How old do I have to be to get a tattoo?
In New York State, you must be 18 years old, NO EXCEPTIONS. NYS law does not allow for parental consent. We require a government issued photo ID at the time of your appointment.
Do you take walk-ins?
I do not currently take walk-ins but feel free to call and see if I have time available. Sometimes the Tattoo Gods are smiling on you and there is room to fit you in at the last minute. Due to the Covid, I ask you not to stop by the studio unless you already have an appointment. Thanks!
What are your safety procedures?
Due to Covid 19, safety procedures have chenged. Please check the "Covid News" page on this website for the latest info. All of our artists receive yearly blood borne pathogens training and certification through the Alliance of Professional Tattooists "Preventing Disease Transmission in Tattooing" course, which is an OSHA based training course designed in conjuction with the CDC. All inks, ointments, needles and tubes are single use. Before we start your tattoo, we will set up our equipment in your presence so you can be assured that any equipment to be used comes out of sealed and sterilized packaging. For more information on what to look for in safety standards in a tattoo shop read our
Tattoo Safety Tips Article.
Why do you require deposits and what is your policy?
While I love what I do, it is still a business. I often spend hours working on your designs before you come in for your appointment. Deposits show that you are serious about reserving time in the schedule and provide some compensation for time lost if someone fails to show up. I like to think of the policy on deposits as being "strict, but not evil." I require at least 48 hours notice by phone to rechedule in order to allow for time to try to fill the spot in the schedule. Failing to show up for your appointment and last minute cancellations will result in loss of your deposit. A new deposit will be required to rechedule. Of course, when it comes to situations like bad weather, I don't expect you to risk life and limb, so in those cases rescheduling last minute is not a problem. Finally, ALL DEPOSITS ARE NON-REFUNDABLE. The deposit is applied to the balance upon completion of the tattoo.
COVID UPDATE: If you have any symptoms or have had possible exposure to the virus, please let me know as soon as possible. Even if it is last minute, you will not lose your deposit.
What is a drawing deposit?
For larger work or for drawings done in advance, we require a $150 dollar non-refundable deposit. We will do a line drawing, including one redraw. Once the design is ready, the deposit is used to secure your appointment. Rarely, we are not able to come up with the tattoo design you are looking for, in which case the deposit becomes payment for the artist's drawing services.
Can I bring in my own design?
Absolutely! However, keep in mind that some designs may need to be redrawn a bit so that it will work well as a tattoo.
How should I prepare for my appointment?
Please see the COVID NEWS page for updates to this question and other important information. Be well rested and wear comfortable clothing that allows easy access to the area to be worked on. Make sure to have something to eat shortly before you come in. Avoid alcohol, even the night before. Alcohol can thin the blood and make it more difficult to do the tattoo. Also, don't forget to leave plenty of time in your schedule. A tattoo should never be rushed and it is always worth it to take the time to get it just right. Even an appointment for a small tattoo can sometimes take up to a couple of hours. For your piece of mind, I always set up our equipment in your presence and go over the aftercare with you and I, of course, want to make sure that the design is the best it can be before getting started.
How much does it cost?
Pricing varies greatly depending on the size, detail and location of the design. I will give you an estimate for pieces that may only require one or two sittings. You can, also, give me a budget and I will try to design the tattoo with that in mind. If that is not possible, then we can come up with another plan such as breaking the tattoo into more than one sitting and you pay as the work is done. Larger work is done at an hourly rate based on actual time tattooing. We do not charge for the time spent drawing, setting up or breaks. For small pieces, the shop minimum is $75.
How should I take care of my new tattoo?
The number one most important thing to keep in mind is that a tattoo is technically an open wound, so keeping it clean and always washing your hands before touching it are essential to prevent infection. While there are many different ways of healing a tattoo, our guidelines are based on what has worked best for the majority of our clients over decades of experience tattooing.
[Click here for our suggested aftercare] If you would like to try a different ointment or aftercare approach, give us a call and ask first. Some are fine, but some can cause minor to significant problems. Of course, if you have any questions or concerns about how your tattoo is healing do not hesitate to contact us.
There are a few "nevers" in tattoo aftercare, that we hear of all too often. Number one is plastic wrap. NEVER use this to bandage your tattoo! This can create a warm moist environment for bacteria to thrive which leads to infection. Also, never scrub your tattoo. The skin is raw from the tattooing process and scrubbing will cause further irritation and possible uneven healing of your tattoo.
Do you tattoo hands, feet, faces, or necks?
Sure, I could make a quick buck slapping that cute mustache on the side of your finger, but the odds are that the ink will heal out unevenly in a matter of weeks leaving you with a regret instead of a great tattoo. I want you to be happy, not just when you first walk out of the door, but for years to come. That being said, there are some parts of the hands or feet that aren't quite as problematic as others. Those areas (generally, the top of the foot and the back of the hand) are more likely to hold the ink as the tattoo heals. In most cases, I will tattoo those areas, but the work is not guarenteed. I stress that there is a good chance that you will need a touch up and you will be charged the shop minimum to have that done.
Generally speaking, I will not tattoo areas like the face, neck or hands unless you are pretty heavily tattooed already. These decisions are made on a case by case basis and the final decision is up to the artist.
What extra precautions are you taking regarding the Covid 19 virus?
Good question! Please read the "COVID NEWS" page on this website for the latest information and specifics on the new protocol.
Can I bring a friend?
Due to the COVID 19 virus, I ccan only accomodate one person in the studio with me at a time. As there is no waiting area, I recommend that you come alone.