Welcome to

The Dark Essence Tattoo Gallery

MELBOURNE'S BEST TATTOO ARTISTS

Welcome to The Dark Essence Tattoo Gallery, Melbourne’s Premium tattoo studio

If you’re looking for a high-quality tattoo shop in Melbourne, you’ve come to the right place. Our tattoo parlour offers the best in custom tattoo designs, executed by our team of highly skilled artists. Whether you’re after a small and delicate piece or a full sleeve, we’ve got you covered.

Our tattoo studio in Melbourne is designed to create a comfortable and safe environment for all of our clients. We take pride in our commitment to hygiene and safety, utilizing state-of-the-art equipment and employing only the best quality inks and disposable tools.

At The Dark Essence Tattoo Gallery, we understand that a tattoo is a personal and meaningful choice. That’s why we work closely with each of our clients to ensure that their tattoo design is unique and perfectly suited to their individual style and personality.

We welcome walk-ins to our Melbourne tattoo shop, and we are always happy to discuss your ideas and answer any questions you may have about the tattooing process. Whether you are a first-time tattoo client or a seasoned tattoo enthusiast, our friendly and professional team is here to help you create the perfect tattoo.

So if you’re looking for the best tattoo Melbourne has to offer, look no further than The Dark Essence Tattoo Gallery. Book your appointment today and experience the difference that a premium tattoo studio can make.

Meet The Team

We’re proud to be a family-owned business that’s passionate about tattooing and the tattoo community. Our crew is made up of a diverse group of creative individuals, with different nationalities and backgrounds, who all share a common love for the art of tattooing. Whether you’re looking for a traditional tattoo, a custom design, or something in between, our crew is dedicated to providing you with a unique and unforgettable tattoo experience.

What our clients say

We’re dedicated to providing our clients with the best possible experience at our tattoo studio. Your feedback matters!

Aditya SomaiyaTattoo
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I recently got tattooed at Dark Essence Studio, and it was amazing! From booking a consultation all the way to the final tattoo session was really easy. Brian, my tattoo artist, was super welcoming and made me feel comfortable throughout. He listened to my ideas and did an incredible job bringing them to life. The tattoo turned out even better than I hoped for! I'll definitely be coming back for more in the future. Thank you so much! Highly recommend!
Alex- Fine line tattoos, Female tattoos
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This store has to be the coolest athletic tattoo parlour I’ve ever been to! The staff and artists are incredibly lovely and the place is so hygienic and prices are great! So much talent I couldn’t recommend this place enough. I’ve got a few but if you are nervous and wanting your first tattoo I highly recommend going here. No doubt I’ll be revisiting for more soon .
Kristine H.Tattoo
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Came here for my first professional tattoo with Ivan. He was very kind and very professional and I am so happy with the results of the 2 tattoos I got and also a touch up of an old stick and poke. Also there were lots of lollies which were definitely an added bonus. price is reasonable.
Amanda AngelevskiFine Line Tattoo
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What an amazing and welcoming place. I am so happy I found this studio. From the email exchanges prior to booking, to the lovely girl working reception, to Bella who did my tattoo. It was amazing. I felt so comfortable and welcomed. Thank you so much.
Arren E.Tattoo
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Joe is an amazing artist and the tattoo turned out perfect and couldn’t have asked for any better, great studio and all artists and staff are friendly and welcoming. Will be going back for more
Anton FanfullaTattoo
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My first tattoo experience at the Dark Essence was great! All the staff are approachable and welcoming and the place is kept clean and professional. Nicole is an amazing artist, she’s very patient, talented and passionate about her work, she was just as excited about my piece as I was! She made sure I was always comfortable and gave me a chance for a breather whenever I needed one. It meant the world. Highly recommend this place and I will be going back!
Demi KTattoo
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If I could rate it higher I would! Went to Mill for a rose Tattoo down my sternum and I am so beyond happy with how it turned out and the process during. He is beyond talented, thoughtful, professional and made the whole process so comfortable and easy, listened to what I wanted and delivered it effortlessly. For someone who gets anxiety in new places and finds tattoo studios intimidating, Mill and everyone in the studio were very welcoming and comfortable to be around and put me at ease as soon as I walked in. The studio itself and decor/layout is amazing, and by far my favourite I’ve been to. Thank you 🙏
John GaspariniTattoo
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Great ,friendly, and clean shop. Guys are great and are very professional. Andrew is absolutely amazing at what he does. Couldn't be happier with his work. Cheers.
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Guest Artists

We are proud to host some of the greatest tattoo artists from all over the globe here at The Dark Essence. This allows us to always offer you unique experiences.

We have new tattoo artists every month so keep an eye on our instagram or sign up to our newsletter for updates about which artists we have coming!

If you are an artist interested in joining us, email info@thedarkessence.com

Contact Us

Wow, you’re so close to booking your tattoo!

We’re absolutely thrilled and grateful that you’ve trusted us with bringing your vision to life. We promise to give you our absolute best, because your satisfaction is our top priority.

You’re in the hands of Melbourne’s best tattoo artists, so rest assured that you’re in good hands. Thank you again for choosing us and we can’t wait to see your amazing tattoo!

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We want to make sure that we can give you the best possible experience when you visit us for your tattoo appointment. That’s why we require a deposit for all bookings, to secure your spot and ensure that we have everything we need to make your vision come to life. We hope you understand that deposits are non-refundable, but we’re happy to work with you to reschedule your appointment with a minimum of 72 hours notice.

If you’re in the area and don’t have a booking yet, we would love for you to come in and see us! We’ll do our best to find a spot for you, so that you can experience the artistry and creativity of our Melbourne-based tattoo artists. Thank you for your understanding and we can’t wait to see you soon!

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Peaceful POV of a cover up work in progress with @rafacoutotattoo ⋆₊ ♱
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Peaceful POV of a cover up work in progress with @rafacoutotattoo ⋆₊ ♱
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Thanks Davids! Super fun piece done by @brian.tattooer ⚜️
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Thanks Davids! Super fun piece done by @brian.tattooer ⚜️
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Such a delicate and wispy freehand piece done by the beautiful @bellawild.tattoo in one full day session ☆
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#thedarkessencetattoogallery #finelinetattoo #abstracttattoo #freehand #freehandtattoo #smoketattoo #melbournetattoo

Such a delicate and wispy freehand piece done by the beautiful @bellawild.tattoo in one full day session ☆
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⚜️SPINNING WHEEL⚜️

Are you coming to our Flash Day on Saturday 27 July?

Even if you’re not getting a tattoo, every attendee on the day will still have a chance to win 1 of many prizes. Prizes include free aftercare, merch, tattoo discounts, and even a free entry to our raffle for a $100 voucher. 

Bring your friends and test your luck! 
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#flashday #flashdaytattoo #giveaway #tattoogiveaway #prizes #raffle #raffledraw #tattooraffle #spinningwheel #spinthewheel

⚜️SPINNING WHEEL⚜️

Are you coming to our Flash Day on Saturday 27 July?

Even if you’re not getting a tattoo, every attendee on the day will still have a chance to win 1 of many prizes. Prizes include free aftercare, merch, tattoo discounts, and even a free entry to our raffle for a $100 voucher.

Bring your friends and test your luck!
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#flashday #flashdaytattoo #giveaway #tattoogiveaway #prizes #raffle #raffledraw #tattooraffle #spinningwheel #spinthewheel
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@rafacoutotattoo performing magic right in front of our eyes because that looks like copy and paste!

@rafacoutotattoo performing magic right in front of our eyes because that looks like copy and paste! ...

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It was such a pleasure having @jacksonmay_tattooist guest at our studio to complete this amazing ‘Toy Story’ piece over the course of 2 full day sessions! 
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#thedarkessencetattoogallery #colourtattoo #toystory #toystorysleeve #toystorytattoo #melbourne #melbournetattoo

It was such a pleasure having @jacksonmay_tattooist guest at our studio to complete this amazing ‘Toy Story’ piece over the course of 2 full day sessions!
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Succubus done by @fletcher_blackart 🥀
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Succubus done by @fletcher_blackart 🥀
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Leandra Earl from @thebeachesband for Zoe! Done by @lorettaperry ⚜️
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Leandra Earl from @thebeachesband for Zoe! Done by @lorettaperry ⚜️
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⚜️ GUEST ARTISTS ⚜️

Located in Richmond, Melbourne, our studio is always open to guest artist position enquiries! 

The Dark Essence Tattoo Gallery welcomes artists from various backgrounds with a range of different tattoo styles - our decorative interior is sure to impress your clients!

As a home to @metrixtattoo, all guest artists will have exclusive perks & discounts on Metrix signature products! 

For interest, DM or email us at info@thedarkessence.com with your IG handle and the dates you wish to guest here. 

We look forward to hearing from you! ♱

⚜️ GUEST ARTISTS ⚜️

Located in Richmond, Melbourne, our studio is always open to guest artist position enquiries!

The Dark Essence Tattoo Gallery welcomes artists from various backgrounds with a range of different tattoo styles - our decorative interior is sure to impress your clients!

As a home to @metrixtattoo, all guest artists will have exclusive perks & discounts on Metrix signature products!

For interest, DM or email us at info@thedarkessence.com with your IG handle and the dates you wish to guest here.

We look forward to hearing from you! ♱
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Another Viking done by our realism king @rimen_bng ⚜️
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#thedarkessencetattoogallery #melbournetattoo #realismtattoo #viking #vikingtattoo #melbounre

Another Viking done by our realism king @rimen_bng ⚜️
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Here’s a few reasons why you should get an anime tattoo by our resident anime artist @akaa.ink! 

⚜️Fandom: As a dedicated fan, getting a tattoo from your favourite anime shows off your love for the series and can help you connect with other fans! 

⚜️Tribute to Favourite Characters: Getting your favourite anime character tattooed is another way of carrying a piece of that character’s strength, wisdom, or personality with you. 

⚜️Personal Connection: If an anime resonates with you on a deep level, getting a tattoo can represent its significant impact on your life! 

⚜️Childhood Memories: If anime is a significant part of your childhood, getting a tattoo can act as a nostalgic nod to the characters that shaped your early years. 

⚜️ Why Not? Maybe you don’t need a sentimental reason and you just want to get one for the visual appeal! 

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#thedarkessencetattoogallery #anime #animetattoo #tattoo #melbourne #melbournetattoo

Here’s a few reasons why you should get an anime tattoo by our resident anime artist @akaa.ink!

⚜️Fandom: As a dedicated fan, getting a tattoo from your favourite anime shows off your love for the series and can help you connect with other fans!

⚜️Tribute to Favourite Characters: Getting your favourite anime character tattooed is another way of carrying a piece of that character’s strength, wisdom, or personality with you.

⚜️Personal Connection: If an anime resonates with you on a deep level, getting a tattoo can represent its significant impact on your life!

⚜️Childhood Memories: If anime is a significant part of your childhood, getting a tattoo can act as a nostalgic nod to the characters that shaped your early years.

⚜️ Why Not? Maybe you don’t need a sentimental reason and you just want to get one for the visual appeal!

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Welcome back Brian! @brian.tattooer is back in the studio and started off strong by finishing off this beautiful thigh piece for Katie ⚜️

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#thedarkessencetattoogallery #tigertattoo #colourtattoo #neojapanese #neojapanesetattoo #melbourne #melbournetattoo

Welcome back Brian! @brian.tattooer is back in the studio and started off strong by finishing off this beautiful thigh piece for Katie ⚜️

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#thedarkessencetattoogallery #tigertattoo #colourtattoo #neojapanese #neojapanesetattoo #melbourne #melbournetattoo
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☆ FLASH DAY ☆

Celebrate our belated 5 year anniversary with us at The Dark Essence Tattoo Gallery Flash Day!

We have a line up for 5 artists from fine line, black work, anime, neo-Japanese, to illustrative. 

Prices range from $150-$350. 

We have lots of fun opportunities to win prizes with giveaway details to be announced soon…

📍300 Victoria Street, Richmond, Melbourne
🗓️ Saturday, 27 July 
⏰ 11am - 6:30pm 

☆ SAVE THE DATE ☆

☆ FLASH DAY ☆

Celebrate our belated 5 year anniversary with us at The Dark Essence Tattoo Gallery Flash Day!

We have a line up for 5 artists from fine line, black work, anime, neo-Japanese, to illustrative.

Prices range from $150-$350.

We have lots of fun opportunities to win prizes with giveaway details to be announced soon…

📍300 Victoria Street, Richmond, Melbourne
🗓️ Saturday, 27 July
⏰ 11am - 6:30pm

☆ SAVE THE DATE ☆
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⚜️COSMETIC TATTOOS⚜️
From blue-black eyebrows to a beautiful auburn brown to match Monica’s hair! @bellawild.tattoo killed it with this brow colour correction tattoo to enhance her client’s features. 

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#thedarkessencetattoogallery #browtattoo #eyebrowtattoo #colourcorrection #cosmetictattoo #melbournetattoo

⚜️COSMETIC TATTOOS⚜️
From blue-black eyebrows to a beautiful auburn brown to match Monica’s hair! @bellawild.tattoo killed it with this brow colour correction tattoo to enhance her client’s features.

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I wonder what he’s thinking about? Contemplative skeleton done by the amazing @fletcher_blackart 💀
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#thedarkessencetattoogallery #melbourne #melbournetattoo #skeletontattoo #illustrativetattoo #sketchtattoo #tattoo

I wonder what he’s thinking about? Contemplative skeleton done by the amazing @fletcher_blackart 💀
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#thedarkessencetattoogallery #melbourne #melbournetattoo #skeletontattoo #illustrativetattoo #sketchtattoo #tattoo
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Mill always wins…
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#thedarkessencetattoogallery #melbourne #melbournetattoo #tattoostudio

Mill always wins…
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Incredible back piece by the black and grey realism god @rimen_bng ⚜️
DM him directly for bookings!

Incredible back piece by the black and grey realism god @rimen_bng ⚜️
DM him directly for bookings!
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