My name is Kim, I’m from North-East England and I have been piercing professionally since 2003.
I, and Skins & Needles, are fully licensed and registered with the local council for all the work we carry out. We pride ourselves in our strict compliance with all health and safety regulations and are proud to exceed all minimum requirements set by the council. We are also fully insured for ourselves and our clients. I am a proud member of the UKAPP and I am on the current board (secretary). Read more about the UKAPP and our work – and find your nearest member – at www.ukapp.org.uk
I am experienced in all piercing procedures, from ear lobes, noses and basic body piercing to more unusual piercings such as genital piercing, surface piercing, skin divers & microdermals. There are photos of the full spectrum of my work on my Facebook and loads of info (price lists, aftercare advice, etc.) up in my ‘Notes’ section on there, as well as a photo album full of diagrams which show how to measure jewellery, as well as close-ups of equipment, etc.
I only use single-use fully sterilized needles/scalpels/dermal punches and high quality implant grade titanium body jewellery for all my work. I will not pierce with any jewellery bought elsewhere, and will never use ‘piercing guns’ or butterfly back studs. Where possible, all my equipment is single-use and disposable. Where this is not possible, the equipment is sterilized in a vacuum autoclave in a sterilization pouch between each use. Please ask if you would like to see any of my sterilizing equipment.
My usual hours are 11am-6pm Monday-Saturday. Piercings are available on a walk-in basis (no appointment needed) – just call into the studio. Body modification work requires a face to face consultation, and then an appointment.
PRIVACY & CONFIDENTIALITY
All piercings and other body modification procedures are treated in the strictest confidence. I work in an enclosed room for complete privacy and safety. Piercing is not a spectator sport, so no one is allowed into the piercing area with you (with the exception of genital piercings, where I will allow a chaperone – a friend or partner – in with you).
I am happy to give free and confidential consultations upon request (for any and all piercings, and I insist on a face-to-face consultation for custom piercing work and all body modification work). These consultations consist of a walk-through of the procedure, you can see the equipment that will be used on request and I’ll talk you through jewellery options (for the initial piercing and for once the piercing has healed). Aftercare is also discussed and I can recommend certain products to you as well. This is a good opportunity to ask questions that you may forget about on the day of getting the procedure done.
I stock a huge range of body jewellery which is available for purchase in the studio. I am happy to order body jewellery in any size/colour/style you would like, even if it isn’t part of my regular stock, just ask. I order once a month at the beginning of each month. I will fit any jewellery bought from me free of charge (£5 extra charge for stretching piercings – ages 18+). I also stock a range of merchandise – T-Shirts, Prints, Tote Bags, etc. and Gift Vouchers. I am the only piercer in the area stocking all the following premium body jewellery brands, as well as a huge range of basic stock – Anatometal, Industrial Strength, Omerica Organic, Flaming Bones, Diablo Organics & Gorilla Glass. Furthermore, I am the only piercer in the area who is able to anodise jewellery! This service is free on any titanium piece bought in the studio and I can also pierce with anodised pieces (though I need a few days to process the jewellery). All body jewellery & merchandise available in the studio, or contact me if you would like to mail order anything.
For general body piercing, you must to be 16 years of age or over. I will ask for photo ID if you look under 18.
For genital or nipple piercing (male or female), cheek/dahlia piercing and other body modification work, you must be 18 years of age or over. I will ask for photo ID if you look under 21.
Acceptable forms of ID are: UK Passport, UK Drivers Licence (or Provisional) or a CitizenCard (www.citizencard.com). I cannot accept photocopies or birth certificates.
No one who is pregnant/breastfeeding or under the influence of drugs/alcohol will be pierced. I reserve the right to refuse service to anyone due to medical or ethical reasons.