The amount of money a tattoo artist makes completely depends on if he or she owns the parlor and the area they work in. If the artist owns the parlor they can make over $100,000.00 per year. If not, an artist can make around $40,000.00 per year.
How much a Tattoo Artist makes depends on many variables. Usually a tattoo shop charges $100 per hour, the artist could make up to 50% of the earnings. Look here for more information: tattoo.about.com/od/tatfaq/f/tattoosalary.htm