An interview with Jim Ward

While across the pond at the annual APP Vegas conference, Nicole was fortunate enough to steal away a few minutes with Jim Ward, owner of the infamous Gauntlet and Badur Ramji of Punk Medics aftercare.

…They say you should never meet your heroes, although after talking with Jim I was left with nothing but nostalgia and awe. Jim was open, warm even and welcomed me to probe a little history from his memories…

So many young piercers are unaware of the earlier struggles our now thriving industry went through to land where it is, recognised, verifiable and honorable career.
Not that long ago body piercings were being created in secrecy, privately stolen away from prying eyes for fear of public shaming. The clear connection to S & M made it even more taboo, an apparent absolute connection to any form of alternative sexual lifestyle and not one the world was quite ready for (how quickly times can change)

Listen for free on itunes, spotify, and all major podcast platforms. You can also stream and download at:…/7ebb3312-c194-4413-a947-c555972f2d3e…

If you would like to learn more I would urge any body piercer or piercing fan to pick up a copy of Jim’s book “Running the Gauntlet” on Amazon or at:

And you can check out some fantastic aftercare products for tattooing and piercing at:

Industrial Strength showing increasing support


We have always been honored to have the support from quality jewellery suppliers over the founding of this endeavor but Industrial Strength UK have been with us from the very start.


Without this support, our annual seminars would have had a rockier road to journey to where they are today.

The encouragement alone has been worth its weight but on top of ongoing assistance, general willingness to participate and an overall sense of true camaraderie Industrial Strength UK really do want what’s best for both professional and clients alike.

It is in this amazing spirit that Industrial Strength UK has decided to dive right in and offer UKAPP members a marvelous discount – to show support and confidence in UK piercers, Inspiring safe piercers everywhere