Tattoo Academy in Melbourne


In October 2016 John Henry Architects entered a competition for Tattoo Academy in Melbourne.

The competition site in located in a prime location on the intersection of two prominent North Melbourne streets, within minutes walk to the Melbourne CBD, Hospital precinct, parks, markets and the University precinct.

This design intends to change the stigma associated with tattoos. Shifting the association of fear and dodgy characters to how tattoos were once seen, a sought after (high end) art form to be admired.

The design shows that tattooing has something to offer society even if it does not conform with the “norm”. There is a misperception that when something is different, it is to be feared and not accepted. This design shows when something is different it can be a thing of beauty and art and something to be admired.
Tattoo Panels