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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.

Our Tattoo Artists

Nick Sanna

Loretta Perry

Rachel Josephine

Shane Talay

Trinny Jean

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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⚜️ Throwback to this awesome Clockwork Orange fine line piece done by Loretta
📸 @lorettaperry #thedarkessence #metrixtattoo #metrixneedles

⚜️ 1 year HEALED P!nk calf piece done by Joe Metrix
📸 @joemetrixtattoo
#mawdsleygreywash #inkjecta #metrixstencil #thedarkessence #metrixneedles #metrixtattoo

⚜️ Fine line piece done by Shane
📸 @shanetalaytattoo @shanetalaytattoos
#thedarkessence #metrixneedles #metrixtattoo

Can’t wait to have you all in the studio again!! Please remember to come alone and bring a mask to your appointment. We will be in contact with everyone as soon as possible 🖤 ...

The Dark Essence 66(6) raffle is now over and we have 3 very special winners to announce:
Major Prize winner of a full day session is Maria L
2nd Prize winner of a TDE Merch pack is Dylan R
3rd Prize winner of the Momento Mori art print by @lorettaperry is Jonathon R

Thankyou so much to everyone who participated, you are all so amazing!! If you are one of the winners, check your emails for more info. Don’t forget that you can use your raffle tickets as credits towards your next tattoo. 😁🥳🎉

⚜️ Fine line sword done by Rachel
📸 @rachel.josephine.tattoo
#thedarkessence #metrixneedles #metrixtattoo

Stay safe, see you soon 🖤 ...