Do you need an appointment, or can I walk in?
Yes, we take walk-ins, but appointments are always preferred. You can make an appointment by calling us at 845-681-3101 or 516 TAT-TOOS… that’s 516 828-8667. We take walk in’s whenever possible, but if at all possible, call first… However, for custom tattoos, you will possibly need to come in for a consultation to discuss your ideas and your artwork and leave a deposit, prior to the actual tattoo session. Just to be certain, always call first… There is NEVER a charge for a consultation with an artist, just call and make sure your artist is available to speak to you at the time you plan on coming in…
What do I need to bring for my Appoinment?
New York State requires that you have a government issued photo ID in order to get tattooed. Basically, we need a government document with your birth date, and photo verification that it is you. Driver’s license, Passport, Military ID, etcetera. We also have a “Consent to Tattoo” form that must be filled out prior to getting tattooed
What should I do to prepare for my appointment?
Please do your best to arrive a few minutes before your scheduled appointment time. Make an effort to be showered, well rested, sufficiently hydrated, not hungry or hung over. If you have even a little bit of peach fuzz where your tattoo is going please shave immeadiately prior to your appointment. We suggest bringing a Gatorade or something similar, as well as a candy bar in the event that you have a drop in your sugar levels. Wear comfortable clothes, keeping in mind the specific body part must be accessible to be tattooed. We suggest loose fitting clothes over the tattooed area, this is highly recommended. Wear clothing that you will not be very upset if it gets a little tattoo ink on it. We try, and try but yet… it happens now and then. Bring an appropriate distraction such as an Ipod, Ipad or tablet, mp3 player, DVD player and headphones, or even a book. Please keep in mind that anything that will distract you, yet permit you to remain still, and in your zone is perfect. And no, this does not mean bringing your entourage to distract you. This will only cause you to speak, and move, and distract the artist as well. Bring your picture, government issued ID, and a form of payment.Aftercare guidelines for tattooing and piercing are given to every client. To review these, click on the aftercare link at the top.
I am under 18, can I get tattooed?
NO, ABSOLUTELY NOT… We know this is strict, but in New York State this is the law. Please do not ask us to make an exception, the answer is, was, and will always be, NO… However… with a deposit, we will gladly help you plan your artwork, draw and size your tattoo, AND make your appointment as well, as long as the appointment date is AFTER your 18th birthday…
Sterilization, cleanliness, and of course… Is my tattoo safe?
AtCatskill Mountain Tattoo, We take utmost pride in cleanliness and safety for both YOU, the client, and for US, the artists. We provide new disposable needles for every client and adhere to strict procedures to avoid any and all cross-contamination. You can expect to see disposable ink holders, disposable razors, and barriers on everything that must be touched during the tattoo process. If it makes you feel safe, by all means, ask the artist to see the needles and tubes before set-up. We work closely Department of Health to ensure that our methods comply with the most current guidelines and we are licensed and certified. Please, for your comfort and piece of mind, simply ask to see our hospital grade sterilization system. We use the latest Autoclave technology to sterilize every item associated with the tattoo process that is not a disposable item. We certainly will not mind… just ask, we will be proud to show you and explain the process…
Does it hurt?
Yes, tattoos are a little uncomfortable. If the idea of getting pricked with a pin 120-150 times per second was infinitely intolerable, no one would have a tattoo… Certain body parts are more sensitive than others and clients come in all shapes and sizes. What is a tender spot to one client is not necessarily a tender spot to another. Everyone is different and everyone’s tattoo experience is unique. We will make every effort to make your tattoo experience a great one… Come on, get that tattoo you always wanted…you can handle this.
Can I bring my own picture or drawing for my tattoo?
Yes. This tattoo will be on you permanently so we want to be sure you are totally happy. Bring anything you think might help to capture exactly what you’re looking for your tattoo to reflect. We also have plenty of reference books available for ideas. No matter whether you know exactly what you want or don’t have a clue, we will always work with you to design a custom piece of art that you will love.
How much will it cost?
That depends on the size of the piece and the detail involved. Some pieces cannot be completed in one sitting. You will be given a quote once you meet with the artist and go over the details of what you want. Remember though, if another studio is willing do your tattoo super cheap BEWARE! Sometimes you get what you pay for and this is going to be on you forever. No matter where you decide to get your tattoo done, NEVER shop for cheap, You should always shop for the right artist for you, quality of work, save if you have to and be patient your going to have it forever!
People often don’t realize the amount of planning that goes into drawing a custom tattoo. Larger tattoos, can take an artist hours to draw before your appointment to actually get tattooed. For that reason, we require a non-refundable minimum deposit of at least $50 (deposit amount will depend on complexity of the artwork involved) in order to schedule certain appointments, or begin your custom artwork. The deposit will in all cases, come off the price of your tattoo. This ensures that if you don’t show up, the artist will be compensated for some of his/her time and effort. We take our artwork and tattoo work very seriously and taking a deposit also shows that you are as serious about the project as we are. We sincerely appreciate you understanding this. In the event of a larger, several session tattoos, the deposit will remain “a deposit” until the last session is complete. Then, and only then will the deposit be applied to your final payment… Deposits are NEVER refundable. If less than 24 notice is given for a cancellation, you lose your deposit and must leave another deposit if you wish to reschedule. If you cancel your appointment with more than 24 hours notice, you may apply your deposit towards your resheduled appointment. We NEVER under any circumstances will refund a deposit once artwork and or an appointment has been made. We are sorry if this policy causes any inconvenience but is necessary to protect the intrests of our artists.
Do you only accept cash?
We accept cash as well as credit cards, for credit cards we charge a 4% service charge to do so… We also offer gift certificates.
What is your shop minimum?
Our minimum is $75. We absolutely WILL NOT tattoo for anything less than that. In addition, If you are working within a budget, let the artist know and we can draw your design accordingly. “My little tattoo will only take a few minutes, why will it be $75.00 The answer to this is simply, the shop minimum reflects not only the cost of medical disposables such as needles, ink, barrier film, and so on, but the actual time that it takes to set up a tattoo station, and set it up properly, safely, and sterile as per the Board Of Health. A tattoo is, after all, a surgical procedure and needs to be done properly for your safety as well as ours. It takes a real effort to work sterile and clean. Please respect this… you should be VERY glad we do…
I have a tattoo that's really bad, can it be fixed?
Our artists can usually cover up or fix most tattoos-even really bad ones so you would never even know they were there. We are always honest though. If we don’t think it can be successfully covered we will let you know and work with you on what options you do have so you will ultimately be happy. We never do a tattoo just to make a buck. We take tremendous pride in our work and art. Be assured that the artwork on your body and how you feel about it is a reflection on them – meaning your satisfaction is VERY important!
Do you rework old tattoos?
Yes, we do. This also requires a face to face consultation. With old tattoos, sometimes a cover up is the way to go. If we can salvage it, we definitely will, but we will also be honest if it can not be saved. In most cases the tattoo can be re-lined, re-colored, and fully restored to its former glory, or better, due to the quality of the equipment and supplies available today. You may even consider incorporating new artwork in addition to restoring your old artwork creating a virtually “new tattoo” while keeping your original artwork intact for sentimental reasons.
Do you do large tattoos, what is the process, and what should I expect?
In the event that you are planning a large, or possibly a very large tattoo, such as a full back piece, full chest piece, full sleeve work and such, you will start by scheduling a consultation with your artist. This consultation will be at no charge to the client ever… Come in with your ideas and your imagination, along with guidelines such as whether your artwork will be in color or black and grey, along with a potential theme, and images that you are considering. This session of artistic brainstorming will undoubtedly produce an idea ready for your artist to begin to create on paper… At this point you will be expected to leave a deposit as requested by the artist, which will undoubtedly vary due directly to the size of the actual project involved. Please understand that six hours of artwork is extremely uncomfortable to undertake with the possibility of never seeing the client again. Your deposit will undoubtedly be applied to your tattoo work. Once the preliminary artwork is complete, you will be contacted to come in and view your artwork, give your input, suggest changes, size it etc. and finally, give it your stamp of approval… At this time you will book your first appointment of several, and your tattoo experience will begin. Your deposit will remain a “deposit” towards your future appointments until your final session and will be applied only at this time. When booking multiple hours, billing will become more liberal and this will be discussed with your artist…
Do you do all styles of tattooing?
Yes, we do. We do Black and Grey, Realistic, Brilliant Color, Portraits, Old School Traditional, Pin-ups, Lettering, Mini-tattoos, Hot Rod and Automotive, Polynesian Tribal… basically, if you can think it, we can ink it…
Do you allow children in the Studio?
We allow well behaved children in the lobby, but absolutely no children in the tattooing areas. This can be very distracting when we are trying to tattoo or consult with clients. Please keep them in the lobby and make sure they are quiet and someone is watching them. If they are distracting the Artist they will be asked to leave.
Thank you for your understanding, It is important that that your artist can concentrate on doing an awesome tattoo for you
What kind of aftercare should I do?
We give Before and Aftercare guidelines for tattooing to every client. To review these, Click here on the Before and Aftercare Guidlines.