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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

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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    ⚜️ Cool little scorpion done today by Trin for Arina 🦂🦂🦂
    📸 @trintattoos
    #thedarkessence #metrixneedles #metrixtattoo

    ⚜️ We have had a few spots in Jan open up - if you're keen to squeeze in send us through a message and we will get you sorted, hurry though, they wont last long!
    📸 @attnseekermedia

    ⚜️ Snake in progress by Joe Metrix
    📸 @joemetrixtattoo using @metrixneedles

    The Dark Essence Tattoo Galley will be closing for the Christmas and New Years break. We will close up on 24th December and we will reopen on Tuesday 4th January. We hope you all have an amazing Christmas + NYE and look forward to tattooing you all in the New Year. 🥳🎉 ...

    How addictive is getting tattooed!! This is @nicksanna_tattoos with his awesome client Dillion, he came in for his first tattoo this year with Nick and has since filled up almost his entire sleeve. If you're thinking that it's about time for your next one, this is your sign to book it in! Treat yo' self ...

    ⚜️ First tattoo for Josh done by Rachel
    📸 @rachel.josephine.tattoo
    #thedarkessence #metrixneedles #metrixtattoo

    ⏰🎄 Christmas is 12 days away and counting and we all know what that means... it's last minute Christmas gifts time!! Don't forget - we do Gift Vouchers of any amount and we can send a hard copy out to you free of charge with registered postage. If you are too nervy that it won't come in time then we can also organise an e-gift voucher. Either way we got you this Chrissy 👊
    P.S AusPost estimates that it will take 2-4 business days to receive a registered post letter if you live in VIC. This lands us at 20th Dec cut off to purchase a hard copy voucher - in saying that, we can't guarantee that it will arrive in this time frame so, the sooner the better!!!

    ⚜️ Awesome Hamsa hand done by Trin
    📸 @trintattoos
    #thedarkessence #metrixneedles #metrixtattoo

    Did you know?¿ : Design
    We’ve had a few enquiries about designs lately; Can I get it drawn up before I book in? Can I have this exact tattoo?

    We cannot copy exact designs but we can definitely use images as reference to create your own piece personalised to yourself. Our goal is to create custom pieces for every client and make designs most suitable for every body type!

    When you book in for a tattoo and leave a deposit, your artist will then start designing your tattoo. We cannot start designing anything until a deposit has been made.

    And as always, if you ever have any questions regarding your tattoo feel free to DM us or give us a call and we would be happy to help out!

    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 😄 ...