Established in 2009 it has been quite a journey in this unpredictable industry.
First starting out in a building adjoining to a gym in Armley Leeds, Lee spent his entire redundancy pay from his previous job as a computer programmer and graphic designer building his idea of the perfect studio. after only 4 months and thousands of pounds later, the owner of the gym and the property went into bankruptcy leaving the first studio unable to trade anymore.
Lee then had to find property fast in order to keep trading and ended up moving into a small property in Swinnow. Funds been tight due to all money been placed into the first studio, Lee only worked part time while also working as UK site manager for a landfill plastic lining company. 2 years were spent at the Swinnow studio and the name Skinz built up quite a good reputation.
After 2 years, the landlord of the Swinnow studio wanted to renew the lease but also wanted to increase the rent by just over 50%. Faced with this news, the search was on for a more suitable premises.
We then found our current premises based on Stanningley Road beneath the famous Bob Jackson Cycles.
It took nearly 2 months to renovate the 3 adjoining shops to become what is now our Studio and we have been there since.
Upon moving the the Stanningley Road premises, Lee devoted all his time to making it the studio it is now including dropping ties with the company he was working with part time. Since been there, our work has been featured in multiple magazines, we have attended numerous tattoo shows around the UK, been on TV numerous times and won awards.
Lee’s wife Emma also joined the team to become a trained body piercer and laser removal technician.
The studio now houses multiple talented tattoo artists and we continue to go from strength to strength despite the negativity and oversaturation of this industry.
Our story continues and we hope you will be part of it with us.