I have been thinking about it for the last few years, and Ive decided I want to go ahead with it. However, I dont want to spend TOO much money on it. (Dont want to cheap out, just dont want to go overboard)
I figure detail will be the biggest expense. Anything else that will drive the cost up? Is it safe to assume text would be much cheaper, than a picture?


hello and welcome to the forums. one thing to remember, when it comes to tattoos, you get what you pay for. what did you have in mind as far as tattoo wise.



Well, I have lots of ideas. For my first, I was thinking some kind of text.
“. . . nothing contributes so much to tranquillize the mind as a steady purpose . . .”
(Marry Shelly, Frankenstein)
I am a huge classic horror fan (mainly 30’s and 40’s) so pretty much all my ideas have to do with horror.


Tattoo pricing is a very basic formula

Time+talent= money


Hi and welcome.

The thing you have to think about is that the tattoo is a permanent decision for life and can only be removed at huge cost and a lot of pain.

Always strive to get the best ink possible (even a simple text one). If you cannot afford the decent artist you want do not compromise wait and save up.

Take Care

The only difference between a person with tattoos, and a person without is this. The person with tattoos does not care if you do not have any.

Yeah, the idea is, I dont want to spend A LOT of money, but I want something done right…so Im meeting half way and starting with text. I have lots of ideas…thinking about maybe eventually making it a sleeve of text? What does everyone think of that?

The first, is either the first quote, or…
“all work and no play makes jack a dull boy” Done in a “typewriter” kind of font, with a couple letters crooked.



I wouldnt advise a full sleeve of text as though someone was using your arm as a piece of paper, personally. But what I have seen is a guy who has random phrases randomly scattered across an arm. it isnt a sleeve, and it doesnt make a coherent whole, but I think it would look better than just writing coming down you arm.

But I get your ideas – I love quote tattoos.

On a matter of personal taste, I would say if you are choosing Frankenstein because of the horror rather than a particular affection for that quotation, I think the novel has a wealth of better quotations – there’s some truly beautiful philosophy in there, particularly from the creature. I’d love to get on to a discussion of where the ‘horror’ comes from in the novel, cos I think it’s not from the creature, but hey, this is a discussion about the tattoo so I’ll shush 🙂


Words may create rare images, within their narrow bounds
Twas speechless childhood taught me these, as music may, in sound

If you can’t afford exactly what you want, wait, save-up, and go to a reputable artist. Don’t get tattooed for the sake of getting tattooed. Re-read your post and tell us how you would respond.

Nuff said!