Does our shop take walk-ins?
Yes we do, if our schedule allows for that. Most of our tattoos are done by appointment but on occasion we can squeeze something in. Give us a call and we can see what we can do.
Do I have to leave a deposit when I book an appointment?
It is standard practice for all reputable shops to require a deposit. We take a $50.00 non-refundable deposit for each appointment, which gets deducted from your session the day of your appointment. Our artists are serious about all the work they do and by leaving a deposit you are showing us your seriousness to get inked. Included in the deposit is the option to have one our artists draw something custom for your appointment. Larger drawings may require a larger deposit. Appointments will not be booked without a deposit.
Can I make an appointment over the phone?
We can book piercing appointments and consultations for a tattoo over the phone. Unfortunately, we do not make appointments for tattoos over the phone. The reason being is that it is almost impossible to give an accurate quote and to know what is an appropriate amount of time to book for your tattoo. What may be a small idea may take longer to tattoo then you expect.
How long till I can get tattooed and how do I make an appointment?
Depending on which artist you would like to work with, you could be waiting a few days to over a year to start your tattoo. While we do try to squeeze smaller appointments in where we can, due to high demand we are finding it more and more difficult to accommodate walk-ins. We may have an artist available for walk-ins on some days but we recommend calling first to check availability.
When you are ready to make your appointment, feel free to stop in and discuss your design with our counter staff. They may be able to book your appointment for you or if they feel that a consultation with an artist is necessary they can schedule that for you.
What are your prices like?
All tattoos are priced out on a piece by piece basis. The shop minimum is $60.00 and will go up from there based on the complexity of the piece, how much prep work needs to be done prior to your appointment and how long it will take to do. We are extremely affordable and moderately priced considering the level of artistry provided. RedHouse Tattoo is one of WNY’s top shops, but no one here suffers from a delusional ego trip or inflated pay scale. We just want to do great art.
Should I book more than one appointment at a time?
YES!!!!!!!! If your appointment is a few months away and you need multiple sessions to complete your piece, do not wait for your first appointment to book the rest. You will be waiting a few months for your next one instead of a few weeks after you are healed up and ready to continue.
How old do you have to be to get tattooed or pierced at RedHouse and do I need ID?
New York State Law states that you must be over the age of 18 to get tattooed even with parental consent. No way around it!! We require ID from every client for every appointment even if you have been to the shop before and we have your ID on file, as per Erie County regulations.
Our minimum age for a piercing is 15. Between the ages of 15 – 17 we require parental/guardian consent and will only pierce earlobes, ear cartilage, nostrils, eyebrows and navels. We require ID from the parent/guardian and request ID from the minor.
Acceptable identification shall include any current and valid government issued identification card that contains a picture and date of birth. These include a drivers license, passport, benefits card, and military ID.
Why not any younger?
Children do not have a completely developed immune system and anatomy until the age of 15, but more so closer to 16. We do not suggest adding the stress of healing a piercing while the body is still developing or completing development. This is an ethical decision on our part, but should be a consideration if you decide to pursue the piercing elsewhere.
Do we use piercing needles or piercing guns?
We use piercing needles and would never think of using a piercing gun on any body part, including the ear lobe. Piercing guns have major drawbacks in terms of sterility, tissue damage and inappropriate jewelry design!!!! There are some states, such as New Hampshire, that have prohibited the use of all-non sterile equipment on ear cartilage and non-lobe locations. We will be more than happy to elaborate further if you give us a call, or even better stop in and chat for a while.