Trust me; this is the short version.
I first remember singing when I was 6 years old and I started having violin lessons when I was 9. I was in Burlish choir at 10 and second violins in the school orchestra soon after. I started playing keyboard at 12 and guitar at 15 while doing my Music GCSE. I fronted 4 metal cover bands for fun with many interchangeable members for a couple of years. I went on to get my A Level in Music Technology at King Edward VII and my BTEC National Diploma in Sound Engineering at Leicester College.
I started a two year apprenticeship in Body Piercing in 2005 which I intended to work just for the summer but ended up completing. The same year, I met (and eventually married) a drummer and in 2008 we joined the Chimpanzees, an electro rock band. We gigged for 4 years and recorded and produced our own album ‘Grey Tapes’ in 2011 which can still be found on SoundCloud and Bandcamp.
From 2007 to 2010 I had two tattoo studios (Hamilton and Rushey Mead). I built my brand name as a Mobile Body Piercer doing house parties and sessions around the university campus’. I was infamous! I still get old clients messaging me about it now reminding me how much fun we all had. It was great until the council made it illegal in 2010. In 2011 I opened my third Tattoo and Piercing studio (Emporium) on the outskirts of Leicester (UK) with two tattooists and two apprentices.
I filed for divorced in 2012. I tried to continue with the band but ultimately it wasn’t possible due to the inevitable emotional distress. I left the band with mutual good wishes and after banishing my music equipment to the cupboard under the stairs for a year I finally sold all of it. It was simply too painful to even consider continuing. Music was normally my emotional savior but for the first time in my life it was like knives in my chest.
So instead I worked part time as a roadie and sound engineer for an international audio-visual equipment rental company called SES for 4 years; testing equipment, loading up rental orders and installing full sound systems in venues. We did live sound and lights for everything from business conferences to huge outdoor festivals. Just close enough to the music to be connected to my passion but distant enough not to trigger the pain.
At the same time, in 2013 I opened my fourth studio in Leicester, this time right in the city centre and I worked there on my own as a Body Modification Artist happily for 4 years. In June 2017 I emigrated to Spain and relocated my services to an advanced aesthetics specialist (DLS Clinic in Leicester) so I could fly back to the UK 8 days a month for Ear Lobe Reconstruction and Biohacking appointments. This was immensely popular and I was fully booked for every trip for over 2 years.
At some point during the global Covid pandemic, the UK changed some laws and in 2021 I was threatened with unlimited imprisonment and an unlimited fine if I continued my work. I was never given an actual explanation for what happened and I’m still chasing the truth. It would appear you can only have it done on the NHS now. Because they want to charge you 1000 per ear. I guess they didn’t like that I was doing 60+ reconstructions a week.
In 15 years, I must have done over 40,000 piercings, implants and procedures including 3500+ reconstructions and eventually became internationally recognised as a specialist in Ear Lobe Reconstruction and Biohacking. I worked in many studios across the UK as well as owning 4 myself. I was lucky to have had the privilege of many tv and radio appearances, some of which can be found on my youtube channel.
If you’re keeping up with my social media you might have noticed that I’ve joined a band again! We are doing a rock/rock and roll cover set for venues in Benidorm. I’m learning some acoustic sets and hoping to do this full time when tourism finally returns.
Everything comes full circle.
I’m still living in Spain with my baby cat Chi (who is now 11), enjoying yoga (with Adriene), almost daily BBQs (vegetarian) and multiplayer online gaming (add me). I’m flexitarian (because sushi exists) and consider myself to be some sort of buddhist/wiccan/taoist. I probably spend too much money on the latest technology and gadgets (anything but Apple). I love being in water and eating anything that tastes of lemon and ginger.
The rest of my story is on my youtube channel. Hours and hours of it.
Thanks for reading.