Tattoo Machine Studio, Wellington New Zealand


Tattoo Machine - Custom Tattoo Studio

We appreciate you taking the time to check out our custom tattoo studio and the art that we are so passionate about.  We are a close team of professional artists each specialising in a variety of styles and skills yet sharing a real passion for tattooing and providing the best possible service for all our clients.  We pride ourselves on being able to create premium, creative and distinctive tattoos that capture our expertise alongside our clients vision.  Upholding the strictest standards of health and hygiene within our studio is also of paramount importance to us here at Tattoo Machine so rest assured you will be in safe hands!

Alongside our amazing resident artists we are also often fortunate to welcome many exceptionally talented international and national guest artists to Tattoo Machine.  To keep up to date with our schedule of guest artists and new work coming out of the studio, follow our Instagram page @tattoomachine.

Located in the heart of Wellington’s entertainment area we are open Monday through Saturday with walk-ins always welcome, Sundays by appointment only please.  Feel free to drop into the studio where any of our team members will always be happy to discuss your concepts and designs with you, otherwise leave us a message and we will be in touch with you as soon as possible.

Find us at Level 3, 41-47 Dixon Street, Wellington.

Call: 04 382 9481



Gil - Tattoo Machine Studio Artist, Wellington


I myself would like to express huge thanks to all my amazing colleagues, friends and clients for enabling me to make a career out of what I love! 20 years experience tattooing now and I still love it.

I have a passion for creating large scale Japanese influenced pieces, however I enjoy embracing all styles and love the opportunity to work with the ideas my clients present to me, to create something personal and significant for them.

Martin - Tattoo Machine Studio Artist, Wellington


Martin “” specialises in anime, fineline, and neo-traditional Japanese.

He really enjoys working from his own custom flash, which he posts to his instagram, and creating custom designs with his clientele. All humans are welcome.

Arina - Tattoo Machine Studio Artist, Wellington


The newest resident at Tattoo Machine, Arina was born in Russia and arrived in New Zealand when she was 10. With a passion for anything creative, she enjoys black work, fine line, etching style tattoos and is willing to give everything a go and get you as excited as she is about your new tattoo.

Frequently Asked Questions

Of course! We specialise in custom tattoos, and can design your tattoo from an idea or an image you already have. Bring in any ideas you already have and we can discuss how it could work as a tattoo.

Pain is subjective, and everyone feels it differently. Some body parts feel more pain – we’ll discuss this with you and options for limiting your pain when we have our pre tattoo consultation.
Our studio works under international health and hygiene sterilisation procedures, and we use vegan friendly inks. Aftercare will be discussed with you to keep your tattoo in top condition.
That depends on the complexity and size of the tattoo. Some take from 30 minutes, with a full sleeve or back taking multiple sessions to complete. We will agree a schedule with you at our initial consultation.

We accept cash (correct change would be appreciated!) or internet bank transfer. All our artists are all independent contractors, so you will pay them directly. All costs will be agreed before we start any work and receipts can be provided.

What our customers say

Kaveeta Malhi
Kaveeta Malhi
May 7, 2024.
Had an amazing experience today with Martin (! Genuinely exceptionally talented, made me feel completely relaxed, and clearly takes pride in everything created. Shop has a super chilled vibe and I couldn't recommend highly enough. If they're not careful I'll be back...
Bhadra Macken
Bhadra Macken
May 6, 2024.
5+ stars for Tattoo Machine! My experiences there have been fantastic. Incredible artists who are super talented. This was a very emotional day, getting my old boy imprinted for life, and I'm beyond grateful that he came out better than I'd hoped.
May 2, 2024.
Khalib Brownlie
Khalib Brownlie
February 21, 2024.
Gil Is an absolute champ, Got my forearm piece fixed and finished as a halve sleeve by Gil and it was such a good experience from our first consult right through to finishing the piece Amazing artwork and amazing shop Thank you Gil
Ran Eliaz
Ran Eliaz
February 3, 2024.
Such an awesome experience!!! Gil and the guys were just amazing. I scheduled the appointment on very short notice, provided some of my ideas, and let the "magician" do his thing. The place is emaculate, has the highest standards of hygiene, the music and atmosphere were relaxing. The end result was extraordinary.
Beanta De silva
Beanta De silva
December 14, 2023.
Got to work with Martin "Sage Tattoo" today. Was an amazing experience, good conversations, ambient workspace, and high skilled work. I was very happy with the way he took my simple line art to another level. He also let me take my own time in deciding the placement and matched it with pin-point accuracy. Definitely hoping to go here again and cheers to the rest of the team with all the amazing work you guys are doing!
Alessa Veile
Alessa Veile
December 7, 2023.
I got my first tattoo from Arina today and I'm extremely impressed with her and the studio! The whole team is super nice and I felt very comfortable and in good hands. Arina is a very talented artist and works with a lot of joy and passion. Would definitely have it done here again and can only recommend it. Thank you for this incredible experience!!!😊
Aroha Hibbert
Aroha Hibbert
November 16, 2023.
Rad tats and customer service 🤝🏼
Shelby english
Shelby english
November 7, 2023.
Booked in for a day with Sage (Martin), made me very comfy and welcome. Tattoo turned out super awesome, takes alot of care with placement super detail oriented. Shop has a cool chill vibe. Been back multiple times since my first time here, great people, great service.
Finley Tregear
Finley Tregear
October 28, 2023.
I got tattooed for 4 hours from Sage the resident tattoo artist and loved it 🙂 They were very accommodating and asked many times throughout if i needed anything as well and buying me lunch! The tattoo itself was brilliantly done and exactly how i wanted it, as a freehand! Will definitely come back. Thanks Martin!