donderdag 11 augustus 2022

Dutch Mike Leijs, First timer at APP conference 2022

Mike Leijs


My name is Mike Leijs, a tattoo and body piercing artist from Sint Willebrord, The Netherlands.
 I’ve been in the piercing industry since late 2006 / beginning of 2007, I first started my own studio by the name Mike’s Body Piercing at the age of 16, which after a year changed to the current name of the studio: Shot of Ink Tattoo & Piercing.
At the moment I’m 31 years old.

I was told to go to Vegas for the APP conference by some piercers from the Netherlands at the beginning of this year, they were all so enthusiastic about it so I thought why the hell not?! Let’s go on an adventure.

After booking my flight tickets and arranging all of the other necessities I started searching for classes that took my attention and i closed the deal. I’m going to Vegas, flying solo, meeting up with people there and especially meet new industry professionals.

After an 18,5 hour flight (due to delays) I finally made it to Vegas, took a cab to the PH hotel and was ready to go enjoy my time. The hotel itself was really nice, big rooms, a double kingsize for myself, ground floor casino, just what you would expect when in Vegas. 

I met a lot of new people, all of them so kind and accepting! Made new friends who i’m staying in touch with through social media, but hoping to see again next year, because once you feel the vibe of the APP conference you’re hooked and instantly want to go back.

Everyone who is a bit hesitating about going there, please don’t hesitate and just go! It will be a life changing experience.

Shot of Ink
Dorpsstraat 34
4711NG Sint Willebrord

Photos: Mike Leijs
Mike & Me
Tattoo convention 2022