Frequently Asked Questions
how do i get to the shop?
No Idols tattoo is located off Bowery, just south of Grand st, in Chinatown. The closest trains are the N, Q, R, 6 at the Canal stop, the J on Bowery, the F at East Broadway/2nd av, and the B, D at Grand. Our address is 112 Bowery St. on the Second Floor, 10013
how do i book an appointment?
In order to book an appointment, the artist requires you to first book a consultation with them, in order to discuss the design you would like in person. The consultation is a free 15-20 minute meeting with the artist of your choosing! At this meeting you will be able to discuss details pertaining to your tattoo, including design, price estimates, how long it should take, size, etc. At the end of your consultation, if you would like to proceed with booking an appointment, the artist and reception will find a date that works best for both of you. Each artist requires a cash deposit too book an appointment, which can range from $100 - $250, depending on the artist and the design. If you are coming from out of town or have any other questions regarding booking a consultation, you may email the shop at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will get back to you as soon as possible to work something out!
how much does it cost to get tattooed?
We do not provide price estimates online or over the phone because there are many factors that go into the price of a tattoo. The best way to get a price estimate is to book a free consultation with the artist that you would like to work with. If you are from out of town or have any other questions regarding booking a consultation, you may email the shop at email@example.com and we will get back to you as soon as possible!
do you have a shop minimum?
Yes! Our shop minimum is $100, and the price will go up depending on the size of the tattoo, the design, and where on the body you want tattooed.
do you take credit or debit cards?
No, we are CASH ONLY! There are ATMs and several banks close to the shop.
how old do i have to be to get tattooed?
New York State requires any person getting tattooed to be 18 years old or older. There is no exception, even with parent consent. To get tattooed, you are required to provide a government issued photo ID that has your birthdate on it. If you are unable to provide an ID, we will not be able to tattoo you.
do you take walk-ins?
YES!! We love walk-ins! We take walk-ins everyday that we are open, from 1pm-8pm. Walk-in operate on a first come, first served basis, so we always recommend coming in as close to 1pm as possible. If you have any questions about availability, please call the shop at 646-484-6295.
do i have to leave a deposit?
Yes, if you decide to book an appointment with one of our artists we require you to leave a deposit to save your space. The deposit amount depends on what artist you decide to work with and can be $100-$250. We are a CASH ONLY shop, so all deposits must be cash. Your deposit is non-refundable, but it does go toward the price of your tattoo. You are able to reschedule your appointment and transfer the deposit if you give us a 48hr notice. If you need to change your appointment for any reason after the 48 hr notice, you will forfeit your deposit. If you need to cancel your appointment, you forfeit your deposit.
what if i need to cancel an appointment?
All deposits are non-refundable, so if you need to completely cancel your appointment, you will loose your deposit. You are able to reschedule your appointment and transfer the deposit if you give us a 48 hr notice. If you need to change your appointment for any reason after the 48 hour point, you will forfeit your deposit.
what do you recommend for aftercare?
The tattooer will wrap your tattoo with either plastic wrap or a bandage. Leave this wrapping on for at least 2-3 hours, and for a maximum of 5 hours unless otherwise stated. Remove your bandage and, with clean hands, wash your tattoo throughly with warm water and soap. make sure to wash away all of the plasma and ointment that may be on your tattoo. Pat it completely dry with a paper towel, making sure that there is no extra moisture on the tattoo. Do not dry your fresh tattoo with a bath towel, as they harbor bacteria.
After your tattoo is completely dry, you may apply a very small amount of A&D ointment or unscented lotion. Repeat the process of washing it, patting it dry, and putting ointment on it for the first 2-3 days, 2-3 times a day.
After the first 3-4 days are over and your tattoo is no longer an open wound, you can reduce the frequency of washing your tattoo to 1-2 times a day. You may apply a small amount of unscented lotion to you tattoo if you feel like it is getting too uncomfortable, but it is best to keep it relatively dry for the first week or so. After the first week, you may use lotion as often as you like.
Your tattoo will flake, itch, and possibly scab while healing. This is completely normal and is not cause for concern. Do not pick or scratch or pull of any scabs. Please avoid long and steamy hot showers, and do not soak your fresh tattoo for at least 2 weeks. Avoid direct sunlight on your tattoo. If your tattoo is fresh, keep is covered under clothing while out in the sun. Once it is healed, apply liberal amounts of high SPF sunblock on your tattoo. The sun will age your tattoo very quickly if not cared for properly.
Your tattoo will hopefully be fully healed in about a month. If you have any questions about aftercare, please do not hesitate to contact the shop!