The Team

Bev BevSkins and Needles Logo
(Bev Ardley) I first became interested in tattooing in 1979 when I got my first tattoo in a wooden hut at the fair! It wasn't until about 1990 that I got my first machine and started to teach myself. I had always been artistic and had studied art and ceramics at school. I later attended Melton Mowbray College of F.E. where I gained 3 A Levels, one being in Art. I also won best art student there in 1985. In 1994 I worked for a short time in a studio in Coalville but wasn't happy with the standards, so I left to start my own business 'Skins and Needles' from a mobile caravan. The van was registered with Leicester City Council Environmental Health and off I went to tattoo and pierce at Biker Festivals. My first little shop was above Kesmark Motorcycles in Woodgate, Leicester. It was whilst at Woodgate that I had the good fortune to become acquainted with John Sargerson of Celtic Art Tattoo Studio in Chesterfield. He kindly let me sit and pick his brains for some considerable time and let me watch him work, he taught me so much more than technique as he is also an amazingly shrewd businessman. I also owe much to the likes of Micky Sharpz and Danny Harkins who were most helpful in my early days with good advice and help with machines. I opened South Wigston studio in 1996, I had the idea that I wanted to steer away from the traditional image of the “Tattoo Parlour” run by big burly types, I wanted to create more of an art gallery look, since our refit in 2009 I believe we've achieved that. The studio is bright and airy and we pride ourselves on providing a very friendly and helpful atmosphere. I specialise in Celtic and Tribal styles and Cover-up work.
Jay

Jay

I studied Art and Design to ‘a’ level standard and was considering continuing at University but decided to follow music and travel Europe in a band instead! I have always continued to draw and paint; even working as a narrow boat sign writer for a short period of time. Tattooing has always gone hand in hand with Rock, Punk and Rockabilly music so it was an obvious choice to go into. Bev very kindly offered me an apprenticeship and I have been here ever since. I like tattooing in a variety of styles, but have a particular fondness for pin-up art.

Pooley

Pooley

(Lee Poole) I am 34 years old and have been tattooing for about 6 years. I've always loved to draw/paint etc and tattooing was a natural progression for me, as my dad also used to tattoo and it was something that interested me hugely from a young age. I love the old school style of tattooing, done traditionally or with the new school twist. I draw inspiration from tattooists like Uncle Allen, Phil Kyle, Todd Noble, Valerie Vargas etc. to name a few. When I'm not tattooing I spend most of my time with family or sat with my sketchbook happily doodling new designs. I started at Skins and Needles in 2009, love my job, and intend to stay here permanently and continue to push my artwork/tattooing as far as possible.

Rico

Rico

I have enjoyed drawing all my life. In 2004 I left higher education with a degree in Imagemaking and Design.
I started at Skins and Needles in 2009 and am happy to be part of an awesome team of people who are creative and friendly.
I apprenticed collectively for 2 years before going professional and am now approaching 7 years as a professional.
I especially enjoy working with bold linework and realistic shading.
My favourite subjects are on the themes of Sci-Fi, fantasy, horror, mythology, and anything related to comics, films and games. These get me the most excited and inspired.
In my spare time I like to paint artwork and listen to music.