How do things work at West River Tattoo?

In person: Stop into our shop, get a feel for the space and talk to one of the artists. It’s ideal for us to consult with our clients when possible, and any available artist is happy to answer any questions you might have about the process.

By phone: Give us a call at 616.784.9250 to get any of your initial questions answered. This would also be an ideal time to discuss a date and time that works best for you.

By email: Go to the contact page of this website to send us an email inquiry. Be certain to ask as many questions and be as detailed as possible in your message so that we may be able to respond to the best of our abilities. Let us know what size tattoo you’re looking for, where on our body, whether you’d like it in color or black and grey, etc…


What if I don’t have an appointment beforehand?

Thats more than okay. We are happy to accommodate walk-in tattoos whenever we can. Walk-in’s are a first come, first serve so it would be in your best interest to arrive early in the day or at least call ahead.


I’ve scheduled an appointment, now what?

Once you’ve met with your artist and discussed your design, we take a deposit and schedule a date for the tattoo. The deposit is credited towards the cost of the tattoo, and is non-refundable in the event of a no-show– this money compensates the artist for the drawing preparation ahead of time as well as the now-vacant appointment slot. If you need to reschedule your tattoo appointment with 24 hours notice, we’re happy to do so with no harm to your deposit.

We’re happy to make tweaks to the drawing, in order to ensure your satisfaction in the finished tattoo, and we look forward to your feedback. Please be aware that major overhauls to the drawing (or many many rounds of minor edits) may result in additional cost.

Please arrive on time, sober, showered and not sunburned, with the appropriate clothing to be tattooed. We will not tattoo anyone under the influence of drugs or alcohol. For your own added protection against infection (and our comfort while tattooing you!) please arrive recently bathed, and without any lotions or cologne applied to the area of the tattoo. Sunburns, cuts or damage to the area of the tattoo will likely require rescheduling the tattoo appointment. Appropriate clothing consists of clean, comfortable garments that allow the artist access to the area of the tattoo. Please be aware that ink stains on your clothing may occur during the tattoo.


How much will my tattoo cost?

Our minimum rate is $50, with most tattoos being priced per piece. Without talking with you and seeing the design you have in mind (or already drawing it out for you) its impossible to tell you what the exact price will be. Pricing is determined largely on time, size and the amount of detail your piece will have. Location of the piece on your body can also contribute to the the price. The best way to get an idea of pricing is to come talk to us!


Do you tattoo anyone under 18 years old?

We will tattoo ages 16-17 with parent signature, picture id for both, and present birth certificate. That said, we do reserve the right of refusal if something isn’t right. Getting a tattoo is a big decision and we would not want you to make such a permanent decision so early in life that you could possibly regret.


If you have any additional questions, please contact us. We will gladly answer anything you’re uncertain about to the best of our abilities.