The Dark Essence Tattoo Gallery is Melbourne’s new premier studio.
Established in Richmond in 2018, with a vision to build a tattoo studio that is inspiring, creative and most importantly, hygienic. The space is inspired by an unworldly, gothic and luxurious feel which is emphasised by quality, bespoke and antique pieces.

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Booking Info

All bookings require a deposit. No deposit – No booking.

Deposits are non-refundable and require a minimum of 72 hours to reschedule any appointment. Please call or email the shop for more information.

Meet The Team

Our staff is made by creative people with different nationality, ethnicity but with the same passion for tattooing.

Loretta Perry

Shane Talay

Laura Jane

Amy Whitham

Amy Whitham

Nick Sanna

Gift Vouchers

Looking for the perfect present?

Our vouchers are valid with any of our artists and are valid for 12 months. Free postage with tracking or pick it up in the studio! Email us info@thedarkessence.com or call (03) 9428 3309


Guest Artists

To guest with us, please send an email to info@thedarkessence.com

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    ⚜️ The TDE crew are going to be at @roguemma_aus tomorrow, an event we are proud to be sponsors of. If you haven’t already, grab a ticket and we will see you there. 6pm. Melbourne Pavilion. ...

    ⚜️ Astro boy by @shanetalaytattoo

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    ⚜️ Faceless portrait for Sasha
    📸 @lorettaperry
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    ⚜️ We've got @dysonink in this week for a guest spot, DM him to book ...

    ⚜️ Beautiful little butterfly @shanetalaytattoo did recently

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    What you spin is what you get, no going going back. It’s been a while, who thinks we should bring the spinning wheel back ? ...

    Our clients come for the sick tattoos but they keep comin’ back for the free lollipops! Come on down for a session with us, there’s a lollipop with your name on it 😂 ...

    ⚜️Original design by @lorettaperry done at @ritesofpassagefestival a little while back

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    ⚜️ A sick piece for a tough client !
    📸 @not.mill.younger
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