Conch sitting above the entrance


We’re piercing mad here at Punktured.

And although we are a place of work, to our staff it is more than just a job: it’s a lifestyle, and one that we blend into our own interesting and creatively driven lives. As the people who are going to be making holes in your body, it’s of the utmost importance that you know we’re competent, safe, and passionate about what we do.

We ensure all our staff are expertly trained and adhere to the highest hygienic standards.

What we are about

Our bold colour scheme in store is not just decorative – it’s a statement. We want to be known as the bright and welcoming piercing studio. Drab and hyper-masculine is not our style; we want everybody to feel welcome.

Appearances aside, we pride ourselves on offering an unmatched and relaxing experience with an emphasis on your entire journey. From booking, to appointment, to aftercare - we are here to take care of you every step of the way.

Our aftercare advice is something that we are particularly proud of. We will always take the time to explain proper piercing hygiene, and if you have any issues or questions, we are always on hand to help. 

Our founder

Hi, I’m Julie – the owner and founder of Punktured. I am often asked what made me get into piercing. I should be honest and say that it was by complete accident. Before working in piercing, I was a licensee of a pub/club in Brighton’s West Street. Eventually, I fell out of love with the job and decided that I needed a change. I always had a love for the art of piercing (and Biology!), so I decided to pursue an apprenticeship with a local piercer in Brighton. After completing training and working as a piercer for four years, Julie opened Punktured on Friday 13th August 1999 – unlucky for some but not for us.

In 2018 - while still handling lots of the background nitty gritty - Julie decided to take a step back from the everyday running of Punktured. This was when she handed the reins over to Elliot. A former piercer and receptionist in the shop, under Elliot’s leadership we have gone from strength to strength. We really could not be prouder of him!

A couple of other things that people may not know about us – but that we are very proud of – are:

  • Julie wrote the current skin piercing bylaws for Brighton and Hove City Council.
  • She has also been interviewed on various radio and TV programmes.
  • She has lectured at Chichester University and Brighton City College.

There is more to this story, visit History of Punktured to learn more about us.

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