Welcome to The Tattoo Gallery
The heart of Adelaide is home to The Tattoo Gallery, located in Rundle Street in the East End of Adelaide’s inner city. Originally opened by Aussie Tattoo Legend, Frank Thompson back in the 60’s, who moved the studio from North Terrace to its current location in the early 70’s. Frank was respected by all who knew him and passed away at the great age of 86, on his way to a tattoo convention actually - still doing what he loved, tattooing. Although many changes have occurred over the decades and some of Adelaide's top restaurants, noodle bars, cafes and international fashion houses now call the East End home, there are still the classic stores around who have withstood the test of time. The Tattoo Gallery is proud to be one of them.
Remaining steadfast in a social world of tattoo revolution, The Tattoo Gallery has evolved into somewhat of an industry benchmark. The business regularly consults with government bodies in the legalities surrounding the tattoo industry and has a great relationship with local council in regards to the continual upgrade of skin penetration guidelines and best practice in environmental health.
Mike Draper, owner of The Tattoo Gallery has been in residence since the 90's and works by appointment inking all things awesome. Mike’s award winning tribal, in particular a first in 2000 for Best Tribal, National PTAA Convention, cemented him as one of Australia’s top Tattooers in this realm. Mike’s technical tattoo styles of the Pacific and flawless Celtic are still a staple daily diet with Gallery Clientele however custom colour, embellished script, pin-ups and Japanese-influenced art are also on his tattoo menu. Mike has also, very recently, branched into the field of pigment matching to assist in the final cosmetic component to breast reconstruction surgery and you can read more about this procedure in ‘whats newz’.
Morag, Studio Manager and resident Body Piercer, with the help of Sarah and Charz does exactly that and you can bounce to our Piercing Page for more info there. Morag manages the studio and ensures everyone has what they need to do a great job. Morag also liaises with relevant government bodies and local council on both the tattoo and piercing industries and works with the media commenting on the social tattoo scene. Morag handles marketing, rosters, online consulting and runs her own piercing training [individual criteria applicable].
Baby Dave and AndyP cover the daily diary selections from our healthy front studio tattoo menu, which can be anything from new school, old school, traditional Japanese, cover-ups, re-works, lettering, bio-mech, pin-ups, portraits, religious imagery as well as the occasional sik, demented demon or music-influenced tribute. Check their individual galleries for pics and blog.
Our Clients are savvy and most ink is custom. Consults, research and preliminary drawings are very much a part of the usual tattoo selection process and you can read more about the usual process surrounding consults and initiating a tattoo process in ‘What’s Newz’. Those who are researching artwork, need ideas, quotes or want to discuss their latest piercing venture can come in to browse and chat with Sarah or Charz, or consult online via email with Morag. If you live out of Adelaide or aren't quite ready to visit the studio, take advantage of our website and consult via email.
So thanks for taking the time to read our intro and feel free to browse, check out artwork and information available. Catch you online or in the studio soon…
In Ink... Mike, Morag & The Tattoo Gallery Crew
Tattoo Gallery Crew, 2011
Mike's Harley, Studio Frontage 2007
Studio Assistants, 2011