The professional staff at Westcoast Piercing and Ink uphold a commitment to promoting artistic expression and pristine safety standards. As the first Association of Professional Piercers member-run studio in the Lower Mainland, the shop practices advanced sterilization technology while carrying out on-trend procedures. Team members share piercing and ink-related knowledge to clients and ensure everyone has a comprehensive understanding of the procedures in play. Inside the shop, cases of gold and diamond-studded body jewelry line the floor, boasting designer names such as Anatometal, Body Vision Los Angeles, and Industrial Strength. Professional piercer, Kelly, and his team not only outfit ears and other body parts with piercings; they work alongside a band of tattoo artists who decorate skin with colorful custom sleeves or ornate body sets. Together, the staff fosters a safe, self-expressive environment while having fun at private functions, concerts, exhibitions, and trade shows
Art is in Jojo Geronimo’s blood. Her father was an illustrator, and her maternal uncles and two brothers work as comic artists and animators. Though she shares their artistic proclivity, she followed her passion for design in a somewhat different direction, working as a portrait and mural painter, a director in international advertising, and eventually, a tattoo artist. Armed with her artistic talent and Red Cross blood-borne pathogens safety training, she tattoos clients to their specifications with predesigned and customized body art.
As a certified intradermal cosmetics specialist, she also applies permanent eyebrow makeup, eyeliner, and lip liner. Though she gives clients her input during each session, she leaves them in complete control of the process and the final results. And Jojo still applies her talent to canvas, creating commissioned oil portraits and landscape paintings.
Gurneev Panesar, the mehndi artist behind Gurneev's Mehndi, decorates skin with elegant, abstract designs using a paste made from powdered henna leaves. She credits the creativity of her work to the time she's spent traveling the world, tapping into trends and influences from cultures in Kenya, Dubai, London, and elsewhere. Brides-to-be frequently make appointments for the elaborate traditional bridal designs that Panesar creates.