Tattoos parlors overcharge. If you aren't friends with someone who is a tattoo artist then your pretty much gonna waste a lot of money. I recently purchased a whole Tattoo kit on Amazon. It came with 4 guns, a boat load of packaged needles, book on Tattooing procedures, a power supply, a foot pedal, ink, and lots of other stuff. And it cost me less than the price you would pay for only one fairly decent tattoo. You can also purchase practice skin. And it does helps to read up or watch tutorials before you start. I'm currently working on a left arm sleeve. It's going along just fine. Best investment I made in a while. If you are a somewhat talented drawer (or tracer) then odds are you can do it yourself while still preserving quality work.