Inked Out: Inkstop Tattoo, NYC

Artist Eddie Carrero specializes in a wide array of styles, but states that he enjoys and prefers working on creative projects with clients to create custom artwork that they both can be proud of. Rounding out the fully talented and friendly staff is artist Jose Soto, native of the Bronx. Jose specializes in large custom work, religious iconography, and Japanese styles in which he, too, loves to work with the customers on creating. When you look at each artist’s portfolio in the shop, you can tell that they’re passionate about each piece that they create and that they aren’t just doing the artwork to make an extra buck.

Inkstop Tattoo is mainly a custom tattoo shop that actually charges a drawing fee depending on the size of the artwork. This was the first that I’ve ever heard of this, but in this day in age of Internet, most customers do come in prepared with their own pictures. The shop does have 10,000 designs in-house, though! Inkstop does, however, offer a free consultation with the artist of the customer’s choice. Now, the shop doesn’t only do custom designs, they’re also very capable and creative enough to touch-up and cover-up work for those of you who aren’t happy with your old tattoos!

Inkstop Tattoo is one of the cleanest shops that I’ve seen in NYC. They use new needles with every tattoo, keeping everything sterile like a hospital. The shop does a weekly autoclave test, meaning that the machines are sterilized every week. This is a good thing to know and see, especially, if you’re looking for a shop to do your next tattoo! Inkstop is open seven days a week, Monday through Thursday 1:00 p.m. till 9:00 p.m., Friday and Saturday 1:00 p.m. till 11:00 p.m., and on Sundays from 2:00 p.m. till 9:00 p.m.

There are very few rules to get tattooed at Inkstop Tattoo. They seem to want to accommodate their customers the best that they can. They offer private tattoo rooms for those who don’t want to be tattooed in front of all of NYC to see. They also accept all major credit cards and walk-ins are always welcome! If there is an artist available, you can get tattooed without an appointment, though they do suggest that you make an appointment 24 hours in advance with a deposit. Deposits are non-refundable if cancellations happen within the 24-hour window whether the artwork has been drawn up or not. As for the age policy at Inkstop, of course there is one! You must be 18 years of age with a passport and a birth certificate with a photo ID, and a valid driver’s license. I have to say that my visit to Inkstop Tattoo was an enjoyable one. Again, this is a very clean shop with a talented, friendly, and knowledgeable staff. If you want to see the place for yourself, they’re located at 209 Avenue A on the corner of 13th Street in NYC. You can find out more about the shop at or you can call for your free consultation at (212) 995-2827.

Well, I’m off to check out my next tattoo place!

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