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  • Do you take walk-ins?
    I currently do not take walk-ins. I work by appointment only and sometimes I am booked a few months ahead.
  • Do you do piercings?
    No, I don't offer piercing services. I prefer to keep it simple and just focus on tattooing.
  • Why do you require deposits and what is your policy?
    ALL DEPOSITS ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AND NON-TRANSFERABLE. If a client fails to show up for an appointment I loose not only the time slot that was reserved for that client but time (often hours) spent working on the design. The deposit will be applied to the final cost of the tattoo on the day the tattoo is completed. Your appointment time is not reserved until payment is received. ~RESCHEDULING ~ Failure to give 48 hours notice by text/email to will result in loss of your deposit. A new deposit will be required to reschedule. Rescheduling more than 2x may also result in loss of your deposit. Exceptions for illness, emergencies or unsafe travel conditions will be case by case. ~NO SHOW/LATE ARRIVALS~ Showing up more than 15 minutes late without notice (text or call) will result in a loss of your deposit. If you are over 30 minutes late, even with notice, it will be considered a no show. I reserve the right to refuse booking future appointments in the case of no shows. ~DESIGN CHANGES~ Minor changes to your design can be made at the time of the appointment. Any major changes from the original design, such as subject, placement, addition or subtraction of elements, will result in loss of this deposit. A new deposit will be needed for the new design/appointment.
  • 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.
  • 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. Also, I will not copy someone else's tattoo unless you have express permission from the wearer or it is a "flash" design. I will be happy to use images you send to create somethin unique just for you.
  • What are your safety procedures?
    All inks, ointments, needles and tubes are single use. Before I start your tattoo, I will set up the equipment in your presence so you can be assured that any equipment to be used comes out of sealed and sterilized packaging.
  • What is a drawing deposit?
    For drawings done in advance I require a $150 drawing fee. This includes 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.
  • How should I prepare for my appointment?
    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 and it is a good idea to bring a snack and drink if you have a longer appointment. Avoid alcohol and OTC medications that may thin your blood, such as ibuprofen or aspirin, even the night before. Also, don't forget to leave plenty of time in your schedule. 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. A tattoo should never be rushed and it is always worth it to take the time to get it just right.
  • 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. I do not charge for the time spent drawing, setting up or breaks. For small pieces, the shop minimum is $100.
  • 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, my guidelines are based on what has worked best for the majority of my clients over decades of experience tattooing. [Click here for suggested aftercare] If you would like to try a different ointment or aftercare approach, give me 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 me.
  • 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.
Frequently Asked Questions

"Yobori"

洋彫

a Japanese slang term for Western style tattooing done with a machine, playing on the word 'tebori' 手彫

which is the traditional technique of Japanese hand tattooing.

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