Here at Hamptons, Ink. we want to help you be the most informed you can be to help make your tattoo experience go as smoothly as possible. In our experience over the years, these are some of the most frequently asked questions (FAQs) from our tattoo clients both novice and seasoned.
If you have any other questions not on the list, please feel free to contact us and ask. We are happy to help and committed to friendly, personalized attention from beginning to end.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need an appointment?
We work by both appointment and walk-ins. You don’t always need an appointment, but they are the best way to secure a spot for the day/time you a looking to get a tattoo! Walk-in tattoos are accepted on a first come, first serve basis if your artist is available on that day. We cannot guarantee availability over the phone or email so stopping in would be ideal.
How are tattoos priced?
For larger pieces (or pieces requiring 1 or more sessions) we offer an hourly rate that is given to you by your artist during your consultation. For smaller pieces, we have a $100 shop minimum. Cash payments are preferred and appreciated. Hamptons, Ink. also accepts Venmo, Zelle, Bitcoin, or credit cards. (*only credit cards will be charged a transaction fee)
Am I expected to tip my tattoo artist?
Tips are appreciated but not expected. They follow a service industry standard, which ranges from 10-30%. For more extensive information on tipping see our page Tipping Your Tattoo Artist.
How old do you have to be to get tattooed?
In the State of New York you must be 18 years of age to get a tattoo. In addition to the mandatory minimum age required by law, we reserve the right to refuse anyone service.
Can my parent sign for me?
No. All tattoo clients must be 18 years of age or older (regardles of parental consent) and provide valid state or federal issued photo ID.
Can I have a drink before I get tattooed?
It is illegal and ill advised to get tattooed while under the influence of alcohol. Contrary to popular belief, alcohol will not make your experience any better. It actually makes the process more difficult for you (as well as the artist), can lead to excessive bleeding, and raises the risk of complications.
Can I get tattooed while pregnant or breast feeding?
No. Your body is going through tremendous changes and stress. Getting tattooed while pregnant or breast-feeding can put you at a higher risk of infection, which could impact either your health and/or that of your baby. It’s simply not worth the risk.
Should I eat before I get tattooed?
It is best to eat a balanced meal within four hours of being tattooed. You don’t want to be starving or stuffed. Having stable blood sugar boosts your immune system and helps the body deal with the fluctuation of endorphins, which are released during the tattoo process.
Can I bring children into the shop?
For the safety of your children and the sterility of our studio we kindly ask that you keep any children fully under your control at all times. When it is time for your tattoo appointment we strongly recommend a babysitter. The artist is trying to concentrate and you are trying to relax.
What can I do to prepare for my tattoo?
On the day of your tattoo, we stronly encourage you to eat a meal within 4 hours of your appointment. In addition to that, wear clothes that are comfortable and easily expose the area that is being tattooed (for example, if the tattoo is on your thigh don't wear tight leggings; wear loose fitting shorts). As a general rule, wear clothes that you don't mind ruining, as some ink and/or blood could stain the material.
Can I bring my own drawing?
Yes! We encourage you to bring in your own artwork or references and ideas that our artist can use to create a custom tattoo. A custom tattoo is a tattoo designed with you specifically in mind, made to fit your personal tastes as well as your body shape. Certain aspects of a drawing may need to be altered or reworked based on the "tattoability" of your design, but this is something we work together on during the consultation to give you the best piece possible.
Can you fix/cover-up a tattoo I have?
Possibly. Not every tattoo is an ideal candidate for fixing or covering. More times than not, some old pieces require laser treatment to fade the existing tattoo in order to be a better candidate for a cover-up. A consult is mandatory to determine and discuss what design ideas are necessary to sufficiently cover the old work, while also allowing the artist to see what condition the skin is in as far as trauma and scarring (if any) caused by the previous artist.
Can you tattoo over a scar?
It depends on the severity and maturity of the scar. This is judged on a case-by-case basis; in general, a scar should be at least one year old. Come in to the studio and we would be happy to asses the area and discuss what your best options would be.
Does getting a tattoo hurt?
Yes. No. Maybe. Pain varies from person to person and from day to day. Most people compare getting a tattoo to the discomfort of scratching a sunburn. The anticipation of your tattoo is much more unsettling than the tattoo itelf. Just relax, the small amount of pain (if any) will be highly outweighed by the joy it brings you for a lifetime.
What is the most painful spot to get tattooed?
Again, pain is subjective and varies from person to person. Do not choose an area or a size based on the pain factor. We want to make sure it is in a location where it will look the best with your body, and last over time.
How do I take care of my tattoo?
Listen to your artist! Your artist is the expert and they are invested in you taking care of their work properly so that the resulting healed tattoo is something that makes you both proud.
How long does it take for my tattoo to fully heal?
Tattoos when cared for properly takes approximately 2-4 weeks to initially heal. Every person is different, and healing time will vary from piece to piece and person to person.
What area of the body is hardest to heal?
Blood flow is an integral part of the healing process so the closer to the heart the better the healing. Healing of the lower legs and feet can take longer based on that fact. Another significant factor in healing is friction.
Can I tan?
Stay out of the sun and tanning booths, especially during the healing process. Any form of tanning can and will damage and fade a tattoo. If you are in the sun often, we recommend a SPF 30+ sun block as often as possible to keep the vibrancy and colors looking their best.
What if my tattoo gets infected?
More often than not, what you perceive as an infection is actually an irritation. Allergic reactions or infections are extremely rare. If you think there is a concern, please come speak with your artist. If there is an actual infection, a physician will help alleviate the issue.
What is your Cancellation Policy?
Deposits are applied to the cost of your tattoo with the following conditions:
I do not appear for a tattoo appointment;
I cancel or reschedule an appointment without giving at least 48 hours notice;
I arrive more than 30 minutes late to a tattoo appointment; and a new deposit will be needed for a new date.
I reschedule 3 or more times for any sessions of the same tattoo, regardless of notice;
I fail to reschedule a new appointment within 30 days of a cancelled appointment;
I arrive to a tattoo appointment without government-issued identification.
Can I get tattooed if I am taking medication?
It is ill advised to get tattooed while you are sick, as you not only run the risk of spreading germs in a sterile area but also can hinder your healing process because your immune system is not 100%.
What are your policies regarding COVID-19?
We have outlined all of our mandatory policies with the state, and our updated appointment policies on our page COVID-19: Customer Information