Do I need to make an appointment?
Appointments are not required, but are recommended. We take walk-ins every day for smaller, single-sitting tattoos. For custom pieces appointments are recommended to give the artist ample time to draw your tattoo, and for larger, multiple-sitting tattoos appointments are required.
How do I make an appointment?
Appointments are generally made in person, with the artist of your choice after a consultation. To book a consultation either come to the shop in person, call us, or email us. Make sure to bring high resolution images for reference, and be prepared to leave a $100 deposit (cash or credit) which will be deducted off the final cost of the tattoo. If you are not local, feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, and let us know your travel dates, exactly what you want with images, and which artist.
How much will my tattoo cost?
It all depends! We have an $80 minimum and charge $180 per hour. Single-sitting tattoos are generally priced per piece, while larger, multiple-sitting tattoos are charged per hour. If you want a more exact quote, feel free to book a consultation with any of our artists and discuss budget, and final cost with them.
What forms of payment do you accept?
We accept cash, and all major credit or debit cards (Amex, Visa, MasterCard, and Discover)
Can I see the drawing for my tattoo in advance?
We do not do any drawing for a tattoo until that $100 deposit is paid and the appointment is set. Your drawing will generally be ready the day of your tattoo appointment, and any changes can be made then. If you want to see the drawing before your appointment, you must make that arrangement with your artist. For certain tattoos (ie, larger pieces and cover-ups), the artist might draw directly on the skin with markers.
Do you do henna/temporary tattoos?
Nope! The tattoos we do are all permanent.
Do you do piercings?
Do you do ultraviolet/black light tattoos?
No. We cannot vouch for the safety of those chemicals so we do not use them.
Do you do white ink tattoos?
That is on a case by case basis. Generally, we advise towards not doing them since it is generally impossible to guarantee how the final product will look on your skin. Sometimes they turn yellow, sometimes they disappear completely, and sometimes, they age weird. If you are dead set on a white tattoo, feel free to come in and talk to any of our artists about it; just understand it has very inconsistent results.
Do you do inner lip tattoos?
Again, that is a tattoo with very inconsistent results. They fall out and disappear easily, and tend to distort over time. If you really want one, feel free to come talk to any of artists about it.
Can you fix/cover up my tattoo?
We are more than happy to tweak/cover up your old tattoos. The best plan would be to come see any of our artists in person and let them see what they are working with. Keep in mind, a cover up will usually be significantly larger than the original tattoo. If your existing tattoo is very dark and heavy, we might advise a few sessions of laser before covering it up.
Can you tattoo me if I am pregnant/breastfeeding?
Can I drink before getting tattooed?
No. We will absolutely not tattoo anyone under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Alcohol also thins the blood, and tends to make people extremely difficult to work with.
Does it hurt? What is the most painful spot?
That’s an entirely subjective question, as everyone has different pain tolerances. But generally, yes.
How should I prepare for my tattoo?
The first thing is to get a good night’s sleep! Being well rested is super important. Make sure to eat a good meal a few hours before and stay very well hydrated through the day. Feel free to bring yourself a drink and a small snack.
Can I use numbing creams?
We generally advise against it. Anesthetic creams tend to change the skin’s texture and ability to withstand trauma and can affect the final appearance of your tattoo. They also aren’t particularly effective, as the cream gets wiped off during your tattoo. We believe that risking the final look of your tattoo is not worth the minimal rewards of numbing creams.
Is your shop licensed/clean?
Every artist in our shop is licensed by the New York State Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, and has received education on blood borne pathogens and cross contamination. We take every measure possible to ensure personal safety. We use sterile, single use gloves and needles. All other supplies are medically sterilized. We test our autoclave (sterilization machine) once a month to make sure it is in good working order. But, infections can happen if you do not take the proper precautions during the healing process.
Should I tip my artist?
If you are happy with your tattoo, absolutely! As a guideline for percentages, think of it as you would any service industry. The norm is 10-20%, though we are appreciative of whatever amount you think is appropriate. Please keep in mind that tips are cash only.