Small, Medium or Big: How Much Does a Tattoo Cost Based on Size?

As we explained in our Tattoo Prices Guide, a number of factors influence the final cost of a tattoo, size being one of them.

To help you figure out how much your next tattoo will cost, here’s a quick way to figure it out, based on size. If you want a bespoke estimate, or you want us to recommend a tattoo artist for you, please fill in a Free Tattoo Consultation request. All the prices below are based on quotes given for tattoos in London by local artists.

Tattoo SizeinTattoo Cost (range)
XS – Tiny Tattoos1”x1”£60-£90
S – Small Tattoos2”x2”£90-£150
M – Medium Sized Tattoos4”x4”£150 – £300
L – Large Tattoos6”x6”£350 – £550
XL+ – Extra Large Tattoos8”x8”£700 +

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Tiny, Simple Tattoo Cost: £60-£90

A tiny and simple tattoo, around 1-2 inches, outline of a wave on your ankle, a paper plane tattoo on your wrist, a letter or two… Those are usually priced in the £60 – £90 range. The price of the tattoo, even though it’s very small, can be higher if the design is intricate, you want to include a lot of detail, colours or get on a very delicate part of the body. But in most cases, it’s going to cost you under £80.

Tiny tattoo like this one will cost you up to £90


Small Tattoo Cost: £90-£150

Go a bit larger, credit card sized, and you’re in the £100 – 150 range. Again, it all depends on the style, level of detail, but a general rule of thumb, a tattoo of that size should ost no more than GBP150.

A tattoo like this one would cost in the £150 – £180 range


Medium Size Tattoo Cost: £150 – £300

Palm sized tattoos will usually be priced at around £150 – £250, while hand sized tattoos can go from £200 – £300. With simpler designs, even if it’s larger, you might end up paying less.

Tattoos of this size will cost in the £300 – £500 range

Large Size Tattoo Cost: £350 – £550

A tattoo covering your forearm will cost in the £350 to £550 range, depending on the detail level. You can also get a detailed half-sleeve for about £550 – £700.

With this size and level of detail, the price will be around £400

Extra Large Tattoo Cost: £700 +

With very large tattoos, half sleeve an larger, start at £700 and keep adding up, depending on the design, size of your arms, and other factors. The cost of a full sleeve tattoo will be in the £1500 – £3000 range, depending on all the before mentioned factors.

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