FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
When will you draw/create my design and show it to me?
The design is created the day of your tattoo and at times the art will be drawn directly on you. We like to receive your input as we create your design and ensure it flows well with your body. Nothing get's tattooed on you until you are absolutely content with the design. Please keep in mind that this is permanent art going on your body, we do not rush tattooing and the design takes time at times hours. We want to make certain the design is perfect before it goes on you.
Can I come into the shop and talk with you about my tattoo ideas?
Currently we work by appointment only, so it's very likely that we will be tattooing when you stop by. To answer your question: Yes, you're more than welcome to come by the shop during our regular business hours and we will do our best to answer all of your inquiries. You can also email all of your inquiries and include reference images to firstname.lastname@example.org Business hours: 7 days a week from 11pm-7pm. Please keep in mind that we will only tattoo what we feel comfortable with and know we will execute to the best of our abilities. We will only tattoo what represents us as artist and our art. We will no longer tattoo generic tattoos, and are solely dedicated to creating one of a kind pieces.
How do I set up an appointment?
To set up an appointment we do require a deposit $300. The deposit goes towards the final cost of the tattoo and its what secures the appointment. Please fill out our contact sheet or come in person. When filling the contact sheet please make sure to fill all of the questions, we will get back to you, answer all of your questions and sent the appointment. If you decide to come in person, ensure to bring references of what you wish to get, and provide us with an approximate size and location, for your tattoo. Please note that the appointment date and time is subject to change, we will do our best to provide you with ample notice, but it may even happen the day of your appointment. We understand that your time is valuable but we don't rush our art and sometimes sessions may run longer than anticipated or life may happen. If we need to cancel your appointment we will reschedule your appointment as soon as we can, but its likely that there maybe a bit of a wait. If you need to reschedule your appointment, we will re-book you to our next available time slot.
Can I bring a friend(s)?
Please don't, we have very limited seating and your friend will get bored. If you feel that you must, please ask before you do.
Are tattoos safe?
Yes! Our artists take the upmost care to not only provide you with the highest quality of work, but also to do so in a clean, safe, and comfortable environment. In addition Red Baron Ink Tattoo is a fully disposable shop, all ink, needles, and materials used for a customer are thrown out after each session. Brand new supplies are used on every new customer.
How old do you have to be?
New York State law requires you to be at least 18 years of age, to be tattooed! Please bring a government issued photo ID. No exceptions! For piercing if you are under the age of 18 years old you must be accompanied by legal guardian ADULT and you must have a birth certificate on hand along with matching valid ID's both for the minor and adult.
How much will it cost?
At RBI Tattoo, we have a shop minimum of $300.00 to open needles. This would get you a tattoo such as one word phrase or a quarter sized piece. If you have already worked with us and have been given a rate your rate will be as quoted for your session. All ARTIST have different rates, so please call or email to inquire. The actual price of a tattoo depends on the size of the tattoo, the detail involved, and the amount of time it takes to be completed. Remember - a tattoo is a piece of artwork that will be with you forever. Great quality in a tattoo is priceless!
To Cancel or change your appointment date and time you are REQUIRED to give us a 48 hour notice. This means you are required to CALL/EMAIL the shop to let us know you're unable to make your appointment. Please make that you get a hold of our shop Manager or Artist to inform them of your change in booking.(This means make verbal contact and or email contact and confirmation) not just send an email and expect that everything is golden. Once you have done both forms of contact you can then rebook your appointment.
If you are unable to reach us and touch base, we ask that you make the effort to reach out to your artist via Instagram and or direct email to inform them as well. We take the time to book you accordingly so we expect that you inform us accordingly of your change in plans. If these terms are not met you will forfeit your deposit fully.(No questions asked) Our artist work hard to make sure they take the time to book you and set aside time for your tattoo, if you don't give them ample time to reschedule and fill that time slot, it makes it very difficult for them and they potentially loose a day's of work.
We take pride in customer service, quality of service, clean and sterile tattooing, exemplary tattooing and quality of arts, positive vibes, good times, and lastly RESPECT.
Further more and to recap! We do not refund tattoo(s) all sales are final. The $300.00 deposit, is not refundable either. If you need to reschedule your appointment please give us ample notice, and we will hold the deposit as store credit, it will not expire. We are entitled to cancel your appointment if we need to with ample notice and reschedule you to a mutually agreed time. In case of an emergency we might cancel your appointment on the day of, but will do our best to avoid extreme circumstances and will rebook you ASAP... Please be warned: If you pull a no call no show, and don't give a 48 hour notice to change your appointment you will loose your deposit. If you ask to reschedule your appointment on the day of your appointment after you have confirmed, you will loose your deposit. We will not reschedule you, if you have cancelled on us three times. We work by appointments only, when we are not allotted enough time fill a time slot we are not getting paid, so you will loose your deposit.
Does it hurt?
It's usually not as bad as you may think. We're not saying it feels good, but if it did, the experience of getting a tattoo wouldn't be so unique!
Do I need an appointment?
Yes, you do! We only take walk-ins when we have a special promotion or happen to have a cancellation. Otherwise an appointment for the actual tattoo is always required. In order to book an appointment at our shop we do require a non-refundable $300.00 deposit, this goes towards the final cost of your tattoo, and it secures your appointment. As mentioned the deposit is non-refundable however, it can be used as store credit if you need to reschedule your appointment (please see refund/cancellation policy for further details).
Should I tip my tattoo artist? Is it required?
Do you tip your hair cutter? How about a waiter or waitress? Tattooing is a service like any other — all of the artists at Red Baron Ink Tattoo take pride in their work and love what they do. Tipping, though not required, is a nice gesture and is certainly appreciated. If you love your tattoo and think your artist deserves something extra, hook 'em up!
How long should I wait before I expose my tattoo to sun?
Two-four weeks is a good general rule. However, UV rays not only harm your skin and cause cancer, they fade your tattoos! Always, use proper sun protection when exposing yourself to the sun, tattoos or not.
Can I cover up a tattoo with another one?
Yes, but covering up a tattoo and not making it look like a huge mess is not always an easy task. Consult your tattoo artist for his or her profession opinion before shopping for tattoos.
Will I ever have to get my tattoo touched up?
If you take good care of your tattoos and only follow the instructions provided by us; you shouldn't ever have to get them touched up. We use only the highest quality tattoo inks to ensure your tattoo lasts longer than you will! If you feel like you would like your tattoo touched up or added to, you know who to call.
Can I shave over a new tattoo?
You can shave over a tattoo once it's healed — just shave like you normally would. But the key is knowing when the tattoo is healed enough to be shaved over!
Can I get tattooed over a scar?
In most cases yes, the scar needs to be fully healed and at least 3 years old.
How can I tell if my tattoo is infected?
If you think your tattoo might be infected, don't sit around waiting for it to get worse! Signs of infection are severe pain, hot redness, swelling, a pus discharge (with or without the presence of blood), and/or a foul odor emanating from the area. Infection that is not properly tended to can result in serious health consequences, so it is not something to be taken lightly. Please see your doctor and artist immediately. We are all susceptible to Staph infections — the bacteria that causes it resides on our bodies and just waits for an opportunity to take hold, like in a fresh new tattoo or piercing wound. Most tattoo/piercing infections are caused by not taking proper care during the healing process. All of our artists will be happy to go over the tattoo care process with you.
Can I donate blood if I have a tattoo?
You may not donate blood for one full year after getting a tattoo/piercing. After the one year mark as passed, donate away!