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Yunlin man finds new calling as a body-piercing artist

By Liao Shu-ling and Chen Wei-han  /  Staff reporter, with staff writer

Body-piercing artist Hsiao Cheng-ping displays his piercings at his wife’s accessories store at a night market in Yunlin County on Wednesday last week.

Photo: Liao Shu-ling, Taipei Times

A salaryman in Yunlin County has become a body-piercing artist after an initial attempt to boost his wife’s accessories business by piercing himself for practice, ultimately building a large clientele because of his expertise.

Hsiao said that he first pierced himself 10 years ago to learn the art of body piercing in hopes of creating a larger customer base for his wife’s fashion jewelry store at a night market in Yunlin.

Hsiao gathered experience with more self-experimentation before he started accepting clients. He can now pierce any part of the human body, from common ear piercings to more difficult tongue and genital-piercing.

Hsiao honed his skills by experimenting on himself and mastered tongue piercing after an agonizing practice puncture through his own tongue, he said.

Most piercings now take him less than three minutes, he added.

The 37-year-old sported 20 piercings at his peak and is keeping 10 permanent ones, he said.

The permanent collection includes the ear, tongue and nipple, as well as a 15mm stretched earlobe that he described as his “outstanding achievements” and “personal markers.”

Positive word-of-mouth advertising from customers has turned into a steady stream of clients from all age groups — from primary-schoolers to 70-year-olds — from everywhere in the nation, he said.

Foreign clients from Hong Kong have traveled to Taiwan because of his reputation, he added.

He asks customers to sign a disclaimer before performing piercings to avoid disputes, he said.

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