Frequently Asked Questions

Things to know before an appointment:

Do you have to make an appointment? Do we take walk-ins?

All tattoos and consultations require appointments,
We are unable to accommodate walk-ins.
Appointments can be made via our website.

The general response time for inquiries is 1 - 2 business days.

Do you offer piercings?

No. We do not offer piercings.

We recommend contacting Luna Piercing and Fine Jewelry (
They are located just a few doors down from our studio and offer a wide variety of piercing services by appointment only.

Luna Piercing and Fine Jewelry
26 Union Street
Suite 6
Vernon, CT 06066

They have a large selection of beautiful jewelry in-store & online (

What is the deposit?

A $50 Non-Refundable deposit is required to schedule all tattoo appointments.
Half day tattoo sessions require a Non-Refundable $100 deposit.
Full day tattoo sessions require a Non-Refundable $150 deposit.

What payment methods are accepted?

We accept Cash, Venmo, & All Major Credit Cards (Visa, Mastercard, Discover, American Express).

Cash payments are preferred, as a small business this helps us save on credit card processing fees. 

How old do you need to be to get tattooed at our shop?

You must be 16 or older to get a tattoo at Have Hope Tattoo CT. Clients under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

Clients under 18 are required to bring their birth certificate and a Current Government Issued Photo ID (such as a Passport, Learner's Permit, or Driver's License).
A parent or guardian must provide a Driver's License, Military ID, Passport, or other Valid Government Issued ID.
Additional documentation will be required if either name does not match the name on the birth certificate provided exactly.

Connecticut law prohibits the tattooing of an unemancipated minor under 18 years old without the permission of the minor's parent or guardian (Connecticut General Statutes § 20-266p).

Where are you located?

Please contact us prior to visiting our studio, we will gladly schedule a time for you to visit.
All tattoos and consultations require appointments.

Our Address is:
26 Union Street
Suite 3
Vernon, Connecticut 06066

We are conveniently located just a short drive away from Ellington, Tolland, and Manchester, CT.
Our studio is just under 30 minutes away from UConn (Storrs Campus), Enfield, and Hartford, CT.

How much does a tattoo cost? What is pricing like?

The price of a tattoo depends on many factors including detail, size, and placement.
Tattoos are priced by the session & the general rate of charge for the time spent tattooing is $150/hour.
Coverups and reworks of existing tattoos are charged at a general rate of $175-200/hour depending on complexity and placement.

Tattoos start at $100.
Tattoos on the face, neck, hands & feet start at $150.
Permanent Eyebrow Tattooing Starts at $400.

Discounted hourly rates are available for sessions 4 hours in duration and longer.
Full day rate includes up to 8 hours of tattooing for $800.
Coverups and reworks of existing tattoos have a full day rate of $975.

Your artist will happily provide you with an estimate prior to any tattoo.
Estimates are provided as a guideline for pricing based on the expected duration of a tattoo session.
Guest artists may have independent pricing; they will also happily get you an estimate prior to any tattoo.

Connecticut Sales Tax of 6.35% will be applied to all purchases.

Where do I park?

On-street parking is available directly in front of the building and across the street from the building.
Most clients use on-street parking, however there is also a parking lot available behind the building and at the neighboring public library.

If you have any issues with finding parking, please call us at (860)970-4001 we will gladly assist you.

Are guests allowed?

We allow one guest per appointment, if you'd like to bring more than one guest please contact us prior to your appointment. 

Is food allowed in the studio?

We allow food and drinks in the studio.
We have complimentary bottled water and snacks available upon request for clients.

Can I use a numbing cream or product before a tattoo?


Numbing products are made by a variety of companies and there is not currently one that we recommend using.
Numbing products can cause the skin to handle a tattoo needle differently than skin traditionally does.

Please do not use any numbing products prior to a tattoo session. Use of these products may result in your artist being unable to tattoo you at the scheduled session and a new session needing to be scheduled.

During the tattoo process, Bactine may be used by your artist to "Take the 'ouch' out".
This will not completely relieve the pain, but for longer sessions it is often favored by clients to reduce overall pain.

How should I heal my tattoo?

After your tattoo, your artist will go over aftercare procedures with you and give you an aftercare sheet.
If you need an extra copy of this sheet, please contact us.

We have tattoo aftercare products available for purchase. 

Is your studio accessible?

We are located on the first floor, which is accessible.
Our studio welcomes clients with wheelchairs, mobility aids, and other power-driven mobility devices.

We believe in inclusivity.
Upon arrival to a your appointment, if you'd like to be greeted outside of our studio and welcomed in by a staff member, please call us. Just let us know your name and that you'd like to have one of us meet you outside of our studio.

Please contact us if you have any questions regarding our accessibility.

What ink(s) are used at our studio?

A majority of the inks used at our studio are Eternal Ink & StarBrite Colors.
All of the inks used in our studio are vegan friendly.

If you have any other questions or concerns, please contact us directly.