Do I Need an Appointment?

We work by both appointment and walk-ins. You don’t always need an appointment, but they are usually ideal!  Walk-in clients are taken on a first come, first serve basis. We cannot guarantee availability. Some artists book 1-2 months or more in advance, so plan ahead.​

How old do I have to be to get Tattooed?

It is illegal to tattoo anyone under the age of 18 in the state of New York.

Can my parent sign for me?

No, you must me at least 18 years old and be able to provide photo ID to prove it.

Should I eat before getting tattooed?

It is ideal to eat a healthy portioned meal within four hours of being tattooed. You don’t want to be starving or stuffed. Having stable blood sugar bolsters your immune system and helps the body deal with the fluctuation of endorphins, which are released during the tattoo process. For long tattoo sessions bring some fruit and trail mix. Avoid caffeine, alcohol and aspirin.

Can I bring in my own Artwork?

We encourage you to bring in your own artwork or references and ideas that our artists can use to draw you a custom tattoo. A custom tattoo is a tattoo designed with you specifically in mind, made to fit your personal tastes as well as your body shape perfectly. We believe your tattoo should be yours and will not tattoo it on anyone else. Our artist may need to rework your personal drawings based on the drawings’ “tattooability”. Custom tattoos require a $50 deposit as well as time for the artist to draw. The amount of time necessary to draw your tattoo will depend on the scope of the piece as well as how booked the artist is. Once the artist has drawn for you he/she will re-work it, if necessary, until you are satisfied.

Can you fix/cover up an existing tattoo?

Probably. Not every tattoo is an ideal candidate for fixing or covering.  A consult is essential to determine and discuss what imagery is necessary to adequately cover the old work.​

Does it Hurt?

Yes. No. Maybe. Pain varies from person to person and from day to day. Most people compare getting a tattoo to the discomfort of scratching a sunburn. Relax, don’t fight it and it will all be over soon… or in a few hours, depending on the size of the tattoo.

How do I take Care of My Tattoo?

Listen to your artist! Not your buddy, not your mailman, not your uncle Bob. Your artist is the expert and they are invested in your healing their work properly so that the resulting healed tattoo is something that makes you both proud. 

Is it safe?

We use the same equipment (autoclave) that a hospital uses to sterilize our equipment. We also use disposable setups for each tattoo.  Visit your tattoo artist to insure the instruments are individually wrapped and sterilized.​

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