Frequently Asked Questions

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where do you tattoo?

I currently have a private studio, Ransom Tattoo Gallery, in Ballston Spa, New York. We are open by appointment, or by chance (generally Tuesday-Sunday 1pm-7pm). I also travel to New Orleans often, as well as national and international tattoo conventions and guest spots.

Are you Hiring?

Yes! We have 2 booths available for the right tattooers and are open to guest spots with available lodging as well. Email us at with portfolio links and a little bit about yourself.

How Do I Set up an appointment?

Please fill out the consultation form on the Request an Appointment page. We will email you back with a date and where to send your retainer. At that time we will also ask for images of where you want your tattoo as well as reference images you may have.

Do You Require a Retainer/Deposit?

We do. Retainers/Deposits are for the agreed project and are non-refundable. It is not an extra fee. The Retainer/Deposit is applied to the final session of your tattoo. Deposits will be forfeited for no call no shows. (Which we hate doing, so please, let’s not waste each other’s time). Most projects require a $100 deposit, although some larger projects may require $200-$500, depending on the size.

what do you charge?

In studio Ransom charges $200 per hour or $600 for 4 hours or $1000 flat rate for the day (6-8 hours). Ransom's minimum is $100. On the road Ransom charges a flat rate of $200 per hour.

what do you recommend for aftercare?

We recommend you remove your bandage after at least one hour. Then clean gently with a basic fragrance free soap, examples would be Dr. Bronner's or Ivory. Rinse and blot dry with a new paper towel. Then apply a minimal amount of Gold Bond Ultimate Healing Lotion with Aloe. Repeat 3 to 5 times daily.

will you remake Someone else's tattoo on me?

The short answer is NO. I think my clients deserve to have a custom piece drawn and tattooed on them. I am happy to use any reference images you have found as inspiration, but would much prefer to make you something original. You deserve it. That being said I do make exceptions. For example, I would do my best to recreate a deceased relatives tattoo, for you.

Do You Tattoo Pregnant or breastfeeding People?


do you accept tips?

I never expect to be tipped, however I always appreciate it. I accept tips in the form of Coffee (Death Wish preferred), Size 11.5 Nike's or Cash.