THE FINEST TATTOOS IN THE CAPITAL DISTRICT
Founded in 2005 as a labor of love between artists and friends with a passion for custom tattooing and being out of the box. The Dead Presidents Lounge offers professional, private tattooing in an upscale, friendly, and cultured environment. We do not have a piercer.
The Dead Presidents Lounge is a custom tattoo shop and art gallery in Albany, NY. We pride ourselves on being a clean, well-rounded, and versatile shop with the best reputation in the area. We feel so fortunate to be considered for your first or next tattoo.
Tattooers include Dustin Horan, Christian Minick, Peter Clarke, Melanie Lucia-Clarke, Derek Hollenbeck, Natalie Leitman, Elijah Ortiz and Dave Ball.
In addition to the wide breadth of styles we can provide, we offer laser tattoo removal for those "I changed my mind" tattoo moments.
Our laser tattoo removers are Christian and Stephanie Minick of CS Tattoo Removal.
If you would like to make an appointment with any of the artists here, please call fill out a tattoo application on our main page.
Are you a first time customer or maybe you haven't been to the Dead Presidents Lounge in years? View our gallery and get a feel for the shop before you schedule an appointment.
Our working spaces are private and designed to make you feel comfortable. Each artist is able to express themselves in their private space.
See the space to connect with our artists.
WE OFFER LASER TATTOO REMOVAL
The Dead President’s Lounge offers advanced laser tattoo removal through CS Tattoo Removal. The Q-switched ND YAG laser’s high energy wavelengths target tattoo pigmentation without damaging the surrounding skin. The tattoo’s pigment absorbs the light spectrum and becomes broken up into smaller fragments. The body’s phagocyte cells engulf and absorb the broken up pigment particles which then get eliminated through the lymphatic system. Complete removal of tattoo pigmentation typically requires multiple laser sessions.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
HOW DO I GET A TATTOO APPOINTMENT?
You must submit a tattoo application on our main page to start the tattoo journey with us, this is required.
HOW OLD DO YOU HAVE TO BE TO GET A TATTOO?
You must be at least 18 years old to receive a tattoo.
DO I NEED TO PUT DOWN A DEPOSIT FOR AN APPOINTMENT?
Appointments will require a deposit to hold your spot. The deposit is non refundable, however, transferable to another date with the same artist (the deposit is not transferable between artists) and will go toward your last appointment session with your artist. Please give us 48 hours notice if you need to cancel or change your appointment.
WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING WITH ME?
Please bring 2 forms of ID with you for every appointment (at least one picture ID... the other can just have your name on it).
DO YOU TAKE DEBIT OR CREDIT CARDS?
We accept cash, debit and credit.
HOW DO YOU DETERMINE PRICING?
Our rate is charged by the hour at $200.00.
CAN I BRING MY KIDS ALONG WITH ME TO MY APPOINTMENT?
Please do not bring any children with you to your appointment. Toddlers and babies are adorable and we love them however, not while we are working.
WHAT WILL I NEED FOR MY AFTERCARE?
An antibacterial soap (diluted with water) such as Dial or Softsoap (or any mild white or clear soap that contains no dyes, perfumes or fragrances). You'll also need unscented white lotion such as Lubriderm, Aveeno or Jergens. Cocoa butter lotion may be used but is the only exception to the unscented rule.
DO YOU SELL ANY AFTERCARE PRODUCTS THAT I’LL NEED?
Yes, we sell an aftercare package for $10.00. It comes with a mild soap and unscented white lotion.
HOW DO I CARE FOR MY FRESH TATTOO?
Leave your bandage on for two or three hours and until you get home or somewhere clean. After removing the bandage, wash your tattoo. Do not cover or re-bandage your tattoo.Wash your tattoo 2-3 times a day for 2 weeks.
Gently wash the tattoo using your fingertips or hands only. Using antibacterial soap and cool to warm water, take care to gently remove all traces of blood and/or plasma; residual body fluids cause scabbing. Do not scrub the tattoo during your healing period. Gently air dry. Do not use towels or washcloths on your tattoo as they can harbor bacteria.
Apply a small amount of lotion to the tattoo; only enough to where it will completely rub in with no excess. A little bit goes a long way. Always wash your tattoo before applying new lotion.
Ensure that your tattoo remains moisturized but not over-saturated. Keep in mind that you will need to pay extra attention to this during the first 3-4 days after being tattooed.
WHAT CAN I EXPECT WHILE MY TATTOO IS HEALING?
It is normal for your skin to form a protective layer over your tattoo. However, if you over moisturize or do not moisturize enough, a thick, hard scab may form that may crack when you move. It is important to try to avoid this kind of scab through proper washing and moisturizing. Moisturizing is a personal balance that can be different for each individual.
When your tattoo is healing your body will form a thin membrane to protect the tattoo while it heals. This layer peels off very similar to a sunburn. Do not pick at your tattoo or purposely try to make it peel while it heals. It is normal to see small flakes of colored skin peeling off during this stage of healing.
Some people may also experience some heavier layers of buildup or scabbing. When dealing with scabs cut back on the lotion and make sure you do not scratch or pick at the scabs.
It is normal for the tattoo to become very itchy during healing, sometimes gently slapping or tapping a tattoo can help, do not scratch or pick!
WHAT SHOULD I AVOID DOING WHILE MY TATTOO IS HEALING?
Do not submerge your tattoo in water for at least 2 weeks. Soaking your tattoo can soak through the soft tissue and cause your ink to flow down the drain. This includes swimming in the ocean or a pool, hot tubs, and saunas. Short showers are best, under 10 minutes if possible.
Avoid sun exposure and tanning until your tattoo is completely healed. Keep in mind that even after healing is complete the sun can and will fade your tattoo over time!
Do not use Vaseline on your tattoo ever. We don’t care what your friend said or how your uncle healed his tattoo, don’t use it.
Do not use lotions that contain color fragrance or sparkles anywhere on or around your tattoo until the healing is complete.
A tattoo isn’t completed until it is fully healed. Tattoos are an investment and require active participation on your part.