Frequently Asked Questions

Where are you located?

We are located at 26 Congress st suite D Saratoga springs, NY 12866. We are in the back of the CVS plaza two blocks from Broadway across the street from Congress park.

Do you tattoo minors?

We can NOT tattoo anyone under the age of 18.

Is it safe to get a tattoo?

Yes!! All artists at Parasol Tattoo Company complete a yearly OSHA certified sterilization and blood borne pathogens course. Within the shop we utilize hospital grade sterilization throughout the entire process and only disposable needles are used which eliminates the former process of sterilizing and re-using needles. Parasol Tattoo Company employs this fully disposable process to ensure your safety, as well as the safety of the employees and visitors.

What if I can't make it to my appointment?

Deposits are non-refundable, however as long as you give 72 hours notice, they are transferable to a future appointment. If something comes up, call us as soon as possible. Any cancellations with less notice than 72 hours will forfeit their deposit.

Do you accept walk-ins?

We don't always have time, but we love to accommodate walk ins when we can! You can stop in anytime, or call the studio to see if we have availability.

Are there any health conditions or concerns that may prevent me from being tattooed?

The following conditions may increase health risks associated with receiving body art: diabetes, hemophilia, skin diseases, lesions, or skin sensitivities to soaps, disinfectants etc.; a history of allergies or adverse reactions to pigments, dyes, or other sensitivities; a history of epilepsy, seizures, fainting, or narcolepsy; the use of medications such as anticoagulants, (such as coumadin) which thin the blood and/or interfere with blood clotting; and hepatitis or HIV infection. Please consult a health care professional if you have any concerns or questions about pre-existing conditions or medications.

How do I schedule an appointment?

We do not take appointments over the phone. You may either stop into the shop, or email the shop or the respective artist you would like to work with and they will guide you through the appointment and deposit process.

How much does a tattoo cost?

Tattoo pricing varies based on size and artist, so the best way to put together a quote is to email the artist and schedule a one on one consultation appointment. We want to hear & see your ideas.

Can you tell me a price over the phone?

We cannot quote prices over the phone, it’s just too difficult to be able to ensure accurate quotes until we have the chance to see the piece and placement.

What do I need to do to prepare for my tattoo?

Make sure you get a good night of sleep before you get tattooed, and eat a good meal before you come in. Getting tattooed while sleep deprived, hung over or hungry is not a great idea. Comfortable clothes are a plus! Make sure you wear clothes that leave the area you're getting tattooed easily accessible. There's also a chance some ink may get on your clothing so don't pick anything you're overly attached to.

What should I bring with me?

Mostly importantly A GOVERNMENT ISSUED VALID ID. Licenses, State ID's, Passports, and Military ID's are all good. Paper ID's are not a valid form of identification. No exceptions. The second most important thing, a method of payment. We are a cash only shop. No personal checks. We also recommend you bring things to keep you busy, happy and distracted. Laptops, Nooks, iPods, iPads, books, etc are great ideas. Lastly, if you're sitting for a long session, snacks are good to have handy. There are plenty of local restaurants that deliver, but it's good to have something to quickly eat.

Does a tattoo hurt?

Yes, there is pain involved with the tattoo process. The pain is only temporary & far from unbearable. We recommend eating before coming in for your tattoo. A little bit of carbohydrates will help.

Do you have numbing cream?

No, your tattoo will not be painful enough to warrant the use of such products.

Can I bring my own image?

Yes, we love to see your ideas as reference. We understand not everyone is an artist, but any help you can offer us to get the ideas out of your head & on to paper would be amazing.

Can you fix my old tattoo?

Yes. The tattoo industry has come a very long way in a short period of time. We would love to breathe life back into your tattoos.

Can you cover up an old tattoo?

Sometimes, not all tattoos can be covered. Stop in & show it to us. We can tell you whether it will be possible.

Can you fix another artist’s work?

Yes, with our group of artists at the shop we work very hard to ensure every tattoo is as great as it can be. Feel free to call or come in for a consultation about the best option for your fix.

Will my tattoo fade?

Maybe. We give you all the proper knowledge on how to prevent fading. If you follow our directions, it will minimize wear & tear to prevent this from happening. A proper sunblock should always be placed over a tattoo when exposed to the sun.