Skins and Needles was founded in 2011 by Matthew Salvin. Matthew, originally a barber with a group of barber shops, fell in love with the tattoo industry when he found himself working next door to a tattoo studio. After travelling to Thailand where he met a master of the industry, a hand poking Buddhist monk, Matthew spent weeks with him, each day learning his take on the sacred art that him and his family had used in a variety of healing and spiritual aspects for generations. Travel around Europe from city to city soon followed, learning how this secret art would change his life. After years of learning and educating himself on the industry and how business worked with various other small ventures, he decided to take it to the mainstream and do the job properly. His mentor Mr Mote was contacted and kindly asked if he minded that Matthew could name his new venture after his. Mr Mote give his blessings and Skins and Needles was born in Teesside!!