How did you begin?When?Why did you get started with body piercing?
I was interested in tattoo since school. I met Stan at a convention
in great Yarmouth in 2001. Two weeks later, he offered me an apprenticeship
in piercing to lead then in one in tattoo.
have you worked?
Only in Freedom Tattooz in Ipswich.
piercing do you prefer?
Any facial which suit the customer's face, usually when it is a couple
of piercings which are well balanced.
are some of your favorite piercers and why?
Anyone who does good and safe work.
you consider what you do as an art or a craft?
I would say it is an art form for some piercers (the hardcorers who
do a lot of surface piercings and implants), and, I recognize this work
as artistic, but I see work as craft in the sense that I want to do
technically correct and safe work.
changes have you seen in the last few years in the business?
Since I have been working, it is becoming increasingly more mainstream
and socialy more acceptable.
type of work is popular with your customer right now?
Really everything, nothing too hardcore.
England, is there any laws ruling the piercin or tattoo? Or is there
any control by hygiene services?
Hygiene is the main concern for the authorities in England. As long
as the shop is clean and the work is safe, they are happy. Although
London Borough has its own regulations apart from the rest of the country.
do you like most about piercing?
Just me everyday running of the shop, chatting and getting to know regular
annoy you about the business?
People who get into the business just for money, and who do not really
know what they are doing: the beauty industry.
do you see as being the major trends and the major issues in the next
We do basic stuff: tongues, navels, eyebrows ect... But there are a
lot of young people who want large facial coverage, always asking for
I would like to see more options for training in how to pierce safely.
Something involving piercers/tattooist, medical industry and the government.
So that someone who gets the opportunity to have an apprenticeship can
learn a lot more than would usually be able to, and hopefully weed out
the cowboys in the business who do not care what they are doing. Maybe
something like the A.P.P in US.
Anne (Arkam Team)
58 St. Matthews St
Ipswich, IP1 3EP
Tel : 01473 400135