Over the years we have noticed some questions to be more common than others. These are the questions we get most often, so if you have a question please check below in case we may have already answered it.
How much does a tattoo cost?
Tattoo prices vary greatly depending on the size, location, and amount of detail. Without seeing what it is we are doing there is no way for us to be able to give you an accurate quote without sitting down and discussing it with an artist. what we can tell you is that our shop minimum is $80, and we have an hourly rate of $125-$150.
How old do I have to be to get tattooed/ Can my parent sign for me?
The legal age restriction for tattooing in New York is 18 regardless of parental consent and you must have photo ID to prove it..
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. If you forgot anything you were told you can always check the aftercare tab here on the website.
Do I Need an Appointment?
Due to the Pandemic we are currently working by appointment only, but you can always call the shop to see if anyone has same day availability. Sometimes we have clients that have to cancel or just don't show up so it never hurts to call and check.
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.
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 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.
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.