This site will show you what our shop is about, our policies for getting tattooed, and a little about who we are. We have an online shop to purchase our shirts and other items. Please take the time to scroll through, and look at pictures of some of the tattoos Kerry has done. There is also a link to kerrytat2 Instagram below, to see the up to the day work he has done. We welcome phone calls with questions. We are closed Sunday and Wednesday. Scroll to the bottom for specific hours.
Procedure for getting Tattooed
1. know what tattoo you want-tattoos are not clothing, you can not try it on
2. CALL to make an appointment for a consult 973-789-4450
3. gather references, if needed-we do have references here, but not the world
4. consult with Kerry - make your final decision on your design. Kerry sometimes will give you a choice at your appointment, if he feels the need to try more than one design composition.
5. Make your appointment,
we require a
*$50 cash deposit for small-medium tattoo
*$100 cash deposit for large tattoos This will go towards the price of your tattoo, unless changes are made after the design has been decided upon, then an additional deposit is needed, and the first deposit is forfeited. Time and craft are not free. NO drawing is done without a deposit. No one works for free, we all need to eat.
6. If you would like to see your design, before your appointment, you may come in person to see it. We do not let any design leave the shop.
7. Be clean
8. Get tattooed
9. Food and Drink are not allowed in the shop,
except for water. This includes those getting tattooed, and anyone with them. We have accommodations for those getting large scale tattoos.
Bulldog Tattoo complies with New Jersey state laws for tattooing minors.
*You must be at least 16 years old
*You must have a consent form (provided by us), officially Notarized that your guardian agrees to the tattooing
*You must have your guardian with you at the time of the consult and the tattooing
We have our own rules for minors getting tattooed. They are:
*You (the minor) must speak for yourself
*The minor must CALL 973-789-4450 to make their own appointment
*Have all disagreements about the tattoo straightened out before coming in for the consult-if there are questions about a design, or anything regarding tattooing ask us about it - do not argue
*Parents are not always correct when it comes to design ideas, neither is the minor
*We are not here to side with anyone
*If the guardian does all the talking, we will not continue with the consult
*General placement should be determined before the tattoo appointment *The guardian cannot have input for exact body placement at the time of the tattoo-it is decided between Kerry and the client
*Kerry will decide what he is comfortable tattooing on a minor, and make appropriate suggestions
Kerry O'Neill's tattoo career is nearly 25 years old. He learned the craft of creating quality tattoos at Shotsie's tattoo shops, earning his place with an old school tattoo apprenticeship, while still practicing as an optician.
Kerry has a classic tattoo style. His belief is that tattoos should hold up for a lifetime.
Kerry's experience and skill cutting lenses and fixing eyeglass frames, led him to be highly skilled in fixing and building tattoo machines. He also solves problems when tattoo machines are not running well.
Kerry makes every aspect of his tattooing important, well tuned tattoo machines are a part of it.
Our shop is a located in historic Butler, NJ. We are at 9 Kiel Ave, a block off Main St. The area has walkable places to grab a bite to eat and a drink. There is street parking. When using GPS, make sure to go to Kiel Ave in Butler (crossroad is Boonton Ave), as Kinnelon has the same ZIPCODE.
We do our best to make anyone walking in feel comfortable, regardless of who they are, and what they want as a tattoo. Kerry will steer a client in the right direction, if he feels a concept will not result in a great tattoo.
Beaux the Bulldog is the face of our shop. She was our family pet for over 10 years. Beaux was a joy and entertainment for family, friends, and everyone she met. The Butler school mascot is the bulldog. Beaux was allowed to attend sporting events, mostly football games, as we support the marching band. She spent her last years snoring outside Kerry's room at the shop, louder than the tattoo machine. We miss her, but her spirit is kept alive as the name of our shop.
Visit our shop, online or in person to purchase clothing with Kerry's hand lettered logo, Beaux, or the
Hand made Tattoo Machine cases available
We love our customers, so feel free to visit during normal business hours. If Kerry is tattooing, you can make an appointment or leave your number at the desk and we will get back to you to make an appointment.
9 Kiel Avenue, Butler, New Jersey 07405, United States
11:00 am – 06:00 pm
Call to make an appointment. We are available off hours, upon request, and depending on size of tattoo.