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Stoke Tattoo Studio

Established in 2016, Great Bear Tattoo is a fully licensed modern tattoo studio and art gallery based in Stoke-On-Trent, Staffordshire.

We pride ourselves on our clean, open plan studio and friendly approach, which will put you at ease. We are extremely passionate about what we do and provide specialist high-quality custom work, which means each tattoo we do is 100% unique and personal to the individual who owns it.

We cover a wide range of styles including realism, black and grey, traditional, neo-traditional, Japanese, abstract, script, cover-ups and more.

We stock original artwork, prints, clothing and accessories, all designed by our resident tattooists Callan and Roz, as well as other local artists. These can be purchased in-store, or to order online, please send us a message or email. As well as supporting local artists, we are proud sponsors of Chesterton AFC, who are currently competing in the Staffordshire County Senior League.

For more information about our artwork, the artists featured in our studio, or to show us some of your work, please contact us! We always love discovering new artists within the Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire areas.

With us now moved into a much larger building, not only do we have a larger tattoo studio, but we also now have a full-size gallery along with an art workshop and creative space!

We will be periodically hosting art exhibitions and workshops, using our own creative skills and art, as well as other amazing local artists. Our workshops will be aimed at a variety of abilities starting from complete amateur up to professional artists, so there will be something for everyone! Make sure to keep an eye out on our social media pages for any upcoming events.

Our outstanding online customer reviews and excellent reputation prove that we strive to be the best and put every effort into the tattoos and artwork we produce. We love spending time in our studio, and we hope you will enjoy your experience at Great Bear Tattoo.

We hope to see you soon!

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About Callan Leavesley

Studio Owner Callan had a love for illustration from an early age, and after studying it along with graphic design he went on to do an Apprenticeship in tattooing.

He is now in his tenth year of tattooing and enjoys working in a wide range of styles, including a varied range of subject matter, with a passion for working with nature-inspired ideas, such as animals, flowers and landscapes. Using his wide knowledge of tattoo styles, specialist illustration, and hobby of photography Callan can create unique artwork for customers.

Along with his illustration work, Callan also enjoys creating fine art paintings and street art inspired work, as well as some digital art. Original art, prints and clothing created by Callan can be purchased online or in-store at our Staffordshire studio.

Tattoos by CallanArtwork by Callan

About Roz Key

After getting a degree in Textile Design from MMU, Roz uses these skills to create interesting and exciting designs, as well as being influenced by her passion for a wide range of creative outlets, including painting, illustration, digital art, and surface pattern.

Roz enjoys working in a wide range of styles, including a varied range of subject matter, and takes inspiration from music and her surroundings. She uses her feelings and emotions to influence her concepts and colour palettes, often resulting in some truly unique concepts.

Roz now has over three years of experience in tattooing, after completing her apprenticeship at Great Bear with Callan as her mentor, and is always bringing new ideas to the table. Original artwork, prints and clothing created by Roz are also all available from our studio.

  Tattoos by Roz       Artwork by Roz  

About Emily Washington

With a degree in surface pattern/print design, Emily brings a fresh perspective rooted in punk and pop art culture.

Inspired by iconic designers like Vivienne Westwood, Emily pushes boundaries and explores new avenues of creativity. You’ll often find her with a camera in hand, capturing inspiration from the world around her.

From collaging to experimenting with textures and watercolour paintings, Emily is passionate about incorporating bright colours and bold designs into her work. She takes inspiration from street art and skateboarding culture, embracing a playful nature that exudes humour.

With her unique blend of influences and boundless creativity, Emily is sure to infuse tattoo projects with energy and innovation. 

    Artwork by Emily