FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS.
New York State law requires you to be at least 18 years of age to get tattooed, with or without parental consent. All customers are required to present a form of photo id (drivers license, passport) that also shows your birth date, to validate your age. Your id will be photocopied for our records.
Prices can only be given in person, but our shop minimum is $80.00. For smaller tattoos, we can quote you a flat price. For larger pieces you will be quoted at an hourly rate, or a rate per session. If your tattoo develops into something more involved that what you first planned, you can usually set up a per session rate, which will help you budget for a bigger priced piece. If you feel the tattoo you really want costs more than what you expected, it is usually better to save your money so you can get what you really want, other than compromise your idea and be left with something less than what you wanted.
We accept cash, Visa, and Mastercard.
Each needle is sterilized and single use only. Everything is sterilized the same as in the hospital, by using an autoclave. An autoclave is defined as “basically a high-quality, regulated pressure cooker. Used tubes and needle bars can be placed in the autoclave and brought to a very high temperature to kill blood borne pathogens and bacterial agents.” -(http://tattoo.about.com/cs/beginners/g/blglosautoclave.htm) Our Autoclaves are tested by an independent facility to ensure that they are running correctly.
The inks are poured into individual caps that are thrown out after use. All surfaces that the tattooist comes in contact with are covered with non-posporous plastic wrap or barrier film, including lights, machine chords, and arm rests. Counter tops are sprayed down after each customer with a germicidal disinfectant. Each artist is trained in the proper procedures to guard against any cross contamination.
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.
We are happy to touch up or rework old tattoos, or to cover them, if we can. Whether or not we can depends on the tattoo. The best thing to do is, stop by and show us what you have. That way we can let you know what is or is not possible.
We accept walk-ins when there is time available, however, we recommended calling ahead or booking an appointment in advance, so you don’t have to wait. If there is a particular artist you want to get tattooed by then we definitely recommend that you call in advance to set up time with that artist.
To help you choose an artist you would like to book time with, we recommend looking through all the artist’s portfolios. Each artist has their own unique style, by looking at everyone’s work, you can then decide which artist best suits your taste. If your piece is detailed, and needs to be custom drawn, it is a good idea to set up a consultation with the artist you choose, so that your artist can know exactly how you want your tattoo to look. At this time, the artist will ask for a deposit, which will secure the appointment for the date and time you booked, and will also be put towards the cost of your tattoo. Your deposit is non-refundable if you cancel your appointment or do not show up. You may change the time or date of your appointment, we ask that you please give us at least 24 hours notice to allow us to book something for the time you change your appointment to.
We cannot do drawings for tattoos unless you have committed to getting tattooed by leaving a $40 deposit. Once you have made an appointment, your 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.
Yes, if you feel that the artist has done a good job. If you would like a guideline, you can think of it as you would any service industry.
-Leave tattoo covered for approximately 3 hours after leaving the shop.
-After 3 hours take off bandage and begin to wash your tattoo.
-Wash with warm water and a mild antibacterial soap such as liquid Dial hand soap or other Similar products.(Make sure the soap is fragrance free.)
-After washing, begin to apply AQUAPHOR lotion to keep the tattoo moist.
-When applying the ointment, use it very sparingly. A little goes a long way.
-Rub the lotion into the tattoo until you can barely see it and blot off any extra ointment with a paper towel.
-Wash and use ointment approximately 3 times a day for 3 – 5 days.
-Repeat this process until your tattoo begins to peal. (Your tattoo may scab, DO NOT pick at it. allow your scabs to fall off naturally.)
-Once your tattoo begins to peal switch over to unscented lotions such as Lubriderm or Eucerin.
-Avoid exposure to the sun, saltwater, pools, and baths until tattoo is healed.
-Do NOT pick your tattoo. Do NOT scratch your tattoo. -Do NOT listen to your friend’s advice.
-Any questions or concerns give us a call at the shop. (718) 423-2637
It is very important that you wash your new tattoo especially the first couple days. When it begins to peel and flake, or scab you should refrain from touching it as much as you can. Avoid bathing in a tub, hot tubs and swimming at least for the first ten days.