Christmas Hours 2011
Christmas 2011
Hours of trade

Information on tattoo consults
Firstly: You cannot be tattooed
unless you are 18 years or over.
This is law and regardless...

Adelaide Magazine, November 2009
It’s nice to be an institution, WTF??

Tribal Mike's Latest Blog
Summer 2011, Words from the Helm..

Press Release: Cosmetic Pigmentation Tattooing for Breast Reconstruction
Due to the gradual knowledge about and growing demand for the service of areola/nipple re-pigmentation, Mike is now offering this service at The Tattoo Gallery...

Monday 10am til 5pm
Tuesday 10am til 7pm
Wednesday 10am til 8pm
Thursday 10am til 10pm
Friday 10am til 10pm
Saturday 10am til 10pm
Sunday 12 noon til 6pm - Professional Tattoo Association of Australia - Association of Professional Piercers


The Tattoo Gallery Has Moved

47-49 Payneham Road, College Park, SA 5069

08 8362 7299 or 0415 055 861 or

New studio Free parking Bigger Space

New Signage Website Update - New Merch

So now after 20 years, we have moved! Just 1.9kms NE mind you, honestly its the other side of the park lands really... to a bigger studio with loads of space, street frontage, a showroom, separate studios, break-room, office, loads of storage and work space oh and a bathroom accessible from the inside! [yep, you dont need to run to the outhouse in the rain anymore], Oh and did I mention free parking? Yay for free parking!

Our new place already feels like home and the change is giving us a massive buzz to get in and drive not only our tattooing business, but also Black Cat Antiques & Vintage, expand on our gallery work with private exhibitions of local artists in both canvas and photographic medium as well as finally having the space to showcase Mikes bespoke wood creations; Mike has always excelled at working with timbers and is in the process of building beautiful tables fashioned from River Red Gum, iron and steel... all I can say is watch this space!


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
Tattoo Gallery Crew, 2011
Mike's Harley, Studio Frontage 2007
Mike's Harley, Studio Frontage 2007
Studio Assistants, 2011
Studio Assistants, 2011



Piercing by Morag
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