Frequently Asked Questions

  • Does it hurt?
  • Yes. Every time. How much? Well, everyone is different so it’s different for everyone. Suffice it to say, if it was really that bad, you wouldn’t see so many people with so many tattoos.

  • How much does a tattoo cost?
  • At Hidden Hand Tattoo, we have an $80 minimum and our shop rate is $175 per hour. Specific artists' hourly rates may vary and some tattoos are charged by the piece. For specific quotes and estimates, you must speak with your artist directly. 

  • What forms of payment do you accept?
  • We gladly accept MasterCard, Visa and of course, cash.

  • Do I need an appointment?
  • As we like to say: walk-ins are welcome; appointments are preferred. Often we can accommodate walk-in clients on the spot. If, however, you would like to get tattooed at a preferred time, an appointment is recommended. If you would like to have a custom tattoo designed by an artist, it is recommended that you set up a consultation first, and then book your appointment. We require deposits for appointments, so if you wish to book over the phone, a credit or debit card will be necessary. Deposits are non-refundable. The deposit will hold your appointment, and will come off the cost of your tattoo. We require 48 hours notice for cancellations and schedule changes.

  • How long will my tattoo take to heal?
  • If well cared-for, a tattoo will typically heal within 2 weeks.

  • How should I care for my tattoo?
  • Every artist has their own specific after-care instructions that they will give you when your tattoo is done. Generally speaking, if you keep your tattoo clean, leave it alone and don’t over-do it with the lotions, creams and ointments, it will heal just fine. When it reaches the itchy stage, apply minimal amounts of a water-based, fragrance and dye-free lotion. The big no-no’s are direct sunlight, soaking in water and picking. We do provide printed after care instructions with each appointment and upon request. 

  • Do I need to bring in my own design?
  • No. We have an ever-growing supply of flash and an extensive library of reference books. We also have a crew of creative and talented artists who will be happy to design a tattoo for you based on any images or ideas you may have.

  • Do you sell gift certificates?
  • Yes, we offer gift certificates in any amount. Gift certificates can be purchased at the shop or we will gladly mail them to you or your preferred recipient if you wish to purchase one over the phone. 

  • Is there parking available?
  • Closest to the shop, you will find metered parking with 2 hour limits and aggressive ticketing enforcement, so mind your meter. Within a block or two you will also find 2 hour free parking on the street. Within 4 blocks there are several pay lots that offer all day options (0-10 hours) these range from $7 to $10. If you don't mind more of a walk there is free 24 hour street parking east of the 99 bridge on 35th and 36th streets.