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The North’s Leading Studio

Guest Artists

At Skins and Needles, we boast a roster of unparalleled talent within the industry. Our studio serves as a haven for some of the most exceptional artists in the field. From our esteemed resident artists, each possessing their own unique style and artistic expertise, to the renowned guest artists who journey from across the globe to collaborate with us, our team is a constellation of artistic brilliance.

We invite you to delve deeper into our world, to discover the remarkable individuals who make up Skins and Needles. Explore their portfolios, learn about their inspirations and artistic journeys, and find the perfect artist to bring your design to life. With a diverse range of styles and a wealth of international influence, you are sure to find the perfect match for your vision.

At Skins and Needles, we understand that choosing the right artist is an essential part of the tattooing process. We value the trust you place in us, and we strive to create an environment where you can confidently collaborate with the artist of your dreams. Take the time to explore our talented team, and embark on a creative journey that will result in a truly exceptional and personalised design.

Studios in Middlesbrough & Durham

🕒 Flexible Hours, Limitless Possibilities:

Our Middlesbrough studio operates from Monday to Saturday, with extended hours until 10 pm, offering you unparalleled flexibility. Plus, we’re open on Sundays! Your work hours are entirely adaptable to your lifestyle.

🌆 Expanding Horizons:

Exciting news! We’ve now expanded our Guest spot opportunity to include a stunning studio in the heart of Durham City Centre. We’re actively seeking resident artists for this location as well. However, if our Middlesbrough branch suits you better, rest assured, our Durham studio welcomes our residents with open arms. They’re not just welcome; they’re encouraged to guest with us in this picturesque setting.

🌟 Join a Respected Brand:

If you’re ready to elevate your career and be part of a well-established brand, look no further. Skins and Needles is the canvas where you can paint your future. Take the next step in your artistic journey with us.

💌 Apply Now: Ready to make your mark?

To express your interest in joining our family, please submit your cover letter and a portfolio of your work. Don’t forget to include links to your social media pages with your application. Your creative journey awaits!

At Skins and Needles, we’re not just a studio; we’re a thriving community of artists. Join us, and let your artistry flourish. 🎨🚀 #FlexibleHours #ArtisticOpportunities #SkinsAndNeedlesFamily

Select Location:   Middlesbrough Durham


170-172 Linthorpe Rd,
Middlesbrough TS1 3RB

Middlesbrough is not only our pride and joy it is where the passion was created to which lead us here. Our striking modern studio has expanded across three floors and is a home to 16 wonderfully unique resident artists.

We pride ourselves on our specialist talent within our studio which also includes our renowned international guest artists that travel to showcase their own individual artwork.


10 Elvet Bridge
Durham, DH1 3AA

Nestled in the heart of Durham’s lively city centre, our studio proudly stands as a symbol of our unwavering dedication to the art of tattooing. While Durham remains our cherished flagship branch, it is with immense excitement that we introduce our second tattoo studio—a testament to our ever-evolving commitment to artistic excellence.

Inaugurated in 2020, Durham has since evolved into a thriving epicentre of creativity and self-expression. Within its walls, we’ve assembled a truly extraordinary team comprising more than 10 exceptionally gifted tattoo artists and two proficient piercers. They are united by a common purpose: to transform your ideas into captivating and lasting works of art.

Our creative haven spans the 1st 2nd and 3rd floors of this magnificent studio, harmoniously situated above our equally accomplished barbers at House of Gentlemen. Fuelled by an unbridled passion for our craft, we relentlessly explore the frontiers of tattoo artistry, ensuring that each piece we create is a masterpiece unto itself.

While our journey began in Middlesbrough, it is far from its conclusion. We embark on this new chapter with excitement and gratitude, inviting you to join us. Our second studio represents another hidden gem, where the synergy of your unique vision and the boundless artistry of our team come together to craft tattoo experiences that are truly unparalleled. Welcome to a new era of self-expression and creativity; welcome to Skins and Needles.


At Skins & Needles, we value and treasure our talented artists, who are incredibly unique individuals that keep our business blooming. Each of them bring something fresh, unique and special to our studio, and we’d love to introduce them to all of you! Take a look at what our resident and guest artists have to say about Skins & Needles, as well as their style, personal fun facts, etc.


“More than a studio. It’s a warm place, let’s say family. When I come to work it’s my home. Skins & Needles cares a lot about each individual person.”


“I feel complete and work in a professional environment. Never worked anywhere to the magnitude of Skins & Needles. I feel more organised and I can express myself.”


“It’s fun for me to come to work as I have always wanted to be a tattoo artist. There is a crazy desk team that are always happy. I just get to focusing on tattooing.”

Michal Mates - @mates_tattoo_mates

“Hey folks, I’m a tattoo artist working at this studio as a guest artist, and after over 5 years of joining the team for guest spots, I’m in the process of become a resident artist. Reasons? Professional services, great environment, more than friendly staff and a huge range of tattoo styles under one roof and lots of fun! I totally recommend this studio”

Gabriele Edu - @chaosgallery

"The experience was great, the studio is beautiful, spacious and clean. The managers and artists are very friendly and professional. 👌🏽"

Matthew Larkin – @matsy__

“Just had my first guest spot with the guys here at Skins and Needles and I loved it, very warm welcome from the lot of them. The girls behind the desk are sweethearts. the street the shop is on is a great area for having some food and drinks after. Won’t be my last time working with the lads, see you all soon! “

Artemis – @arthesailor_tattoos

“Skins and needles is a great place to be guesting at, the staff are very friendly and helpful doing the most for the tattooers comfort. Skins also provides a nice guesthouse to the guest artists which is a 10-minute walk to the studio. Great environment, good people, good host! Will recommend to any tattooer to visit!”

Daniele – @danielebronson_tattoo

“As soon as I arrived I was immediately greeted by fantastic professional and very kind guys, a beautiful reality that of skins and needles, it was my first guest out of Italy and I was a little intimidated, but they helped me to feel at ease. A very nice environment as soon as you enter the Skins & Needles you immediately see the professionalism, the guys I had the pleasure of knowing were really nice and above all very good artists. in short, I had a great experience, I can’t wait to go back. a big hug.”


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