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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    ⚜️ A sick piece for a tough client !
    📸 @not.mill.younger
    #thedarkessence #metrixneedles #metrixtattoo

    📣📣 @shanetalaytattoos books are now open again. Everyone on the wait list has now been contacted and if you wish to book in, send us a DM and we will get you sorted ! ...

    ⚜️ A piece from Loretta’s flash! If you like what you see, head on over to Loretta’s page and you can check out her other designs up from grabs!
    📸 @lorettaperry
    #thedarkessence #metrixneedles #metrixtattoo

    UPDATE: MERCH RESTOCK! Every size has been restocked, come on down and grab a shirt or a hoodie! ...

    We will be attending @ritesofpassagefestival this weekend, so the studio will be closed!
    Just drop by our booth with @metrixneedles instead!
    Number I09 - see you there!!