Frequently asked Questions:
How old do I have to be tattooed?
In New York state, you must be 18, there are no parental
How do I make an appointment?
If you would like to make an appointment, you will need to fill out the
Consultation form to request booking. I only open my books a few times
per year, and due to heavy year-round booking, I generally only book a
limited number of pieces. Follow me in Instagram, facebook, and twitter for
announcements about booking.
How much is my tattoo going to cost?
I charge $120-150 per hour depending on the piece. Most sittings are
booked at 3-4 hour time slots. Smaller tattoos are charged by the piece.
I generally do not do tattoos that take less than 2 hours.
Will you come to my house?
Absolutely not. Tattooing is safest in a facility designed specifically for the
strict cleanliness requirements in tattooing.
Cleanliness is important, what do you do to provide a safe
I attend annual Bloodborne Pathogens and Infection Control training to keep up
to date on best practices and ever-advancing safety procedures. I use a
completely disposable set up for every tattoo. Nothing needs to be sterilized
because it is always brand new for every client. All of my equipment is either
covered in plastic AND disinfected or it is completely disposed of when the
procedure is complete.
How can I best prepare for my tattoo appointment?
Make sure you keep your body in the best shape possible before your
appointment. Get a good night sleep, eat a full meal, and be well hydrated. Don't
drink or be hungover. If you are drunk or high, I will not tattoo you. Many factors
can effect how well you can tolerate tattooing, how long you can sit, and how
your body reacts to being tattooed.
Will it hurt?
Yes, but almost always a bearable amount and varying depending on the design,
the size, the placement, your own pain tolerance, and the condition your body is
in (see last question). Ribs and feet tend to be worst. Don't let pain dictate the
location or size of your tattoo, the pain is temporary, and you don't want to regret
getting that tattoo where you imagined it.
What is the best way to care for my new tattoo?
Aftercare is hugely important! Not only do you want your tattoo to look fantastic,
but a new tattoo is actually considered an open wound, so taking care of it is
also important to prevent dangerous infections. I have very specific instructions:
- WASH YOUR HANDS! Never touch your fresh tattoo without washing your
hands first. Don't let friends, curious strangers, or pets touch your tattoo
- Remove your bandage - DO NOT REBANDAGE your tattoo needs air.
- Wash your tattoo as soon as you get home. Continue to wash it 3-5 times per
day. First thing in the morning, last thing at night, when you get home from work
or school, any time it is dirty, and any time it feels dry and in need of ointment or
lotion. I recommend a LIQUID pump soap (no bars!!) such as clear Softsoap or
Dr. Bronners Tea Tree, Almond, or baby soap (well diluted). Antibacterial soaps
are not necessary, all soap is antibacterial by nature, and the antibiotics can be
harsh on a fresh tattoo.
- Pat dry carefully with a PAPER towel. Cloth towels can harbor bacteria and
- For the first 2 days, apply a very very small amount of Aquaphor, and rub it in
till it is a very thin, moisturized but breathable layer. Remember, your tattoo
needs air! Apply it every time you wash your tattoo, and always wash it first!
- On the 3rd day, switch to lotion instead of Aquaphor, keeping the same
cleaning routine. I recommend a scent-free, color-free lotion, most brands of
sensitive skin lotions work well. Continue this routine for several weeks.
- NO POOLS, HOT TUBS, OCEANS, LAKES, OR ANY SUBMERSION IN WATER
for at least 3 weeks. Avoid tanning - forever. After your tattoo in healed, always
wear sunscreen! Constant sun will quickly destroy a beautiful tattoo, fading
colors, yellowing whites, and blurring crisp lines.
- Be mindful of the surfaces that your tattoo comes in contact with. For example-
Wrist and forearm tattoos come in contact with tables, desks while typing, dirty
dishes, etc. Germs are everywhere!
Things I will NOT do:
Tattoo you underage, even with parent's permission, even if
I am guest-spotting or at a convention in a state where it is
legal. Kids aren't known to be the best decision makers - it's
permanent - it can always wait.
Tattoo fingers, palms of hands, or faces
Tattoo you if you are pregnant or nursing
Copy a drawing or tattoo exactly that you found online. An
artist worked hard making that for someone else.
Tattoo anything of a hateful, racist, or otherwise
unnecessarily obscene subject matter.
Tattoo non-blood names on anyone very young - case by
case basis. You'll just have to thank me later.
Tattoo you outside of a shop or convention.
Give you a discount by sharing set up with your spouse or
friend - yes, some people have actually asked this!!
Bargain with you - if you haggle me, my prices will just go up.
However- I am willing to work within reasonable budgets.
Draw a design to take to your tattoo artist elsewhere, or let
you copy a drawing or tattoo I have done.
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