Tattoo Machine Studio, Wellington New Zealand


New at Tattoo Machine Studio

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We’re now offering SMP to restore the appearance of hair loss, thinning hair, receding hairlines and give you back your confidence.

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, follow our Instagram page

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 or 021 105 8588



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.

Fabian - Tattoo Machine Studio Artist, Wellington


From Chile, Fabian has over 10 years of experience. Always open to the customers ideas and giving original designs. Very versatile style, specialised in black and grey, traditional tattoo, illustrative, ornaments and freehand.

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

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!
Dee Lindsay
Dee Lindsay
August 7, 2023.
An enjoyable experience! Friendly and.relaxed atmosphere. Very happy with the result. Beautiful work. W!ill definitely go again and recommend to anyone else. 😊
Finn Weatherstone
Finn Weatherstone
August 1, 2023.
Lovely shop with great artists. I've had two tattoos there done by Fabian, and they were both pretty challenging tasks (reinterpreting a design done by my 7 year old niece, and the cover up of a pretty nasty scar). Both of these tattoos look fantastic, and were very reasonably priced. He was really willing to work with me on the final design, and is extremely talented. Everyone there is very friendly, and all in all there's just a great vibe. I've gotten quite a few tattoos from quite a few places in my time, and this place is definitely up there for me.
Carys Lewis
Carys Lewis
July 23, 2023.
I went to Tattoo Machine with my partner in September 2022. We were both walk in’s getting out first tattoo. We were asked where we were from and it seemed like regular small talk before any prices were mentioned. However looking back it feels like stating we were on holiday from the south island and getting our first tattoos it felt we were taken advantage of. We were charged $200 dollars cash each and told this is the minimum charge for all walk ins even small sized ones. I felt that seemed a bit steep but went with it as my partner was very convinced this is where he wanted to get his. I got the outline of a star which covers a space of maybe 2.5cm by 2.5cm and my partner also got a small tattoo about 5cm by 10cm, both on our inner arms. Shortly after I messaged a different artist from Tattoo Machine on instagram to ask about hourly rates and walk in fees and was told minimum walk in charges were $150. I would have put one star as this has left a very bad impression on me however the experience of actually getting the tattoos was very good. Our artist was professional (ignoring the pricing matter) and explained the after care well and ultimately we had a good experience, especially considering we both have a fear of needles. I’m very disappointed as I feel like we were scammed/taken advantage of which has soured the experience and it has left me not wanting to go back or recommend to anyone else. Overall I am happy with my tattoo but have been put off by the dishonestly.
Tenielle B
Tenielle B
July 21, 2023.
I got 4 tattoos done these last 2 days by 2 of the artists and I am so thoroughly impressed with the team at tattoo machine! Will definitely be back for more tattoos as I absolutely love the ones I got!!
Jasminion 1
Jasminion 1
May 25, 2023.
Definitely recommend getting tattooed here🥰
Madi-Rei Norgrove
Madi-Rei Norgrove
May 23, 2023.
An amazing place to get tattoos, everyone was so friendly and welcoming! The studio was clean with great hygenie practices and good music too! My artist Sage did a great job and they are very talented! 5 stars, I will be coming back very soon!
Jasmine Haskins
Jasmine Haskins
March 16, 2023.
Went in as a walk in yesterday and was able to get an awesome Gengar tattoo from Sages’ flash!! It was a wonderful experience and I highly recommend to anyone looking for great line work and shading. (Or just a great tattoo in general lol!!) I was only in the area visiting, but if I’m ever in Wellington again I plan on going back for another piece!