Frequently asked questions

How do I care for my new tattoo?


Go to Aftercare Instructions




Can I insert pictures in my FAQ?


Yes! To add a picture follow these simple steps:

  1. Enter App Settings
  2. Click the "Manage Questions" button
  3. Click on the question you would like to attach a picture to
  4. When editing your answer, click on the picture icon and then add an image from your library




Does getting a tattoo hurt?


Yes, but how much is what you really want to know. Pain thresholds vary from person to person – everyone handles it differently. There is only one way to find out, get tattooed. It’s less painful than you imagine. The most important thing to do is relax and breathe. The beauty of the tattoo and the pride associated with wearing it far outweighs the pain.




How much will my tattoo cost? Can I get a price estimate?


Quotes cannot be given over the phone or by email. The price is set by the hour or by the piece. It is necessary for me to see the design you want, whether it needs modification, the style, size, color and location. When it comes to tattoos, you get what you pay for. Work within your budget. Be upfront about how much you can spend. For smaller pieces that can be completed in a few hours, I can give you a quote for finishing the entire piece. For custom work larger projects – that require more than one sitting are usually priced by the session. The cost of a project is related to several factors: color, black and grey, blackwork, body type, texture of skin, area of body and size. Best way to get a clearer idea of price would be setup a consultation. The worst thing you can do is haggle with the price. The price is set by the hour or by the piece. If you can't afford the tattoo save a little longer for the design or simpify the design.




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


In the State of New York you must be 18 years old to get tattooed with proper government/state issued identification.




How do I make an appointment?


To book an appointment, simple head on over to my 'bookings' page or press the button ontop of the site that says 'Book an Appointment now'. From here, you can fill out the form, detailing your desired tattoo and times you are available. This will be followed with an email exchange, where you can send on photos of your desired tattoo. When a date is mutually agreed on we will then confirm after recieving a deposit. A deposit of $100 is required for tattoos that take one session. $200 for more than one session pieces.




What do I do if I need to cancel an appointment?


Should you need to cancel or reschedule to a future appointment we ask for a minumum of 48 hours notice. Otherwise, you forfeit your deposit. If you no longer wish to get tattooed your deposit is non-refundable. Designing tattoos is very time consuming and the deposit insures your commitment. Please dont take it personally, time is money.




What should I do to prepare for my appointment?


Be sure to have a good nights rest plenty of water and a good meal. If you have heard of people passing out, it is never due to the pain but often low blood sugar. Avoid alcohol and coffee. The day if the tattoo appointment arrive on time. However, just like when you go to a doctors office appointments can run over planned time. Because of this - A day off from work, school or commitments is ideal. The extra pressure wont allow for a good quality tattoo because of the rushing to meet a time limit. Bring your ID and cash - a passport, driver license or state ID. The shop is cash only. Bathe: You should show up for your appointment clean and odor-free.
Shave: If you are hairy in the location where you are planning to get tattooed, you can help out by shaving the area in advance.
Clothing: If for example you're getting your legs tattooed, come into the studio in jeans and bring a pair of shorts to change into. Plan on loose fitting clothes to cover the area that will be tattooed. Ladies, if you're getting tattooed on your chest or back, a bikini top under your shirt is easier to work around than a bra. My studio is a private studio, so all sessions ensure privacy.
Eat something: How well you sit for your appointment can depend on many factors – if you are under a lot of stress or fatigue, you may not sit well. Eating a light meal an hour or more before a session is recommended.
Bring something to entertain and distract yourself: Many people find that listen to music can enable them to concentrate, distance themselves from the process of tattooing and sit comfortably longer. Others read a book. However, please be aware that texting or playing games can move your body as artist is attempting to deposit permanent lines into your skin.




Should I tip?


Tipping is a sign of appreciation. If the outcome exceeds your expectations and you are happy with your tattoo, tipping is welcome. The average tipping percentage is 15-20%.




Do you use vegan ink?


I use Dynamic Black, Kuro Sumi (black), Silverback Grey wash and Starbrite inks which use plant based glycerin. The unfortunate thing is lanolin is a ingredient in the aftercare ointment which we recommend and the A&D used for tattooing. I can use alternatives for tattoo ointment, just let me know.




Will the colors in my tattoo fade?


The fading can be greatly accelerated by exposure to sunlight. So protect your investment use a good sun-block if you are going to expose your tattoo to the sun.




Do you do cosmetic tattooing?


I do not. However, I do recommend Bethany Wolosky. She is amazing for cosmetic tattooing. You can contact her at WWW.BETHANYWOLOSKY.COM




Do you do cover-ups?


No, I no longer fix existing tattoos or cover-ups. However, if you email me with the subject as 'COVERUP RECOMMENDATIONS' I can recommend great tattoo artists that do. Email: rbrtbnhmtattoo@gmail.com




Is there a shop minumum?


Yes, the shop minimum is $125.