Welcome to the York Tattoo and Piercing Studio website


Over the years we have built up an extensive amount of designs and pictures and have the most in York to view at over 20,000 different designs. We are constantly increasing this number of designs with new and exciting ones being added by the week.


Sam completed her apprenticeship at Yorktattoo, under the 30 year experienced eye of previous owner Sean Scott (Ronnie Starrs, Hull), who boasts a fantastic number of renowned artists as former apprentices.


Sam has dedicated her tattooing career to the shop, and is delighted to have had the privelage of buying the studio and managing it as well as tattooing full time. We continue to strive for excellence, and have a 30 year reputation preceeding us for incredible work, dedication and skill, and customer service that is second to none.


With our comfortable atmosphere and experienced staff, we are eager to point you in the right direction towards achieving the tattoo of your desires. We specialise in custom designs. Not sure what you want? give us a call on 01904 623731.

Opening hours

Monday to Saturday – 10:30am-4:30pm
Other appointments available on request


Owner/Tattooist/Body Piercer

I am enthralled by the concept that the art of a tattoo only lasts for as long as the wearer lives.

Since learning to tattoo, I find I become more and more fascinated by the reasons people get tattoos, and feel honoured, and sometimes awed, (sometimes disturbed!!) by the stories people share about themselves and their lives that prompt them to wear a reminder of that indelibly.

I have always loved art and music, and tattooing and piercing seemed to walk into my life hand in hand with that – I feel extremely fortunate to be doing something I get up and look forward to every day!

I try to turn my hand to pretty much all styles, but pieces with really fine or tiny detail are definitely for me. I think it’s important to be able to not only tattoo on “fresh, unblemished” skin, therefore I also do a lot of cover-ups, reworks and fixes, no matter how awkward or old, it’s a great challenge finding something new that works so we can provide a great service for EVERY customer, not just fresh meat.

I also offer body piercing in the studio, as well as piercing removal. This includes almost every needle piercing you can think of, as well as a range of skin divers, dermal anchors and surface/corsetry piercing.


I’m currently in my second year as an apprentice under Sam so I’ve only just started this fascinating artistic journey! I’m very passionate about art and revel in any opportunity to engage my creativity. I feel excited about pouring this energy into my work. I like pretty much all styles of art but I’m especially into black and grey, realism and dark imagery. I’m proud to be joining the tattooing family here and look forward to what the future holds.


Below are a few examples of Sam’s work

Black & Grey
Scar Work
Small Designs
Cover ups


Below are a few examples of Sam’s work

Genital Piercing


Don’t just take our work for it, see what our clients say about our work

I’d like to thank you so much for the fantastic piercing experience today.
Even though you did a superb, painless job of my PA, 3 weeks ago, I was a little apprehensive about having a 4- bar frenum ladder done at one go.
I was amazed how relaxed I felt during the whole process. I think the friendly chit chat was very calming especially as you were chatting while the needle was being inserted.
I feared having 4 piercings at one go might have been too painful but I was totally wrong. You were brilliant!
The attention to detail aligning everything in advance was very professional. The rapid and efficient piercing was almost painless and done so smoothly each time that having 4 was no issue at all. After 4 hours there was virtually no bleeding or discomfort so a job well done :-).
Thanks again, Sam, I would certainly recommend you to anyone for male genital piercing or any piercing for that matter.
Mike Smith
Had my first tattoo at this studio today, being very nervous as it was my first tattoo and I didn’t know what to expect. I was greeted warmly by the lovely tattooist Sam who made me feel so much more comfortable about the whole thing, set my mind at ease and made the process seem less painful. I would go nowhere else for my next tattoos and will 100% be booking in for my next one very soon!!
Shaunie Garvey
I had a belly button piercing today and I was incredible nervous as I do not like needles, however Sam was amazing and reassured me the whole way. The process took under 2 minutes and it was so much less painful than I thought it would be. Thank you Sam, I recommended 100%.
Zoe Lizzie Ryan
Had my tattoo done by Sam today and I can’t stop looking at it. I sent Sam some pictures of designs that I liked and she came up with a design that was a hundred times better. Also I really enjoyed actually getting the tattoo done, hard not to when the tattooist is so lovely! Felt really comfortable here, had a good laugh and got an amazing tattoo! Couldn’t think of a bad thing to say if I tried. 10 out of 10, I’ll definitely be coming back here for my next tattoo! Thank you so much Sam!
Ethan James
Had a lovely time today getting my ear pierced lovely lady who did it made me feel very relaxed. Massive thank u from Zoe all the way from Darlington
Zoe Dee Clark
Thank you for my piercing today, I loved the choice of jewellery and that you made me feel at ease. The reassurance of aftercare is great to know. Will definitely be recommending you.
Michelle Monks was Oldham
The lady is very professional…very reserved and devoted to her work …..loved my tattoo….been looking at it every now and then today after i had it done…..thumbs up to her work….
Anita Devi Tamang
Had my third tattoo done here and I can’t rate them highly enough! Really great service whole way through, and Sam is a great artist and really puts you at ease. Will definitely be visiting again!
Rachael Zaino
Absolutely loved getting my tattoo here, Sam and bex were so friendly and welcoming and the atmosphere was great, stopped me feeling nervous at all! Would definitely recommend here and will be going again (:
Alexandria Mills
Had my first tattoo done today and I love it! Would definitely get another one done now and wouldn’t go anywhere else to get it done! Definitely coming back! Plus the girls are lovely and so easy to talk to! Loved it!
Thanks guys!
Jared John Longhorne
First time visiting the studio and I must say, it was an absolute pleasure! Sam did an incredible job of my Egyptian hieroglyphic symbol- love it! I received great service in a professional environment. I would highly recommend this studio to anyone. Thank you so much Sam- I’ll definitely be back again in the future!
Morgan Webster
Absolutely loved my tattoo done by Sam! Checked with me the whole time how I wanted certain sections done & kept checking I was was ok throughout. Very friendly studio and great aftercare advice, including out of hours contact should I need it. Definately recommend!!
Marcy Burke
h felt Sam listened to everything i wanted with my tattoo and gave me very realistic alternatives if she couldnt do exactly what i wanted. from the word Go i had every confidence in Sam. what she drew up for me was even better than the image i sent her.
she kept me talking all the way through my tattoo. made me feel as relaxed as i could be and kept encouraging me and stopping for me when it got too painful.
I have a fair few tattoos and this i have to say is my ultimate fave.
Sam i would just like to say a MASSIVE thank you and i will return to you for all my future tattoos as im 100% certain there will be many more.
you are a star!!
Abbie Shipley
Took my friend here today for her first tattoo and was received with a very warm welcome. Lovely artwork and a fab atmosphere. Will be booking for my second tattoo in the very near future. Highly recommended.
Vix Bartram
This was my 9th tattoo but my first 1 here and can hand on heart say I will not go any where else. I do normally bleed and thought having my foot done would be worse than normal but it was all done so gently that there was no bleeding and little pain. It actually tickled!!! The girls are really friendly and it all has a nice, relaxed atmosphere. Must be good am going back tomorrow!
Stephanie Brabbs
Just had my new scroll artwork done today! Absolutely amazing. Sam is a true artist and captured what I wanted perfectly!! We were chatting the whole way through and she made the whole process really easy. Even made me a killer brew to sup on whilst she was working!! Magic!
Chris Hagyard
Had my first session of my sleeve done today, and gotta say I was dreading the time it was going to take but it flew by, speaking with Sam about anything and everything (going to have to do a bit of research now ready for my next sitting haha) she’s a great a tattoo artist and she also makes time for each customer. Would definitely recommend!
Billy Baggins Northover
Awesome finish to my mix and match sleeve, couldn’t have asked for any better! Not only as painless as possible but great banter to keep your mind off the pain! Excellent work start to finish will defo be back and 100% recommend to anyone wanting a tattoo in york!
Joshua Turpin
I’ve been in today for my fourth tattoo from Sam and as always she was amazing! This time round it was a cover up and I love it!! You can’t see the previous tattoo just my beautiful new one!! Sam always makes you feel at ease and I certainly didn’t feel like I was sat for over two and half hours!! Brilliant as always and I’m sure I’ll be back again soon! Thank you again I really do love it!! Xxx
Nikki Doris Brown
Had a great time on Saturday getting my first tattoo in a good 10years. Sam was friendly, fun and made me totally relaxed. You know you’ve got a good tattoo artist when you can fill 5hrs with conversation and laughter, and then have an amazing tattoo at the end of it. Also, to discover how ethical and moral Sam was in relation to her work was an added bonus. I will be back.
Hazel Gledhill
Just had a clitoral hood piercing done by sam and im soo pleased she made me feel so comfortable and relaxed and she 100% knows what she is doing I had complete trust in her . very clean and professional. Id recommend to anyone she is by far the best piercer ive ever had.
Amy Phillips

Find us

York Tattoo and Piercing Studio
1 Clarence Street
YO31 7EL

Opening hours
Monday to Saturday – 10:30am-4:30pm
Other appointments available on request

Contact us

Call us: 01904 623731

Email: info@yorktattoo.co.uk