About Us

Welcome to the North’s leading tattoo and piercing studio.

Here at Skins and Needles our ethos is to be the best we can be across all areas of our brand. We aim to deliver the best experience to our customers by promoting the skills and talent of our valued team and artists.

Established nearly 10 years and leaders in our industry, you can be confident you are in safe and knowledgeable hands when embarking on your tattoo journey.

Set over two sites Middlesbrough and Durham, our extensively trained desk teams are here to assess the best artist based on your design needs. From the first enquiry you can be assured you are getting expert advice from a team with years of experience. We consider everything from your body contour to ensure best tattoo flow, to making sure the position and size of your tattoos compliments your body for the best end result and most aesthetically pleasing.

Whatever the aim, choose Skins and Needles Tattoo Studio.

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We only use the best equipment and ink from UK suppliers which ensures everything is date checked and in line with UK Health and Hygiene standards. Vegan ink which is kind to the environment is also an option with us here at Skins and Needles. Alongside multiple environmental health visits you can be rest assured you are getting the safest tattoo from us.

We have a mixed skill set within the studio with all our artists specialising in their own style. Unlike other studios who may attempt other styles to please their customers, we don’t. We are passionate about picking the right artist for the job regardless of financial needs and are able to provide finance so you dont have to compromise your design. We aim to please our customers first and foremost and we will not undertake a job we don’t think will look amazing. We also aim to please our artists by finding them the right client so it’s a win win.

A tattoo done by us is more than just a tattoo. Add your own personality and style to be noticed for a lifetime, tell your story through your tattoos, remember loved ones, highlight your body, grow your confidence, impress your friends.

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Our gift cards offer the perfect present for your loved ones and are available to purchase in store and online.

Presented impressively and available in multiple values they can be used against any tattoo booking.


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Ink now. Pay later.

We have partnered with Social Money Ltd, T/A Payl8r to enable us to offer customers the ability to apply for finance for their tattoo.

Finance is subject to creditworthiness & affordability assessments.

  • Affordable monthly payments
  • High quality tattoos without having to wait
  • Beauty procedures & laser tattoo removal available
  • Easy to apply
  • Free consultation regarding your tattoo
  • Funding from £200 – £1500 available


Over the years we have acclaimed a number of awards and achievements for our services. This could never of been possible with out all of our loyal clients and followers.

  • 5* Barbers of the Year 2021 – North East Hair & Beauty Awards
  • Tattoo Removal Surgery of the Year 2021 – North East Hair & Beauty Awards
  • Highly recommended improving job opportunities 2021 – Business Award Civic Community Awards
  • Employer of the Year 2021 (Matthew Salvin) – British Hair & Beauty Awards
  • Barbers Shop of the Year 2021 Gold & Overall – British Hair & Beauty Awards
  • Gold Barbers of the Year 2021 – British Hair & Beauty Awards
  • Barbers shop of the Year 2021 – English Hair & Beauty Awards
  • Silver Barbers of the Year 2020 (Leah Waite, Barber Manager)
  • Barber Team of the Year 2019 – North East Hair & Beauty Awards
  • Salon of the Year 2019 – North East Hair & Beauty Awards
  • Tattoo Removal Surgery Winner 2019 – North East Hair & Beauty Awards
  • Barbers Team of the Year 2018 – North East Hair & Beauty Awards
  • Tattoo Removal Surgery Highly Commended 2018

Scalp Micro-pigmenation.

To introduce our new scalp micro-pigmentation service we are giving you the information you need to help you decide if this is the right procedure for you!

What Is SMP?

Scalp micro-pigmentation is a service which is using tattooing to replicate hair follicles and disguise any hair loss. This service is built up over sessions and is a semi-permanent process to give you your desired look without any dangerous costly surgery. We offer a free consultation which we can do in person or via video call.

Barbering Academy.

Skins and Needles Barbering Academy will be coming soon. With our plethora of experience and talent we have joined forces with top celebrity hairdresser to the stars Adee Phelan.

Learn More About The Academy

Skins & Needles Barbers Academy is led by our Artistic Director Leah. With her plethora of experience and talent you can be confident that your training will exceed all expectations and take your career to new levels. Our aim is to produce confident, highly skilled barbers who are expertly schooled in all aspects of barbering, from traditional techniques to innovative modern barbering. 

With a passion for all thing’s hair, we are taking the North East barbering scene by storm with our creativity, highly skilled tutors and award-winning trainees and barbers. 

Learn More About Adee

Stylist to the stars Adee Phelan is one of the UKs most talented and well known hairdressers. Years of experience in cutting and teaching has ensured he has multiple awards and accolades under his belt.

Former Men’s British Hairdresser of the Year, four times finalist Men’s Hairdresser of the Year, two times Celebrity Hairdresser of the Year, Adee is the man behind the infamous David Beckham ‘Mowhawk’ cut which saw him collect Fellowship Image of the Year.

Adee has established a well-deserved reputation and career as a successful and talented hairdresser. His numerous TV show appearances include Channel 4’s The Salon, BBC’s Young Hairdresser of the Year (Seasons 1 & 2), NBC’s Shear Genius, Channel 4’s The Secret Millionaire, ITV’s Bend It Like Beckham and many more.

Skins & Needles Barbering Academy delivers barbering education to those looking for the very best training available. Our learning methods are delivered in a working barbershop environment, proven to be the best preparation for a professional career in barbering.

Our course will provide a solid foundation for further learning and/or entry in to the barbering industry.
  • Barbering for Beginners
  • Advanced Barbering
  • Luxury Male Grooming

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Have you got what it takes?

To be a successful small business requires an abundance of passion, determination, and bit of scrappiness. We strive to be the best we can be. We don’t settle for mediocre. We promote creativity across the brand. Creativity comes in many forms and we support them all. We encourage our team to have autonomy and freedom to express their work and creative flare.

We have a passion to lead local talent to be amazing talent. We promote our teams’ wellbeing and creativity with flexible working options to fit in around their lifestyle to maintain a work and family balance.

Let us know you want to join our team. Apply Now


170-172 Linthorpe Rd, Middlesbrough


House Of Gentleman,
10 Elvet Bridge, Durham DH1 3AA


174 Linthorpe Road, Middlesbrough


159 Linthorpe Road,


170-172 Linthorpe Rd, Middlesbrough