Understanding How Long a Tattoo Takes

Getting a tattoo is an exciting and creative journey, but it’s important to understand that the process takes time. At Skins and Needles, we believe that every tattoo is a work of art, and crafting that art requires patience and dedication. In this blog, we’ll explore the factors that influence how long a tattoo takes and why it’s worth the wait.

1. Size and Complexity:

One of the most significant factors affecting tattoo duration is the size and complexity of the design. Smaller, simpler tattoos can be completed relatively quickly, often in under an hour. In contrast, larger and more intricate designs may take multiple sessions, sometimes spanning several hours or days.

2. Detail and Precision:

Tattoos that require intricate details, shading, and fine lines demand meticulous work. Artists need time to ensure every detail is perfect, which may extend the duration of the tattoo session.

3. Placement Matters:

   The location of your tattoo on your body can also impact the time it takes to complete. Areas with more bone or nerve endings, like the ribs or feet, may require shorter sessions due to discomfort, while more accessible areas like the forearm or thigh can accommodate longer sessions.

4. Colour and Filling:

Colourful tattoos and those that require extensive filling can take longer than black and grey designs. Each colour requires a separate pass with the tattoo machine, adding to the overall time.

5. Artist’s Speed and Skill:

The artist’s experience and speed play a role in how long a tattoo takes. An experienced artist can work efficiently while maintaining quality, potentially reducing the overall time needed.

6. Client Comfort:

 Client comfort is a priority. Artists may take short breaks during longer sessions to ensure clients are well-rested and comfortable, which can extend the total session time.

7. Multiple Sessions:

For large or complex tattoos, artists often schedule multiple sessions to maintain quality and prevent client discomfort. These sessions are typically spaced out over several weeks or months.

8. Healing Time:

After each session, your tattoo needs time to heal before additional work can be done. Healing time varies but is typically a few weeks between sessions for the best results.


Patience is key when it comes to getting a tattoo. At Skins and Needles, our artists take the time needed to ensure your tattoo is a masterpiece that you’ll cherish for a lifetime. Remember that the duration of a tattoo session is a reflection of the care and craftsmanship invested in your ink. So, whether your tattoo takes minutes or multiple sessions, rest assured that the time is well spent to create a piece of art that tells your unique story. Embrace the process, trust your artist, and enjoy the journey to your perfect tattoo.





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