues by touching the tattoo up.

Will a Tattoo Artist Touch Up Someone Else’s Work?

The short answer to this is yes, however, it depends on the reasons that you want to visit a different tattoo artist. It’s better to go to your original tattoo artist for a touch up where possible as they understand the design and vision from your original consultation. Also, they may do the touch up for free which is always a good thing.

There may be reasons such as you have moved or you’re not on good terms with your original tattoo artist. If this is the case there should be no problem with someone else touching up their work. This is the same if there’s been a few years since your original tattoo was completed.

Bear in mind that the tattoo artist will certainly charge you for touching up someone else’s work.


All tattoos are different as well as all people and their skin is different. With this in mind, it’s difficult to guarantee the perfect outcome with every tattoo. 

Make sure that you allow the tattoo to heal fully before even considering a touch up, and then speak to your tattoo artist. They will be able to advise if a touch up is needed and the costs associated, if any.

We hope that we’ve answered your question. Continue with the great aftercare and hopefully, it will all work out.