Do I need to make an appointment?
Appointments are required; availability varies from day to day. All of Erik’s work is Custom, which is why you will need an appointment so he has time to draw for your tattoo.
How do I make an appointment?
Appointments must be made either in person or through contacting Gabrielle Adamo, Erik’s Manager/Client Relations at ErikSiudainfo@gmail.com
You can call ahead to schedule a consultation, or just stop by, please let us know beforehand so we can make sure which shop Erik will be at considering his schedule varies at this time.
How can I make an appointment if I don’t live in New York?
If you are coming from out of town, you can schedule an appointment ahead of time by sending us an email at ErikSiudainfo@gmail.com . Please let us know the dates of your trip, what you want to get (design, size, and placement). Feel free to send any images you would like us to use as reference.
How much will my tattoo cost?
The short answer is, it depends on the tattoo. Any tattoo that can be completed in a single sitting will be charged at a flat rate that is determined by Erik Siuda. It is based on the size, placement, and design (complexity) of the tattoo. Larger pieces—anything that takes more than one session to complete are charged by the hour. It is very difficult to estimate how long a multi-session tattoo will take, as it depends on the design, how you sit for the tattoo, etc. Sessions are usually 3-4 hours long and can be scheduled as far apart as you like, so that the cost of the tattoo is spread out over time. For specific estimates or price quotes, please come into the shop and speak to Erik Siuda in person. You can also let us know if you have a budget, will keep it in mind in designing the tattoo.
Can I pay for my tattoo with a credit card?
We accept cash, and all major credit cards. Tips are cash only.
Can you do a drawing ﬁrst so that I can see what the tattoo will look like?
Erik Siuda cannot do drawings for tattoos unless you have committed to getting tattooed by leaving a deposit. Once you have made an appointment, he will do a drawing for your tattoo. The drawing will be ready by the day of your appointment, and any changes that you want to make to it can be made at that time. If you want to see a drawing before your appointment date, you may make arrangements with Erik to do so. In certain cases—large-scale pieces and cover-ups, for example—Erik will draw the design directly on the skin with markers in specific cases.
Can you ﬁx/cover a tattoo I already have?
Erik is happy to touch up or rework old tattoos, or to cover them, if he can. Whether or not he can depends on the tattoo. The best thing to do is come by and show Erik what you have so he can let you know what is or isn’t possible. Keep in mind that a cover-up will always be significantly larger than the original tattoo. Tattoo ink is not opaque, so a cover-up is more about disguising the old tattoo, rather than “painting over it.” Very dense, dark tattoos are difficult to cover and may require a few sessions of laser to lighten them up before they can be worked on.
Does it hurt?
Pain is relative, but…yes. It’s not unbearable, but it’s not exactly fun, either. In general, it is more painful if your system is already stressed for any reason. If you are sick, hungover, didn’t get enough sleep, etc. it will probably hurt more. The best thing you can do is get a good night’s sleep, make sure to eat and drink plenty of water before you come, and relax.
What is the most painful area? What is the least painful?
It varies from person to person. The difference between the most painful spot and the least painful spot isn’t really that big, so you might as well get the tattoo where you actually want it instead of where you think it will hurt less.
Can I drink before I get tattooed?
No. For one thing, Erik won’t tattoo anyone who is under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Alcohol also thins the blood, makes it harder to sit still, and turns most people into jerks.
Is it safe?
Yes. We take every precaution possible with regard to hygiene. However, there is always a possibility of infection if you do not properly care for your tattoo.
Can I get tattooed if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?
It is not a good idea to get tattooed if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, as the body’s systems are already stressed. If you have further questions about this, it would be best to discuss it with your doctor.
Is your shop licensed?
Shops are not licensed in the state of New York, but individual artists are. Each of our artists has received education in the area of blood-borne pathogens and is licensed by the New York State Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.
How do I know your shop is clean?
We take every precaution possible with regard to hygiene. We use sterile, single-use needles and disposable gloves. All other supplies are either single-use or medically sterilized. Our autoclave (that’s a fancy word for sterilizer) is tested once a month by an outside service to make sure it is functioning properly.
Should I tip my artist?
Yes, if you think he did a good job. If you would like a guideline, you can think of it as you would any service industry—the norm is 10-20%, though we very much appreciate whatever amount you feel is appropriate. For multi-session tattoos, it’s customary to tip at the end of each session as opposed to at the end of a project. Please keep in mind that we can only accept tips in cash.