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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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Welcome to The Dark Essence Tattoo Gallery! We are stoked to be back at it after too long in lockdown and I bet you're all excited to get tattooed again. To our awesome clients, you may recognise a few friendly faces in this video, and to the poeple out there that haven't gotten a chance to visit us yet, here is a sneak peak of what our studio is like! We would love to see you all again soon, new faces and old, so slide into our DMs and lets chat about your next piece of art! #thedarkessencetattoogallery
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We’re so excited to announce that we will be reopening as of Friday 22nd October!! We will be open by appointment only until we get through all existing appointments.
We will still be taking new bookings, to make an appointment send us a DM or email us at info@thedarkessence.com
When attending your appointment please come alone, wear a mask and have your proof of vaccination ready to go!
If you have an appointment scheduled already and you are not up to date with your vaccinations, send us a message and we would be happy to reschedule your appointment for you.

We look forward to seeing all your familiar and new faces in our studio and can’t wait to get some ink in skin! 🖤🖤🖤

ATTN: All appointments have now been rescheduled! If you have an appointment with us and haven’t received a txt msg yet then send us a DM so we can sort out your appointment. For those who don’t have an appointment yet LETS CHAT and get you booked in for some new ink! 🖤 ...

⚜️ Patterns. Done by Lu pre-lockdown.
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⚜️ Bit of a throwback to this beautiful butterfly done by @shanetalaytattoo #thedarkessence #metrixtattoo #metrixneedles ...

⚜️ Snake and rose piece done by Ludan
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⚜️ Trad banger done by Rachel
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⚜️ Custom bear heart done by Nick
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