Grim North is a tattoo studio in Portsmouth, NH, specializing in custom tattoo designs and piercing. We have three tattooists, Stina Sardinha Wulfe, James Wulfe, and Josh Belanger. We also offer professional piercing by Stephanie Stobbs.

If you are interested in making an appointment, please fill out an appointment form and we will contact you as soon as possible. Thank you.


Our shop hours are Tuesday to Friday, 11am to 7pm, and Saturday 12pm to 8pm.

Piercing hours are Tues, Wed and Friday 11am to 7pm.  Thursdays 3:30 pm- 7pm. Sat 12pm to 7pm


Piercing is by appointment, but we take walk-ins when time allows.  Call 603.433.2616 to schedule an appointment and please make sure that you have proper ID.

We are primarily appointment based for tattoos, Josh takes walk-ins on fridays and Saturdays when time allows.

There are plenty of 2 and 4 hour parking spaces on High St. and the adjacent streets. We are also located just a few blocks from the Portsmouth parking garage. Almost all parking in Portsmouth is metered or garage.

Grim North Tattoo and Piercing
167 High street
Portsmouth, NH

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How clean is Grim North? Do you use clean things?  What do you sterilize? What do you sanitize? Are your chemicals safe? Do you care about the environment?

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We take a lot of pride in being as clean and sanitary as possible.  All of our piercing and tattoo surfaces/counters/tables/chairs are wiped down before and after every use with a bactericidal, virucidal, and tuberculocidal disinfectant cleanser. As well as being effective against bacteria, fungi and viruses, it’s an easy to use, non-toxic, biodegradable disinfectant with excellent cleaning properties.  We care a lot about the chemicals that are put into the environment and on/near your body.

For the non-tattoo/piercing surface areas such as the waiting area and the bathroom, we use mostly enviornmentally friendly, non-toxic products.  In each area there are sinks with soap dispensers or hand sanitizer.  All of the soap dispenser and sanitizer fluids are Gojo/Purell Green certified Eco solutions.

Daily, we clean all counters, handles/doorknobs, tables and surfaces with an antibacterial spray.  And we sweep and mop the floors.

Because of the nature of tattooing, we will also occasionally use a bleach solution on some surfaces.

As for our actual tools and supplies, we use many disposables.  Anything that comes into contact with the procedure is wrapped with a barrier, sanitized, thrown away, or sterilized afterwards.  We use all new piercing and tattoo needles every time. We do not re-use any part of the needle or bar.  All of our razors, elastics, barriers, pens/markers and unused inks or paper towels are always disposed of and never re-used.  Most of our tattooing tubes and grips are disposable and made partially out of renewable cork. Steph also uses surgical grade stainless steel tools for piercing.  These go through a cleaning process which hand scrubs, untrasonics, hand scrubs, then ultrasonics them a second time.  All before being packaged and sterilized in our tuttnauer autoclave which sterilizes our tools with a steam process.  We will always open our tools from their packaging in front of you.

Our autoclave is certified, and tested monthly by ATS. Not only is our studio compliant with the NH state regulations of autoclave use and testing, but we test more than needed for your safety.  NH requires quarterly autoclave testing, we test and pass weekly.

One of Grim North’s best features is it’s comfortable and clean atmosphere.  We’re all about being clean, but we’re artists, so we can’t help but surround ourselves with beauty.  Not only does Grim North have an interesting decor, but it has a lot of prints, giclee prints, and original paintings on display to keep us all inspired.  You can tell that we love art.  We love making it, we love looking at it and we love buying it to display.  We also have a very open door policy.  At any point, you can stop in and ask to see our sterilization room.  We’ll show you our sterilizer, ultra sonic, sterilizer certification papers and supplies.