How do I book an appointment?

If you would like to book a tattoo appointment at our studio, please go to the *Booking page* on the site and fill out the submission form. This will include your contact information, the artist you would like to do the tattoo, and a brief but specific description of your tattoo idea. Due to the high volume of submissions, please allow up to 2-3 weeks for a reply.

How old do I need to be to get a tattoo?

You must be at least 18 years of age. It is against New York State law (Section 260.21) to tattoo a minor, even with parental consent. In accordance with this law, we have a strict No Minors policy. Not only must you be 18, you have to prove it with a valid State or Federal Photo ID. No exceptions.

How much do you charge?

We charge an hourly rate for tattooing, which is applied per each piece in a session. For example, if you request an additional design on another part of the body during the same session, you will be charged for both individually. After submitting your appointment request, the artist will reach out to you with their individual rates and schedule openings.

Is  a deposit required for booking an appointment?

Once you and the artist have settled all the details regarding scheduling your appointment and your tattoo idea, you will be required to submit a deposit equal to one hour of tattooing. The deposit will be applied to the final total for the appointment. For further information on deposits, see our terms and conditions.

I submitted an appointment request and have not gotten a response.

Due to a high volume of requests, we may need a few weeks to process all the submissions. If you have not heard back from us in 2 weeks, feel free to send a follow up email.

Where are you located?

Our studio is located in Midtown Manhattan, near Grand Central Station. Once you have booked an appointment, we will send you the address along with preparation info for your appointment.

What forms of payment do you accept?

We accept both credit cards and cash. If necessary, PayPal will be accepted with an additional fee attached.

What do I need to mention when describing my tattoo design?

When explaining your tattoo design, please be as detailed as possible. For example, if you want a tattoo of a flower, tell us what kind of flower it is. Be explicit in your description, but try to keep it brief. Send us any reference photos you have for the tattoo. Also specify if you want your tattoo in color or black & white (not all artists do both). Tell us where you intend to get the tattoo, as well as the approximate size.

What kind of styles do you do?

Each of our artists specializes in different styles. For examples of their work, check out the *Artists* page to view their individual galleries.

I found a design on the internet and want it as a tattoo. Will do you do that?

Our artists only work with original designs - however, they can certainly use the design you found as a reference for creating a custom design.

Do you charge a fee for drawing my tattoo?

We do not charge a fee up front for drawing designs. However, if the artist has already finished the design and you decide to make changes that require drastic reworking, an additional charge of one hour fee will be added to the final total for the appointment.

Can I change my design?

The artwork will be shown on the day of your appointment. Appointments are made based on the originally requested design. Minor changes/adjustments (to the agreed upon deign) can be made on the day of the appointment. If changes are requested for the concept, it is considered to be a separate project and another deposit is required.

When can I see the finished design?

You will normally not see the completed design until you arrive for your appointment. If any adjustments need to be made, they will be made when you show up for your appointment.

Will I need more than one session?

Depending on the size of the tattoo, the artist may need more than one session to complete the piece. The artist may also decide to break up the session during the appointment (due to time constraints, clients pain tolerance, and/or design changes). If multiple sessions are required, the artist would either continue the following day depending on availability, or you would need to wait until after the tattoo is fully healed (2-4 weeks). If you are not local, please take this possibility into consideration when scheduling your appointment.

What happens if I cannot make it to my appointment?

You may reschedule up to 72 hours in advance of your appointment. Any cancellation made less than 72 hours prior to your appointment will cause your deposit to be forfeited. You may reschedule one time without incurring any additional fees. In the case of a serious emergency, please be communicative and we will do our best to work something out with you.

Can a bring a friend?

While your friend (or family member) is welcome accompany you to the appointment and return to pick you up, we cannot accommodate for more people in the studio during the tattooing process.

Can I commission a design if I live far away?

We want to give you the best tattoo possible, and we cannot control what other tattoo artists outside of our studio will do with our designs. Because of this, we only create designs for use by our own artists.

What if I need a touch-up?

Before deciding if your tattoo needs retouching, please allow a month minimum for it to heal completely. Once that time has passed, email us directly with a picture of your tattoo and the concerns you have. Your artist will respond and offer a time to perform the touch-up if deemed necessary. The first scheduled touch-up is free of charge. Further touch-ups or alterations will require additional fees. If any alterations are done to the original tattoo by the other tattooer, the artist is no longer responsible for any touch-ups or continuing that project.

Do you have a vegan ink option?

We do have vegan available upon request.

What do I need to do after my tattoo is finished?

Please see the aftercare instructions for details.

How long will my tattoo take to heal?

Your tattoo will be mostly healed in 2 weeks, fully healed in approximately 1 month. When scheduling your appointment, please make sure to avoid plans that involve a lot of sun/water and exposure during the healing period.

Where will my tattoo hurt less?

Please view this pain tolerance chart for details.

Will my tattoo fade/change much?

While this varies somewhat based on different skin types, the best solution to avoid fading and changing is to follow all the after care instructions and keep your tattoo healthy and clean.

How does skin tone affect the coloring of the tattoo?

After healing, certain colors may appear differently than expected with darker skin tones. Please consult with your tattoo artist about specific color choices you may have for your tattoo.

Are you hiring? Do you take guest artists?

For employment inquiries, please send us a direct email with your information and a link to your work portfolio.

Are there breaks during the appointment?

The artist will generally take a break every 3-4 hours.

I want to get a tattoo. Should I submit a booking request or email directly?

Please submit a booking request first through our website. Any further communication will take place over email.

What is your policy on emergency circumstances/last minute cancellations?

If your appointment is postponed due to circumstances outside our control (i.e. weather, extreme illness, etc.), the artist will offer you the earliest next available appointment slot in their schedules. If you are traveling from out of town and unable to make any future dates, you will receive a full refund of your deposit.