So about 10 years ago the shop was huge and i had multiple artists working for me and at that time everyone in the shop was charging $150/hour.   When the economy started to fail I decided then that to stay competitive I would drop the hourly rate to $120/hour.   Its now time to return the higher hourly rate so effective immediately my price will be $150/hour again.   I have been talking about doing this for several years and have been warning many of my good clients and most agree with the decision.   The rate of $150/hour seems to be the average these days anyways and i have even heard of a few guys charging $175-200/hour further out into the suberbs than even i am, and with less experience in the shop as a whole than i alone have. So efective immediately my hourly rate is $150/hour.