How did you begin?When?Why did you get started
with body piercing?
Been tattooing for 11years and piercing for 8years. I am a self taught
tattooist but I got trained for piercing by Pegasus in Bury St Edmunds
(no longer training).
have you worked?
I have always been in Ipswich and now in a second shop always been in
is your favorite piercing to perform?
I tend to only do facial and torso piercings. Nick does all piercings.
are some of your favorite piercers and why?
I do not have a favourite piercer but admire anyone who is willing to
work with ethics and responsability.
England also, piercing has known a big "boom"(as everywhere).
What annoy you about this "industrialization" of the job??
There are too many shops trading with little or no training , and using
innapropriate tools and jewellery. We have a situation in this country
at the moment involving hair and beauty trade trying to regulate the
tattoo and piercing studios.
There are already objections to how they are doing this. The laws as
they stand now are very limited. All studios need to be registered with
local health authories (including basic sterilization, cross contamination
prevention, education on blood bourne viruses etc...). Most professional
piercers will always strive to further their knowledge. Both myself,
Nick and Sharon (who does all the sterelizing) have been on seminars
and training courses organized by the local H.A and the A.P.I , courses
including first aid and jewellery, anatomy and various others.
do you see as being the major trends and the major issues in the next
As far as trends go, we only do long established piercings. We do not
do surface or similar due to high rejection rates. We are not against
them but prefer experienced piercees whose we know how to heal and look
The boundaries will always be taken further but the responsible studios
will stay and become as acceptable as other high street shops!
Anne (Arkam Team)
58 St. Matthews St
Ipswich, IP1 3EP
Tel : 01473 400135