Final Sin Tattoo - Pleasant Hill, CA Complaint - Overcharged !!!
PLEASANT HILL, CALIFORNIA -- I came to Final Sin to have a small tattoo (2" x 2") placed on the front part my shoulder. The design was very simple and the overall job took at the maximum 30 minutes from tracing the design to filling in the tattoo. The work was satisfactory being that any marginally skilled tattoo artist could ink what I had requested. The tattoo artist [snip] was not very friendly and was quite rude to my wife and cousins that were standing by watching. When I went to pay, I was shocked to hear from the girl working the register that the little tattoo work was going to cost me $100 ! Needless to say, I was little angry at being charged so high a fee for such a small amount of work. Being that I had previous work done there in the past, I had a good idea of how much a tattoo of my size and time invested would cost. This girl was out of her mind to charge me so high a price for such little work.
The girl at the counter was no help either since she knew very little about the price of tattoo work. Since the last time I had work done there, I learned that is the shop's policy to start the fee at $60. The minimum rate after that is $100/hr for the work. The $60 is for any work done including the sketch and time spent on that. Some people would have the artist spend an hour or more on a sketch and then say it wasn't what they wanted and leave. This would leave the artist empty handed with no compensation. In this case, I actually provided them with the sketch which they photocopied from me so they really didn't have any work to do. When confronted with this information, the girl began to fluster and tell me that the work cost that much because of the location of tattoo. I asked the tattoo artist [snip] as well and she too began to fluster and stutter by telling me it was all about the location and her "high quality of work". I wasn't buying it, and knew that they were trying rip me off. My job was not even a half an hour, but yet they wanted to charge me for an hour's work. I felt like handing them $60 and leaving, but we negotiated the fee to $80 which was still too high. If the shop charges $100 /hr, then 1/2 hour should cost the minimum amount which is $60.
Prior to the work being done, neither the tattoo artist, or the girl at the counter quoted me a price. I should have asked how much it would have cost, and would have quickly left and taken my business elsewhere after hearing the job would have cost me $100. I know that times are tough right now with the economy, but to overcharge customers is bad for business.
I will NEVER GO THERE AGAIN, and will make it a point to NEVER RECOMMEND ANYONE TO GET ANY WORK DONE THERE PERIOD!
Recently, I have come across several people that had similar complaints about that shop, including a former employee who witnessed some similar incidents himself. Reputation is everything is the business world. Not everyone is tattoo savy when it comes to how much certain work should cost. I know that the shop's location can often dictate the price of job. The guy who did one of my tatts used to charge me $150/hr, that was in SF. Now that he is in Oakland, he charges me $100 /hr. Same work, just a different location.