Afio mai i le Vaeau Family Studio

We are a private studio space, situated in Grey Lynn, Tāmaki Makaurau, Aotearoa. 

We are family owned and operated, and are committed to providing a studio environment and practice which is safe for everyone. The Vaeau Family Studio was created as a space where we could protect and perpetuate our indigenous traditions and practices without compromise.


I have so many people approach me (work, sport, shopping) who comment and say how beautiful my tatau looks, ask questions etc so I'm always telling everyone about Vaeau Family studios lol...and I honestly feel proud and blessed to have been in your fale, feels homely and a safe place. Fa'afetai Lava for your love of art, our culture and for sharing your amazing skills with us all.. Am proud to wear my Tatau with pride and confidence. Thanks to you x

T. Te Moni

Just wanted to send this to say fa'afetai tele lava to you Tyla, and your aiga. Elonn and I feel very blessed to have received our tatau from you - it was a beautiful process. We also appreciate your willingness to work late into the night, bearing in mind your own family commitments.

A. Blackman

Tyla is just amazing - she took the time to listen and discuss the design with Trent and she always checked on him during the session. This is why my family and myself keep coming back to her.  My Mum and I were there supporting Trent and Tyla was also checking in on us. Tyla's gift reflects her humbleness and alofa in her beautiful work. - fa'afetai tele lava xx

S. Taulu

I highly recommend both Tyla and Hiram for whatever you require. They are both brilliant, gifted, talented artists who are absolutely fantastic to work with. They listen to what you want and if you are not sure, they work with your thoughts and ideas and being the creative artists they are, they bring it to life. I am always blown away by the art they have inked for me.

T. Auva'a

I have had separate work done by both Hiram (gun) & Tyla (au) and a combined piece by both (gun). Each visit has always been wonderfully pleasant & welcoming. Always professional and friendly. Great atmosphere in an awesome studio too. Anything I want done I will always come here no matter how long the wait list might be. Nothing but love, thanks & appreciation. Kudos to you both!

T. Auva'a

I have multiple pieces from Hiram now and have probably spent 60-70 hours in the chair with him all up. His ability to take concepts and ideas and execute them as a design is next level. He’s professional, incredibly focused and he maintains a high standard at each step. You can see how committed he is to you and his work through his focus and attention to detail and it’s why I’ll keep coming back.

C. Fleet 

On behalf of my mother and I we would like to say thank you so much to both Tyla and Nat. We appreciate your time for this special moment, sharing this tualima and taulima with my mother, making memories, fa'afetai tele lava ma ia manuia. 

G & F Aiono

Hiram is an amazing person and great artist. I love my angel wing tattoo and the cool spiritual connection that was going on in the studio during our session. I have had quite a few compliments, mainly from my family friends!

C. Young

Getting tattooed by Hiram is like being tattooed by a gentle teddy bear. Not only is his passion for his craft obvious in the art he creates. But he offers more than just a tattoo. The entire experience he offers a kind ear to hear your words. Feedback if asked for. Stories of previous tattoos or worldly experiences. It’s a counsellor, best friend, tattoo artist all rolled into one.

E. Neale