About Us

Viking Tattoo Studio

Our studio is open from 11am-5pm on Monday to Saturday each week. We work on an appointment only basis. To make an appointment for your tattoo, or to discuss a tattoo design with our artists, contact us on 0191 420 1977 or chris.vikingtattoo@gmail.com.

Viking Tattoo Studio, Jarrow

About Viking Tattoos

Viking Tattoo Studio in Jarrow was established in the spring of 1995, by owner Chris Wright. The studio is fully registered with the local Health Authority, and has been awarded the highest 5-star rating in the tattoo hygiene ratings scheme.

Chris has won multiple awards for his tattoo artwork from various tattoo conventions across the UK over the years. The studio has also been featured in a number of tattoo and biker magazines during its 23-year history, and has gained an excellent reputation for providing customers with top quality tattoos and excellent service.

At Viking Tattoo Studio, we offer all styles of tattooing, from the very small personal designs, to full-on body suits, and everything in between. We have 1000s of existing designs for you to choose from, or we are always happy to work with our clients to help create a one-off original tattoo design to your specifications. We work in a very clean and relaxed and professional environment, and also offer a tattoo laser removal and cover-up service for our customers.

Our Tattoo Artists

Chris Wright Viking Tattoos Jarrow

Our experienced tattoo artists specialise in a range of styles, and are happy to work with you to create the perfect custom design for your skin, or bring your own ideas to life.

Chris Wright is the owner of Viking Tattoo Studio; a highly talented and original tattoo artist with extensive industry experience. During his time as a tattooist, he has gained an excellent reputation for creating top quality designs in a variety of styles, and has a number of award wins for his artistry under his belt! For more info on Chris’s background, and how Viking Tattoo Studios was born, see the ‘how it all began…’ section below.

Also working with Chris at Viking Tattoo Studio as a tattoo artist, is Gav Martin. Gav has over 10 years of experience in creating amazing flash and custom tattoo designs across a range of styles, especially in black and grey work.

How it all began...

“For some reason, I was very interested in tattooing from a very early age. As a kid, I was fascinated by my Dad’s old sailor tattoos, and used to pester him for the stories that I had heard a hundred times or more about why, where, and who had tattooed him. I also did this with anyone else I met with tattoos, from my uncles, to the older lads at my local boxing gym! I always just loved the idea of something so permanent and decorative in the skin.

As I grew up, I pestered the life out of my Dad for a tattoo of my own, and eventually, he took me to a friend of his who was tattooing locally (in Hebburn) to get my first one – a pair of boxing gloves on my upper left arm (I still have them to this day!). From that moment on, I this was the career that I wanted for myself, and spent as much time as possible finding out everything that I could about the art and the methodology.

My first attempts at tattooing were hand poking with a needle and Indian ink, but this was a very slow process. Determined to find my way to a career in tattooing, I then went on to building tattoo machines from all kinds of things, including alarm clocks, tape cassette motors, electric razor motors, and anything else I could get my hands on. In those days, everything was trial and error, (as the internet was not around in 1986!), but with hard word and determination, I eventually became more skilled with the electric razor machine, and a local artist gave me a little weekend job at his shop.

My work improved, and under his guidance, I learnt the essential skills and knowledge about sterilization, machine building, needle making, and colour mixing etc. From there, it was just a matter of time and money before I realised my dream and opened my own place doing what I loved. After saving a bit of cash in 1995, I finally opened Viking Tattoo Studio, in Ellison Street, Jarrow.

After a few years, I started working at various tattoo conventions around the UK, and my artistry started to be recognised with award wins for my work in various tattoo style categories, and also started to do guest artist spots at various shops around the UK. In 2001, I organised Jarrow’s first Tattoo Convention, with 30 working tattoo artists, a custom motor bike show, live bands. With over 2000 of the general public in attendance, the event was an incredible success and a personal high point of my career for me.

Fast forward to today, and I am still as in love with tattooing as ever, and proud to work at the occasional tattoo convention and do the odd guest spot too, giving me the opportunity to take my artwork to more people than ever before. To date, my tattooing has led me to work in countries such as Denmark, Germany, France, Belgium, Spain, and the USA, which has been an incredible journey for me.

My fascination with tattoo artwork spans the entire spectrum of genres out there, so I don’t really have or stick to one particular style of tattooing, as I enjoy working within all styles and try to be a good all-rounder. For me, it’s always about doing the best I can with whatever the tattoo, and bringing the client’s dreams to life so that it fits their own vision, and produces a piece of art that they are happy to wear for the rest of their lives. As a personal preference though, I do enjoy and specialise in the larger scale tattoo work, such as full arm and leg sleeves, complete back pieces, and body suits of black and grey work, colour, and also a lot of Japanese style, which is I guess what I am now best known for. But from the tiniest little personal piece, photo-realistic work, to massive full on body suits, I pride myself in always give 100% regardless. Tattooing to me is not just a job, it’s a way of life, and a life that I love.”

– Chris Wright, Viking Tattoo Studio