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 Lovers • tarot card piece done by apprentice Laura! @lauralauralaw #thedarkessence #metrixtattoo #metrixneedles ...

    ⚜️ Forearm piece for Steve done by Shane!
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    ⚜️ Incredible piece done by Andrew
    📷 @andrewsmithtattoo
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    ⚜️WELCOMING GUEST ARTIST @leemintattoo ⚜️Leemin will be with us from 6th July - 4th August. If you’re keen to book, send a DM to get in before he’s gone!!! ...

    ⚜️ A few pieces @nicksanna_tattoos has finished up recently. Take a look!
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    ⚜️WELCOMING GUEST ARTIST @mog_blk ⚜️
    @mog_blk will be guesting with us from 6th July - 4th August! Head over to their page to check out their work and slide into our DMs for booking!

    Design to tattoo with @lorettaperry ⚜️

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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. ...

    ⚜️ Pop portrait of our clients wife done by @ivanpeesy_vision. Ivan will only be in Melbourne for a short time so make sure to jump on a booking before he’s gone!
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    We would like to give a huge congratulations to our clients and friends Elisa and Dimitri 🖤 It was a pleasure to have the couple in this weekend for a very special moment, spoiler alert, she said YES! ...

    ⚜️ Astro boy by @shanetalaytattoo

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    ⚜️ Tough as Nails! @joemetrixtattoo did this awesome piece for the great @georgialeantattoo. Check it out!
    📸 @joemetrixtattoo
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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 ...