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Main Reception | Tattoo Machine Studio

Welcome to Tattoo Machine, 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 @tattoomachinenz.

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

Email: info@tattoomachine.co.nz

Tattoo Machine Studio


Welcome back Brooke!

Welcome back Brooke!

We're super excited to have Brooke back in the studio! "I love traditional, (trad) tattoos with bold lines, and I welcome colour and black work with...

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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.



Rhys Thomas has been tattooing at Tattoo Machine for 3 years now specialising in Western traditional tattooing and blackwork.

Rhys works in the studio Tuesday – Saturday, working Mondays through appointment only.



Ans is specializing in black and color traditional/geometric tattoos. He also loves to do flash and custom tattoos. He has been tattooing since 2009.

You can follow him on Instagram at @anspham to see his daily work.



Currently In his third year tattooing, Bryn works mostly in an Illustrative, graphic, blackwork tattoo style, preferring designs with less colour.

Bryn is always keen to create custom designs with his clients and to expand his portfolio with your ideas. He also works from his flash designs which you can see on his Instagram page or in the studio.



Josh is a travelling artist from the UK who has recently fallen in love with New Zealand and decided to stay with us for a while.

He specialises in illustrative blackwork tattoos.

Guest Artists

Guest Artists

We have regular guest artists visiting from both New Zealand and international locations. Keep an eye out on our social media pages for more details.


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.


  • positive review  Rhys is incredibly awesome. I can't recommend Tattoo Machine enough.

    Josh Pate Avatar Josh Pate
    June 16, 2021

    positive review  Rhys was my tattoo artist; even though it was a last minute booking, he was super accommodating to my timeframe in Wellington. Really lovely guy and did a fantastic design. I’m in love with the tattoo and hope I can go back to get more done by him!

    Órla Blaine Avatar Órla Blaine
    February 7, 2021

    positive review  great staff/artists, awesome shop and wicked music!!!! totally recommend!!!

    Stephanie Frazer Avatar Stephanie Frazer
    September 9, 2020
  • positive review  awesome place. welcoming and friendly

    Dia R Taylor Avatar Dia R Taylor
    March 1, 2020

    positive review  Awesome atmosphere, got tattooed there today . Felt at ease the whole time , artist got my design bang on the money .. super stoked with it 🙂 5 star service really friendly, will definitely be back again .

    Sera Kaloyanis Avatar Sera Kaloyanis
    November 6, 2019

    positive review  A very professional yet welcoming tattoo shop. My experience with The Black Scourge was 10/10; fast, clean and detailed work. I have been back well over 5 times.

    Ella Stapleton Avatar Ella Stapleton
    October 4, 2019
  • positive review  Ans was amazing, my ideas turned into something so much more beautiful than I could have imagined. Can’t wait to book my next trip to Wellington.

    Christina Lee Tyrrell Avatar Christina Lee Tyrrell
    October 13, 2018

    positive review  Tane absolutely killed it � And everyone else was really kind and welcoming too. Good times all round �

    Ashleigh Hoare Avatar Ashleigh Hoare
    July 22, 2018

    5 star review  Gil and the lads are absolutely awesome. Super efficient, and amazing work. Had a few tattos from different places and these guys are the best by far. Fully recommend!

    James Cupit Avatar James Cupit
    January 22, 2018
  • positive review  Great professional studio and very customer focused.

    Mike Savagegardener Avatar Mike Savagegardener
    December 6, 2017

    positive review  Honestly couldn't be happier with the work Tom has done, will definitely be coming back for more!

    Danielle Jennifer Avatar Danielle Jennifer
    October 8, 2017

    positive review  Gill and Tom did a fantastic job. I'm more than happy to carry their work for the rest of my life. Still get a thrill on a daily basis when I look at their work.

    Martin Ofori Avatar Martin Ofori
    August 18, 2017


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