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Although tattoo shops will tattoo you all year round, it’s better to get your tattoo in winter. This way you will avoid aggravation from summertime phenomena such as sun, sand and sweat that can prevent your tattoo from healing properly, and may even cause infection.
Yes, we do, but it’s strictly first come, first served. So, if our artists are busy you could have a long wait. To avoid disappointment, it’s better to make an appointment.
Definitely not. Put simply: if you’re sick, your immune system will be too weak to fight your illness and heal your tattoo at the same time. What’s more, you run the risk of infecting the artist and other clients in the tattoo parlor.
Your tattoo can be anything you want. It could be based on a tattoo you’ve seen on the internet, in a book or in a movie. Or perhaps a favorite image, an abstract design or even some lines of text that mean a lot to you. Our artists will advise you on your choice, but the final decision is up to you. We can place the tattoo almost anywhere you like — again, it’s up to you. But remember: a tattoo is for life, so think very carefully before taking your decision.
No, sorry. Like most tattoo and piercing shops, we’re a cash-only establishment.
In New York tattoo parlors, it’s illegal to get a tattoo unless you’re 18 — even with the consent of a parent or guardian. For this reason, we ask you to bring a valid New York State photo ID or your passport to the tattoo shop as proof of age.
If you’re under 18, we are not permitted to pierce any part of your body (apart from your ears) unless you get written permission from a parent or guardian, signed and notarized on one of our own Tormented Souls consent forms.
For piercings, there are no appointments — just walk in and wait your turn. For tattoos, you should come down to the tattoo parlor and arrange your appointment in person. We do not accept telephone bookings. There is a standard non-refundable deposit of $100, which is deducted from the cost of the completed tattoo.
The cost of tattoos varies according to size, amount of detail, number of colors, placement etc. So we can’t give a precise quote until we see the design.
Yes, it could happen, but in our experience it’s extremely rare. However, if you are prone to allergies we recommend you consult your doctor before going ahead with your tattoo.
It depends. No two scars are alike, and different factors have to be taken into consideration. We recommend you arrange an appointment with one of our artists to discuss the options open in your case. It may be better, for example, to incorporate the scar in the design of the tattoo, or camouflage it rather than attempting to cover it up completely.
Yes, in New York tattoo parlors it is customary to tip tattoo artists, just as you would a hairdresser, as a compliment and a token of your appreciation for a unique job well done. Tips usually start from 15% and can go as high as you like.
As the saying goes, “No pain, no gain.” Seriously though, pain is a very subjective thing. Different people react differently to the prick of the tattoo needle; however, in our experience, most clients experience a burning sensation which, after the initial shock, is more of an irritation than a real pain. Having said that, some parts of the body are more sensitive than others. The thighs, calves and buttocks are generally considered the least sensitive, which makes them ideal for your first tattoo.
All the equipment in our tattoo and piercing shop is sterilized in line with the same hygiene standards and procedures that are used in hospitals. Needles and inks, gloves, razors and other tattooing paraphernalia are single-use and disposable, i.e. used for one tattoo only and thrown away.
If you tell us about it at least 48 hours before your appointment, your deposit will remain on hold until you reschedule your visit. If you warn within 24 hours or less, or fail to show up altogether, you will lose your deposit.
Yes, by all means, please do. Bring as much reference material as you can — photos, sketches, magazine cuttings, etc — and we’ll use it to create a unique bespoke tattoo. We’ll also give you the benefit of our tattoo-artist eyes and experience to tweak your drawing if it isn’t ideally suited to the tattoo medium.
Be sure to eat a hearty meal an hour or two before your appointment. Abstain from alcohol for at least 8 hours prior to your visit, and don’t drink coffee or energy drinks containing caffeine on the day. It’s not a good idea to get a tattoo if you’re feeling ill, weak, stressed, depressed or generally under the weather — you’ll heal faster if you’re fit and happy. If you suffer from an immune-suppressing condition such as diabetes, Hepatitis or HIV, your tattoo will probably take longer to heal; moreover, you’ll need to get authorization from your doctor.
Yes, we can. This would involve taking a look at the tattoo and advising you on the best course of action. If at all possible, it’s better to fix or enhance the tattoo, because the extra tattooing needed to cover it up could be anywhere between 70 and 100% larger than the original tattoo.
To commission an artist to create a design for you from scratch, you must first put down a non-refundable deposit of $100, (which will come off the price of the finished tattoo). Although our artists don’t work for free, they’re happy to revise the drawing until you’re completely satisfied with it. For copyright reasons, we cannot e-mail you the drawing or allow you to take any copies of it out of the tattoo shop until the tattoo has been completed.
In the unlikely event that you get an infection or suffer an allergic reaction, please contact us at once. Experience tells us that what appears initially to be an infection is, in most cases, simply a minor irritation. If you’re suffering from a genuine infection, you should seek medical advice as soon as possible.
We don’t do tattoos that are hate-based, obscene, or offensive. Concerning areas of the body that we’re prepared to tattoo, we only do limited work on feet and hands, and we never tattoo the genitals. We reserve the right to refuse our services to anyone, for any reason.
As with all reputable piercing shops, we cannot use a jewelry item unless you purchased it from us. If we don't know the origin of the jewelry, we can’t vouch for its quality. These days, although we still have a certain amount of yellow and white gold jewelry, most of the pieces we stock are made from hypoallergenic implant-grade stainless steel. Plugs and eyelets for stretched piercings are available in either Pyrex or stainless steel, and our range of organics includes wood, stone, bone, and horn. If we don’t have the jewelry item you’re looking for, we can order it at no extra charge.
Unfortunately not. The rules are very strict — the only identification that New York tattoo and piercing shops can accept is a government issued photo ID, e.g. your passport, state ID card, military ID, or driver's license. Without one of these, we are not permitted to pierce or tattoo you.
No. It’s a bad idea to consume alcohol before getting a tattoo. For one thing, it can thin your blood, causing you to bleed more profusely, and thus reducing the intensity of the inks. Furthermore, drunken clients often become rude and stupid, making it impossible for the artists to work properly and annoying our other customers.
To find out more about our artists, visit our website now and click to view their portfolios. Alternatively, drop by the New York tattoo parlor and take a longer, more leisurely look at their work. We are home to some of the most talented New York tattoo artists — masters of their craft who consistently create the best tattoos around. A tattoo is the most intimate work of art that you will ever own. It’s always with you, it’s under your skin, and it speaks volumes about you. So, check out our artists well, and go with the one whose style you feel reflects the real you.