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



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.


Below are a few examples of Sam’s work

Black & Grey
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

In a word, Fantastic. Just got back from getting my tattoo, 20 years after the last one. I called and emailed the other tattoo places in York, and could see this place was head and shoulders above the rest right from the start, based on their professionalism and attitude. I emailed a design through to them and unexpectedly, Sam made it better as she drew the stencil, by allowing gaps for ink movement between lines, improving definition etc. She did a great on the tat and it is crisp and clear. It’s a nice, clean, friendly place and I am well pleased I went there. Try it for yourself. Phone around. Email, go to the shops, speak to the artists and I’m sure you’ll agree. I can’t recommend it highly enough.
Ste Whittaker
I recently had a large tattoo done on my back by Sam and drawn up by Dan. It is definitely my favourite tattoo to date, I feel like 7 tattoos later I have a proper piece of artwork! Dan was very helpful when making sure the design was just right and Sam was so friendly I barely felt a thing! So much so I went back 2 weeks later to have 2 old tattoos re-worked/ covered-up and now have 3 amazing tattoos. Would absolutely recommend this studio, they are very clean and their advice and expertise is exceptional. Not sure what else I can say other than if you are thinking of getting inked, go here! Thanks guys!
Got a blossom flower on Tuesday colours are amazing and will defiantly be going back, thank you!
Beth Headley
I have now had two tattoos by Sam, one a foot tattoo and the other one of a cat, which Sam designed for me, on my thigh. Very pleased with both, the cat in particular as it is the first tattoo I have had designed specially for me 🙂 I also had some touch up work done. Sam is great, very friendly and easy to chat to/discuss designs and ideas with. Very clean studio and good aftercare advice. I wouldn’t go anywhere else!
Alison Wilson
Had my first tattoo yesterday morning (of an Orca). Very friendly and reassuring staff and the woman (who lives in Tadcaster but I forget her name -sorry) did a fantastic job, explaining everything she was doing carefully and answering my many questions. The aftercare advice was thorough and I was given a little card to remind me what to do and what the name of the recommended cream was I needed to buy. The quality of the artwork is perfect and it is healing really well. I have no discomfort whatsoever. A very professional and high quality service and I would really recommend these guys.
Jono Leadley
Only called in for a quick cover job and rework, however, I was made to feel very welcome, it’s the most relaxing tattoo shop I have been in and the girls were great fun, keep up the good work, I’ll definitely be back soon.
Dave Scott
Had two tattoos done today, with my daughter. Sam was fantastic! Made us both feel relaxed & at ease. Design & Artwork was done perfectly to suit us both. Would recommend York Tattoo Studio to anyone. Thank you again Sam ☺
Claire Coulton
Just had my tattoo finished! Absolutely awesome had fun getting it done! Chatting away to Sam and listening to good music helps to forget the pain! Highly recommend!
Joe Thorpe
PERFECT! A* I would highly recommend to go for a tattoo! Friendly, chatty and put you at ease if a little nervous as I was! Thanks to Sam & Dan 🙂 Sam my tattoo is FAB- you are a star xx
Rachael Taylor
Sam, my arm is now complete started at your studio about 3 years ago and wouldn’t think of going anywhere else. Thanks for your art work, commitment and relaxed atmosphere. I would recommend you to all and wish you all the best now going forward and for the future.
From the concept to getting inked, it was all mapped out exactly as I wanted. Sam is a fantastic artist who goes through all the motions with you, and is great to chat to while you’re getting your tat done. If anyone’s in the York area and you want a tattoo, go to Sam and her other great colleagues (hell I travelled all the way from London to get it done)!
Jenny Green
I got a gorgeous pheonix tattooed on my left shoulder. So extremely happy with it, and somehow, the ink looks even better than the picture I gave the studio to copy from. Not sure how that happened, but I am sure not complaining. I will definitely be getting future tattoos from here and have recommended the place to friends as well.
Tasha Lawrance
Just had my belly button pierced and it was quick and pain less and the nice friendly staff talked me through what would happen. I would highly recommend using Sam for tattoos or piercings x
Olivia Gardner
Hey guys! Would just like to say, I absolutely love the work that Sam does, not only my ideas that I’ve asked for, but of others we have spoken about and the work I’ve seen, I would recommend getting your tattoo done with her and she will pretty much draw anything you wish, the more colour the better grin emoticon thanks Sam for my two, I’m sure I will have plenty more.. Open to ideas too! smile emoticon x
Samantha Jayne
A big thankyou to Samantha Cox .
I’m loving my new tattoo 😊can’t wait to get it finished. .
My 23 yr old son loves it .
Heather Huntington
sending a big thanks to sam, absolutely loving my tattoo
Kyle Morgan
Excuse my minging toes but i love my new owl tat 😃 eeeek x thank you
Samantha Pearson
Your tattoos are amazing and you’re just what Ive been looking for! I dont live in York anymore but you’ve come highly recomended from my friend.
Gemma Wright
Awesome peacock tattoo by Sam finished today, thanks soo much 😃😃
Kieran Smith

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