zaterdag 2 juni 2018

Guest piercer in Holland

Aiden Johnson
Aiden Johnson, experienced piercer from the UK, is guest-spotting at Rotterdam’s Inkstutition Classic Glamour and Amsterdam’s Classic Ink & Mods Dare 2 Ware. In The eight years as a piercer, he grew immensely, from a piercing fanatic to a well established name in the industry. Treasurer for the UKAPP, teacher and friend for life, he can talk hours about metal and polish.

How’s Holland treating you?

It’s all good here. I’m surrounded by a great team at all 3 shops and everyone has welcomed me and made me feel at home.

Have you guest-spotted before?
Ahahaha have I! I think the total count for last year was 36 guest spots in 27 different shops across 5 countries. Everything from little 1 person shops through to shops with multiple piercing rooms, high volume to low volume, high end to basic and everything in between.

How did you became a guest-piercer at Sharon’s studio?
It’s a story that starts 10 years ago. My lovely lady Anna Garvey (@anna_adorned) went to guest in Rotterdam and met Joan Dee (@miss_scarrific). Fast forward 10 years and Joan had fallen sick and needed someone to cover her shifts. She spoke to Anna et voila I arrive in Amsterdam. I then built up a good relationship and became a regular guest.

Helping out setting up a new studio?
I had mentioned to Sharon that I felt like staying still for a while. The 12 months previous to setting up Classic Glamour was a whirlwind. She proposed the idea of me acting as consultant to setup her new shop.

Do you miss home?

Sometimes I do. I’m a country boy at heart and I’m from a beautiful little place called Ironbridge in Shropshire (Google it!) so I’m always thinking about that. I miss Anna and my dogs (Coral and Fang) but Anna flies over to see me once a month and in May 2018 we all be moving into our camper van for some Euro adventures. If you know me and want a visit them fire me a message and I’ll see if you’re on
my route.

Since you like to travel around, do you have a dream spot in the world you like you guest-spot one day?

I’m hoping to tick this one off the list after APP in summer. I really want to go and spend some time at Cold Steel in San Francisco. I have visited San Francisco before and Paul King (and all his team) are people that I look upto in the industry. I’d also love to guest at Infinite in Philadelphia one day. Other than that I have been lucky and got to work in a lot of the shops that I look to for inspiration. Shout out to my wonderful girls Maree (@piercingsbymaree at @reb3lstudios), Nicole (@wklp at @love_hatelondon) and the wild Helen (@holierthanthoumanchester)

Can you describe us Dutchies in one sentence?
Straight to the point, caring and independant. There’s something about you guys that I really love.

Will you be back again?
Yeah I will! I have a few plans to come back during June and September. Keep an eye on my instagram for upcoming dates (and terrible memes).

Want to be pierced by aiden ?
He will be here till may 14th at Classic Glamour Rotterdam or Dare 2 ware in Amsterdam
Or keep an eye on his Instagram @aidenmustdie

Classic Glamour: 
We are the first luxury piercing boutique in The Netherlands based in Rotterdam. We work with the best piercers and jewelers from around the globe.

To provide the best service and to give every customer full attention and the right advise on their piercing, placing and kind of jewelry, we work on appointment only.

You can make an appointment by phone - email - DM

Our piercers can’t wait to give you a warm welcome and show our exclusive collection while you enjoy a nice glass of bubbles.
-Sharon & Duncan

Mariniersweg 78A
3011NT Rotterdam

Photos and answers by Aiden Johnson
-Published Tattoo Planet emagazine 133/may 2018