Personally, I see it as yet another tool, used for specific applications. It's not for everything, but when you learn how to use it properly, it's a great addition to your arsenal.
It seems that there are some individuals who don't truly understand the rules of this project, or the novelty aspect behind the "two dollar tattoo". Like any tattoo, even a single needle tattoo will age. It may age wonderfully, or it may end up looking like an awful blob. It can be a crap-shoot. Much depends upon the design as well as the artist.
ONE SHOULD NOT EXPECT TO JUST WALK INTO A TATTOO PARLOUR IN HOPES OF GETTING A TATTOO FOR $2. The parameters of the project state that the SIZE of the tatto should be that of a $2 coin. The symbolic $2 coin is passed between recipient and artist. I don't know of any shops that will be running specials and offering 'ittee bittee' tattoos for $2. Sure, if someone feels like putting a sign in their window, fine. Do what you want, but in my case, the supplies I use and the time I take to do ANY tattoo outweigh a $2 price tag.
That being said, be aware that although these tattoos are small in scale, they can take quite a bit of time and patience to execute. Some take longer than others, but they average about an hour to complete. Depending upon the design, I believe that most artists would easily charge between $100 - $200 for such a piece. Prices may vary, but so does each shop's hourly rate. The rate in my studio currently varies between $125/hr - $180/hr, depending upon the artist. There are some artists out there who SPECIALIZE in single-needle tattooing, and their price tags reflect their high level of expertise.
Long story short, a tiny little single-needle tattoo is:
A) a novelty
B) a crap-shoot on how it will heal and look over time
C) part of a project for INDUSTRY PROFESSIONALS to test and explore their skills
D) if you go to an artist asking for one, don't be surprised if they charge you industry rates
If you have been fortunate enough to receive one, congratulations! I hope it looks great! I hope it heals well! I hope you have submitted some nice, large images (MINIMUM size of 600px x 800px - send us the biggest pictures your camera will shoot!) to be posted in the blog - we can't use them if they are too small.
Thanks for taking an interest in our project!