Deposit and cancellation policy
All consultations are free of charge though $300 deposit is required to book any tattoo appointments. It must be payed during your consultation in case if we both agreed to start your tattoo project. By paying a deposit and booking appointments you are agreeing to the following terms:
– Tattoo artist’s hourly rate is $200 – $300, depending on type of work.
– Deposits are non-refundable under any circumstance and applied to the final cost of the tattoo on the last session.
– Deposit guarantees appointment times. 72 hours notice must be given to change any appointment or deposit is forfeited.
– Deposit must be used if there are no future appointments booked. In case if a date of future appointment is not clear, deposit can be hold up to 30 days, then forfeited. A new deposit must be made when a new appointment is ready to be set up.
– Any fundamental changes in design after initial consultation may require an additional deposit.
Before your consultation
1. Please check up my portfolio ones more, just to be sure that my style of work is compatible to your tattoo idea, I wouldn’t be able to help if it’s not.
2. Collect reference pictures to clearly illustrate your tattoo idea in the best way. Please note: I work by custom only. Photos of someone else’s tattoos can only be used as an example of desired tattoo style. Absolutely NO copying of other peoples tattoos or parts of that tattoos! More tips about custom tattooing can be found here.
– It may take some time to get back to you, though this is not uncommon. I have a lot of e-mails and sometimes some messages can be missed, if you feel it’s taken too long time, please re-email.
– Exact size of your tattoo will depend on the design details and position on a body.
– Price for any tattoo work is based on hourly rate and could be roughly estimated only after detailed discussion of your tattoo idea.
– Absolutely NO copying of other peoples tattoos or parts of that tattoos! Photos of someone else’s tattoos can be used as examples showing desired tattoo style and details. More tips about custom tattooing can be found, for instance here.
Q. What are the hours the shop is open?
A. We are open the following times:
Thursday – Tuesday 12pm-6pm
Wednesday – Closed.
Q. How old do i have to be to get tattooed?
A. As per New York State Law, you must be 18 to get tattooed.
Q. Are walk-ins welcome?
A. Yes, though I don’t do walk-ins, most of the time we have guest artists who do, however, its subject to artist’s availability.
Q. Is there a shop minimum?
A. Our shop minimum is $100.00. Some of our guest artists may have lower/higher minimums or may not do small tattoos.
Q. What is your hourly rate?
A. My hourly rate is $200-300 depending on amount and type of work. Cover-ups, small projects and realistic tattoos are more expensive. Our Guest Artists rate starts at $150.
Q. I’d like to estimate my tattoo total price, can I call or email you?
A. Prices for tattoos will not be quoted over the phone or email. Pricing depends on the size, location, amount of detail and technical requirements involved and can be roughly estimated during a consultation, after detailed discussion of the design. Please feel free to fill out this application formto get your free consultation.
Q. Whats the average price for Japanese Full Sleeve?
A. Unfortunately, its very hard to estimate, as every body is unique, every design is unique and nobody can predict how the skin will behave during tattooing and healing periods. Some sleeves can take 15 hours to finish some 35. All these hours are stretched in time, we work 4 hours a session with 2-3 weeks break.
Q. I’ve never get tattooed before, what is a process? How can we start?
A. First of all we have to discuss your tattoo idea details to be sure I’m the right person to do it, for that you gonna need to feel out the application form to set up consultation. After the consultation, If we both agree to start the process, $300 security deposit must be payed. (It’s NON refundable but will be applied to final price of your tattoo being kept until the last session). Then I’ll start to work on your tattoo design. It could take 4-6 weeks to prepare the design, and then your first tattoo appointment can be scheduled.
Q. I’ve filled out your consultation form but have never get any reply.
A. Im doing my best to reply everyone and It may take 4-5 days. Though sometimes some messages can be missed, if you feel it’s taken to long, please, resend the form. Also don’t forget to check the Junk Mail.
Q. Can we discuss my tattoo idea by phone?
A. No. To understand if I’m able to help you in general, I need as much information about your tattoo idea, as possible. Since I can not read your mind, visual reference images must be provided. All consultation appointments are free of charge.
Q. Do I have to pay a deposit? Is there any payment agreement must be signed before I pay my security deposit?
A. Yes, you have to read and agree our shops deposit and cancellation policy, then your deposit can be payed. No appointments are made without deposit. Deposits are non-refundable, but will be applied to final price of your tattoo being kept until the last session. If needed appointments can be rescheduled 72 hours in advance and can be held up to 30 days till next appointment. Artists are in high demand so this policy is very strict.
Q. Can I cancel my appointment?
A. No. But you can reschedule your appointment. Due to high demand, at list 72 hour notice must be given. New appointment has to be made within 30 days or your deposit will be forfeited.
Q. I am getting late at the appointment, will I loose my deposit?
A. If you feel like you are getting late up to 1 hour, call/email to the shop and we will wait for you. After 1 hour late the timer starts working. If you are late for more than 1 hour without notice, yes, your deposit will be forfeited.
Q. What is the waiting time before I can book my tattoo appointment? How long is your waiting list?
A. Usually its about 2 months. When your deposit is payed, I’ll take my time to create your tattoo design and when it’s ready, we will book your tattoo appointment.
Q. Can I book few appointments ahead?
A. Yes. Its the best way to schedule the appointments for big tattoo projects. We can set up 3-4 appointments every 2-3 weeks.
Q. Can I have reference images stored in my smartphone during my consultation appointment?
A. Yes. But the images must be big enough with clear details if you want me to use them to create your design, though any size is fine if you just want to show them to me as examples.
Q. Is it possible to provide my own design to be used as a reference for my tattoo?
A. Any design or someone else’s tattoo can be used ONLY as a reference and NEVER for being copied as a Tattoo. I will create a design especially for you, based on your idea after detailed discussion.
Q. I want to get realistic tattoo, can I provide a reference photo downloaded from internet?
A. Yes. However the photo needs to be high resolution with enough pixel information for printing in desirable size. Also always keep in mind that millions of other people might use the same image for their tattoos.
Q. What is usual tattoo session time?
A. My normal tattoo session is 4-5 hours. I believe that longer session, being too much stressful for my customer’s body can cause not proper healing process.
Q. Can I schedule few shorter sessions instead, because of tattoos are painful?
A. We can cut the session short if it’s too much for your body, though I have to know about it in advance. However if you feel not ready, I would recommend to take your time and schedule another date. Tattooing is a kind of energetic ritual and it’s success depends on you readiness.
Q. Dos and Don’t before you get tattooed.
A. Prior to getting a tattoo, it’s recommend not to drink alcohol as it does thin your blood and it just makes my job harder. Do not sun tan or use tanning beds/tanning creams. If you have a lot of hair in the area of tattoo, you can shave the area, however, I will still do a final shave to clean up area with a disposable razor. And of course, sleep well, have a good breakfast and meditate.
Q. Can I use any painkillers or numbing stuff?
A. No. You always have to ask/inform your tattoo artist before using any medicaments before/during/after tattooing as it might effect the result. We have products specially made for tattooing which we can use if needed.
Q. Can I bring a friend with me the day of my tattoo appointment?
A. You may bring anyone of your choosing. But please note, that no one is allowed in the tattoo area except the artist and client. We do have a waiting area but for a long tattoo session it can get quite boring. Your friends and family can enjoy Williamsburg while you getting tattooed.
Q. What is a good size for my tattoo, can I make it smaller?
A. Exact size of your tattoo will depend on the design details and position on a body.
Q. Why you don’t make small and detailed realistic tattoos like the other guys do?
A. Unfortunately human skin has really bad resolution and any kind of tattoo will definitely became naturally blurry thru time, sometimes it looks really bad already in few months after healing. Actual time depends on personal metabolism and can not be predicted so planning tattoo composition keeping these things in mind is the only way to escape bad result. To be sure that the tattoo will still look good thru life time, artist must build the composition according to few basic principles and balanced details proportions is one of them. The tattoo must have clean details which are big enough to be clear readable from viewing distance.
Q. Do you do lettering?
A. No. I work only in Japanese and Realistic Tattoo Styles. But We have guest Artists most of the time who works in different styles.
Q. Can you cover up my old tattoo?
A. In some cases I can cover it up. However, Covering Up old tattoos requires experience and the only way to succeed is create individual design, in style which allows to cover most of old ink – Japanese is the best style for this type of work. Though sometimes Lasering is definitely the best solution, which can at list prepare your skin for cover up. http://www.lasertattooremovalnyinc.com
Q. My skin is quite dark and I want to get my tattoo done in realistic style, if possible.
A. Normally, realistic effect of the tattoo can be only done through building delicate relationships between tones and half-tones. But dark skin, in fact, is already naturally half-toned, so inked half-tones won’t be visible on it. Based on this fact, it makes no sense to do realistic (almost invisible) tattoos on a dark skin, though, for sure a lot of things would depend on actual darkness of the skin. Ornamental or Japanese Tattoos work much better on dark skin tones.
Q. What should I do After I got tattooed?
A. Click for Tattoo Aftercare instructions.
Q. Do you accept credit cards?
Q. Do I have to tip my artist?
A. As with any service, tipping is appreciated.
Q. Is there tax on tattoos?
A. Yes, just as with any service within New York City. The New York Sales Tax for all services is 4.5%.