Steve Maddock started tattooing in 1983. After winning a couple of awards from attending some of New Zealand’s earliest tattoo shows, decided to open his first studio, Underground Arts in Cuba Mall, Wellington. It was here he started painting, drawing, sculpting, making jewelry, t-shirts, molding, carving (bone, wood, polystyrene) and pouring moulds.
From there Underground Arts moved to a new location on Able Smith Street where the empty space next door allowed Steve to open New Zealand’s first Tattoo Museum with the help and support from the tattoo community in Wellington. The National Tattoo Museum opened its doors in 2001.
During this time, Steve discovered a system for multiplying tattoo designs, called Tattoo Bodysuits, which involves all artists using the same template. Since 2004, Steve has run an annual Tattoo Bodysuits competition on tattoobodysuits.com which is now worldwide.
In 2011, Underground Arts and The National Tattoo Museum moved to the current location at 187 Vivian St, Wellington. Steve continues to run the museum and tattoo studio alongside his other ventures Tattoo Bodysuits and The Ultimate Gallery.