Taboo Tattoo

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Shop 8 Belgrave Arcade, 1647 Burwood Highway, Belgrave, Melbourne, Vic. Australia 3160
(03) 9754-6648

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Opening Times

Monday  10am- 6pm
Tuesday  10am-6pm
Wednesday 10am- 6pm
Thursday 10am-8pm
Friday  10am -8pm
Saturday  10am – 4pm
Sunday  10am- 4pm

Taboo Tattoo in Belgrave, Melbourne, VIC is categorized under Tattoo Parlours specialising in services such as Ethnic Tattooing, Neo Traditional Tattoo Styles, Tribal Tattooing.

Other services by Taboo Tattoo include Script Lettering Tattooing, Realism Tattooing, Watercolour Tattooing, Portraits Tattooing, Black and Grey Tattooing, Arm Tattooing, Hand Tattooing.

Call the staff at Taboo Tattoo to make your next appointment.

Welcome to Taboo Tattoo

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Taboo Tattoo was established in 2002 by Andre’ Cleary and located in Melbourne’s eastern suburbs of Blackburn, Boronia and Belgrave.

All studios have been designed to provide the highest standard of hygiene but at the same time creating a relaxed welcoming environment, whether you are getting your first tattoo or you are a tattoo enthusiast.

The shops feature plenty of flash designs, as well as an extensive reference library to source inspiration from.

Our tattooists are friendly, professional and approachable and experienced to cater for all your tattooing needs.

All the tattooists that work for Taboo Tattoo have an intense passion for the art of tattooing.


About Us
Taboo Tattoo was first opened in Blackburn 2002 by tattoo artist André Cleary.  Since then two additional studios have opened.  We are extremely proud of the facilities and standard of hygiene kept in all 3 studios. There are separate and up to date sterilizing areas as required by current state health department guidelines. The autoclave sterilizer is regularly serviced and spore tested. Brand new needles and examination gloves are used for each client, which are later discarded in Sharps and Bio Hazard waste containers. Anything that is not disposable (example: power box, clip cord, armrest) is covered with disposable plastic to prevent cross-contamination between each customer. The studios are frequently inspected by the Health Department and operates above the high standards set forth by them.

Taboo Tattoo offers thousands of pre-drawn designs from all over the world to choose from in many classic and contemporary modern styles, as well as an extensive reference library if a custom design is preferred. All the tattooists are happy to discuss in detail ideas regarding your future tattoo design. This way, you can be sure to receive exactly what you want!

When opening Taboo Tattoo, André not only wanted a shop where the highest standard of tattooing could be provided in a strict hospital grade sterile environment, but also to achieve a relaxed atmosphere where customers felt they could wander in, spend time asking the questions they needed, to allow them to feel comfortable with the decision they were about to make.

All the tattooists are highly skilled and versatile, dedicated and constantly striving to improve not only their own standards of tattooing but also the image and reputation of the tattoo industry.  The tattooists at Taboo Tattoo are constantly striving to keep up with the progressive tattoo industry  by featuring and reading the latest tattoo magazines, attending tattoo shows, travelling overseas when they can and working on related art forms outside of tattooing. When making your choice of tattooist, feel free to come into the studios to have a chat and look at their albums.

Make sure you are well rested, have eaten and relaxed prior to your appointment
Make sure you are not affected by drugs or alcohol whilst attending your appointment otherwise you will NOT be tattooed
Drink plenty of water
Notification of appointment cancellation must be given 24hrs prior. You must inform us, or you will lose your deposit & a new one will be required

Please feel free to contact the studios or drop in for a chat to discuss your individual design.

Wash hands. Remove bandage after 2 to 4 hours, gently wash with warm soapy water, make sure to remove all traces of blood, bloodspots and excess cream. Gently rub in a small amount of Bepanthen cream so that it disappears into the tattoo. Rebandage tattoo with cling wrap before going to bed

A protective scale will form on your tattoo in 1 to 3 days after you have left the studio, it is there for the protection of your tattoo and will fall away by itself after 5 to 10 days provided you use the recommended cream, BEPANTHEN. Apply the cream 3 to 4 times daily, only use a small amount, rub in well. DO NOT pick or scratch the scale as this will damage your tattoo

Gently wash the tattoo when you shower, pat your tattoo dry with a clean towel. DO NOT wipe or soak your tattoo. DO NOT have a bath

DO NOT expose your new tattoo to sunlight for at least 2 weeks till completely healed. Use sunscreen once healed to prevent fading. DO NOT go swimming in salt water, rivers or swimming pools until all the scale has fallen away. DO NOT apply Vaseline or greasy lotions of any kind

You have been tattooed in a clean Health Department approved studio. Individual sterilized needles and tubes are used, along with disposable wipes, bandages, colours etc. Anything that is not disposable (e.g. power box, clip cord, armrest) is covered with disposable plastic to prevent cross-contamination. This studio is regularly inspected by the Health Department and operates above the high standards set forth by them.

The quality and success of your new tattoo is dependent on you following the above advice.

Please do not hesitate to call or come and see us if you have any concerns with the healing of your tattoo.


How old do you have to be to get a tattoo?
You must be 18 years old to get a tattoo. Valid photo ID is required. No exceptions!

How much does a tattoo cost?
Our minimum charge for a tattoo is $100. Our hourly rate is between $100 – $200 depending on the experience of the tattooist.  Price also depends on the amount of work to be done. Visit us or email your design and we can give you an estimation of cost.

How do I make an appointment?
You can either make an appointment by calling us or come down to one of our studios. A $50 deposit is required to secure your appointment. It will be deducted from the cost of your tattoo. We require 24hrs notice for appointment changes or cancelations, otherwise your deposit will be kept.  Walk ins are always welcomed.

Can I bring in my own design?
Yes, most definitely. Smaller designs can generally be drawn up before your tattoo.  For larger custom work consultations with the tattooist is required.

Do I need to do anything to prepare for my appointment?
Don’t consume alcohol the night before. Be well rested and have something to eat and drink plenty of water before your appointment.

Does it hurt?
There is some discomfort. The tolerance to pain varies greatly from person to person. It is best described as a warm scratch. Remember the tattoo will last long after the pain is forgotten.

How do I choose a tattoo design?
Research, research, and more research. The artists at Taboo Tattoo are very good at what they do and are happy to discuss your design with you. Do your homework and you will love your tattoos for life.

How do I take care of my tattoo?
You will be given detailed written instructions upon completion of your new tattoo. Please have a look under our ‘Aftercare’ page for instructions.

Do you sell gift vouchers?

Yes we sell gift vouchers for any value.  They are valid for 12 months and can be used for any of the tattooists at Taboo Tattoo.

Please take your time and feel free to ask us any questions.

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