FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

HOW OLD DO I HAVE TO BE TO GET A TATTOO?

You MUST be at least 18 years old to get a tattoo. It’s our shop policy, but more importantly it is New York State Law. Regardless of parental consent, we cannot tattoo any minors. No exceptions. In addition, you must bring a form of government issued photo ID if you plan on getting tattooed.

 

DO YOU EVER TAKE WALK INS, OR DO I DEFINITELY NEED AN APPOINTMENT?

We take walk ins every day, first come first served!

 

HOW DO I BOOK AN APPOINTMENT?

The fastest and easiest way to book an appointment is to stop by the shop in person. This way, we can give you a direct price estimate and provide our artists’ earliest availability.

 

I’M FROM OUT OF TOWN, CAN I MAKE AN APPOINTMENT OVER THE PHONE?

We don’t take appointments over the phone, so please see the “appointments” section of our website, or shoot us an email (west4tattoo@gmail.com). Whichever way you decide to contact us, we’ll need a detailed description of the tattoo design including the measurements and location, reference photos if applicable, and your preferred artists / dates to schedule.

 

HOW FAR IN ADVANCE SHOULD I PLAN TO BOOK MY APPOINTMENT FOR?

If you’d like to get your tattoo done on short notice (within a couple days or weeks), we HIGHLY recommend stopping by the shop in person. It generally takes us a few days to correspond over email, which delays the process and makes it difficult to schedule something for the near future. In addition, we book appointments a maximum of one to two months in advance.

 

DO YOU GUYS DO FINGER TATTOOS?

The finger (as well as feet and the inner lip) is considered a high motion area. We recommend researching healed finger tattoos as the fingers tend to require a touch up or even fade completely after 2-3 weeks. If a touch up is needed, there is a $50 fee for each one. We don't recommend finger tattoos, but we will do it for you if that's what you want!

 

HOW MUCH WILL MY TATTOO COST?

Our shop minimum is $200, but it varies by artist. Of course an estimate will be given to you before you get tattooed, but the final price is always determined by the exact size, detail, placement, etc. of the design.

 

IS YOUR SHOP CASH ONLY?

We do accept cards, but then a sales tax is applied. Most people prefer to use cash since it is then a flat rate (no tax) which saves money, and since artists can only accept tips in cash.  

 

WHAT SHOULD I DO TO PREPARE FOR MY APPOINTMENT?

Before your appointment, please come hydrated and have something to eat beforehand! We also ask that you refrain from drinking the day before (and definitely the day of) your appointment. In addition, DON’T FORGET TO BRING YOUR ID!

 

I’M GETTING A TATTOO--CAN I BRING FRIENDS OR FAMILY TO WATCH?

You can definitely bring people along to your appointment, but please note that only one person is allowed to go back with you when you get tattooed. Too many people near the workstations can be distracting for the artists.

 

HOW DO I TAKE CARE OF MY NEW TATTOO?

Please refer to the “Aftercare” page on our site, or the aftercare sheet that the artist gave you when they finished your tattoo. If you have any additional questions, you can always give us a call or shoot us an email!

 

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