Frequently Asked Questions
1. Does Anil do coverups, retouch or color enhancement on
an existing tattoo?
2. Can I contact you through email with questions or design ideas?
We prefer to speak to all customers directly via phone. However, if you have a brief question please do the following:
In the SUBJECT of your email you must put the DATE, the word TATTOO, and your question. If your email does not contain a date and the word TATTOO then please do not expect a response. Please allow at least 1 week for a reply. Email Anil@anilgupta.com
3. Where is Inkline Studio located?
We are conveniently
located on Manhattan's Lower East Side at 62 Rivington Street #1B. (Between
Allen and Eldridge Street). New York, NY-10002. Tel: (212) 228 3393 / (212) 614 0094. The studio is
easily accessible by car, train, or bus.
4. What are your hours of operation?
12m till 8pm, closed
on Sundays & Mondays. Please call us to set up a consultation appointment.
5. How much does a tattoo from Anil cost?
The prices are as unique
as his tattoos, based on many factors: size, intricacy, research and required
drawing time, placement, and the time it takes to execute the piece. Due to
the highly-customized nature of the work, it is extremely difficult to quote
a price without a consultation.
6. How do I set up an appointment?
We advise you to set up a
consultation appointment prior to a final/tattoo appointment. You may come
down to the studio with any ideas and references you may have. This makes it
easier for Anil to assess your custom tattoo needs and the amount of time it
will take to complete the task. You will need to talk to Anil directly and
leave a cash deposit before setting an exact appointment. It is a good idea
to call ahead just to make sure things at the studio aren't too hectic.
7. How far in advance is Anil booked?
The waiting time varies
due to many factors, including researching and drawing your tattoo design and
how many people have booked appointments prior to you. To learn about the
latest availability, please call at Inkline Studio (212) 228 3393 during
business hours as we DO NOT send any answer pertaining to the
appointment availability thru e-mail.
8. What subject matters do you tattoo?
Anil is open to most
ideas, including portraits, fantasy, nature, spiritual, art nouveau,
Renaissance and contemporary fine arts, miniatures, photo-realism of any
image, tribal, abstract and Oriental to name a few. There hasn't yet been an
idea presented that cannot be done.
9. What sort of references do I need
to bring with me to my consultation?
The more focused and
specific the information you supply, the easier it is for Anil to turn the
tattoo of your dreams into a reality. There are many different things you can
bring to your consultation to use as reference materials, including all types
of books and print media, photographs, rough sketches, physical objects
(i.e., a seashell, your child's favorite toy, etc.). With a little bit of
imagination, almost anything in the world can be a tattoo reference so don't
be afraid to delve into your search with an open mind! You should bring any
of your references, ideas, sketches along with you. If at all possible, try
to bring high-quality copies of these things instead of originals, as it may
be necessary to leave them here for drawing purposes. Rest assured, all
references will be returned safely if it is not possible to leave a copy.
Other than that, a cash deposit is required in order to set up an
appointment. For your convenience, it is a good idea to bring money and/or an
ATM card, as there are bank machines within close proximity of the studio.
This will allow you to set up an appointment without having to wait or make
an additional trip to the studio. A consultation will not take very long. It
usually goes like this: You'll come in with your ideas and references. Anil
will look at them and discuss them with you, as well as take a look at the
place you'd like to get the tattoo. This is to make sure the size and
placement are appropriate, along with the tattoo's composition. He also needs
to make sure the area is not too tanned, hairy, blemished, or scarred to be
tattooed. From there, he'll figure out how much time the tattoo will take,
quote a price, and proceed to schedule your appointment. Please note that
Anil prefers not to finish other artists' work.
10. What do I need to do or bring with me the day of my
There are a couple of
things you can do to help facilitate getting your tattoo. Most importantly,
you want to be as healthy as possible when you come in. Here are some
recommendations to help make things go smoothly: Eat before you come in, or
else you might feel dizzy or light-headed. Do not drink alcohol or do drugs
at least two days prior to getting tattooed. Inkline does not tolerate any
alcohol, drug, or intoxicants in the studio. We reserve the right to refuse
services if you are suspected to be under the influence of anything. This
might sound harsh, but your safety is more important to us than anything
else. Try to get a good night's sleep the night before getting tattooed. Wear
comfortable, loose clothing that will easily allow access to the area to be
tattooed. It is OK to bring a beverage, especially water or fruit juice, with
you in case you get thirsty during your tattoo. Before getting started with
the tattoo, please inform Anil of any allergies or special medical conditions
that you may have. If you have any other questions at all, please ask!!!
11. What methods of sterilization does Inkline use?
Inkline takes yours and
our safety very seriously. Therefore, we follow strict precautions to insure
you a safe tattooing experience. All of our equipment is sterilized in an
autoclave, which is the same thing they use in a hospital of doctor's office.
Every needle is brand new and sterile, along with the ink and other supplies
used for each individual tattoo, then disposed of properly upon completion,
making your tattooing experience as safe as possible. And everything is
opened or laid out in front of you, so you can see for yourself.
12. Does it hurt?
Each person has a different
tolerance level for pain, so the question is pretty subjective. What one
person finds excruciating, another might not bat an eyelash. Most clients
agree that it is more of an annoyance than anything else. It may not be the
best feeling in the world for you, but it is ultimately a tolerable
sensation. The good news is that once the tattoo is finished, you'll never
feel it again!