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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

Trinny Jean

Ludan Jiang

Rachel Josephine

Amy Whitham

Amy Whitham

Nick Sanna

Laura Jane

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 quick PSA now that we have hit summer time: Keep your tattoos safe from the sun! The more sun exposure your tattoo has, the more the pigments will break down. In saying that, also keep yourself safe from the sun this summer and don't forget to wear sunscreen 😄 ...

We are fully booked for 2021!! Send us a DM to secure a slot for early next year, but hurry, bookings won't last! 🖤 #thedarkessencetattoogallery ...

Christmas time snuck up quick this year! Need a gift that lasts a lifetime ? We have gift vouchers for any amount, perfect for any KK. Get in touch to get your hands on one, we can send you out a hard copy with free postage. AusPost sucks this year so get onto it quick!

⚜️ Custom trippy scorpion done by Rachel 🦂
📸 @rachel.josephine.tattoo
#thedarkessence #metrixneedles #metrixtattoo

Calling all past clients 📣📣 Please send us your healed tattoo pics!! We love to see how our tattoos have healed up, would be awesome for y'all to send us some pics or if you are in the area, pop in and say hi and show us how they look!
Pictured is one of Joe's amazing clients who has been forever adding to her awesome colour realism back piece, this piece is mostly healed and part fresh

Did you know 🧐 we offer free consultations!
What is a consultation? A consult is a small meeting session you can have with your artist to chat about anything and everything in relation to your next tattoo with us - placement, design, most suitable sizing, ideas and recommendations. You can have all your questions answered in a consultation, you can also always DM us and we would be happy to help out the best we can for your next custom art piece! Go ahead and send us all of your ideas, we would love to see them!!!

🕸 Happy Halloween everyone 🕸 Tis’ the season to be spooky so here’s a throw back to this sick skull piece done by Joe! #mawdsleygreywash #inkjecta #metrixneedles #metrixtattoo #metrixstencil ...