Policies & FAQ


How do I make an appointment?

  Drop by or call the shop to set up a personal consultation with the artist of your choice to discuss your ideas, design and placement. At this point we will collect a deposit to secure a time for you to come back and receive your new tattoo or go over further design options. We cannot set up an appointment by email or a phone call as we require an $50 to $100 deposit. This amount will be deducted from your total cost of your tattoo when you receive it. All deposits are non-refundable!! The only way you forfeit your deposit if you fail to contact the artist in a timely fashion, 6-24 hours before so they can fill your timeslot. Or if you fail to show for your appointment.   

How much does a Tattoo cost?

  Our hourly rate is $125 an hour and we have a minimum charge of $80. Beyond that, we cannot give you any kind of accurate estimation on the price of your tattoo until you come in and meet personally with one of the artist, Even then your estimate may be in a large ballpark.  The cost of your tattoo depends on a number of factors including size, placement, skin type, and color vs. black and gray. For smaller tattoos, we will generally quote you a price up-front. For larger tattoos, your artist may opt to quote you an hourly rate. There are simply too many factors involved in the execution of a tattoo to estimate the overall cost of something from an email or phone call.  

Can I get a Tattoo if my Parents signs for me?

  No, New York state law requires that you be at least 18 years old to get a tattoo. There are no exceptions! Furthermore, we believe that you will inevitably regret a tattoo that you receive at such a young age since you are still growing physically and mentally.  

Do you take walk-ins or Do I need an appointment?

  Walk-ins are accepted on a first come, first serve basis. Appointments are preferred especially if you are seeking custom work.  

Are Tattoo's safe?

  We can’t speak for every tattoo studio, but here at Darkwater Tattoo your health and safety is our highest priority. In addition to providing new needles for every client, we also adhere to strict procedures to avoid cross-contamination. You can expect to see disposable ink holders, disposable razors, and barriers on everything that must be touched during the tattoo process. We work closely with the Schenectady County Department of Health to ensure that our methods comply with the most current guidelines.