Frequently Asked Questions

We sell gift vouchers in-store and online here.

This is for tattooing vouchers only, your vouchers have a 1-year lifespan and can be used as deposits for appointments.

For piercing vouchers please visit our Durham Shop look here

Please click the link below for our aftercare advice – Please note your artist may advise differently depending on the specific tattoo, so please follow the advice of the artist.

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If you would like to buy any additional aftercare products please contact us here or pop back into the studio.

Are you an aspiring artist, got an eye for detail and all things creative?

We’re always looking to expand our team… which is why we’re always looking for apprentice tattoo artists!

A mixture of hand drawings and digital art would be great to see.

One of the many benefits of working with Skins and Needles include:

  • Two beautiful prestigious studios located in Middlesbrough and Durham
  • Flexible shift patterns due to extended studio hours
  • Development opportunities within the business
  • Exclusively sponsored by BarberDTS, Butterluxe and RedBull UK.

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For more information, check out our blog where we talk about this in more detail.

The easiest way to enquire is via our online enquiry form and one of our dedicated tattoo consultants will get back in touch with you! Or pick up the phone and give us a call on 01642 913632.

Please have some basic information ready, things like the size of your tattoo idea in inches, rough design, etc.

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We have a large studio on the golden mile of Linthorpe Road, you can’t miss us!

170-172 Linthorpe Road
01642 913 632


We have a smaller venue in Durham’s ancient city centre which is very beautiful and picturesque. Located above our talented team of barbers at House of Gentlemen and opposite to Capriccio coffee shop.

10a Elvet Bridge
0191 383 0437

If you are interested in getting a tattoo in finance the first thing you need to do is contact us to discuss your ideas and get a price.

We will then give you a link for a form that you can complete in your own time which will assess your eligibility and let you know the full process.

Payl8r use an affordability check so the search will not show up on your credit file. Payment options from 1-12 months available.

Once your agreement is completed, we can get your tattoo booked in for whenever suits you.

Finance options available for tattoos from £200 – £1500.

Finance is subject to creditworthiness and affordability assessments.

The legal age in the U.K. to get tattooed is 18+ and parental consent is not a form of ID. We do have a strict challenge 25 policy in place so please bring a form of valid and in date ID with you.

Valid forms of ID:

  • Driving license
  • Provisional driving license
  • Passport

Tattoos are quoted depending on size, style, artist and colour preference. Other things such as time, last minute design changes and cover-ups can affect the overall price too. Our tattoo consultants are able to provide you with an accurate quote.

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For more information regarding pricing, check out the pricing section of our website linked below.

Tattoo cover-ups are sometimes possible, but there are so many variables when it comes to this. The best way to see if we can do a cover-up for you is to come into the studio for a consultation, or send us pictures via our enquiry form.

Certain tattoos may need laser removal first to lighten it up so that a cover-up is then possible, this gives you more options with your new design.

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Tattooing involves needles piercing the skin, so there is some discomfort involved. However, pain varies from person to person.

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For more pain management tips check our our blog linked below.

Areas with less fat and more nerve endings, such as the ribs, spine, and elbows, tend to be more painful. Less sensitive areas like the forearm or calf are usually less painful.

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Our studio has a roster of talented artists with different specialties and styles. Check our website or contact us for artist availability.

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For more information, check out our artists page.

We do accommodate walk-in clients when possible, but appointments are recommended for guaranteed availability.

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Appointments are recommended, especially for custom designs or with specific artists, but walk-ins are welcome when we have openings.

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Communicate with your artist during the process to address concerns. In rare cases, we offer touch-ups or adjustments post-healing.

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For more information check out our blog linked below.

Small changes may be possible on the day, but we require 48 hours notice to make any major changes to a design.

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The “best” artist depends on your style preference. View portfolios to choose an artist whose work aligns with your vision.

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Check out our blog linked below, where we talk about this in more detail!

We’re open Monday-Sunday

Mon-Thurs – 8am-8pm

Fri-Sat – 8am-10pm

Sun – 10am-6pm

Skins and Needles is home to some of the UK’s most renowned piercers. Free and confidential consultations are available upon request.

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Our studio is owned by Matthew Salvin who is dedicated to creating a welcoming space for artists and clients.

The process includes consultation, design creation, tattooing, aftercare, and healing. Your artist will guide you through each step.

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For more in depth information, check out our blog linked below…k-at-the-process/

Design starts with a consultation where you discuss your ideas with the artist, who then creates a custom design based on your input.

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We require 48 hours notice in order to reschedule an appointment, otherwise this may result in a loss of deposit. Please contact us via the contact form below, email and phone call to let us know.

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We recommend limiting the number of people accompanying you to ensure a comfortable tattooing environment.

For safety and comfort, it’s best to arrange childcare as our studio is not be suitable for children – please be aware that we cannot allow under 16s into the studio, please do not bring anyone with you to your appointment

Tattoo ink and the tattooing process are not recommended while breastfeeding due to potential health concerns. Consult with a healthcare professional for more information

Our studio periodically hosts guest artists from diverse backgrounds and styles. The availability of guest artists varies, so please check our website or contact us for information about upcoming guest artists and their specialties.

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For more information check out our Guest artists Page.


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