FAQ

DO I NEED TO MAKE AN APPOINTMENT?

Appointments are not required, but they are a good idea. We take walk-ins whenever possible. Availability varies from day to day. For custom work, it is best to make an appointment so that the artist has time to draw for the tattoo.

HOW DO I MAKE AN APPOINTMENT?

Appointments must be made in person with the artist of your choice. You can call ahead to schedule a consultation, or just stop by. If there is a particular artist you are interested in speaking with, check their artist’s page to find out which days they are in the shop. Please bring printed copies of any reference material you may have. You will need to leave a $60-100 deposit to secure the appointment. The amount of the deposit will be deducted from the final price of the tattoo. For multi-session tattoos, it will come off the price of the final session.

HOW MUCH WILL MY TATTOO COST?

The short answer is, it depends on the tattoo.

– There is a minimum price of $80 that applies to all tattoos, no matter how small.

-Any tattoo that can be completed in a single sitting will be charged at a flat rate that is determined by the artist and is based on the size, placement, and design (complexity) of the tattoo.

– Larger pieces—anything that takes more than one session to complete—are charged by the hour, at a rate of $200/hour.

-It is very difficult to estimate how long a multi-session tattoo will take, as it depends on the design, how you sit for the tattoo, etc. Sessions are usually 3-4 hours long and can be scheduled as far apart as you like, so that the cost of the tattoo is spread out over time.

For specific estimates or price quotes, please come into the shop and speak to an artist in person. You can also let your artist know if you have a budget, and he or she will keep it in mind in designing the tattoo.

DOES GETTING TATTOOED HURT?

Depending on the placement, tattooing can be uncomfortable and annoying, however 95% of first timers would say the process hurts far less that first imagined.

HOW LONG DOES A TATTOO TAKE TO HEAL?

Everyone’s healing process is a little different. It varies on style and placement of your tattoo but generally speaking, your new addition will be healed within 2 – 3 weeks. For full aftercare instructions and information, please visit the AFTERCARE page.

CAN I PAY FOR MY TATTOO WITH A CREDIT CARD?

We accept cash, Visa, and Mastercard.

CAN YOU DO A DRAWING FIRST SO THAT I CAN SEE WHAT THE TATTOO WILL LOOK LIKE?

We cannot do drawings for tattoos unless you have committed to getting tattooed by leaving a $60 deposit. Once you have made an appointment, an artist will do a drawing for your tattoo. The drawing will be ready by the day of your appointment, and any changes that you want to make to it can be made at that time. If you want to see a drawing before your appointment date, you may make arrangements with your artist to do so. In certain cases large-scale pieces and coverups, for example the artist will draw the design directly on the skin with markers.

DO YOU DO UV/BLACK LIGHT TATTOOS?

No we do not. We canʼt vouch for the safety of such chemically reactive inks, so we donʼt use them.

DO YOU DO ALL-WHITE TATTOOS?

Some of our artists do. All-white tattoos are tricky, because itʼs almost impossible to guarantee how they will look. They really only show up on pale skin—remember, youʼre seeing the ink through a layer of skin, so the darker your skin is, the less visible a pale color will be. Sometimes they end up looking yellowish, and sometimes they donʼt show up at all. Sometimes they age weirdly. If you want a white tattoo, just know that itʼs kind of a crapshoot.

DO YOU DO INNER LIP TATTOOS?

Some of our artists do. Like All-White tattoos, we cannot guarantee these tattoos. Inner lip tattoos also have a tendency to distort, fade, or disappear entirely over time.

CAN YOU FIX/COVER A TATTOO I ALREADY HAVE?

Yes we’ll be happy to do so for you. The best thing to do is come by and show us what you have so we can let you know what is or isnʼt possible. Keep in mind that a cover-up will always be significantly larger than the original tattoo. Tattoo ink is not opaque, so a cover-up is more about disguising the old tattoo, rather than “painting over it.” Very dense, dark tattoos are difficult to cover and may require a few sessions of laser to lighten them up before they can be worked on.

IS IT SAFE?

Yes. We take every precaution possible with regard to hygiene. However, there is always a possibility of infection if you do not properly care for your tattoo.

CAN I GET TATTOOED IF I AM PREGNANT OR BREASTFEEDING?

It is not a good idea to get tattooed if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, as the body’s systems are already stressed. If you have further questions about this, it would be best to discuss it with your doctor.

IS YOUR SHOP LICENSED?

Shops are not licensed in the state of New York, but individual artists are. Each of our artists has received education in the area of blood-borne pathogens and is licensed by the New York State Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

HOW DO I KNOW YOUR SHOP IS CLEAN?

We take every precaution possible with regard to hygiene. We use sterile, single-use needles and disposable gloves. All other supplies are either single-use or medically sterilized. Our autoclave is tested once a month by an outside service to make sure it is functioning properly.

SHOULD I TIP MY ARTIST?

Tips are never expected but appreciated. If you think your artist did a good job, consider it an extension of your gratitude.