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Jolly Octopus On Tour


Tour Dates for 2018 - Book Your Tattoo Today:

9-11 March - Skindustry Tattoo Expo - Allentown PA, USA

14-30 March - Hereford England, UK

14-15 April - Tattoo & Art Extravaganza - Tauranga, NZ

2-4 June - Armageddon Pulp Culture Expo - Christchurch, NZ


Jolly Octopus On Tour

Tour Dates for 2018 - Book Your Tattoo Today:

9-11 March 2018 - Skindustry Tattoo Expo - Allentown PA, USA 

14-15 April 2018 - Tattoo & Art Extravaganza - Tauranga, NZ 

2-4 June 2018 - Armageddon Pulp Culture Expo - Christchurch, NZ 


Happy New Year!!

Happy New Year everyone, and thank you all so much for our success in 2017. Now let's make 2018 even better!!!



For ONE DAY ONLY, December 16 2017, as a Christmas Charity Fundraiser, The Jolly Octopus will transform into an American Traditional Tattoo Parlor. We’ll be tattooing classic designs from Sailor Jerry, Cap Coleman, Bob Shaw and more. 

And the best part? We’re tattooing for Old School Prices! For ONE DAY ONLY, on DECEMBER 16, tattoos will be as low as $50, and NO TATTOO WILL BE OVER $250!!

All shop proceeds will benefit the Christchurch City Mission, who run the local Food Bank. Because no one should be hungry at Christmas. 

So come on in and pick something off the wall - you’ll be doing a good deed! :)

PS. If don’t want to get tattooed (maybe American Traditional’s not your thing), call round and donate some canned goods, baby food, and diapers - they always need ‘em!

*Note: Because we’re doing super-low prices for charity, this is one day of the year when you should leave the vouchers at home.


Christchurch Tattoo Expo - Get in Now

Just over a month until the Christchurch International Tattoo Expo! Book in now if you want a spot with one of our artists, and if you have an unfinished project come see us NOW so that it will be fully healed before the show! :)

Scott - Black and Grey Tattoo

Scott had the pleasure of working on Patrick's forearm again today, a small session to finish. #clock #pocketwatch #whiterose #roses #rosearybeads #cross #blackandgreytattoo #scotthawthorneink #thejollyoctopus #waverlycolorco #ttechcartridge #ttechtattoocartridges #fkiorns #nztattooist #newzealandtattoo #christchuchtattoist

New Artists!!!!

The Jolly Octopus has THREE NEW TATTOO ARTISTS: Sebastian, Scott and Lil!!! Sebastian comes to us from Lincoln Ink, while Scott and Lil join us from what uses to be Southern Ink. All of them are taking bookings for custom tattoo designs. Three absolutely amazing tattoo artists - we're so proud! :D


Christchurch International Tattoo Expo

BAKER'S DOZEN: Just 13 booths remaining for the 1st Christchurch International Tattoo Expo, 27-29 October 2017. Artists and vendors, don't hesitate if you want to be part of this event! Details on www.chchtattooexpo.com or www.facebook.com/chchtattooexpo/

Star Wars Day Charity Flash Event

May the 4th Be With You

(but actually the 6th)


Fun New Flash Event!

Benefits Starship Childrens Hospital!


The Event: This Saturday, May 6 from 11am to 5pm, we will be celebrating International Star Wars Day with another of our Flash Events. This time, part of every tattoo will be donated to Starship Children’s Hospital!


Cosplayers: Come in costume and get a $25 voucher (and we mean really in costume, none of this ‘I’m cosplaying a background character’ or ‘serial killers are just like everyone else’ business). Your costume pics will go up on Facebook - most votes at the end of the day wins a $100 voucher!


The Tattoos: Of course, we will have plenty of fun original tattoo flash designs: Star Wars, Pokemon, cyberpunk, steampunk, all kinds of geeky good fun. And part of every tattoo on the day goes to help Starship!


Have fun, get a great tattoo, and help sick kids - get in there! :)



This Week in Pittsburgh, PA

This Week Steve is a guest tattooist at Curiosity Shop PGH in Pittsburgh, PA. Let's do something awesome and fun! :)

A Little Bit Famous

Read the story, see the snaps! :) http://www.lehighvalleylive.com/entertainment/index.ssf/2017/03/skindustry_tattoo_expo_returns.html#incart_river_mobileshort_home

USA Now's Your Chance

Book now: Steve Malley has availability in Allentown, PA at Skindustry Tattoo Expo Sands Bethlehem, 11-12 March. He will also be a guest artist at the Curiosity Shop with Hannah Aitchison and Scott White in Pittsburgh PA, 15-19 March. Great Tattoos and free advice on New Zealand immigration- what are you waiting for? ;)


Saturday February 11, 2017 at 11am. Downs of handpainted tattoo designs to choose from, all at one-day-only low prices. First come, first served from 11am onwards...

Walk-ins Today! :)

Cancellation today means Steve is free for walk-ins. Come on in! :)

Chloe Returns

Chloe's back this week! If you're hoping to get in before her sabbatical starts, best book in now- spaces are filling up fast!

Walk-ins Accepted Today

Roll on up- Old School, New School, watercolor, black and gray... first come, first served from 11am!

Straight from Japan

EXCITING NEWS!! We are proud to welcome noted Japanese tattoo artist Makiko Komamiya. Book now for a session with this amazing artist!

Closed Today

Unfortunately, The Jolly Octopus will be closed today and tomorrow, the 2nd and 3rd of November 2016. But don't panic, we will be up and running again on Friday! :D

Miss Ink Tonight

After a hard day tattooing, we have to judge a tattooed beauty contest. It's a hard life.... :)

Halloween Flash Day

Halloween’s going to be exciting this year: It’s our first in the new shop and we want to make it special. Saturday the 29th, we will have a Halloween Flash Day. We’ll have--

A professional makeup artist doing free horror makeup,

Candied apples and trick or treating,

Games of chance and skill (with real prizes),

And gift certificates for everyone who comes in costume!

And of course, the main event: Over 100 hand-drawn tattoo designs up on the walls, all priced between $85 and $200 for ONE DAY ONLY. First come, first served and all that jazz!

After Flash Day wraps up, join us at Halo Venue, for the finals of Miss Ink NZ, where we’ll be proud sponsors and yes, even judges! Tickets here: https://www.dashtickets.co.nz/event/7y962v8sw

As if all that isn’t enough, once all of this is done, we’ll be kicking into high gear (even higher gear?) for Shave the Date, our fundraiser for Leukaemia and Blood Cancer NZ on November 12. That’s gonna come with a ton of great prizes too, but more on that closer to the date!


Look for the Flag!

You asked, and we listened. Those of you who have had trouble finding the place now have a big, bright flag to point the way. Come see us! :)


Tattoo Artist Wanted

Are you an experienced tattooer with your own clientele? Looking to develop your art in a professional, drama-free environment with a great bunch of artists? If this sounds like you, email us on bookings@jollyoctopus.co.nz -- let's talk!


Artists Wanted

Are you an experienced tattooer with your own clientele? Looking for a professional, drama-free environment with a great bunch of artists? If this sounds like you, email us on bookings@jollyoctopus.co.nz -- let's talk!


Friday Night Art Night

Come see this steampunk pinup and lots more THIS Friday night at The Jolly Octopus, 272 Greers Rd, Chch from 7-9pm!


Gallery Night!

The Jolly Octopus is hosting a FREE evening of Art, Music, Wine and Cheese. This event will be Friday evening, 8 July 2016, from 7-9pm. 

Come see orginal works of art by Steve Malley, Chloe DeBoo, Tui Allan, Lydia Barbour, Joyia Kelly, Sonja Rooney and Hazel Whiteman, with special musical guests Out for Thea.

Special  thanks to Huia Vineyards for donating their award-winning organic wine-- you guys are the best :)

Come on out and see us!


Rocking with Hauraki

When Radio Hauraki decided to do a coverup tattoo competition, they knew there was only one place to turn. The Jolly Octopus is the best, and pretty much everyone knows it! 

Basically, some poor sod walking around with an awful tattoo is going to get a FREE coverup from Steve. 

The competition starts next week, so stay tuned for more details :)


Park Your Octopus

The Jolly Octopus has off-street parking, behind the building. If for some reason you don't drive an octopus, you can also park your car, bike, or what have you!


Cover Up for Winter

COVER UP for WINTER: Post a picture of your bad tattoo on our Facebook page and tell us something about it- two lucky entrants will get their disaster piece turned into a masterpiece by Christchurch's undisputed masters of the cover-up tattoo! 
Deadline for posting May 15; winners chosen May 21 at the judges' sole discretion. 
If you want it covered, now's the time to show us!


Skindustry Tatt Expo

Such a great time at Skindustry 2016 in Bethlehem, PA. Already looking forward to 2017!!


Steve's Back!

Steve is back in New Zealand and accepting bookings for April and May.

While he was gone, he got a nice quote in the local paper! :)


Fun for the Whole Family

Our newest artist helps her daddy at Skindustry 2016, The Sands Resort, Bethlehem PA. Steve is there tattooing all weekend- still room for one more walk-up!

At the same time, Chloe and Lydia are tearing it up In Christchurch at Armageddon Pulp Culture Expo! FUN!!!


Introducing Lydia!

New artist at The Jolly Octopus! Lydia Barbour has over seven years tattooing experience. After owning her own shop in Queenstown, she has returned to Christchurch and The Jolly Octopus is lucky to have her. :)

Her web page isn't up yet, but you can book in now and beat the rush!



Easy to find! Some of our clients had trouble finding us- now you'll know for sure you're in the right place... :)


Buy Now- Pay Whenever!

Just use your MasterCard or Visa! :)

And yes, we now take EFTPOS too...


Buy Now- Pay Whenever!

Just use your MasterCard or Visa! :)

And yes, we now take EFTPOS too...


Skindustry Tattoo Expo

Steve is getting excited for Skindustry 2016, the Lehigh Valley's biggest tattoo show! The event is open to the public, but artists are there by invitation only. It's Steve's third year there, and spaces are already filling up. If you're on the East Coast of the USA, check out his tattoo page and then book,in,today



Jolly Octopus Tattoo Cream

100% all good stuff - everything you need to heal a perfect tattoo. After years of searching for that "just right" cream, we finally decided to make our own! :)


Happy New Year

Wishing you all the best of everything in 2016- especially tattoos! :)


Christmas Hours

We will be closed Christmas Day and Boxing Day, New Years Eve and New Years Day. That's it!


We are OPEN through the season! :D


Looking More Like Home

That's better! :D



Stop machines! Needles down! No more ink!

Star Wars opens today, and Steve and Chloe are closing shop to get their geek on!!

Tattooing resumes tomorrow. Probably with lots of pew pew pew, VVVVRRRR* sounds.


*(that's my light saber sound, btw)


Moving In

Tomorrow the new shop will have counters, chairs and all sorts! Our clients have been super understanding this past week, but things are finally coming together. Go the Octopus!! ??


Now Hiring!

We are looking for a friendly, professional tattooer to join our team. If you're cool with saying goodbye to the flash and doing every piece 100% custom, and you want to join a shop where egos and drama get left at the door, then we should probably talk. 

Not a Kiwi? Not a problem! Steve started out American, and he has experience navigating the immigration process. Come out for a guest spot, see how you go. For the right artist, we will definitely help make it more permanent.


OPEN - Ahead of Schedule!

The Jolly Octopus is now open at 272 Greers Rd, upstairs.

The grand,opening won't be for a week or two yet, but the space is too beautiful to wait. Come see why we just had to start tattooing there today!


Welcome To My New TattooNOW Website!

We're excited to announce the launch of our brand new studio site built by our friends over at TattooNOW.com. Be sure to check back for new tattoos, news items, and other fun updates about what we have going on over here!