The cost of starting a tattoo shop is widely variable and determined by a number of factors. Some of these factors include renting a space, furniture, and tattooing supplies.
According to an article in the Houston Chronicle, the first factor to consider in calculating the cost of starting a tattoo shop is rent. You have to find a space that will get your shop business, and the more "in-demand" the building is, the higher the rent will be. There is also furniture that needs to be purchased. While standard chairs can be used in the waiting rooms, there are strict regulations on the chairs that can be used for tattooing purposes. Tattooing supplies vary in cost, but you'll need a tattoo machine, needles, razors for shaving, ink, gloves and other tools for sterilization, which will be a revolving cost. You may also need to buy books of flash art. You'll also need to factor in paying for processing credit cards and getting a license.