Get a Free Tattoo Shop Artist Service Agreement

If you're updating your old tattoo shop service agreement or just starting a new business, you will need to offer your clients a contract called a Tattoo Shop or Tattoo Artist Service Agreement before you provide them with tattoos. 

Sometimes called a tattoo liability waiver, the purpose of this contract is to protect your business in the event the client complains and to outline both your responsibilities and the client's responsibilities too. 

In this guide, we'll explain what the legal jargon in a tattoo shop service agreement means and also what you can do to make sure your new shop is a success. You can download a free tattoo shop service agreement from us now.  

So, What Does a Tattoo Shop Service Agreement Cover?

If you are running a tattoo shop you need a good service agreement.  Here is a free Tattoo Service Agreement

Who Is The Client and Who Is The Artist? 

The first section naming the client and the tattoo artist is very important. Sometimes people might use an older brother or sister's ID to try to get a tattoo when they are legally underage, so it's essential to thoroughly check the client's ID and have them confirm their name and address. 

What Is the Cost of the Complete Tattoo Procedure?

The client agrees to pay for the total cost of the work in advance, and the amount is written into the contract. This is important because a lot of tattoos have several stages. For example, an arm sleeve design might start with linework to be colored at a later stage or over several appointments. 

Ensure that the price paid is only per section of agreed work for that appointment, no more and no less. The client should pay in advance and leave the studio when that section of work is done. Any subsequent sections should be paid for on a per-appointment basis. 

What About Indemnity?

Indemnity means that if there are any proceeding costs associated with the contract, such as court fees, the client will pay them. In general, indemnity is a word from the insurance industry that means 'security or protection against a loss or other financial burden.'

Force Majeure (Sometimes Called 'Act of God')

Force majeure protects the tattoo artist from any unforeseen events, so if there's an earthquake, for example, mid-tattoo, the artist is not liable. There are some things outside of our control, from floods to fires, so in those situations, the tattoo artist or tattoo shop owner won't be to blame and won't be out of pocket. 

Severability Means The Contract Can Be Broken in Exceptional Cases

Severability suggests the contract can be broken if something doesn't make sense. For example, if the client pays the tattoo artist in advance but also wants to give them a big tip after because they're so happy with the work, they are legally allowed to pay the additional tip. It won't affect the previously agreed and stipulated payment amount. 

Compliance With Regulations and Applicable Law

Compliance with applicable law means that the client and artist both agree to only act per the law. That includes health and safety, keeping a clean tattoo parlor, and not bringing dirty or dangerous things into the tattoo parlor from a client's perspective. 

Contractual Rights

The waiver of the contractual right section means that the client and artist agree to uphold the terms of the contract that they are signing. There have been cases in court where a lawyer has argued that because one of the people in the contract broke part of it, all of it should therefore be invalid. This is the protection against that. 

Using the previous example of someone paying a tattooist more than was originally contractually stated, under severability, that would be okay. But, it wouldn't mean they had broken the contract already, so doing something dangerous like bringing in a gun or pet snake would be okay. That would contravene the compliance part of the contract.

Simply put, acceptably breaking the contract (via severability) doesn't make the whole contract invalid; it still has to be upheld according to the waiver of the contractual rights. 

Most Tattoo Shop Service Agreements End With an Entire Agreement Clause

The entire agreement clause is there to indicate that this is the whole agreement and anything omitted (left out) is not part of the agreement. 

If you're revamping your tattoo parlor or setting up a tattoo shop for the first time, here are some other things to think about.

Plan Your Business Carefully

Ask yourself the following questions and try to write down concrete answers. 

What are the startup costs going to be? 

What is your ideal location? 

Who is your target market? 

What's the right price for your customers to be satisfied? 

How can you choose a name that appeals to your target market and inspires confidence?

Here Are Some Tips That Address These Questions

What Are the Startup Costs Going to Be? 

Work out your budget and add at least 30% contingency for unexpected costs.

What Is Your Ideal Location? 

Tattoos are no longer counterculture, and a lot of wealthy celebrities are proud of their ink. Consider locations that have smaller square footage in more upmarket areas over larger premises in lower-value areas. 

Another option is to find high-end companies that would like a tattoo parlor to sublet space from them, such as an upmarket barbershop or a hip cocktail bar. They might find your business adds character to theirs and give you reasonable rent. 

Get a free Tattoo Liability Waiver to help you run your tattoo shop.

Who Is Your Target Market? 

People from all walks of life get tattoos now, but more young people are interested in tattoos than the elderly. Ensure you can appeal to your target market with the right type of branding and promotion in the right part of town. University towns and arty villages embrace new tattoo studios. Making a meaningful web presence with a website, Instagram, and listing your tattoo shop here on Spreeberry are also good options! 

What's the Right Price for Your Customers to Be Satisfied? 

Getting prices for your tattoo services can be hard. Make sure you see what other local tattoo studios charge, and don't make your prices low enough to arouse suspicion. You really get what you pay for with tattoos! 

How Can You Choose a Name That Appeals to Your Target Market and Inspires Confidence?

Don't rush into naming your new tattoo studio after your pet dog. Base the name of the studio on your target demographic or location, not on your favorite video game character. Inspiring confidence in your clients is the first step to winning their business.

Good luck! 


NOTICE: Spreeberry is NOT a legal service and does not provide any guarantees or warranties with this agreement. ALWAYS consult a lawyer before entering into any contractual agreements.