Happily stabbing people at Adorn in Shrewsbury, UK. Able to carry out all basic piercings, most advanced and a small selection of genital piercings as well as microdermal anchors. Currently trying to fill in the gaps in my knowledge and learn other body modification techniques. A background in mechanical engineering means I'm always looking for a new way to do something and I have the tools to build what I want.
5/19/2014 | 0 comments
I had a seriously busy week last week. I feel all re-invigorated since i got back from Nepal and it's really showing at work.
In the last week i had a busy week for piercings, did my second ever scarification, installed a CCTV system at the shop and did all the little DIY and maintenance tasks that build up over time.
The scar is the biggest news of the week for me. It was a Penrose triangle with a skin peel 'power line' around the outside. I'm still learning really so I'm grateful of people that let me learn. There is a picture of it here for anyone that would like to see it. I managed to complete it in an hour which is good going I think as speed and accuracy are things you pick up in time.
I also got to do some fun little project piercings such as the triple flat and some other fiddle ear projects. I love doing the fiddly ear piercings as i really get to use my accuracy and it makes it feel like all the planning i put in for jewellery choices is paying off.
All the DIY jobs around the hop feel like they are making a massive difference to. It seems silly but things like putting a toilet roll holder up in the toilet and putting shelves on the walls makes a big difference to the feeling in here. I think it's important to do all those little jobs to get a good 'polish' to the shop and to make customers and staff feel more comfortable.
The week coming up is going to be full of accounting and advertising tasks that aren't very interesting to most people but are really important to keeping the shop running at its best.
Until next week!
5/13/2014 | 0 comments
Well what an adventure that was! From the chaos of Kathmandu, the serenity of Budhanilkantha, the fun, hard work and blood at the Nepal tattoo convention, the heat and animals in the jungle and everything else in between. Nepal is an amazing country full of amazing people, places and experiences.
I don't really know where to start with telling the story. The most memorable parts of it for me were riding elephants through the jungle searching for rhino, riding on the back of motorbikes through Kathmandu and meeting the suspension team i think i am going to suspend with.
I have put up as many photos as i could on my Facebook and if anyone wants to ask any questions on here feel free, i will answer them as best i can.
I will always remember the memories and friends i made there and will hopefully meet some of those people around the world for future adventures.
If you ever have the chance to go to Nepal don't hesitate. GO!
4/14/2014 | 0 comments
Well last week was really quiet for me in terms of piercing. Our other piercer in the shop Chelsea was run off her feet but it was dead on my days. I think the weather getting better and the Easter holidays starting should hopefully mean I have a busy week.
None piercing work I was really busy so it all balances out. This week i have been installing a CCTV system at the shop but unfortunately the hard drive in the control box wont read anything so there has been a lot of back and forth to the supplier. I have also been getting all of the paperwork in to get planning permission to convert a barn. This hasn't been easy as the building is listed, in an AONB and in an old mining area. It will all be worth it to have a beautiful house in a part of my home town that means a lot to me though.
It is now only 1 week until me and Anna go to Nepal! Trying to contain my excitement is now becoming really difficult! I think I have most of the clothing and equipment that I need now so it's just a case of packing it all and getting on the plane Two weeks away is just what I need at the moment. I have a busy summer planned that is full of both work and pleasure activities but I know it is going to hectic so I'm looking forward to some calm before the storm so to speak.
Anna pierced my right conch and inserted a 2.7mm gorilla glass ocean blue labret to match up to my left ear. I am going for the LITFA approach with this one and it is healing nicely. I have been Speaking to Olly Todd (modified by Olly) about trading some scarification with him for a sub dermal implant of a cog on my right outer conch. this will be in honour of my previous life and my lifelong love for all things mechanical. One day I'll become the mechanical cyborg I know i really am haha!
Anyway I'm off to convince people to let me put needles through them.
4/9/2014 | 0 comments
Well it's been a strange old week this time.
The week itself was its usual mix of piercing and shop management duties. I had a crazily busy Friday for piercings. I am definitely noticing that Friday seems to be the day that women get their nipples pierced. There weren't any project piercings this week but I did have to repair two piercings from another local shop. One was an infected triple forward helix that needed urgent care, a good clean, a change of jewellery and a trip to the doctors was required. The other was a tongue piercing that was really badly placed and the tongue was attempting to grow over the jewellery. A quick nick with a scalpel and i had the jewellery out though.
The real big news for me this week was a trip down to London on Sunday. Me, Anna (my girlfriend) and Dan and Em (friends) went to go and meet State of Bliss suspension team. Suspension is something I have wanted to do since i first discovered it when I was 16 on BME. Me and Anna made a pact that we would do it together one day so I decided that now was the time to start looking into it. State of Bliss were a real friendly team but they were too busy for me to sit down and talk with freely unfortunately. I'm not sure if they would be the team I go with as they are only the first I have seen in person but they were real nice people and carried out some beautiful suspensions, including Rolf Buchholz the most pierced man in the world (Guinness World Records). There are two suspension teams attending the Nepal tattoo convention so I am hoping to get a chance to talk to them. I would love to be able to learn how to do it and bring it home to Shropshire as we have plenty of beautiful countryside areas as well as ancient abbeys and Anna even found a medieval hanging tree in the council records that is still standing!
Nepal is now only 12 days away and I am beginning to get unbelievably excited! I have been trying to find a rock climbing expedition to go on whilst I am out there but I get the feeling I am starting to cram too much into one trip and need to remember that I have got to relax when i am out there as this is being classed as my holiday for the year.
Have a good week everyone!
3/31/2014 | 2 comments
I should be writing serious stuff here but at the moment all i can think about is Nepal. I'm so damn excited! All i need to get now is a few lightweight trousers and I'm ready. 3 weeks today until i fly so I have managed to get everything ready in good time. I'll take a million pictures and if i manage to see any of the body mod artist working out there I will to upload some of their pictures to here.
The shop has been running well this week. We have had a decent spread of piercings over the week (Saturday will always be a busy day). I haven;t had any project piercings in this week but I have had a good amount of fun clients from around the world. I pierced a Spanish au pair on Monday and every day I was piercing last week she brought someone else in to get pierced. I had 2 Spanish, a Hungarian, a Romanian and a French girl. It is difficult to pierce someone with a language barrier in place as you have to attempt to make them calm and relaxed with as much body and non-verbal language as possible. I think that because they kept coming back that I managed to get past this barrier quite well.
I had my first ever client for a scar book in for next week so hopefully in next weeks diary i will be able to describe this and put some pictures up. I'm really looking forward to this The design is simple so i shouldn't have any problems but i am still nervous. I believe it's good to be nervous as this shows that you care about the results.
In none work related news I have had some big developments this week. After a talk with the local town planning department it looks like i will be granted planning permission on the house me and my girlfriend want to build. This is amazing as the paperwork was a nightmare due to the plot of land and buildings being a lgrade 2 lsited building (building of architectural importance), the plot being in an Area Of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and in an old mining district. Hopefully now everything will go through and we can start ground clearance and get applying for loans! If anyone is interested in the area check out Ironbridge and Colabrookdale in Telford, Shropshire, United Kingdom
In other none work related news i would like to congratulate my friend Pikey aka Martyn Price marrying Caroline Dalby (Now Pryce). Congratulations guys! I wish you all the best!
I suppose I had better get back to work now as I am attempting to build our web shop and get some products online now that I have barcoded all of our stock.
p.s. check out my instagram! My username is AIDENJOHNSON87