John has been piercing professionally since 1998. His attention to detail and his personal drive to offer only the best led him to open Scarab Body Arts in 2001.
Scarification is one of the oldest forms of marking the body. Traditionally, it was used to represent rites of passage and to mark different stages of life. Today, this form of body modification is making a come back as another way of modifying the body.
There are many different forms of this artform. Branding is probably the best known method. However, scarification through cutting is growing in popularity. This is partly due to the higher degree of control you have over the finished design.
It is important to note that scarification as an artform is done for the same reasons, someone would tattoo or pierce themselves. It is in no way, related to self injury or self cutters. The motivation and outcome is very different.
All scarification pieces performed at Scarab Body Arts are done by John Joyce and on an appointment basis only. Please contact John if you are interested.