Old 21-02-2018, 06:25 AM   #1
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Had a nice day out at Ship Shape Tattoo in New Zealand. Headed down for an appointment with Ben Kaye. I arrived 20 minutes early and Ben was already set up, stencilled and good to go. He charges $1,200 NZ so about £630 or $880 US. Cool guy and a really friendly shop. Highly recommended if youíre ever visiting this part of the world. Tattoo was a shade over six hours. Photo and a video are on his IG:

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Old 21-02-2018, 06:55 AM   #2
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very cool! his day rate is amazing for someone of his caliber as well. can’t wait to see a healed pic of this.
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Old 21-02-2018, 08:40 AM   #3
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So awesome Tom, setting the bar high for 2018!
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Excellent piece of work and that day rate is very good considering where he works and who he works alongside.
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What a bargain! An awesome piece!
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Thriftiest dude on the message board

Thanks guys always inspired by all of your additions so itís good to have something under my belt this year!

Ben brought up tattoo prices in conversation. Itís pretty crazy what people pay and artists certainly raise their rates when travelling. Thereís a tonne of talent at Ship Shape and theyíre all reasonable, including Matt Jordan.

Literally if you get tattooed by these guys for a few days in the US or UK, for the same money you could get another day of tattoo time, plus your air fare, accommodation, a few beers and a bag of nuts in NZ.
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Old 21-02-2018, 11:07 AM   #7
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Great piece and his dayrate is totally reasonable...Perfect decision mate!
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Wow, great piece and as everyoneís said, bargain!
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Awesome! Ship Shape just stays stocked with amazing artists!

I remember a few years ago my fantasy vacation was a trip to NZ where I'd get a collab at Ship Shape from Matt Jordan, Steve Butcher, Hoko, and Coen Mitchell. Now they are all gone except Matt, but Ship Shape is still going strong!
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Awesome! Ship Shape just stays stocked with amazing artists!

I remember a few years ago my fantasy vacation was a trip to NZ where I'd get a collab at Ship Shape from Matt Jordan, Steve Butcher, Hoko, and Coen Mitchell. Now they are all gone except Matt, but Ship Shape is still going strong!
that was also my fantasy vacation lol. now they have ben and nicklas wong who are incredible as well.
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