190 Main Street - East Haven, CT 06512 / 203-469-9208
Open Tuesday thru Saturday, 11ish to 7ish

News & Events

After careful consideration, we are raising our prices.

5.24.2022 - After the past two years of drastic supply cost increases, we are forced to up our hourly rate to $165 per hour, and our shop minimum to $90.  Piercing prices will also be going up by $10.  We held off as long as we could, hoping our costs would... Read More hr

A little History of Darkside Tattoo with TattooNOW!

3.30.2022 -   Hear a little bit of tattoo history, Darkside Tattoo, and TattooNOW, with Sean OHara and Gabe Ripley on and The TattooNOW Show! ... Read More hr

Sean OHara discusses NFTs on Reinventing the Tattoo Live!

3.21.2022 -     Check out Darkside's Sacred Heart NFTs!     Quick tutorial on how to get NFTs...     1.  Download a Crypto exchange app, such as Coinbase, from the App Store, or Play Store.  Foll... Read More hr

Darkside Tattoo NFT's now available on OpenSea!

1.27.2022 - If you’ve been living in the crypto world for a while, you’ve likely heard of the term “Non-Fungible Token”, or “NFT”. Maybe you’re a skeptic, a believer, or perhaps you still don’t really know what exactly ... Read More hr

COVID-19 Safeguards and Regulations

8.5.2020 - We want to keep you guys up to date on what procedures we've been implementing to control the spread of "The 19."  We, at Darkside, take the health and safety of both our clients, and staff, very seriously.  So, that being said, th... Read More hr

Darkside Welcomes 2 New Artists!

6.16.2020 - We would like to welcome Nick Trammel and Manny Morell to our Darkside Family.  Both of these guys are tremendous artists, with years of experience, and work in a wide variety of styles.  Be sure to check out their portfolios on the site, as wel... Read More hr

Darkside Tattoo Online Store

12.28.2019 - Check out our new Online Store!   You can currently purchase T-Shirts and Gift Cards right on the site.  We will be updating and integrating our store soon, but for now, feel free to check it out and buy some stuff. ... Read More hr

Gift Certificates Available!

11.26.2019 - Don't forget to get that special someone on your Christmas List a Darkside Tattoo Gift Certificate this holiday season! ... Read More hr

May the 4th be with you!


Best of Luck to Kayla, Welcome to Maddie

4.16.2019 - Our Darkside Family would like to wish Kayla, our previous receptionist, the best of luck!  Kayla is no longer with us, but will always remain part of our family.  We would also like to welcome our new receptionist, Maddie Higley to the team. ... Read More hr

Body Piercing - Wednesday’s & Saturdays

3.14.2018 - At this time, Melinda will booking piercing appointments on Wednesdays and Saturdays only.  Please call in advance to set up your body piercing appointments. ... Read More hr

Darkside Welcomes Kayla Poirier!

3.10.2018 - Darkside is happy to welcome Kayla Poirier, our new receptionist.  She is here to answer all your questions,  set up appointments, and greet you when you come to the shop.   ... Read More hr

Best of Luck to Sadie!

3.10.2018 - Our Darkside Family is sad to report, that our receptionist, Sadie, has left us, and moved back home.  We wish her the best, and she will always be family!  See ya in a while, Crocodile!   ... Read More hr

New Artist - Cole Gridley!

1.16.2018 - We would like to welcome Cole Gridley to our Darkside Family!   Cole recently moved to CT from Massachusetts.  He specializes in bold new school color tattoos, but is also very versatile.  Come down and book an appointment with Cole, y... Read More hr

Guest Artist - Joe Swider

1.9.2018 - Joe Swider will be guest spotting here at Darkside, this Friday, January 12, and Saturday, January 13.  We are looking forward to having Joe here, he's a past employee, and always a member of our Darkside Family.  Call the shop to check on J... Read More hr

Tommy's Supplies Starbrite Pro-Team welcomes Sean O'Hara

4.18.2017 - A special thanks to Tommy Ringwalt and the crew at Tommy's Supplies for accepting Sean O'Hara to their team of sponsored professional artists.  Sean has been a strong supporter and user of Tommy's Starbrite Inks from the beginning, and is... Read More hr

Experienced Tattoo Artist Wanted!

4.8.2017 - We are currently looking for an experienced full-time artist!  We have a very positive atmosphere and helpful staff hell bent on producing the best tattoos and experience for our clients.  If you think you have what it takes, and would like the ... Read More hr

Darkside will be at The Philadelphia Arts Tattoo Convention 2017

1.26.2017 - Marissa Falanga and Daniel Adamczyk will be representing Darkside Tattoo at this year's Philadelphia Arts Tattoo Convention.  Give a call to the shop and check on their availability.  The show is February 10 - 12, 2017, at the Pennsylvania C... Read More hr

Tommy's Tattoo Convention 2016

10.6.2016 - Darkside will be at Tommy's Tattoo Convetion 2016, in Hartford, CT.  Marissa Falanga and Daniel Adamczyk will working the show at Darkside's booth this year.  Get all the info on the event at ... Read More hr

Darkside Tattoo Feature Article!

10.5.2016 - Check out Darkside's latest magazine article in Tattoo Revue #178.  The article has pictures from all our artists, as well as a history on the shop.  You can pick up a copy at your local news store, or on Amazon at Read More hr

New Artist! - Matthew Kiley

9.2.2016 - Darkside is proud to welcome Matt Kiley to our Darkside Family.  Matt has been tattooing for over 20 years, and is the former owner of Tasty Pain Tattoo.  Matt will be with us part-time, on Friday and Saturdays.  We will updating his portfo... Read More hr

Dave Racci and Mikey Har will be at the Boston Tattoo Convention!

3.13.2016 - Dave Racci and Mikey Har will be tattooing at this year's Boston Tattoo Convention.  The 15th Annual Boston Tattoo Convention will be held April 8th - 10th at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston’s Back Bay.  Call the shop to check on... Read More hr

Mikey Har will be at the Chicago Tattoo Convention!

3.13.2016 - Darkside's Mikey Har will be at the Chicago Rosemont Tattoo Arts Convention this weekend, March 18 - 20 2016.  The show is being held at Donald E Stephens Convention Center, 5555 N River Rd, Rosemont, IL 60018.  Call the shop to check on Mik... Read More hr

Vote for Darkside Tattoo on CTNOW's 'Best of 2016' Reader's Poll!

1.31.2016 - The's "Best of 2016" Reader's Poll is going on now!  Darkside Tattoo is up for "Best Body Piercing" and "Best Tattoo Parlor" in the "Professional Services" section, so cast your vote and make ... Read More hr

Darkside at Philadelphia Tattoo Arts Convention 2016

1.7.2016 - Darkside Tattoo will be the Philadelphia Tattoo Arts Convention, February 12-14, 2016.  The show is at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, 131 N Broad St, Philadelphia, PA 19107.  More info is available on  Sean ... Read More hr

New Artist! - Dan Adamczyk

1.7.2016 - Darkside is proud to welcome Dan Adamczyk to our Darkside Family.  Dan will be here full-time, starting on January 12th.  Dan was here in November for a guest spot, and were happy that he chose to stay.  Dan was previously at Tattoo Interna... Read More hr

Guest Artist - Alink Kootaishi!

10.22.2015 - Alink Kootaishi will be tattooing at Darkside from November 25th to December 9th.  Alink is here in the US from Indonesia for a few months, and we're very happy to have him tattooing with us.  Alink specializes in portraits and realism, you ... Read More hr

Guest Artist - Dan Adamczyk!

10.21.2015 - Dan Adamczyk, from Tattoo International in Wallingford, CT, will be with us November 12, 13, and 14.  You can check out Dan's work on his facebook page -, or on instagram - @daniel_adamczyk .  Giv... Read More hr

Wishing Farewell to Izzy Morales

10.14.2015 - We are sad to say that Izzy Morales is no longer with us.  Izzy has been a part of our Darkside Family for over 10 years, and he will be certainly missed.  Izzy has decided to make some changes for himself, and we, as his family, will always sup... Read More hr

Guest Artist - Mike Marcel!

9.9.2015 - Mike Marcel, from House of Pain Tattoo in El Paso, TX will be guest spotting at Darkside, September 14 - 16, 2015.  You can check out Mike's portfolio at  We are looking forward to having him, call the s... Read More hr

Tommys Tattoo Convention 2015

9.10.2015 - Darkside Tattoo will be at this year's Tommy's Tattoo Convention in Hartford, CT, October 2-4.  The show will be at the CT Convention Center, 100 Columbus Blvd, in Hartford.  We will be there with 4 artists from the shop, Sean O'Hara... Read More hr

Guest Artist - Shane Baker!

7.21.2015 - Shane Baker will be guest spotting at Darkside, Tuesday July 28 - Saturday August 1.  He still has some time available, so call the shop and book your time now. ... Read More hr

Congratulations Marissa!!!

4.12.2015 - We are proud to say Marissa Falanga has finished her apprenticeship with flying colors and is now a full-time artist, and a great addition to our Darkside Family!  So come down, check out her portfolio, and set up an appointment! ... Read More hr

Troy is no longer with us ...

4.12.2015 - Sorry to say, Troy Radecki is no longer at Darkside Tattoo.  We wish him the best of luck in his career.  Anyone wishing to contact him can find him at his new location at Tru Tattoo in North Branford. ... Read More hr

Come see us at the Philadelphia Tattoo Arts Convention 2015!

1.2.2015 - Sean O'Hara, Dave Racci, and Mikey Har will be tattooing at this year's Philadelphia Tattoo Arts Convetion on February 13th thru 15th, at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, 1101 Arch St, Philadelphia, PA 19107.  Melinda O'Hara will be th... Read More hr

Thanksgiving Food Drive

10.30.2014 - Stop by the shop and help us feed the hungry this holiday season by donating any non-perishable food item.  We will be bringing all food collected to the East Haven Food Bank this Thanksgiving, in hopes of helping the less fortunate have a Happy, ... Read More hr

Steve "Fish" Warner Guest Spot at Darkside!

10.19.2014 - This Friday and Saturday, the 24th-25th, Steven "Fish" Warner will be guest spotting at Darkside. Come check him out!!!  Sean and Melinda met Fish while on vacation in Florida, we are excited to have him stopping through Connecticut and ... Read More hr

Come check us out at Tommy's Tattoo Convention

8.31.2014 - Darkside Tattoo will be at Tommy's Tattoo Convention on October 3 - 5, 2014.  The show will be at the Connecticut Convention Center, 100 Columbus Blvd, in Hartford, CT.  Sean, Dave, Mikey, and Troy will be tattooing at the show, so call t... Read More hr

Darkside Tattoo Grand Opening Party!

7.21.2014 - Come down on August 24, 2014, from 12 pm to 4 pm, and help us celebrate the opening of our new location at 190 Main Street in East Haven.  Fun for everyone ... free raffles, food, ice cream, photo booth, etc! ... Read More hr

Darkside T-Shirts

6.4.2014 - Darkside Tattoo' s new t-shirts are now available at the shop, just $20!  Come down and grab one before this batch is all gone, and see the new shop while you're at it! ... Read More hr

Darkside's New Location!

5.28.2014 - Darkside Tattoo is proud to announce that we are all settled in to our new location at 190 Main Street, in East Haven!  Come down and check out our new shop, you won't be disappointed! ... Read More hr

Best Of New Haven

5.28.2014 - The Darkside Family would like thank all of our loyal customers and supporters over the years for voting for us in this year's New Haven Advocate Best Of Edition.  Darkside took first place in Best Body Piercing Studio, and second place for Be... Read More hr

Darkside Tattoo is moving!

4.24.2014 - We are happy to announce that Darkside Tattoo is moving back to East Haven!  We will post more on the details soon, but the new the shop will prove to the best ever, with a much bigger store, and much needed bigger parking lot!  Stay tuned fo... Read More hr

Welcome To The New Website!

3.10.2014 - The new is finally here!  Its been a long time in the making, and we are all very proud to be part of the family once again.  We would like to personally thank Gabe Ripley of TattooNOW for helping ot make this... Read More hr