Tattoo Machine Studio, Wellington New Zealand


Tattoo Machine - Custom Tattoo Studio

At Tattoo Machine, one of Wellington’s most well known Custom Tattoo Studios, we believe that every tattoo tells a story. Whether it’s your first ink or you’re adding to your collection, our talented artists are here to help you express yourself through unique and personalized designs. Compromising a team of professional artists, each bringing their own style, and sharing a passion for art and tattoo.

Located in the creative heart of Wellington, Tattoo Machine is a modern, clean, and welcoming space where creativity flourishes. Our studio is equipped with state-of-the-art equipment and adheres to the highest standards of hygiene to ensure your safety and comfort.

Our team of experienced tattoo artists brings a diverse range of styles and specialties to the table, from intricate line work and bold traditional designs to Japanese inspired, anime, blackwork and vibrant colour pieces. Each artist is dedicated to transforming your vision into a stunning piece of body art. We often host guest artists in short residencies, which we announce on our Instagram feed at @tattoomachine.

From consultation to aftercare, we guide you through every step of the tattoo process. We take the time to understand your ideas, provide professional advice, and create a custom design that you’ll be proud to wear for life. Open Monday through to Saturday 10am-6pm, come drop in for a chat and bring your vision to life.

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

Call: 04 382 9481




Tom has a positive, full noise approach to contemporary black and grey Japanese inspired tattooing that is at the core of his artwork both on and off the body.

Heavily influenced by the natural world with a clean, bold and precise style.

Tattoos that stand the test of time ✌🏼


I have been tattooing since 2020, in that time I have been nurturing a practise that encompasses a broad range of styles with a focus on clean, dynamic, and intricate work. That versatility, and flexibility accompanied by a drive to become not only a better tattooer, but a better artist in general means that I am ready and willing to take on any challenge I am faced with, and excel.


I’ve been tattooing for 11 years, and now based in beautiful Wellington City. My style has evolved with my surroundings, with a strong western traditional influence from Europe & America.

Bright and bold, black and clean, is what I try to achieve with every tattoo I do.


Ness (Inkfullness) started his tattooing journey in Buenos Aires around 2010. He has been interested in multi-style/medium arts,  studying Graphic Design in Argentina, then Fine Arts and Animation in NZ. He values the uniqueness of each and every piece, always aiming to excel in the creativeness of your stories representation, preferring styles that lean to black work, illustrative fine line and realism, but contemplating any style that could add value to the design.

Guest Artists

We regularly host both local and international Guest Artists in the studio. If you’re an established artist and looking for a residency in Wellington, get in touch.

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

Isaiah Dela Paz
Isaiah Dela Paz
June 29, 2024.
Had an amazing experience today (and yesterday too) with Martin (! Made me feel relaxed, has a great sense of humor; Martin did an amazing job and was very helpful with creating the tattoo design and concept with me. I had a great time, everyone in the shop is very welcoming. Shop has a very chill and homey vibe. Will definitely have my future tattoos here again. Highly recommend this place! 11/10
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.