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THE DARK ESSENCE TATTOO GALLERY, MELBOURNE’S PREMIUM TATTOO STUDIO
Established in Richmond in 2018, with a vision to build a beautifully unique space that is challenging the idea of the stereotypical Melbourne tattoo studio.

 

 

Meet The Team

Our crew is made up of creative people with different nationalities and backgrounds but with the same passion for tattooing and the tattoo community.

 

 

 


Loretta Perry

Tattoo Artist

Shane Talay

Tattoo Artist

Andrew Smith

Tattoo Artist

Laura Jane

Senior Apprentice

Joe Metrix

Tattoo Artist

Sandy Thang

Sandy Thang

Admin

Ivan Peesy

Tattoo Artist

Ben Pian

Junior Apprentice

Amy Whitham

Amy Whitham

Admin

Nick Sanna

Tattoo Artist

Mill Younger

Tattoo Artist

Han Bates

Junior Apprentice

Guest Artists

 

We are proud to host some of the greatest artists from all over the globe here at The Dark Essence.
We have new artists every month so keep an eye on our instagram or sign up to our newsletter for updates about which artists we have coming!
If you are an artist interested in joining us, email info@thedarkessence.com

 

 

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

 

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    ⚜️ Clint Eastwood in @lorettaperry signature style, faceless portraits. Give this awesome fine line piece some love! #thedarkessence #metrixtattoo #metrixneedles

    ⚜️ Clint Eastwood in @lorettaperry signature style, faceless portraits. Give this awesome fine line piece some love! #thedarkessence #metrixtattoo #metrixneedles ...

    Tattoo artist @ziho_tattooer using @metrixneedles to aid in perfecting his craft - look at the precision of those lines!  Ziho flew down from Korea to guest with us at @thedarkessence last month and pulled off some incredible work during this time. Thanks for guesting with us Ziho, was a pleasure!  We love having guest artists through and seeing new faces. If you’d like a guest spot at The Dark Essence - let’s chat!

    Tattoo artist @ziho_tattooer using @metrixneedles to aid in perfecting his craft - look at the precision of those lines!

    Ziho flew down from Korea to guest with us at @thedarkessence last month and pulled off some incredible work during this time. Thanks for guesting with us Ziho, was a pleasure!

    We love having guest artists through and seeing new faces. If you’d like a guest spot at The Dark Essence - let’s chat!
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    ⚜️ Take a look at this insane collab @mill.younger and @andrewsmithtattoo pulled off in 3 days consecutive at @austattooexpo Perth a few months back. Incredible work 👏👏

    ⚜️ Take a look at this insane collab @mill.younger and @andrewsmithtattoo pulled off in 3 days consecutive at @austattooexpo Perth a few months back. Incredible work 👏👏 ...

    The boys shaved off their moustaches three weeks ago to raise money for Movember. Some were more attached to their facial hair than others, none the less, they all shaved it off for a good cause. You can support the boys and Men’s mental health via the link in our bio and leave a donation, every cent counts. Leave a donation and we will chuck an aftercare cream on your account, to be redeemed at your next tattoo session. Just leave your name and number in the donation message box.

    The boys shaved off their moustaches three weeks ago to raise money for Movember. Some were more attached to their facial hair than others, none the less, they all shaved it off for a good cause. You can support the boys and Men’s mental health via the link in our bio and leave a donation, every cent counts. Leave a donation and we will chuck an aftercare cream on your account, to be redeemed at your next tattoo session. Just leave your name and number in the donation message box. ...

    ⚜️ Nick completed this sick chicano leg piece for Jaye a couple months back at @austattooexpo Brisbane. 
Jaye ended up coming back for more and paid a visit to Nick in Melbourne. They managed to smash out the rest of the half leg in 2 days consecutive. Check it out, half healed, half fresh. Hit us up for more chicano pieces ! #thedarkessence #metrixtattoo #metrixneedles

    ⚜️ Nick completed this sick chicano leg piece for Jaye a couple months back at @austattooexpo Brisbane.
    Jaye ended up coming back for more and paid a visit to Nick in Melbourne. They managed to smash out the rest of the half leg in 2 days consecutive. Check it out, half healed, half fresh. Hit us up for more chicano pieces ! #thedarkessence #metrixtattoo #metrixneedles
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    ⚜️ What Styles Do We Tattoo at The Dark Essence: Black And Grey edition. Take a look at some of the sick pieces are artists pump out. Send us a DM if you are thinking of getting something like this for your next piece ! #thedarkessence #blackandgrey #realism

    ⚜️ What Styles Do We Tattoo at The Dark Essence: Black And Grey edition. Take a look at some of the sick pieces are artists pump out. Send us a DM if you are thinking of getting something like this for your next piece ! #thedarkessence #blackandgrey #realism ...

    ⚜️ Throwback to this outer sleeve done in 3 days consecutively at Perth @austattooexpo by @ivanpeesy_vision. Ivan only has 2 dates left to book for November and December is filling up. DM to book!!

    ⚜️ Throwback to this outer sleeve done in 3 days consecutively at Perth @austattooexpo by @ivanpeesy_vision. Ivan only has 2 dates left to book for November and December is filling up. DM to book!! ...

    Artist: How much metal do you want?
Client: Yes  ⚜️ Insane heavy metal band sleeve by @andrewsmithtattoo⚜️  #thedarkessence #metrixneedles #metrixtattoo

    Artist: How much metal do you want?
    Client: Yes

    ⚜️ Insane heavy metal band sleeve by @andrewsmithtattoo⚜️

    #thedarkessence #metrixneedles #metrixtattoo
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    ⚜️ Blackwork butterfly sternum piece done by @shanetalaytattoo recently 🔥
📸 @shanetalaytattoo  #thedarkessence #metrixtattoo #metrixneedles

    ⚜️ Blackwork butterfly sternum piece done by @shanetalaytattoo recently 🔥
    📸 @shanetalaytattoo #thedarkessence #metrixtattoo #metrixneedles
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