New Stuff in the Red Rocket Webstore!

This week we added some new stuff to our webstore! We’ve still got the previously added apparel & accessories, and now we’ve got some cool stuff for sale from our artists. The shop features high-quality prints of paintings from Erica Flannes, Vinny Romanelli, Thomas Leyh, and Adam Hays. Additionally, there’s a 4-piece flourished pen letterpress set made up of a Greeting Card, Post cards, and a Bookmark by Derek Martinez. Any of these things could make great gifts for a friend or loved one, or for your own home…treat yo’self!

You can visit our webstore on Etsy here.

We’ve got even more cool stuff in store and will be updating the webstore periodically. Have something in mind you’d like to see more of? Let us know!

As always- call or email the shop with questions!

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What to Consider Before Getting a Hand/Finger Tattoo

Requests for tattoos on hands have become increasingly popular lately- almost every day I find myself disappointing a client by telling them that finger tattoos simply don’t hold.

We don’t enjoy telling people why their tattoo ideas won’t work- we’ve chosen to work in this industry because we enjoy putting cool artwork on your skin forever. We never tell anybody “No” just for fun, or just to be jerks. We want you to have something you’ll be happy with forever. If you’re going to trust someone to take sharp needles to your skin and leave permanent marks on you, you need to extend that trust to believe that your artist has your best interest in mind when they tell you what’s best- it is their profession, after all.

That being said, we thought it might be helpful to lay out a comprehensive explanation on this topic in hopes that it will help you better understand, so listen up!

Reasons why we recommend you don’t get that tattoo anywhere on your hands: 

1. Your Future

Let’s start here- I’m not sure why, but this is the bulletpoint people seem to brush off most often when we explain it. It’s true that tattoos have become much more common and tattoo acceptance has seemingly grown proportionately- except it hasn’t. A whopping 42% of all people still think that tattoos are inappropriate in the workplace. This  Skinfo article has a great infographic with statistics on tattoo acceptability in the workplace.

Keep in mind that it can be difficult or impossible to cover a tattoo on your hands.


Now, maybe you’re one of the lucky few who have, or will in the future, have a job in a tattoo-accepting industry…Let’s consider society and world culture as a whole. In the future, your hand tattoos might not be a problem for your jobs, but there are many situations where you’ll be judged for your visible tattoos without you even realizing it’s happening. Applying for housing, meeting new friends & families, traveling in foreign countries, etc… you’ll never know exactly where your future will take you, and who you may meet…and how you may end up regretting those incredibly visible hand tattoos.

You also may be thinking “well, I don’t plan on ever associating with anyone who would judge me on my tattoos.” Unfortunately, that just isn’t possible unless you plan on never making any acquaintances outside of a Hot Topic in Portland, OR. Someone judging you based on your tattoos doesn’t necessarily make them a terrible person, it’s just that many circles and cultures still aren’t as familiar with tattoos as we are, and they aren’t equipped with the same world view as you are- they might not even be judging you negatively, but it can be difficult for many people to remove certain associations from their mind.

Moving on to more tangible evidence:

2. Your Skin & Science

Here’s the cold hard facts on exactly what we mean when we say tattoos on your hands just don’t work the same as tattoos do anywhere else on your body. As you likely already know, all tattoos fade over long periods of time. I’m not going to outline the science behind that, but if you’re interested check this out.

Small details are also not ideal for the skin on hands

The skin on your hands is much thinner than almost anywhere else on your body and therefore takes ink much differently than anywhere else on your body- because of this, a tattoo on your hands will fade much faster than anywhere else on your body. All tattoos fade over long periods of time as your skin changes with age, with sun exposure, etc. Now think of how much you use your hands every day! Your hands are worked harder, exposed to the elements, washed, etc… they are put through much more work than your other appendages. Most of those pictures you see online of finger tattoos are photos taken immediately after the tattoo is finished- many times the tattoos are almost completely gone within a year.

Even the most skillfully done finger tattoos will fade

This issue could be solved with regular touch-ups, but keep in mind that most tattoo shops (including ours) don’t offer free touch-ups for hands, so having your hand tattoos touched-up regularly can be time consuming and expensive. Can you commit to that?

So there you have it- a detailed explanation on why your artist may say “no”, to your hand tattoo. They aren’t trying to ruin your day- they’re trying to make sure you have a quality tattoo that you’ll love-forever.


*all the tattoo images in this post were found by google image search- none of these tattoos were done at Red Rocket, and I was unable to find their original sources. They were likely all quality tattoos to begin with- I use them here as a testament to the unavoidable fading nature of all hand tattoos.




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Our holiday hours and closings are as follows:
December 24, 25, 26: Closed
December 31: Open 12-4pm
January 1: Closed 
Please contact the shop with any questions!
Thank you & we hope you all have wonderful holidays with your loved ones!

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Guys, this is exciting. If you have ever considered getting laser tattoo removal, listen up!

At least once a week, we have a disappointing conversation in which we must tell a customer “If you want to get that tattoo covered up, you’re going to have to get it lasered first.” We don’t enjoy telling people this! We know how disappointing it is to find out that something isn’t going to work out exactly the way you imagined. But we’re not in the business of telling people what they want to hear- we’re here to give you a quality tattoo that will look great and last.

It’s not always about cover-ups, though. Even more commonly, it’s simply about having a tattoo you don’t like anymore, or, never liked at all, and you want it gone. Well, here’s the exciting part…getting started on that laser removal can be easy thanks to a little gift from our friends at Tataway….

We’ve got this gift box containing a $300 Gift Certificate for tattoo removal, a cozy hoodie & an aftercare kit up for grabs! Just stop by the shop before the 23rd and enter the raffle for $5. (You’ll also automatically be entered if you buy a gift certificate.)

Despite it’s increasing popularity and accessibility, people still don’t seem to know much about laser removal. We all tend to assume it’s insanely expensive, but the news is good on the price front. It’s really not as expensive as you may expect it to be. Also, if you’re looking to do a cover-up, you usually don’t even need to get the tattoo completely removed. You can just get it lightened dramatically in a few sessions and slap the new, improved tattoo right over it!

For more information on laser removal & Tataway, visit their website at

For questions on the raffle or anything else, email, call or stop by the shop!

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Red Rocket Merchandise & Gift Certificates for the Holidays

The christmas season is upon us! We hope you all had a great thanksgiving. Now that we’ve made it past black friday, cyber monday, etc. it’s time to finish up our holiday shopping so that we can relax and enjoy seeing our loved ones faces light up when they open their gifts.

We’ve got some good news to make your shopping a little easier…our Webstore is finally up & active!

We’ve got a bunch of apparel, pins & patches available!

You can shop here.

We’ll be adding some more products in the upcoming future, artist prints, more apparel, and even some creative side projects handmade by our resident artists. Keep an eye out and check back periodically for new stuff.

We also have Gift Certificates available of any denomination, however these are for sale in-store only. Come by the shop at your convenience to purchase one. Added perk- you’ll get a free shirt with any Gift Certificate purchase over $150. 

Also store-exclusive are our new brand new Red Rocket Snapback hats, available in two colors- Khaki/Black & Blue/Grey. $20. We’ve also got some artist designed Red Rocket Tees that are only available in the shop.

As always, shoot us an email or give us a call if you have any questions. Thanks!

@redrockettattoo | | 212-736-3001



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Closed for the Holiday

We’ll be closed tomorrow, November 26th and Friday, November 27th for the holiday. Normal business hours will resume on Saturday.

We hope you all enjoy some time with your loved ones!


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Adam Hays’ Japanese Pieces

Adam Hays is looking to start some large scale Japanese pieces in the upcoming months.

The ancient cultural significance of Japanese tradition and art is both fascinating, beautiful and worthy of a googling-frenzy, wikidpedia-link-clicking-black-hole research on your part- but for starters we can give you a very short summary.

Arguably among one of the most visually dynamic and aesthetically pleasing styles of tattooing, imagery found in the Japanese style is also inundated with meaning and symbolism. A variety of factors can effect the meaning of the piece- color, positioning, direction, surrounding scenery, and so on.  Some of the commonly found motifs in Japanese imagery include but are not limited to:

  • Ryu (Dragon)
  • Koi Fish
  • Tora (Tiger)
  • Karashishi (Fu Dog/Lion Dog)
  • Oni (Demon)
  • Zugaikotsu (Skull)
  • Hannya (Noh mask)
  • Namakubi (Severed head)
  • Kiku (Crysanthemum)
  • Sakura (Cherry Blossom)

Animals, (both real and mythological) flowers, wind bars & waves are common motifs. Also regularly found are Yokai (monsters) and Yurei (ghosts), and Noh (classical japanese musical drama) masks.

Adam is specifically looking to concentrate on large pieces centered on animals.

You may be familiar with Adam’s unique illustrative style, which he integrates with traditional Japanese style.

You can see more of Adam’s work on his instagram @adamguyhays

Contact the shop for consultations & appointments. If you’re visiting New York from out of town, you can email us at to set something up. If you’re located in NYC, please call the shop and we can set up a time for you to consult with our artists & schedule appointments. Don’t forget to check out our FAQ & look around the site for other questions- but feel free to reach out to us for any other inquires.


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Flourish Pen Designs by Derek Martinez

Resident artist Derek Martinez has been designing calligraphic drawings over the past couple years- his specialized take on classic images.

He was inspired when he came across a flourished pen design in one of his reference books and tattooed his first design of this kind- a decorative fish- on a client. He had fun with it and has been making his own original drawings of this nature ever since. He’s created flourished pen drawings of a variety of subjects, and he’s always trying his hand at finding new ways to dress up imagery.

Derek is always excited to have the opportunity to tattoo one of these designs, and he’s recently drawn up some brand new babies.

Reach out to the shop if you’re interested in having one of these unique things tattooed on ya.

See more of Derek’s work on his instagram @showsquatch

Contact the shop for consultations & appointments. If you’re visiting New York from out of town, you can email us at to set something up. If you’re located in NYC, please call the shop and we can set up a time for you to consult with our artists & schedule appointments. Don’t forget to check out our FAQ & look around the site for other questions- but feel free to reach out to us for any other inquires.


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Erica Flannes Dreams of Nerd Art

Maleficent, Black Dahlia, Star Trek, Game of Thrones, Star Wars, Labyrinth.

Resident artist Erica Flannes is looking to do more nerdy subject matter…pop culture, 80′s movies, TV shows, etc. X-Files, Game of Thrones, Twin Peaks, you name it…any fun stuff you love to nerd-out about.

Contact the shop for consultations & appointments. If you’re visiting New York from out of town, you can email us at to set something up. If you’re located in NYC, please call the shop and we can set up a time for you to consult with our artists & schedule appointments. Don’t forget to check out our FAQ & look around the site for other questions- but feel free to reach out to us for any other inquires.

You can see more of Erica’s work on her instagram @ericaflannes


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Piercing Update

As of May 8th, Red Rocket Tattoo is no longer doing piercing. While this may change at some point in the future, in the meantime we recommend you check out our friends at Sacred Tattoo for all your piercing needs:

424 Broadway at Canal St.



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