“The atmosphere is very warm and intimate and EVERYONE there will make you feel like you've been coming there your entire life!”
“The shop is located between Macy's Herald Square store (which is Macy's biggest store) AND the Empire State Building so for all those people visiting New York, go get your tattoo then go to Macy's to buy you and your "boo" something nice and then bounce o”
“great place - clean and friendly - definitely recommended”
“This was my first tattoo ever, so the friendly but at the same time professional environment, made it much easier for me to relax and enjoy the process.”
“first off, i went bc of the good reviews i read on here - i went to price/get a feel and the staff member was extremely rude and unhelpful, so i called to complain --- they told me to come down and theyd make it up to me.”
“rude staff, slow service, bad quality (good music!)”
Adam Hays is the man.
I've been getting tattooed by Adam for about 4 years now and honestly, I wish I knew about this guy sooner as I would have had him do all my work.
Each tattoo is ridiculously amazing, extremely detailed, and customized just the way I want.
Whether it's Japanese freehand, star wars awesomeness, traditional, cover-ups, freehand - anything you want. He's the man for the job.
Also (and definitely worth noting) is that he's extremely personable, friendly, and just an all-around cool guy. He's never caught up in himself and always has a down to earth attitude and can definitely keep you laughing and talking throughout your experience.
For your next tattoo, you should definitely check him out.
Adam Hays is a Genius..
5 star rating
Adam Hays is a genius.
Here is why: Over the course of the past year, he took the insane, shoddy tattoo work on my arm and turned it into a beautiful half-sleeve full of story books, forest creatures, and awesomeness.
The only reference material I took to him when we first met were the words from my mouth. When he showed me the resultant drawing, my jaw hit the floor. Then it hit the floor again after every session. I'm surprised I'm not injured.
The detail on my piece is intricate and engaging. I've gone from the girl who got the side-eye every time someone saw my arm to the girl whose arm gets grabbed often so people can gawk at its glory.
Overall, sitting for Adam was an amazing, highly collaborative experience. He is very open to--and free with--suggestions. He will tell you what works and what doesn't, and why. He will also tell you jokes, and about his monstrous amounts of love for both his wife and bacon. He has tons of reference material on-hand, in case you're unsure or just unprepared. Usually there's a movie on too, which is a good distraction from the pain if you have a long session ahead of you.
The shop is clean and covered in art. If you drop in on a Saturday, you might even get to meet Mike's Weimaraner, Sophia. Don't expect to drop in and get worked on immediately, though. Adam is usually booked because he's a superstar, so have your design in mind, and plan on an appointment three to four weeks off, depending on availability. Keep in mind that Adam's specialties lie more in the realm of traditional and Star Wars themed work, but his portfolio speaks volumes about the versatility of his talent.
To summarize: Go see Adam Hays. Right now.
I got lucky when I found Red Rocket. I've been tattooed in the midwest, rural Tennessee, and in England; I had no idea how beautiful a really well done tattoo could be until I got my first one from Betty Rose. The difference in quality was so obvious it was startling. Since then Betty has done several more for me, with another one in the works. I've brought several friends to Red Rocket- I wouldn't send them anywhere else!!
Red Rocket is a great place to chill with cool people, good music, and a great environment. But they're not just cool- they're professionals who approach their business and their art with a lot of pride. You won't find a better place to get an amazing tattoo!
Good place for laughs and feeling comfortable.
Recently went in to get a tattoo from Betty Rose, she had a sweet disposition, that was only matched by the sugary tunes melting through speakers. I felt at ease from the moment I told her what I wanted till she slapped some bandages on me.
The rest of the staff was just as great, making jokes and talking about how it felt when they started getting work done.
Overall the entire shop impressed me with their knowledge and cleanliness versus my past couple experiences in other parlors.
If I could think of one thing to spruce the place up it would be a TV in the waiting room, other than that this place jumped to my favorite new shop with Betty Rose being my new Tattoo Guru.
Cured Cancer. The place was pretty clean and easy to find, but it is another case of tattoo artists walking around like they've discovered the cure for cancer.
Worst Tattoo Experience With Adam Hays. Worst place I have ever been to, hands down. I came in to NYC from Philly to meet with ADAM HAYS to talk about getting a tattoo. So I wait for a hour until he is finished with a customer and he comes out, looks at the tattoo I want to get and refuses to put it on me because he doesn't like the angle I want to put it on. He though it was "an uncool angle" and that it would diminish his status if he put it on me. This guy and this parlor are a total joke. Small egos...huge attitudes. Classic snob tattoo artists. Avoid at all costs!
Red Rocket is the BEST!.
Once again Red Rocket comes through. My girlfriend went to some other shop and got her nose pierced...they put an "earring" in her nose and gave her the wrong aftercare advice... it swelled...so she went to another shop and they put a "bone ring" in her nose and gave her bad aftercare advice.
Three months later it was swollen and hurt, so I recommended Red Rocket and as usual they were professional and skilled. She now has a "screw piercing" like she should have gotten to begin with and was more than happy with the way she was treated and reassured!
The moral of the story...GO TO RED ROCKET FIRST!!! Start off with the best, their prices are fair and you're paying for top notch skill. No one wants a horror story when it comes to your tattoo or piercing, so only entrust your body and health to the best.
Very good place. i got my second tattoo done there with Buddha. he's really nice and knows what is doing. i defenitely recommend that place and this artist
#1 shop in nyc. i went to betty rose for my first tattoo ever. i came in with an idea of my own and a rough drawing and she turned it into a masterpiece. she made me feel comfortable and welcome and put her all into making sure i was happy with the result. the shop itself is definitley a great atmosphere; very friendly. its clean and safe and full of great artists. i cant wait to go back.
How could so many amazing artists congregate in one shop?.
It's true!! Red Rocket consists of nothing but the best! Although I have only been tattooed by two of their artists, its safe to say that there is no other tattoo shop like this one and every artist there has a ton of talent and passion.
Betty Rose was the first to tattoo me at RR, I brought her an overwhelming amount of ideas for what I wanted and not only did she stay calm but she busted out one of the most amazing tattoos I have ever seen.
Vinny was the second to tattoo me, and as usual I had a challenging request of covering up a regrettable tattoo. He did an amazing job and his unique color choice left me with a one of a kind, fabulous cover up!!
The shop is clean, friendly, family-like, and always a fun time.
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