Union Tattoo

Services key icon.
Services key icon.

Monday10:30 am – 6:00 pm.

Tuesday10:30 am – 6:00 pm.

Wednesday10:30 am – 6:00 pm.

Thursday10:30 am – 6:00 pm.

Friday10:30 am – 6:00 pm.

Saturday10:30 am – 4:00 pm.

Sunday10:30 am – 4:00 pm.

311 Willis Street, Te Aro, Wellington

04 384 8071

Situated in the Upper Cuba district on the corner of Willis & Abel Smith Street is Union Tattoo, a custom tattoo and piercing parlour opened by Craigy Lee and his wife India. After spending years at a previous Tattoo studio on Cuba Street, the pair wanted to open a parlour to showcase their own style and ideas.

Housed in a stand-alone historic building, the space was previously a junk shop, a wedding dress store and a chemist, which the parlour subtly pays homage to. White walls, timber floor, barbers chairs and a selection of mismatched knick knacks, various lighting and a couple pieces of taxidermy (in the form of a goat and stag head, which originally came from Mighty Mighty) seem to all work together cohesively. Plus there’s always the electric filter brewing quality Coffee Supreme for caffeine kicks.

The crew cover a broad variety of tattoo styles, including fine line and delicate works, and like to liaise closely with clients through the design process to the on skin application. They also have guest artists residencies. There’s a strong customer base from their Cuba Street days and tailoring to walk ins, the space is very approachable, something that is not always common with tattoo parlours.

Words by Grace Hall & Photography by Anna Briggs

Information not correct? Report an error

Location

311 Willis Street, Te Aro, Wellington

Nearby Places

Ziggurat Fashion Exchange

Close up of shoes and suitcases.
Place Wellington
Fashion key icon.

A Cuba Street vintage shopping treasure trove.

Havana Bar

Cocktails being made.
Place Wellington
Bars key icon. Restaurants key icon.

Part restaurant, part bar, Havana is an absolute essential in every sense of those two words.

Rogue & Vagabond

Inside the bar.
Place Wellington
Bars key icon.

A great spot for meeting friends, socialising or just watching the Wellington crowd do their thing.

Duck Island Wellington

Someone holding an ice cream.
Place Wellington
Cafes key icon.

It was only a matter of time before Hamilton’s Duck Island ice cream came knocking on Wellington’s door.

Similar Places

Monkfish

Open fridge door showing chilled white wine and bubbles at Monkfish, Wellington.
Place Wellington
Bars key icon. Goods key icon.

A cosy refillery and off-licence that’s strictly about good vibes, Monkfish is your Vivian Street stop for your beer, wine, and spirits needs.

Vessel

Pottery in window display.
Place Wellington

Vessel specialises in artisan products, with an emphasis on locally made pottery. You could spend a day perusing the exquisite bowls, plates, and cups.

Forage Merchants of Wellington

Interior of an artisan food shop with chilli oil on shelves, retro lampshades and antique chairs and table
Place Hutt Valley Lower Hutt
Goods key icon.

With a range that includes food and drink, health and beauty, art, music and so much more, Forage Merchants celebrates the very best of what the greater Wellington region has to offer.

Iris Store + Studio

The front window inside Iris Store + Studio in Wellington.
Place Wellington
Services key icon. Wellbeing key icon.

Nestled in a creative corner of Wellington and surrounded by like-minded boutique neighbours, Iris Store + Studio is much more than a one-stop shop for all your beauty needs.