Hetton tattooist’s decade of skin decoration

The Supafly Tattoo Studio on Front Street, Hetton is celebrating 10 years in business. Owner Will Lindsay (left) takes time out to work on shop manager Phil Henderson's tattoo.
The Supafly Tattoo Studio on Front Street, Hetton is celebrating 10 years in business. Owner Will Lindsay (left) takes time out to work on shop manager Phil Henderson's tattoo.
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A TATTOO studio is celebrating 10 years of decorating some of Wearside’s most famous bodies.

Will Lindsay’s Supafly Wills Tattoo Studio in Hetton gained a national reputation as the place to go for an edgy tattoo.

Will’s background in art led him to pursue his desire to become an artist with a difference.

The 34-year-old, from Houghton, said: “I used to do a lot of oil paintings. I was always into art.

“Someone said to me I should give tattooing a go with me being an artist, so I bought the kit and practised on myself and it went from there.”

Will has kept the trade in the family, training younger brother Alex, 22, who is also an artist in the studio. Will’s other brother Daniel, 27, is the resident piercer.

Will’s wealth of experience in the industry has drawn him a couple of celebrity customers.

Ultimate Fighting Championship fighter, Ross Pearson, and Laura Whitfield, star of reality show Seven Dwarves, are among his loyal patrons.

Laura even brought a camera crew into the studio when she got a new tattoo.

Will said: “It was great having the Channel 4 film crew in the studio. It was quite an experience”

With 10 years in the business, Will has had some odd requests from tattoo fanatics over the years.

“You get someone coming in and wanting something strange nearly every week,” said Will.

“People get things inside their mouths, tattoos on their private parts, people come in with pictures they have drawn themselves that they want you to do and they are horrendous.

“If it’s a really awful picture, I won’t do it. I don’t want to put my name to it.

“Nothing surprises me any more.”

During his career Will has seen a rise in the popularity of tattoos.

He said: “It used to be something frowned upon, but now nearly everyone has one.

“Shows like LA Ink have really boosted its popularity, but it also means you get a lot of inexperienced people setting up shops.

“I’ve always offered a great service for people at a very reasonable rate.”